It’s Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year. How will you celebrate? Will it be a special dinner with your sweetie? Flowers and chocolates for that special someone? If you’re on a Holland America Line cruise, there are plenty of ways to spend the day, like relaxing in a private cabana at The Retreat, indulging in a couples massage at the spa, taking a dip in the pool, lounging on your private verandah and then dinner for two followed by a show in the evening.
If your ship is in port, Holland America Line has plenty of EXC Tours that bring the romance ashore! Here are a few of the most romantic shore excursions from around the world, but any EXC Tour can be a way to celebrate your love just by being together.
Venice: Romantic Gondola Serenade
Few places are as synonymous with romance as Italy, and our first pick takes us to its enchanting city of Venice. Here in the floating city, couples can experience the serene magic of a moonlit trip along its twisting canals with the “Romantic Gondola Serenade” EXC Tour.
During the tour, you and your significant other will embark on a journey in a gondola made for two. As you glide effortlessly along the famous canals of Venice, a musician will accompany you on the moonlit journey, giving you both a lovely soundtrack for the evening as you enjoy the magical sights. Set sail for an unforgettable night in Venice!
Bora Bora: Pearl Resort Overnight – Overwater Bungalow
Imagine a white sandy beach, crystalline waters as far as the eye can see and a secluded bungalow perched above it all. That’s the scene of one of Bora Bora’s most exclusive hotels, the Pearl Resort and Spa. And on the “Pearl Resort Overnight – Overwater Bungalow” EXC Tour, couples will experience a two-day Polynesian getaway of idyllic privacy.
When you arrive by boat to the private island of Motu Teairou, a resort staff member sets the scene with a lei and cocktail. Then, you can spend your time on the island at your leisure, lounging in the privacy of a bungalow, taking a dip in the stunning waters or basking on the sun-kissed shores. You will end the night with a traditional Polynesian dinner, then start the next day with a continental breakfast, both included in the tour. After breakfast, you can once again delight in the freedom to spend your time as you wish. On the secluded shores of the Pearl Resort, you and your sweetie are sure to enjoy your time spent together in paradise.
Half Moon Cay: A Deluxe Beach Villa
For couples seeking a beach getaway, a visit to Half Moon Cay — our private Caribbean island — is the perfect destination for sun, fun and romance. At four square miles, the Bahamian island is small enough that you can see it all in a day exploring on foot, bike or kayak. For those who want to cuddle up for couple time and relax, Half Moon Cay features incredible deluxe two-story beach villas.
Guests booking a private villa have the ultimate in luxury with air-conditioning, hot tub, refrigerator, refreshing ceiling fan, dining area, misting shower and private sun deck. In addition, fresh fruit, vegetables with dip, and chips and salsa are served, as well as an assortment of soft drinks and bottled water to quench your thirst. For those looking for an adventure in the island’s aquamarine waters, floating mats and snorkel gear are provided. Kick back and relax as butler service brings you tropical cocktails as you take in the beautiful Bahamian views.
Buenos Aires: Tango: A Night of Passion & Desire
Known as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is one of the world’s most vibrant cities with its many architectural jewels, slew of sites and unique mix of cultures and flavors. Another title that Buenos Aires holds is the birthplace and capital of tango, one of the most romantic dances. Tango flows through the veins of every porteño (as the locals are called), and guests on a Holland America cruise to South America can be a part of the tango revival with the “Tango: A Night of Passion & Desire” EXC Tour.
During this exclusive experience for Holland America Line guests, a selection of milongas (Tango shows) will be presented at one of the most iconic tango theaters in Buenos Aires. Share a drink before the show, then watch as many sensuous tangos are performed, making for a romantic night in true Buenos Aires form.
Bermuda: Catamaran Champagne Sunset Sail
Bermuda is an enchanting destination that’s guaranteed to sweep you off your feet! Boasting stunning beaches with pink sand as soft as powdered sugar, it’s easy to see why this charming, sun-drenched island beckons travelers near and far. If you’re in search of an epically romantic evening, our “Catamaran Champagne Sunset Sail” EXC Tour is sure to leave you head-over-heels!
Step aboard and enjoy a glass of deliciously crisp champagne, as you cruise the cerulean waters of Hamilton Harbour. Catch a glimpse of the impressive homes that dot the coastlines of Millionaire’s Row and Fairylands, before heading out into the calm waters of the Great Sound for what’s sure to be a spectacular sunset!
Adelaide: Wine Tasting in the Barossa Valley
Over the years, Adelaide, Australia, has developed a top-notch wining and dining scene, becoming a hub for artists, designers and restaurateurs. For couples planning a Holland America Line cruise to the “Land Down Under,” celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day sipping reds and whites with the “Wine Tasting in the Barossa Valley” EXC Tour.
Known as Australia’s premier wine region, Barossa Valley is a scenic 90-minute drive through the rugged Adelaide Hills. The area boasts more than 50 wineries and over 150 years of viticultural involvement. Once in the Barossa Valley, guests will stop at four of the valley’s boutique wineries for tours and tastings, plus an opportunity to purchase the prized wines of the day. The day also includes a romantic gourmet lunch for two (wine included, of course!) to highlight the day. Cheers!
No matter how you celebrate the day and whom you celebrate with, make it one filled with fun, sun and love!