Gold Award: Oceania Cruises Silver Award: Celebrity Cruises Bronze Award: Paul Gauguin Cruises
Finding the right cruise for a romantic vacation can be a challenge. A lot of the more mainstream megaship lines have excellent restaurants and bars, but can carry hundreds of children. For that honeymoon feeling, Oceania Cruises gears its offerings to adults, from swank spas run by Canyon Ranch to luxurious digs and a multitude of culinary options. Itineraries tend feature longer port calls than many competitors, meaning you can have a special night out on shore, too (a nice change).
The big, classy ships of Celebrity Cruises allow children, but the line tends to cater more to adults with its elaborate onboard spas, chic interior decor and plenty of classy bars and lounges.
Paul Gauguin Cruises’ eponymous vessel specializes in year-round sailings throughout French Polynesia. The intimate size of the ship (just 332 guests sail aboard the Paul Gauguin ), her decidedly French styling, and excursions allowing guests to snorkel lagoons and explore motu deserted isles are romance-enhancers par excellance.