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18 Romantic Things to Do on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

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Romance abounds on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Couples activities, sweet surprises, and exciting extras will make any duo swoon. You and your partner will fall in love with each other all over again with this list of 18 romantic things to do on a Royal Caribbean cruise!

Romantic Royal Cruise Caribbean sunset
Romantic Royal Cruise Caribbean sunset (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

Thank you to Royal Caribbean for hosting my husband and me on a two-night media cruise aboard one of their newest ships, Odyssey of the Seas.

1. Get a couples treatment at the Vitality Spa.

Relax together with a little pampering at the Vitality Spa. Book a couples treatment like side-by-side full-body massages. Or book a pedicure date in the at-sea salon so your tootsies are beach and pool ready.

Relaxation lounge at Vitality Spa on Odyssey of the Seas
Relaxation lounge at Vitality Spa on Odyssey of the Seas (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. Eat a romantic dinner at a specialty restaurant.

Besides included dining options at the table service Main Dining Room, counter service at Café Promenade, and buffet-style Windjammer Café, Royal Caribbean ships offer Specialty Dining restaurants for an additional fee. Make reservations to enjoy a romantic dinner together.

Chops Grille steakhouse is available on most ships, serving lobster and prime cuts of meat. Meanwhile, Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine serves inventive dishes in a whimsical setting on select ships. For the ultimate formal dining experience, book a table for two at Chef's Table to enjoy haute cuisine paired with wine.

Some ships even offer teppanyaki for an entertaining and delicious Japanese meal at sea. Other Royal Caribbean ships offer Italian, seafood, Chinese, Brazilian, and/or Mexican specialty options.

Teppanyaki restaurant on Odyssey of the Seas
Teppanyaki restaurant on Odyssey of the Seas (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

3. Get professional photos taken together.

If you're like my husband and me, then you rarely get photos taken together because one of you is always behind the camera (me!). Take advantage of Royal Caribbean's professional photographers to commemorate your cruise.

You could sprinkle your photo sessions throughout your sailing or do as we did and wander around the ship one night searching for photographers and getting photos taken in various settings. I went all out with a blowout at the Vitality Spa salon and we both dressed up to look our best.

View and purchase your digital and print photos at the Photo Gallery on board.

Couple aboard Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas
My husband and me aboard Odyssey of the Seas (Photo taken by Royal Caribbean photographer)

4. Send flowers, sweets, or other treats.

Spoil your sweetheart by ordering Royal Gifts for delivery to your stateroom. Choose from a variety of flower arrangements, sweets like a celebration cake, and merchandise such as a Royal Caribbean luxury bathrobe. You can even have chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne delivered à la Pretty Woman.

Romantic flowers available for delivery on a Royal Caribbean cruise
Tropical Beauty flower arrangement available for stateroom delivery (Photo from RoyalCaribbean.com)

5. Surprise your partner with stateroom decorations.

Ensure Royal Caribbean romance by ordering Room Decor. Choose Birthday, Anniversary, Just Married, or Bon Voyage decorations to be set up by your stateroom attendant. Packages include a magnetic door sign, one mirror cling, a wire photo cable with clips, two hanging ceiling decorations, and a photo frame.

Royal Caribbean romantic stateroom decorations
Anniversary stateroom decorations (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

6. Get married or renew your vows.

What could be more romantic than getting married or renewing your vows during your Royal Caribbean cruise? Most Royal Caribbean wedding packages allow guests to select their own flowers, cake, music, venue, and more.

Choose “Vows At Sea” for a wedding while sailing aboard the ship. To tie the knot in a cruise port or on the ship during a port day, opt for a “Destinations I Do” package. If you'd like guests to attend who won't be joining the cruise, you could even opt for “Embark on Romance” for a ceremony on embarkation day. Meanwhile, the “Just Us” package is for couples who want to celebrate with a simple, stress-free private ceremony.

Newlyweds aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise
Newlyweds aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise (Photo credit: Alain M. Martinez, Royal Caribbean)

7. Watch the sunset over the sea.

Sunsets are romantic on land but it's downright dreamy to watch the sun glow and shimmer as it sets across the sea.

If you've got an ocean view balcony, then you could pull up a chair and view the sun's show from the privacy of your own stateroom. The top decks of the ship always make a great choice for sunset viewing, too.

For the best sunset view at sea, though, nothing can beat North Star. This impressive, enclosed glass pod fits up to 14 passengers and rises 300 feet above sea level during a 15- to 20-minute ride. It's available on Odyssey of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, and Ovation of the Seas.

For more options, take a look at these cruise sunrise and sunset viewing spots suggested by CruiseRadio.net.

North Star on Quantum of the Seas
North Star on Quantum of the Seas (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

8. Toast your love with a cocktail or other beverage.

Do you know what would make that sunset even more romantic? A tasty beverage, that's what!

