5 Romantic Cruise Destinations You’ll Fall In Love With

View of lights accenting the city landscape of Rome.

What could be more romantic than setting sail for an adventure of a lifetime with the one you love? Whether you’re gazing at a dazzling sunset from our ships or experiencing your perfect piece of paradise on shore, a Holland America Line cruise creates a picture-perfect setting for your next romantic getaway.

Here are five romantic cruise destinations to consider:

View of midnight sun highlighting Alaska glaciers.


The rugged wilderness and dynamic glaciers of Alaska will melt the hearts of adventurers and nature lovers alike. Derived from the Aleut word “Alyeska,” or “Great Land,” Alaska offers vast expanses that are unparalleled.

Prepare to be mesmerized by the vivid blue icebergs of Glacier Bay National Park. Travel deep into Denali National Park on an Alaska cruisetour to see the Big 5 (bears, caribou, wolves, moose and Dall sheep) foraging freely in their natural habitat. Retrace the steps of prospectors as you trek the Chilkoot Trail. Cross the Arctic Circle into the “Land of the Midnight Sun.” Whichever adventure you choose, you’ll have a chance to see more Alaska glaciers and experience more wildlife with Holland America Line than any other cruise line. And dependent on when you embark on an Alaska cruise, you may even see the Northern Lights. Though never guaranteed, they are a sight to behold.


Speaking of Northern Lights, Norway is equally magical. Take a trip to Skjolden for your chance to travel down the Romantic Road, which winds through idyllic villages before delivering you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Urnes Stave Church, the oldest of its kind in Norway.

View of northern lights in green hues above Norway.

Skjolden also is gateway to three famous national parks, some of Norway’s highest waterfalls, and Jostedal Glacier, the largest of its kind on the European mainland. Whether you prefer hiking, biking, fishing, or even walking with llamas, Norway will capture your heart.

View of piazza and fountain in Rome.


You can’t say romance without Rome, and a visit to the Eternal City in Italy could bring out the romantic in anyone. Do as lovers have done for centuries and visit the picturesque Piazza di Spagna, or Spanish Steps. Toss coins into nearby Trevi Fountain. Stroll the city’s cobblestone streets, seeking out a quiet café to enjoy an afternoon espresso or gelato.

Visit the ancient sites of the Colosseum, Pantheon, or Vatican City. Whatever you choose, enjoy “la dolce vita,” or the sweet life, on a Mediterranean cruise with a port of call in Civitavecchia so you can spend a day in Rome.

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Italy, and for good reason. Its dramatic, sheer coastal cliffs, dotted with pastel-colored fishing villages and secluded beaches make it one of the most charming places you’ll visit. Spend time snorkeling or kayaking.

View of a sandy shore along the Amalfi Coast in Italy with buildings and lush landscapes in the background.

Hike the Path of the Gods. Visit the Emerald Grotto. Sample the exquisite seafood. The natural splendor of this breathtaking locale makes it the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway.

View of waterfall in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, surrounded by lush forest.

The Caribbean

Speaking of sun-kissed beaches, the Caribbean may be calling your name if you find your bliss in warm tropical breezes. With its wondrous waterfalls and vibrant coral reefs, the Caribbean offers the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. A Western Caribbean cruise is just one example.

Satisfy your thirst for adventure with a heart-pounding plunge on the Bobsled Jamaica, or zip-line through a tropical forest. Delight your inner poet with an excursion to Greenwood Great House, the family estate of famed English romantic poet Elizabeth Barrett. And don’t forget Half Moon Cay, our private island in the Bahamas that has won the Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Best Private Island award for 20 consecutive years!

These are just some of the romantic destinations that await you and your loved one. Which cruise destination would you like to escape to for a romantic getaway? Share in the comments below.

Article by Lori Wildrick


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