Dine on oysters at Silk Road, the Nobu-helmed restaurant on Crystal Cruises' Crystal |1/4 Dine on oysters at Silk Road, the Nobu-helmed restaurant on Crystal Cruises' Crystal |
It doesn't get more luxe than the owners' suite on Oceania Cruises’ Oceania Riviera|2/4 It doesn't get more luxe than the owners' suite on Oceania Cruises’ Oceania Riviera|
Silversea Cruises’ Silver Whisper serves upafternoon tea, cocktails and hors d’oe|3/4 Silversea Cruises’ Silver Whisper serves upafternoon tea, cocktails and hors d’oe|
SeaDreamYacht Club’sSeaDreamII carries only 112passengers for a more intimate feel.|4/4 SeaDreamYacht Club’sSeaDreamII carries only 112passengers for a more intimate feel.|
There are plenty of family-friendly cruise ships plying the Caribbean, but when you’re looking for something quieter and more romantic, you have to choose your ship carefully.
Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony
This ship does luxury the way it should be — thoughtful and attentive but also unobtrusive and warm. Before the evening magic show, dine in Silk Road, the line’s Nobu-helmed Japanese restaurant and sushi bar.
One to book: 7-day sailing from Miami to San Juan, December 12, 2015; from $2,045 per person.
On-land highlights: Lie on the gorgeous beaches in Grand Turk, and toast to your love in St. Barth’s.
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Summit
This ship feels designed for lovers. At night, live music fills the halls and couples pair off to dance; during the day, hot tubs, day beds and egg-shaped chairs designed for two beckon.
One to book: 8-day round-trip from San Juan, April 4, 2015; from $499 per person.
On-land highlights: Hike to a waterfall in St. Lucia and, when docked in St. Thomas, head over to St. John to explore the sandy bays of the Virgin Islands National Park.
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SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream II
This 112-passengers ship feels adult and intimate. Picture a watersports marina that lets you sail and swim off the side of the ship; Balinese day beds for two on deck; and an “unscheduled” late-night trip to a beach bar.
One to book: 7-day sailing from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 28, 2015; from $3,499 per person.
On-land highlights: Snorkel around Treasure Island while docked in Jost Van Dyke, and swim around the rock formations in The Baths on Virgin Gorda.
Silversea Cruises’ Silver Whisper
This luxury line has a slightly more formal atmosphere than some of the others: Look for afternoon tea, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before dinner. Be sure to book a table for a night in Le Champagne, the only Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea.
One to book: 7-day sailing round-trip from Barbados, November 6, 2015; from $2,650 per person.
On-land highlights: Explore St. Vincent’s beaches and check out the colonial sites of Curaçao.
Oceania Cruises’ Oceania Riviera
This 1,250-passenger ship has an elegant atmosphere, with suites designed by Ralph Lauren and a restaurant helmed by Jacques Pépin himself. The wine bar has pairing dinners you won’t want to miss.
One to book: 10-day sailing round-trip from Miami, March 22, 2015; from $2,799 per person.
On-land highlights: Hit the beach in Tortola or take a horseback ride in Cayo Levantado on the Dominican Republic
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