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Best Cruises for Couples

U.S. News ranks 30 Best Cruises for Couples based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Seven Seas Navigator is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can filter your search based on price, region, traveler type and brand to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

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#1

Seven Seas Navigator

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
#1 in Best Cruises for Couples

Carrying only 490 passengers, Seven Seas Navigator offers guests an intimate setting, with all-suite accommodations outfitted with marble bathrooms, private balconies and free Wi-Fi (for one device) throughout the voyage.

While the ship first launched in 1999, thanks to a major refurbishment in 2016 the ship features updated renovated staterooms and refreshed public spaces and restaurants. Passengers can choose from five dining venues including a specialty steakhouse as well as the more casual Pool Grill.

During days at sea, guests can unwind at the expansive pool deck, play card games or mingle with fellow shipmates over a cocktail at the Pool Bar. In the evenings, cruisers can venture to the swanky Connoisseur Club for a Cuban cigar or explore one of the four other onboard lounges. For a little more excitement, the casino offers blackjack and the Seven Seas Lounge features Cirque-style productions. Like other Regent Seven Seas ships, Seven Seas Navigator prides itself on its high-caliber service, and maintains a nearly 1-to-1 passenger-to-crew ratio, which previous guests appreciated. However, if you're looking for lots of action and activities this may not be the ship for you.

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4.5 Overall Rating
5.0 Health Rating
$$$$ Price
#2

Seven Seas Voyager

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
#2 in Best Cruises for Couples

Built in 2003 and last renovated in 2013, Seven Seas Voyager carries up to 700 guests and 447 crew members. The ship offers a low guest-to-crew ratio, offering a higher standard of service than its larger luxury competitors. A major draw is the ship's all-suite cabins, which are appointed with flat-screen TVs, customized minibars and private balconies.

Recent passengers describe the common areas of the ship as well-maintained and never overly crowded. Guests also describe the staff as hospitable and attentive crew. While onboard, passengers can lounge poolside or receive treatments at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. After working up an appetite, guests can dine at one of the ship’s six venues, including the Prime 7 steakhouse and the French-inspired Signatures.

When nighttime rolls around, guests can try their luck at blackjack and roulette at the casino, catch a high-production show at the Constellation Theater or savor a nightcap at the Observation Lounge or one of the three other onboard lounges and bars. The ship is expected to receive renovations in late 2016.  

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4.5 Overall Rating
4.5 Health Rating
$$$$ Price
#3

Celebrity Solstice

Celebrity Cruises
#3 in Best Cruises for Couples

Inaugurated in 2008, the 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice offers features like the half-acre Lawn Club and the Hot Glass Show. During the day, activities range from treatments at the spa to cooking lessons and art classes. For guests ages 3 to 17, the ship has a host of age-appropriate clubs and teen-only hangouts.

As far as dining goes, Celebrity Solstice boasts 10 restaurants, five of which are specialty spots that require an extra fee. Past cruisers were impressed with the restaurant servers (along with the rest of the staff) for making a larger midsize ship feel intimate. And with a nearly 1-to-2 crew-to-passenger ratio, the ship allows for more attentive service than some competitors.

When it comes to lodging, 85 percent of Solstice's cabins feature verandas, and rooms are about 15 percent larger than older ships in the fleet. Guests can choose from Inside, Ocean View, Veranda and Suite category cabins, all with amenities like flat-screen TVs, minibars and 24-hour room service. Those who spring for an AquaClass cabin receive additional amenities like an upgraded room service menu. Solstice is scheduled to receive dry dock renovation in October 2016 to include a new sushi restaurant and the Alcoves retreat in the Lawn Club. 

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4.3 Overall Rating
5.0 Health Rating
$$$ Price
#4 (tie)

Azamara Journey

Azamara Club Cruises
#4 in Best Cruises for Couples (tie)

The 690-passenger Azamara Journey attracts travelers who like large-ship amenities and enriching onboard programs (think expert-led lecture series and sommelier-led wine tastings) without the crowds. Plus with 408 crew members on board, Journey offers a higher level of personalization than today’s megaships. While the recently refurbished staterooms are appointed with minibars, flat-screen TVs and new decor, suites include extras such as 235 complimentary Internet minutes and complimentary specialty dining. 

