Valentine’s Day 2018 is best celebrated with a romantic getaway — and what’s more romantic than a cruise? Imagine just the two of you on the open sea, the sun warming you during the days and moonlight and stars romancing you at night. This list consists of selected ships that will be embarking on a cruise on Valentine’s Day or already sailing on February 14. If considering a Valentine’s Day cruise this year, book early to avoid disappointment and get the cabin you want.
The Regal Princess departs from Fort Lauderdale on February 5 for a 14-day Caribbean roundtrip cruise. The Princess Cruise fleet is associated with the “Love Boat” TV show. Capitalizing on that theme, Princess goes out of its way to make sailings romantic. A variety of restaurants, many cabins with a private balcony, and even a place for weddings at sea make this ship a perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day. Ports of call include Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, USVI; St. Kitts; Princess Cay, Bahamas; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico
Have two weeks to explore island destinations? Celebrity Eclipse is a gorgeous cruise ship that has a special appeal to couples. Her 14-night Valentine’s Day cruise embarks in Miami on February 5. The Southern Caribbean ports of call on this roundtrip journey are Kralendijk, Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Basse Terre, Guadaloupe; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and Miami, Florida.
Valentine’s Day often coincides with President’s Day holiday and winter recess. So if you have vacation time and want to cruise with the family, you could do worse than choosing a Disney ship. That’s because Disney has figured out that if you keep the kids busy, really busy — there are children’s programs on this ship from morning till night — adults get time to themselves. In addition, there are adults-only areas where the little darlings may not tread. The 7-night roundtrip Caribbean cruise departs from Port Canaveral on February 11 and calls at Tortola, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, Florida.
That would be RCL’s Allure of the Seas, the floating behemoth that holds 5,400 passengers (and her identical vessels, Oasis of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas). Allure are cities unto themselves, and if you like bigger, newer, and more when you cruise, Allure would be an ideal place for you to spend Valentine’s Day. She departs on a 7-night roundtrip Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale on February 12. RCL is the cruise line with the Flowriders, rock walls, zip line, and other activities for passengers of all ages. The journey includes the ports of Nassau; St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The ultimate in romance in the world’s most seductive setting, Paul Gauguin Cruises ply the waters of French Polynesia. On a 7-night cruise that commences February 11, the ship originates in Papeete, Tahiti and calls at Huahine, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Taha’a, Bora Bora and Moorea before returning to Papeete.
Have all the time in the world? Then consider embarking on February 9 for a Valentine’s Day South America cruise that originates in Buenos Aires and returns to Fort Lauderdale and sails for 30 days. It will carry you to ports that include Buenos Aires, Argentina; Punta del Este, Uruguay; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; Recife, Brazil; The Equator; Amazon River, Brazil; Devil’s Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Guadeloupe, Sint Maarten and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.