Love is in the air as our experts highlight the hottest romantic small ship cruises worldwide. Whether you are looking for a honeymoon cruise, anniversary cruise or just a romantic getaway, lovers of all kinds will appreciate these small ships cruising to exotic, worldwide destinations. 

crystal clear teal water split from the blue sku with a lush palm tree filled island in French polynesia.

Find Romance on a Tahiti Cruise

Have an affair with the one you love in exotic Tahiti. Long known as a romantic destination, Tahiti and French Polynesia are magical places where culture, history and otherworldly beauty is best experienced in love. A unique cruise that sails among a string of tiny islands in an azure sea is French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard. Allow yourself to truly spend time with each other in the heart of Polynesian culture and wildness as this trip to paradise comes with the best attentive, five-star service. Embrace the romance of dinner under the stars, discover the stunning beauty while paddling a kayak on the lagoon, snorkel among turtles, wander exquisite beaches or simply relax on deck while enjoying cocktails as the tropical sun slowly merges with the sea.

Romantic cruise tip

Choose a cabin with a private balcony for special moments taking in the awe-inspiring wilderness.
 

Romantic kayak excursion from a small ship cruise in Costa Rica and the Panama Canal.

Passion for Adventure Cruising in Central America

Active couples will appreciate the Costa Rica & Panama—Canal, Culture & Adventure cruise aboard the 66-guest Safari Voyager. Plan for active days exploring off ship by inflatable skiff, hiking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and kayaking. Return to the ship to enjoy a sunset cocktail and a delicious dinner for two. This unique adventure cruise explores the Panama Canal, the Darién Jungle, Coiba National Park, Panama’s Granito de Oro and miles of unspoiled coastline.

Romantic cruise tip

End your active adventure with a stopover at an exclusive Costa Rica lodge and spa.

Greek Isles cruise sailing aboard the romantic Sea Cloud in the Mediterranean.

Amour aboard Sea Cloud


The Sea Cloud is among the most beautiful tall sailing vessels in the world, and Sailing the Greek Isles will inspire passion in any couple. This romantic expedition in the Cyclades is an organized mosaic of highlighted island jewels, profound historic substance and overlooked day-to-day living. The sensual delight of Mediterranean flavor includes flora, fauna, sea and sails hoisted above the legendary Sea Cloud. Over the years we have helped couples celebrate their 20th, 30th, 40th and even 50th wedding anniversary aboard this cruise.

Romantic cruise tip

Splurge for a Deluxe A, B or Owner’s cabin so you can draw a bath in a gorgeous marble bathtub.

Seeing the aurora borealis on the Arctic Express - Greenland

Love under the Northern Lights

For the travel couple who has done it all, why not do it under the northern lights? Couples all over the world are lured to the great white north to encounter the mystical Aurora Borealis, and there is no better way to experience the northern lights than aboard a small ship cruise. Voyage across the Arctic Circle to Scoresby Sund, the longest fjord in the world for an adventure with iceberg-filled fjords, tundra hikes and the Arctic wildlife of East Greenland. The Scoresby Sund Aurora Borealis cruise appeals to couples seeking pure wilderness and the untouched Arctic as it was thousands of years ago. View our Best Arctic Trips for Polar Bears and Northern Lights for more cruises under the Aurora Borealis.

Romantic cruise tip

Say yes! Say yes to further exploration around your cruise. With Reykjavík as an embarkation port, there is so much more you can explore in Iceland pre- or post-cruise.

A couple embraces as they look towards the ocean horizon from the bow of a traditional Indonesian small ship. The sky matches the water in its blue hue almost to where you cannot tell where one ends and the other begins except for a single green island splitting the two.
Photo by: Lynn Gail

Sail with your Soulmate among the Islands of Indonesia

Fall in love instantly with a nation of exotic oceanic sites, secluded beaches and warm hospitality of the Balinese people. The Sailing Indonesia: Bali, Komodo & Flores cruise inspires romance from the moment you step aboard the traditional pinisi-style ships. Together you can experience the magical Indonesian archipelago from Bali to Flores. With action-packed itineraries, colorful wildlife and unique local culture; Indonesia is the closest thing to paradise.

