11 Romantic Cruise Deals for Less Than $100 a Night


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There's little more romantic than the sounds and scenes of the ocean, but luxury cruises can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000 for a night -- and it's hard to feel sexy when all you can think about is the accumulating debt. Instead, look for a romantic, affordable experience a step up in elegance and class from the mainstream, but not at the top of the market. Experts at Priceline and Cruiseline.com helped round up some of the best for 2017, with a mix of beautiful locations, sensual amenities, and opportunities for recreation and exercise. All prices are accurate as of late January.
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A wine bar inspired by Napa vineyards, a world-class spa with medicinal muds and herbal steam baths, and a variety of fine-dining venues are just some of the offerings aboard the Celebrity Summit helping create a romantic escape. In between the onboard pampering, the ship will pull into St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Bermuda. The eight-night cruise departs April 22 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, ending in Bayonne, N.J.
Starting price: $449 a person (about $56 a night) for an interior room.
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Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas offers onboard ice-skating, poolside movies, and couples' massages on a five-night Western Caribbean trip leaving Feb. 26. The round trip from Miami includes stops at Nassau, Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico, as well as two days at sea.
Starting price: $348 a person (about $70 a night)
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Holland America offers a seven-night getaway to the Western Caribbean starting April 2 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to ports that include a private island in the Bahamas; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel; and Key West, Fla. The Nieuw Amsterdam cruise liner has luxury shopping, a photo gallery, and thermal-suite spa.
Starting price: $549 a person (about $78 a night)

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Ranked by Cruise Critic as one of the best cruise lines for couples, Norwegian can also be affordable. Its Breakaway leaves from New York City on April 23 for a seven-night cruise to Bermuda, spending three days in port and three at sea. Its "freestyle dining" philosophy allows passengers to dine without assigned tablemates or times, making it easier to have an intimate dinner for two.
Starting price: $549 a person (about $78 a night)
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This sailing features a new ship -- the Escape, completed in October 2015. The innovative ship features more than 25 dining options, a quarter-mile promenade, and Norwegian's first wine bar, the Mondavi-branded Cellars. The seven-night itinerary begins in Miami on Sept. 23 and includes St. Thomas, the British Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas.
Starting price: $599 a person (about $86 a night) for an interior cabin
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Port hop the Mexican Riviera with this Dec. 16 round-trip sailing of the Ruby Princess from San Pedro, Calif., that takes cruisers to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. There's also a time at sea on this seven-night journey to explore the ship's martini bars, fine dining, and art gallery.
Starting price: $609 a person (about $87 a night)
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Islands Magazine called Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas one of the best ships for a honeymoon, citing its 12,000-tree park, water shows with aerial acrobats, and a three-level bar. A seven-night round-trip cruise from Fort Lauderdale leaves Sept. 10 and visits Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel.
Starting price: $609 a person (about $87 a night)
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Cruise among fjords and take in the majesty of glaciers and snow-capped mountains on the Celebrity Millennium's seven-night cruise starting May 18 in Anchorage, Alaska, and sailing to the Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, and the Inside Passage before docking in Vancouver, Canada. The trip includes prime habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, and whales, as well as small Alaskan towns known for Native American totem poles and Gold Rush-era buildings.
Starting price: $629 a person (about $90 a night) for an interior room

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Some of the highlights aboard the Celebrity Silhouette include stylish champagne and martini bars, Persian gardens, and an adults-only solarium featuring a lap pool and waterfalls. The itinerary for this seven-day round-trip getaway from Fort Lauderdale starts April 16 and includes stops to a private island; Cozumel; George Town; and Falmouth, Jamaica.
Starting price: $649 a person (about $96 a night) for an interior room
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Norwegian also offers a spin on Alaskan scenery, with an observation lounge for stargazing, 14 options for romantic dinners, including Asian, French and Italian restaurants, and a spa for pampering in between ports. This seven-night cruise aboard The Sun leaves Aug. 28 from Vancouver and travels to Anchorage, with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay National Park, and the Hubbard Glacier.
Starting price: $649 a person (about $93 a night)
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The port of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas is said to be one of the most loved cruise stops in the Caribbean, thanks to its pastel houses and emerald hills, and it's just one of the highlights of the Nov. 26 sailing of the Regal Princess, which also visits the Dominican Republic and St. Kitts during its seven-night, round-trip journey from Fort Lauderdale. There are also three days at sea to relax, watch the sunset, and enjoy ship amenities such as hot tubs, a gelateria, spa, and movies under the stars.
Starting price: $699 a person (about $99 a night) for an interior room