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"Romantic" might not be the first word to come to mind when you think of a cruise, but a honeymoon at sea offers many opportunities for a sexy little escape:
You can sneak up on deck after dark
During the day, the pool deck is everyone's favorite place to be. But, at night, after everyone has dressed for dinner and wandered off in search of cocktails, the pool deck can be completely empty — even on ships that carry thousands of passengers. Our advice? After you've shared the last spoonful of dessert, head back to your cabin and change into your swimsuits. Grab a couple towels (during the day the crew keeps the deck stocked, but not at night) and head back up to the pool. On a Mediterranean or Caribbean cruise, when the air is warm and faintly salty, there is no better vantage point to check out the stars. And, if you're cruising in a destination that gets chilly at night (such as Alaska) consider hunting down the hot tub after dark instead.
You can sleep under the stars.
Sure, you can use the hot tub at night on just about any ship, but it's only SeaDream Yacht Club's two ships that have Balinese day beds they convert into actually beds after the sun sets with sheets and blankets. Sign up for one of your own, and you can spend the whole night on deck together.
You can have breakfast in bed and dinner in your robe
All of the luxury lines (including Seabourn, Silversea, Crystal, and Regent) will serve you dinner — course by course, from the main dining room or a specialty restaurant — on your balcony or even in bed. And, if you're spending that much for a cruise, you've paid for this service. But there are a few mainstream lines that offer it, too, including Princess, which charges a fee but offers a special menu.
You can stretch out in a hammock
At beach resorts, these casual perches can be a hidden gem for couples looking to stretch out together. And cruise ships are no exception: Star Clippers' masted sailing ships have a bowsprit net, a sort of seafaring "hammock' that extends over the bow of the ship and is big enough for two.
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