Cruisers have plenty of dining options to choose from, including three causal eateries, a main dining room and two specialty restaurants – all of which recent cruisers praise. The ship also offers a complimentary cultural immersion program on sailings of seven or more nights,  known as AzAmazing Evenings, as well as other entertainment options such as live music and casino games, as well as a spa and fitness center. Journey was revitalized in early 2016 to include the latest technology and updated decor. 

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4.3 Overall Rating
4.5 Health Rating
$$$$ Price
#4 (tie)

Celebrity Eclipse

Celebrity Cruises
#4 in Best Cruises for Couples (tie)

Introduced in 2010, Eclipse is one of the line's largest vessels, carrying up to 2,850 passengers and more than 1,200 crew members. The ship features accommodations that are 15 percent larger than other ships in the fleet, and 85 percent of those staterooms offer verandas. Staterooms range from economical Inside cabins to larger Suites. Those who splurge on Suites and AquaClass staterooms receive butler service and access to exclusive specialty dining. All cabins offer interactive flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service.

As far as activities go, travelers can stay active at the Lawn Club, lounge by three pools, shop at 18 retail shops or participate in enrichment programs that range from glassblowing demonstrations to cooking classes. In the evenings, cruisers can enjoy theme parties, comedy acts and Broadway-style shows. Meanwhile, kids programming (geared toward guests ages 3 to 17) includes karaoke, Xbox consoles and organized games.

When it comes to dining, past cruisers praised the variety of casual and formal choices: The ship offers 10 eateries including four specialty venues where reservations are required and additional charges apply. From the room stewards to the restaurant servers, Celebrity Eclipse's staff was also a point of praise among recent guests.

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4.3 Overall Rating
4.5 Health Rating
$$ Price
#6 (tie)

Celebrity Constellation

Celebrity Cruises
#6 in Best Cruises for Couples (tie)

Inaugurated in 2002, Celebrity's Constellation can accommodate up to 2,038 passengers and 999 crew members, and the 1-to-2 staff-to-guest ratio allows for more personalized attention than on the industry's megaships.

Thanks to a 2013 dry dock, Constellation received updated staterooms and pool areas, new restaurants and more bars. The ship offers eight eateries, including three specialty restaurants that require reservations and an additional fee. Recent cruisers were impressed with venues like the open kitchen Bistro on Five as well as the Cellar Master wine bar.

For entertainment, Constellation features nightly Broadway-style shows and live music, as well as youth clubs for younger cruisers ages 3 to 17. Meanwhile, the whole family can participate in a variety of CelebrityLife activities that include intellectual seminars, cooking classes from Top Chef at Sea and dance classes. When it comes to lodging, staterooms vary from Inside and Ocean View cabins to Family Veranda Staterooms and Suites. Those who splurge on AquaClass staterooms receive exclusive access to the Blu specialty restaurant. In 2016-17, Celebrity Constellation offers itineraries in the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Sea. 

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4.2 Overall Rating
4.5 Health Rating
$$ Price
#6 (tie)

ms Veendam

Holland America Line
#6 in Best Cruises for Couples (tie)

Launched in 1996 and last updated in 2011, the 1,350-passenger ms Veendam is one of Holland America's larger ships, carrying 1,350 passengers and 580 crew members.

The ship’s small size caters to more mature R&R-seekers, with features like Lanai and Spa staterooms. Lanai cabins features direct access to the Lower Promenade Deck while Spa rooms grant more space (including private balconies) and exclusive spa treatments in the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. These features are offered in addition to standard amenities like Sealy mattresses and flat-screen TVs.

The ship also boasts onboard amenities like The Retreat, a resort-style pool area with poolside service. Other activities include lounging in the Mix:Martini bar or taking classes at the Culinary Arts Center or Digital Workshop. When it’s time to dine, guests can choose five dining venues, ranging from Italian cuisine at Canaletto to the more casual Lido Restaurant buffet.  

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4.2 Overall Rating
5.0 Health Rating
$$$ Price
#6 (tie)

Nautica

Oceania Cruises
#6 in Best Cruises for Couples (tie)

After undergoing a multimillion-dollar refurbishment in 2014, Nautica emerged with new stateroom decor, a cook-to-order steak and lobster grill at the Terrace Café as well as a putting green and coffee bar. Nautica accommodates up to 684 passengers and 400 crew members, so cruisers can expect plenty of attention along with a less congested (and typically kid-free) onboard atmosphere.

