Some couples like to scale mountains. Others retreat to the quiet of the woods. Still, others want to get lost in the bustle of a glitzy metropolis. As for us, we find sunsets, seascapes, and sipping Champagne on a yacht spectacularly sweet. Imagine waking up to the lull of waves, soaking up the sun for hours, swimming at a secluded bay before enjoying a sumptuous dinner under stary skies.
Dreamy destinations exist the world over, but some places are made for romantic cruises to happen. The next time you take your special someone on a getaway, go sailing on one of these locations and discover why they are the world’s best destinations to celebrate love and romance.
There’s probably nothing more romantic than stepping into a fairytale, and Norway lets you do just that. Take, for instance, the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, with its intensely blue waters fringed by snow-capped mountains and glacier-fed waterfalls cutting through lush vegetation.
But Norway’s wonders don’t stop at Geirangerfjord. Along its 63,000 miles of coastline, you will discover an endless maze of rugged mountains, fantastic fjords, fascinating wildlife, and small islands scattered on glassy waters.
Some of the isles in Norway are inhabited, while others bustle with a cluster or two of colorful houses. The sailing area also abounds with secluded coves, sheltered marinas, and quaint harbor towns, perfect for stretching your legs and a relaxing nature walk.
However, if you want a more challenging adventure, take the 4-hour hike to Pulpit Rock, from where you will see the beautiful Lysefjord, 604 meters below.
A Norwegian yacht cruise is not just about fjords. Visit the coastal city of Stavanger for its cathedrals, world-class restaurants, luxury boutiques, and museums and galleries. Venture into the vibrant city of Bergen, often called the heart of the fjords because of its location, to enjoy the stunning view of hillside houses, old cobblestone alleys, fish markets, and the famous Hanseatic Wharf.
June to August is the best time to go on a romantic cruise in Norway, but May to September also offers good sailing weather conditions.
On the surface, the Galapagos doesn’t seem a romantic destination. But the islands teem with untouched natural landscapes, unique and diverse wildlife, secluded and private locations, and plenty of opportunities for adventure.
Add to these an intimate Galapagos yacht tour – soaking up some sun, sharing sunsets, sipping wine. If that doesn’t spell romance, we don’t know what does.
One good reason to cruise the Galapagos is you’ll have the chance to see animals not seen elsewhere in the world. Over 2000 species are endemic to the islands, including the Galapagos penguins, the Galapagos Sea Lions, and the pink iguanas found only on a volcano on Isabela Island.
So, if you are staunch wildlife enthusiasts, you will love the Galapagos National Park, with its 180 land and water destinations, including the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Many cruises can be tailor-made to your interests, which allows you to incorporate add-on excursions to Peru, Andes, and the Amazons.
For extra adventure, grab your diving gear and explore the abundant underwater world of sea turtles, sharks, rays, and myriads of fish. You can also take a dip at the unspoiled freshwater lagoon of Las Grietas on Isla Santa Cruz.
It is easy to see why Iceland is the land of fire and ice – from mighty volcanos and massive glaciers to mossy lava fields and frost-molded tundra to erupting geysers and snowcapped mountains. The best way to experience this stunning contrast is on a yacht cruise.
Start your tour from the capital city of Reykjavik and on to the idyllic islands that pepper the Icelandic waters. Keep a watch for puffins, porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, and whales along the craggy coastline.
See the country’s breathtaking fjords, marvel at the majesty of Goðafoss or the Waterfall of the Gods, then head on to Jarðböðin, where you can soak in the therapeutic waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths.
If you want your holiday to be truly unforgettable, book for a romantic nighttime tour to witness the spectacular aurora borealis. You will better see the mesmerizing dance of green, white, red, and violet lights on a clear and dark sky.
The cruise will take you away from the glaring brightness of the city to a quieter and more secluded place, an enjoyable trip in itself. You have an increased chance of seeing the phenomenon from late September to late March, although the Northern Lights season begins in late August and ends in mid-April.
The Mediterranean lives up to its reputation as one of the most romantic destinations in the world. In the heart of this is the stunning Croatian archipelago. Featuring 718 islands, 389 islets, and 78 reefs, Croatia has something to offer even for the fussiest of travelers. And romance is high on the list.
Charter a yacht to enjoy in full the country’s diverse islands, the picturesque harbor towns, pristine beaches, and the boundless dramatic seascapes.
Many tours embark from Pula, where you can hop between islands in the Kvarner Gulf and look for secluded coves at Rab. You can also start from Zaton and sail upriver to see the stunning seven waterfalls at Krka National Park, then explore the 140 uninhabited islands, reefs, and inlets at the Kornati National Park.
Stop by the delightful city of Dubrovnik, home to the iconic Fort Lovrijenac and the Dubrovnik Walls in the Old Town, and visit the beautiful beach town of Bol on the island of Brač in the coastal city of Split.
Glide by the luxurious party capital of Hvar, whilst on your relaxing Croatia yacht charter, it’s the peninsular city of Zadar with its Roman ruins and medieval churches and the Elaphiti Islands for its turquoise waters and incredible scenery.
Perpetually sun-kissed, the Caribbean has everything you could ever want in a tropical getaway. While it is tempting to lie all day on the sand, nothing compares to the romance of sailing away in the sunset or sharing a hearty meal under the moonlight.
There are private anchorages all around where you can dock to take a dip in the balmy waters, walk barefoot on a beach hand in hand, or sip rum cocktails in a bar by the sea.
From Aruba to Jamaica to Curaçao and St. Maarten, you will fall in love more every day with the striking scenery, vibrant culture, and laid-back ambiance of the Caribbean.
And did we mention how incredible and amazingly diverse Caribbean cuisine is? Wherever you are on the islands, don’t leave without sampling the local dishes, such as jerk chicken, callaloo, roast pork, pepper pot, and lots of seafood.