Choose from Royal Caribbean cocktails like a Lavender Daquiri, Curaçao Cosmo, or Passion Spritz from the variety of bars onboard. Every location offers its own signature drinks. For a unique experience, let a robot mix your cocktail at the Bionic Bar on select ships.

If cocktails aren't your style, worry not. Locations like Vintages offer all sorts of wines for discerning oenophiles. For beer lovers, you'll find a wide array of brews, especially at the English Pub or Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade.

Teetotalers can get in on the fun by ordering Royal Caribbean mocktails like a Blueberry Nojito or Shirley Ginger. Coffee drinks and other hot beverages are also available on Royal Caribbean cruises.

Bionic Bar cocktails
Bionic Bar cocktails (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

9. Spin your partner on the dance floor.

Options vary from ship to ship, but all Royal Caribbean Cruises offer nightclubs where you and your partner can show off your dance moves. Look for parties, too, like Dancing Under the Stars, where passengers dazzle in white and dance to DJ-spun tunes.

My husband and my favorite spot onboard Odyssey of the Seas was Boleros Latin Club, where a six-piece band played spicy tunes like salsa, cumbia, merengue, and samba while couples spun on the dance floor.

If rock is more your style, then jam out at the Music Hall nightclub.

Want a little help with your steps? Look for lessons in salsa, hip-hop, swing, or ballroom on the Cruise Compass daily schedule.

Couple dancing on a Royal Caribbean Cruise
Dancing on a Royal Caribbean Cruise (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

10. Enjoy a pool day together.

Whether you're looking for lots of action with music and exciting waterslides, or you want to chill out in a lounger poolside, you're sure to find the right splashy spot. All Royal Caribbean ships offer several pool decks to choose from.

Forward on every ship, couples will be pleased to find the Solarium. This indoor-outdoor pool area is reserved for adults only (ages 16+ on most sailings). Head here to soak in the hot tub or go for a relaxing swim.

Solarium adult-only pool area on Quantum of the Seas
Solarium on Quantum of the Seas (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

11. Split a sweet with your sweetheart.

If you or your honey has a sweet tooth, then you're in luck. Royal Caribbean's restaurants and buffets are positively bursting with tempting desserts. Plus, they're made fresh onboard every day.

Picture a decadent Red Velvet Cake layered with sweet cream cheese frosting from Chops Grille, the Campfire Cookie at Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade topped with roasted marshmallows, and ice cream, or Kahlua Crème Brûlée from the Main Dining Room.

Why choose just one? Split two…or three!

Array of desserts at Royal Caribbean Café Promenade
Array of desserts at Café Promenade (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

12. Stay sexy and fit while cruising.

Sure, you want to let loose while cruising, but you want to look sexy in your swimsuit, too! Thankfully, there are lots of ways to stay in shape on board Royal Caribbean ships and during shore excursions.

Couples can hit the onboard fitness center together. There's one located on every ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. There you'll find weight machines and free weights for your lifting pleasure. Plus, there are all sorts of cardio equipment like stationary bikes, stair steppers, and treadmills.

Spin class on Anthem of the Seas
Spin class on Anthem of the Seas (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

If exercise classes are more your thing, then you'll be pumped to know fitness classes are included with your cruise. Sign up for Pilates, yoga, spin sessions, sculpting classes, and more via your online Cruise Planner or once onboard.

There are lots of fun options for those who prefer exercising outdoors, too. Jogging tracks are available on every ship to walk or run off those cruise calories. Head to the onboard sports court for games like basketball, volleyball, and tennis. Look also for climbing walls, miniature golf courses, and FlowRider for surfing and boogie boarding.

Couple on FlowRider on Quantum of the Seas
FlowRider on Quantum of the Seas (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

13. Get your hearts pumping during shore excursions.

Shore excursions present an opportunity for couples to try something new and thrilling together. Get your hearts pumping with a zip-lining adventure, helicopter ride, or Segway tour. Choose active port activities like guided nature hikes, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, kayaking, snorkeling, and more. The couple that plays together, stays together!

Of course, more mellow options are available as well for couples seeking relaxation like beach visits, driving tours, and culinary options. If your cruise includes a stop at CocoCay, then Royal Caribbean's private island in The Bahamas, then you may want to splurge on a private cabana.

Couple on Royal Caribbean kayaking shore excursion in the Mediterranean
Kayaking shore excursion in the Mediterranean (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

14. Buy a token of your affection in the Royal Shops.

Want to buy a gift for your significant other while at sea? Happily, all Royal Caribbean ships offer shopping. Note that stores are only open while sailing, not in ports.

Browse fine jewelry and watches, perfume and cosmetics, Royal Caribbean logo items, and designer handbags.

You could also surprise your partner with a bottle of their favorite scotch, tequila, or other liquor but these may not be consumed at sea and must be retrieved at your final cruise destination.

You might also find clothing, sunglasses, greeting cards, stuffed toys, chocolates, and other goodies in the Royal Shops.