Oceania is especially geared toward older crowds, thanks to features like afternoon tea, wine tastings and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Nautica's nighttime entertainment offerings range from comedians and musical acts to craft cocktails at the martini bar. Dining is equally diverse with five restaurants to choose from, including a popular steakhouse and the elegant Grand Dining Room.

The majority of Nautica’s staterooms offer teak verandas, and cruisers will find flat-screen TVs and minibars. While Inside and Ocean View cabins are smaller compared to other midsize ships (ranging from 143 to 165 square feet), Veranda and Suite options (216 to 1,000 square feet) offer ample space and extra perks like iPads for complimentary use and a welcome bottle of Champagne. 

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4.2 Overall Rating
4.5 Health Rating
$$$$ Price
#9

ms Maasdam

Holland America Line
#9 in Best Cruises for Couples

ms Maasdam first set sail in 1993 and was last updated in 2011. The ship carries up to 1,258 passengers and 580 crew members and offers a more intimate atmosphere than those on larger megaships. Traveling with fewer guests translates to jockeying with fewer passengers for a spot in the onboard learning experience programs (like technology and cooking classes) or in the Club HAL children's clubs. Plus, you'll likely find fewer crowds at the pool deck and Greenhouse Spa than you would expect on bigger ships within the fleet.

What's more, the ms Maasdam features a variety of cuisine choices, which range from steaks and seafood at the Pinnacle Grill to pasta dishes at the Canaletto Restaurant to vegetarian and low-carb plates at the Rotterdam Dining Room.

When it comes to lodging, Interior cabins are appointed with sofas and flat-screen TVs while those who upgrade to Lanai staterooms are rewarded with more space and private balconies. For even more luxury, splurge on one of three suite categories which includes whirlpool baths and access to a private lounge area (in Neptune suites). 

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4.1 Overall Rating
4.0 Health Rating
$$ Price
#10 (tie)

ms Westerdam

Holland America Line
#10 in Best Cruises for Couples (tie)

Carrying up to 1,916 passengers and 817 crew members, ms Westerdam is one of the fleet’s larger ships. Since debuting in 2004, this Vista-class ship has impressed passengers with its range of onboard activities and, according to recent cruisers, its stellar customer service. Passengers can participate in everything from cooking classes to educational workshops, or just relax by the pool or at the spa.

When it’s time to dine, the ship offers six dining venues, from the casual poolside Dive-In grill to the upscale Vista Dining Room. After dinner, guests can enjoy live music at the B.B. King’s Blues Club, take in a theatrical performance or try their luck in the casino.

Lodging options are similar to other Holland American vessels. Spanning 141 to 226 square feet, Interior staterooms are described by previous passengers as clean and comfortable. Those looking for more space can splurge on Ocean-view, Lanai or Veranda staterooms or upgrade to one of three Suite category cabins.

ms Westerdam is set to receive a major overhaul in April 2017, just in time for its sailing in Europe. Among the new additions will be classes from America’s Test Kitchen, a new bar serving craft cocktails and completely renovated suites. 

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4.1 Overall Rating
4.5 Health Rating
$$ Price
#10 (tie)

ms Noordam

Holland America Line
#10 in Best Cruises for Couples (tie)

Inaugurated in 2006, the ms Noordam is the youngest of Holland America's Vista-class ships, which are characterized by their spacious spas and extensive dining options. While past cruisers compliment the high-quality cuisine served at the ship's varied dining venues, some warned of long wait times in the main dining rooms. (After all, the ship can carry up to 1,924 passengers and 800 crew members.)

Like its sister ships, ms Oosterdam and ms Zuiderdam, the ms Noordam offers numerous ways to keep passengers entertained, including the Explorations Café – a coffeehouse-style Internet area and library powered by The New York Times – and the Culinary Arts Center powered by Food & Wine Magazine. In the evenings, guests can dance at several nightclubs, sip cocktails at bars and lounges or take in live music in the piano bar and B.B. King’s Blues Club.

When it comes to lodging, guests have five types of staterooms to choose from. While Interior staterooms measure 151 to 233 square feet, the largest cabins, Pinnacle Suites, encompass 1,150 square feet. Regardless of which option you choose, all staterooms are equipped with Sealy Premium Euro-Top mattresses, flat-screen TVs, Elemis Aromapure toiletries and complimentary fresh fruit.