Romantic cruise tip

Draw a heart in the pink sand beaches of Komodo National Park and dance the night away to sounds of live musical entertainment of a talented local crew.

Romantic winery excursion on a small ship river cruise in the Pacific Northwest.

Rekindle the romance with a Pacific North West Cruise

Sophisticated couples will appreciate boutique wineries and an onboard sommelier, plus near-daily opportunities to hike, paddle, swim and skiff ride along the Columbia, Willamette, Deschutes and Snake rivers. From home base, the 86-guest Wilderness Legacy replica steamer, immerse yourself in wine tastings, a winery tour, whitewater rafting and a delightful gastronomic journey on this eight-day Rivers of Adventure & Wine Cruise cruise. It’s perfect for active honeymooning couples, new lovers and those aged to perfection who are celebrating an anniversary or looking to renew their vows.

Romantic cruise tip

Ask the captain to renew your vows while on board!

Wildlife on a Galapagos Romantic Cruise.

Intimate Cruising aboard the Galapagos’ Grace

For nature lovers, the Galapagos is a romantic paradise. Long walks on the beach, beautiful birdlife raising families, mating tortoises. What could be more romantic? The luxurious and historic Grace was once a wedding gift for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, making this Galapagos Grace Cruise inevitably romantic. Your experience may be more active and educational than the royal couple’s honeymoon was, but aboard a ship like the Grace, it will be no less romantic.

Romantic cruise tip

Honeymoon like royalty in the Grace Kelly Suite, or like so many have done before, celebrate an auspicious anniversary on a ship that embodies love, luxury and timelessness.

Croatia Romantic small ship cruise visits Dubrovnik.

Fairytale Mediterranean Vacations

Leisurely stroll hand in hand down narrow ancient streets in Europe’s most scenic walled cities on the Croatia Island Hopper cruise. Perfect for hip, active couples seeking a cultural immersion combined with active exploration in the Adriatic Sea, this small ship cruise operates at affordable rates, making it a perfectly romantic gift. Plus, ask us about gay and lesbian cruises in Croatia.

Romantic cruise tip

Plan to spend a few days before or after the cruise visiting Plitviche, Dubrovnik or the Istrian Peninsula.

Couple snorkeling together on a romantic small ship cruise in Hawaii.

Cruise Hawaii’s Alluring Landscapes

Hawaii has long been the perfect romantic getaway and the Hawaiian Seascapes offers a unique twist on this traditional vacation. Actively explore Hawaii’s lesser known ports, islands and beaches while indulging on gourmet cuisine, upscale personalized service and luxurious accommodations aboard an intimate small ship. 

Romantic cruise tip

Request the Romance Package (Admiral, Jr Commodore Suite or top-deck Commodore Suite) to enjoy a welcome bottle of Dom Perignon, chocolate-covered strawberries, fine cheeses and grapes, a petal-strewn bed and a honeymoon fête one night at a private dinner, all at no extra charge.

a couple sitting in a kayak is silhouetted against a pink, purple, yellow, and blue sunset on a alaska small ship cruise.

Enchanting Explorations on an Alaska Small Ship Cruise

Many people might not consider Alaska a romantic destination, but it can be for the right couple. Immerse yourself in the exploration of whales and wildlife while indulging your wild side on an active yet luxurious adventure. Discover romantic Alaska on the Northern Passages and Glacier Bay cruise that runs north and south between Juneau and Sitka and see how wild Alaska can strengthen the bonds of your relationship.

Romantic cruise tip

Treat your special person to a pre-cruise jaunt in the historic town of Juneau, staying at a cozy B&B.

Romantic biking and winery excursion from a small ship river cruise in the Pacific Northwest.

Still in the mood for love? Call the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations at 1-800-728-2875 to plan your next anniversary, Valentine’s Day, honeymoon or romantic getaway. We love celebrating love with our favorite romantic small ship cruises. Get outside the boat with your special person and plan a romantic cruise you’ll remember.

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