Romance, Wrinkled Style

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The Island Princess enters the Panama Canal

I’m sure many of you remember, The Love Boat, the popular TV show that made everyone want to seek romance on the high seas. It was fun viewing, but in reality, disappointment prevailed when guests returned without finding the loves of their lives. If there was something wonderful that came of it, it was that cruising became more popular than ever before as many first timers made it the vacation of choice.

 

(Do you remember the Cruise Line and ship featured in, “The Love Boat”? Check the answer below.)

While you most likely won’t find your other half on onboard, for those travelling with a significant other, cruising can be a very romantic choice.

To start with, did you know that you can get married or remarried onboard the ship? To make it legal, US residents need to pull a marriage license and wed while in port, then remarry on route for a unique setting. (Check the requirements of the State you are marrying in for licensing requirements.)  For a truly romantic setting, take a Caribbean Cruise where you will visit any number of romantic islands. There are a number of ports that lend themselves to hosting wedding ceremonies. Needless to say, the resulting photographs are to die for!  For renewing vows, no license is necessary leaving you open to any number of possibilities on route for a memorable setting.  There are secluded beaches and areas set up and private areas on most islands to accommodate weddings. Make arrangements in advance to ensure you get the venue you want. Most lines can also accommodate onboard receptions.

For romantic options onboard, try a couple’s massage, dine at a table for two in one of the specialty restaurants and if budget permits, upgrade to a suite. For recognition, be sure to notify the line prior to sailing of any weddings, anniversary or other special occasion.

Answer: Princess Cruise Line’s Pacific Princess. 

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2 Responses to Romance, Wrinkled Style

  1. Terry says:

    My Brother in Law had hounded us for years to Cruise. We finally relented in 2011 and went again in 2012. We are planning another for this fall. We are addicted ! Do you have any “Words of Wisdom” for those new to the Cruise experience?

    • Deb says:

      So happy to hear you gave it a shot…or two! My advice for you would be to look at the two cruises you’ve taken and talk about what you liked and disliked. If you loved stopping at different ports, choose a cruise with a variety of stops. If you liked the onboard experience more, there are lots of cruises where you can spend more time onboard. Do you want more of a party atmosphere or something more sedate? If you took short cruises, maybe you would like to venture to something longer. Write down your likes and dislikes and plan away! Once you get your thoughts on paper, you’ll have a direction to proceed.

      I’m kind of spoiled. At this point in my life, I want a balcony, at least a seven night cruise with as many stops as possible.

      I Hope you will tell us all about your next cruise adventure.

      Happy sailing!

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