A Romantic Cruise for Two

Fall in love with Europe’s most inspiring cities on a romantic cruise that’s just right for two.

Canal in Venice, Italy

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Some destinations are so beautiful, so rich in history and architecture that they simply seduce on sight. Traveling to those places aboard a ship considerably bumps up the romance factor when paired with onboard experiences that are perfect for couples. Celebrity Cruises® sets the scene on this romantic cruise—from fresh sea air and moonlight sparkling on water to onboard features such as luxurious staterooms, stylish bars, intimate restaurants and a host of tantalizing extras. Three irresistible stops, each a UNESCO World Heritage site, on Celebrity’s “Adriatic & Italy Cruise” itinerary light the fires of love—the romantic cruise visits two legendary Italian cities, Naples and Venice, and Croatia’s stunning walled city, Dubrovnik.

Venice

It’s hard to believe anyone decided to build a city on islands in a lagoon. Yet we’re grateful they did. Thought to be the world’s most romantic city, Venice was for centuries a fabulously rich maritime power, with enough wealth to build dazzling palaces. Spare cash also went to pleasure, personified in the 18th century by the amorous adventures of Giacomo Casanova. Ever since, Venice has been a magnet for lovers. No wonder George and Amal Clooney chose to get married here.

The Journey

Pamper yourselves with a couples massage in Canyon Ranch SpaClub during your romantic cruise.

The Tip

What’s more romantic than making discoveries together? Jump on a vaporetto (a Venetian water taxi) and explore the city via the Grand Canal. Explore the labyrinth of charming streets and stop for an aperitivo and cicchetti, Venice’s version of tapas.

Pizza margherita in Naples

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Naples

Ancient, romantic and a bit bohemian, Naples teems with life. Its dazzling architecture is a dizzying blend of styles, inspired by the Greeks who founded the city in 470 B.C. and drawing influence from periods under Roman and Byzantine rule; it’s also dotted by Norman castles and Spanish piazzas. It’s where 18th-century naval hero Horatio Nelson fell scandalously in love with Lady Emma Hamilton. Actress Sophia Loren grew up here, too. The birthplace of the baroque-period sculptor Bernini—not to mention pizza—provides the ideal backdrop for your journey.

The Journey

Almost 60 percent of the staterooms aboard Celebrity Constellation® have private, spacious verandas with views that capture the horizon on this romantic cruise. Order up an intimate alfresco dinner for two. If you’ve booked a suite, your private butler will serve the meal.

The Tip

Check out the old city, indulge in pizza margherita at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele (founded in 1870), then do as Neapolitan lovers do and stroll the Lungomare, a seafront pedestrian strip with stunning views of Mount Vesuvius, Capri and two unforgettable castles.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Dubrovnik

The sublimely picturesque medieval walled city of Dubrovnik has played a big role on Game of Thrones, so you’ve no doubt been awed by its ramparts. What you haven’t seen is the city’s sea of white buildings, red roofs, steep pedestrian streets and beautiful Gothic and baroque churches. If getting lost in time, enjoying some of Europe’s best sunsets and sharing fabulous seafood appeals to you, this is the place.

The Journey

Why not cap your romantic cruise with an intimate renewal of your wedding vows? Celebrity Cruises takes care of the details with their Aisle to Isle and True Love Knot renewal options—which offer everything from your choice of floral arrangements, a dedicated photographer and cake to champagne and in-stateroom breakfast for two.

The Tip

You can take in sunsets from atop the walls of or on the lovers’ walk to Porporela at the edge of the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy a romantic dinner with stunning views at Nautika or Restaurant 360°—but make reservations far in advance.

Originally published in the Summer 2016 AAA Traveler.

Explore the magical Mediterranean on a Celebrity cruise. Call 877-396-7159 to talk to a AAA Travel Counselor or book online.

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Marco Ruiz, AAA Travel Counselor, Monterey, Calif.

I love to suggest Italy and Spain because of the culture and the flair of the people–their fashions, language and way of life. They take time to enjoy life's pleasures. When you're there, you feel it, too.

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