Cheap Romantic Cruise Deals
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Romantic Cruise Deals for Less Than $100 a Night

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Cheap Romantic Cruise Deals
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Finding a cruise that's both affordable and romantic is no easy feat. The most romantic cruises are typically offered by pricey luxury lines (Think: Azamara, Regent, and Oceania) with outrageous amenities or on smaller cruise ships with far fewer passengers. At the other end of the spectrum are cruise companies catering to families and budget travelers. For couples seeking that sweet spot between romantic and affordable, here are a dozen options under $100 per night from midrange cruise companies that offer an opportunity to escape the crowds at least somewhat and enjoy some quality one-on-one-time. 

All prices are subject to change and were researched in mid-January.

Palm Beach, Aruba
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holland america: panama canal

Departure: Feb. 17
Starting Price: $584 (About $58 per night)
Not only will this cruise visit several fun-in-the-sun ports in the Caribbean such as Half Moon Cay and Aruba, it will also take passengers through the Panama Canal and on to such places as Cristobal and Colon, Panama. The ship, Holland America's Zuiderdam, includes an expansive spa complete with a hydrotherapy pool where couples can enjoy some quiet time together in between the port visits.

Kauai, Hawaii

princess: hawaiian islands

Departure: Feb. 24
Starting Price: $1,119 (About $74 per night)
The Hawaiian Islands ooze romance and Princess' tour of the region aboard Emerald Princess begins in Los Angeles and will include such notable stops as Hilo Bay, Hawaii, where cruisers can explore Wailuku River State Park, featuring Waianuenue, or Rainbow Falls, with its colorful mist effects. After that it's on to Honolulu, Hawaii; Nawiliwili along the southeast coast of Kauai and Maui's capital of Lahaina. On the way back to Los Angeles, as an added bonus, there will be a stop in Ensenada on Mexico's Baja peninsula.

Castries, St. Lucia
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norwegian: southern caribbean

Departure: March 8
Starting Price: $749 (About $75 per night)
The southern Caribbean is known for having some of the best beaches and least-congested ports, making it a particularly good choice for a romantic getaway. This 10-night getaway will include visits to San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Castries, St. Lucia. There will also be stops St. John's Antigua and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. The Norwegian Gem includes 13 unique dining venues and a champagne bar to toast your love.

Arica, Chile

norwegian: south america explorer

Departure: March 16
Starting Price: $599 (About $50 per night)
This intriguing one-way cruise begins in Santiago, Chile, and concludes in Miami. Over the course of a 16-day itinerary, the Norwegian Sun will take passengers to a variety of colorful ports throughout South America including Coquimbo and Arica in Chile; Lima and Trujillo in Peru; Manta, Ecuador; Puntarenas, Costa Rica, and Cartagena, Colombia. There will also be a daylight transit of the Panama Canal. Because of the longer duration of this cruise, the passengers are often mostly couples and families with older children.

Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

holland america: tropical western caribbean

Departure: March 16
Starting Price: $1,047 (About $75 per night)
Spend two blissful, romantic weeks pulling into such ports as Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic; Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas; and Falmouth, Jamaica. Additional stops will include George Town, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico. Two-thirds of the staterooms on the Oosterdam feature private verandas where you and your significant other can watch the sunset together. The ship also includes a Greenhouse Spa with therapy pool and thermal suites.

Funchal, Portugal
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norwegian: canary islands and morocco

Departure: March 17
Starting Price: $719 (About $65 per night)
Though this cruise begins and ends in Europe, the nightly price for this romantic itinerary is such a bargain it just may make it worth the flight. Beginning and ending in Barcelona, Spain, the Norwegian Spirit will visit Casablanca, Morocco; Arrecife, Spain; Las Palmas, Gran Canaria; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain; Funchal, Portugal; Malaga, Spain and Alicante, Spain. The Norwegian Spirit includes 10 bars and lounges including specialty restaurants ideal for a romantic meal.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

princess: mexican riviera

Departure: March 20
Starting Price: $649 (About $65 per night)
Spend time exploring some of the Mexican Riviera's most memorable ports with your significant other aboard this Princess Cruise from San Francisco. The Grand Princess will visit Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. There will also be five full days at sea aboard the Grand Princess to enjoy one on one time. Couple favorite amenities include Movies Under the Stars, an Italian-inspired Piazza and The Sanctuary.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

princess cruises: eastern caribbean

Departure: March 31
Starting Price: $509 ($73 per night)
The Regal Princess will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on a seven-day exploration of the Eastern Caribbean, pulling into such ports as the cruise line's private island of Princess Cays; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Romantic amenities onboard the Regal Princess include a glass-paneled over-water Seawalk extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the ship; movies under the stars and an adults-only Serenity area. And don't miss the SeaView bar, which offers cocktails and stunning views.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

holland america: eastern and western caribbean

Departure: March 31
Starting Price: $1,020 (About $73 per night)
Spend two full weeks reconnecting with your partner on this extensive Caribbean getaway that will take passengers everywhere from Grand Turk to San Juan and St. Thomas, as well as Cayman and Cozumel. In between all the island hopping, there will be several days aboard the Nieuw Statendam, a ship whose design was inspired by the curves of musical instruments. There are also several specialty restaurants that are ideal for dinners for two. Cooking classes and hands-on workshops at the ship's America's Test Kitchen present yet another option for spending quality time together.

Lisbon, Portugal

celebrity: azores and iberian peninsula

Departure: April 22
Starting Price: $789 (About $56 per night)
Save on the cost of an airline ticket to Europe with this one-way sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Barcelona, Spain and embark on a grand, romantic trans-Atlantic adventure. In addition to numerous relaxing days at sea at the start of the cruise there will be visits to such charming ports as Ponta Delgada, Azores (known for its striking, three-arched city gates and the Gothic-style Church of St. Sebastian); Lisbon, Portugal; and Cadiz, Spain.

Glacier Bay National Park Preserve, Alaska

princess: voyager of the glaciers northbound

Departure: May 22
Starting Price: $484 (About $69 per night)
Sailing one-way from Vancouver, Canada to Anchorage, Alaska, this voyage includes the ports of Juneau and Skagway, Alaska. There will also be days spent cruising through Glacier Bay National Park Preserve and College Fjord. Glacier Bay is a vast area flanked by high peaks such as Mount Fairweather and huge glaciers including the Grand Pacific Glacier.


celebrity: bermuda and new england

Departure: May 26
Starting Price: $829 (About $83 per night)
With its pastel houses and its picturesque pink sand beaches such as Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda is a popular destination for couples. The Celebrity Summit will spend three days in port at the popular and charming British island and then will sail on to visit Boston, Massachusetts, and Bar Harbor, Maine. The cruise begins and ends in New Jersey.