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4.1 Overall Rating
5.0 Health Rating
$$ Price
#12 (tie)

Regatta

Oceania Cruises
#12 in Best Cruises for Couples (tie)

Built in 1998, Oceania's Regatta underwent a $50 million renovation in 2014 to introduce new furnishings and larger bathrooms onboard. While Inside and Ocean View staterooms on Regatta are a bit smaller compared to those on other midsize ships, passengers who spring for Veranda cabins or Suites can enjoy additional space (ranging from 216 to 1,000 square feet) and teak verandas. No matter which cabin you choose, all staterooms are equipped with minibars, flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service.

Plus, cruisers on the 684-passenger ship will find Oceania's signature luxury service, with 400 crew members catering to guest needs. That also means guests battle fewer crowds near the pool and in the restaurants, which recent cruisers appreciated. Travelers also note that the atmosphere aboard Regatta is decidedly adult: The ship caters to older, affluent cruisers.

Entertainment varies from nightly musical performances to table games at the casino. Dining is also diverse: Regatta offers five venues ranging from the formal dining room to a casual grill, but recent passengers noted that the food quality was hit or miss. In 2017, Regatta will spend most of its time sailing to Alaska, but also offers itineraries to the Caribbean and South America.  

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4.1 Overall Rating
4.0 Health Rating
$$$ Price
#12 (tie)

Insignia

Oceania Cruises
#12 in Best Cruises for Couples (tie)

Originally built in 1998 and majorly renovated in 2013, the Oceania Insignia features updated stateroom décor, an overhauled spa, a putting green and more. The 684-passenger ship maintains a nearly a 1-to-2 crew-to-passenger ratio, which means staff members can provide more personalized attention.

When it comes to dining, guests can sit down at five venues and sip libations at one of several bars and lounges. Activities on the ship are geared toward older cruisers (rarely welcoming children) including afternoon tea, board games and a casino as well as nightly live shows and comedy acts.

As for accommodations, Insignia offers four cabin types: Inside, Ocean View, Veranda and Suite. While Inside and Ocean View cabins are smaller (ranging from 143 to 165 square feet) while Veranda cabins and Suites offer more legroom (216 to 1,000 square feet). All cabins come equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars and 1,000-thread-count linens. However, cruisers who splurge on a suite are granted additional amenities like 24-hour butler service, in-room iPads and a welcome bottle of Champagne. 

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4.1 Overall Rating
4.0 Health Rating
$$$ Price
#12 (tie)

Emerald Princess

Princess Cruises
#12 in Best Cruises for Couples (tie)

Although Emerald Princess is one of the largest ships in the fleet (carrying up to 3,092 passengers), it still offers balconies from 80 percent of its cabins. Recent passengers describe cabins on the ship as sleek and spacious. Groups needing additional space should consider a Family Suite that offers more square footage and larger balconies. Guests who splurge on suites are also granted priority shore excursion reservations and access to an exclusive lounge with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. All cabins come equipped with satellite TVs and minifridges.

Though the ship first debuted in 2007, the most recent upgrade in 2015 helped maintain its public areas. Aboard Emerald Princess, activities include multiple pools, duty-free shopping boutiques, the Lotus Spa and nine-hole putting course. In the evenings, theater shows, outdoor movies and multiple lounges and nightclubs offer entertainment for passengers.

The ship earns high praise from past cruisers for its relaxed atmosphere and friendly crew members. Plus, with four pool areas and 11 restaurants – including two specialty venue – past passengers said the ship never felt overly crowded. 

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4.1 Overall Rating
4.5 Health Rating
$$ Price
#12 (tie)

Sapphire Princess

Princess Cruises
#12 in Best Cruises for Couples (tie)

Built in 2004 and refurbished in 2012, the 2,678-passenger Sapphire Princess appeals to travelers looking to sail across Southeast Asia and Japan. The ship’s Interior staterooms span 168 square feet and are appointed with minifridges and satellite TVs. Those who opt for larger Balcony category cabins get more space (237 to 277 square feet) and a 46-foot balconies.

When it comes to dining, passengers can choose from two specialty restaurants, five main dining rooms and eight casual eateries offering everything from filet mignon to pizza. Activities are equally diverse, with activities like wine tastings, spa treatments or educational lectures through the ship’s enrichment programs. In the evenings, Sapphire Princess offers activities like poolside film screenings, dancing at the top-deck Skywalkers NightClub and games in the casino.

Plus with 1,100 crew members catering to 2,678 passengers, the ship provides more tailored onboard experiences than some its larger competitors. 

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4.1 Overall Rating
4.5 Health Rating
$$ Price

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