Royal Esplanade shopping on Spectrum of the Seas
Royal Esplanade shopping area on Spectrum of the Seas (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

15. Bet on your anniversary date in Casino Royale.

Ante up for love in your ship's casino. Hit the poker, blackjack, or craps tables together. Slot machines and other video gambling games are also available. As a romantic gesture, bet your anniversary date at a roulette table!

Royal Caribbean roulette table in Casino Royale
Roulette table in Casino Royale (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

16. View a movie under the stars.

On outdoor movie nights, Royal Caribbean shows first-run movies under the stars. Couples can watch films together by moonlight on the pool deck in the Aqua Theatre. Some ships offer indoor movie viewings instead.

Outdoor movie on Anthem of the Seas
Outdoor movie on Anthem of the Seas (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

17. Watch incredible live entertainment.

Royal Caribbean is among the best cruise lines in the world for onboard entertainment. Look forward to Broadway-caliber shows like “Mama Mia,” “Grease,” and “Hairspray” on some ships. You might also get a chance to see breathtaking acrobatic performances in state-of-the-art theaters or side-splitting stand-up comedy routines.

Cruise Critic says, “Royal Caribbean has long been at the forefront of innovative cruise ship entertainment, introducing unique offerings never before seen at sea on its new ships over the years. It's the first (and only) line to offer ice skating shows in an onboard rink (on select ships) and water-based acrobatic shows in a pool-based stage area (on Oasis-class ships).”

Romantic 1977 Ice Show onboard Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas
1977 Ice Show onboard Symphony of the Seas (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

18. Order room service.

Sometimes the most romantic thing you can do is stay in. When you're craving some couple time with just your partner, order room service. You can cuddle up in your stateroom for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack in bed.

This service is available 24 hours per day. Continental breakfast is included while hot breakfast items are available for a fee. A service fee is charged for all room service deliveries.

Romantic Royal Caribbean room service
Room service at sea (Photo credit: Royal Caribbean)

Book your Royal Caribbean romantic vacation.

Ready for Royal Caribbean romance? Book your cruise now directly with Royal Caribbean or read ship reviews and look for Royal Caribbean cruise deals via Cruise Critic!

Couple on romantic beach getaway
(Photo credit: EpicStockMedia, Depositphotos.com)

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Cruising as a family? Read our tips for planning a romantic getaway with the kids.

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A Note from The Travel Mama: My husband and I were hosted by Royal Caribbean on a two-night cruise aboard an Odyssey of the Seas cruise for media and travel agents. I will not receive any other compensation from Royal Caribbean related to this article. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, TravelMamas.com. She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. Ntensibe Edgar says

    Hhhhmmmm….I believe it would be watching the sunset over the sea! That must be phenomenal!

  2. Ohh this is so beautiful. Pictures are amazing. I am sure you guys had a great time there. The stateroom decor is too good and not to mention the viewing sunset from cruise.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Subarna – It would be hard not to feel romantic if my husband surprised me with the stateroom decor! 😍 

  3. Decorations in the state room are such a good idea. I think that would be a welcome surprise.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Wouldn’t that be a wonderful welcome?! I’d love if my husband surprised me with stateroom decorations!

  4. Elizabeth O says

    I love your list. When you are married for a long time, things can get pretty lame and routined. It’s great to break out from our routine and have an exciting cruise. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Elizabeth – You’re so right…it’s easy to fall into a rut! Our Royal Caribbean Cruise definitely helped perk up my relationship with my husband! 🙂

  5. Such an awesome post for having a lovely Valentine day. Loved the post.

  6. Heatherkleinwolf says

    Watching a sunset at sea sounds amazing. Too bad I have horrible motion sickness.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      I have terrible motion sickness, too! I have a tough time on small boats, on winding roads in cars (especially in the backseat!!), and feel sick on airplanes. Thankfully, though, I fare well on cruise ships, especially new large ships like Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas! It depends on where you sail, too. I had a tough time on a cruise from San Diego to Mexico on the first and last day of the sailing because of the rough Pacific Ocean water before we reached Gulf waters. The Caribbean, though, has pretty mellow waves. I might suggest trying a two-night cruise in the Caribbean to see how you fare before venturing on a longer cruise. And bring along your motion sickness meds like Dramamine or get a prescription from your doctor for something stronger!

  7. I love all these romantic things to do. We might not be able to do them all but at least one or two. I’d love to watch incredible live events.

  8. briannemanzb says

    Onboard activities and entertainment is the best way to celebrate Valentine’s this year with your family. I know our cruise fare always includes tons of memory-maxing onboard attractions and delicious dining options.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Brianne – Agreed! There are lots of upgrades families or couples can choose but one of the things I really love about cruises is that so much is already included. You don’t worry about breaking the bank after you’ve already paid for your cruise and just relax and have a wonderful time!

  9. Cruising as a family sound great. I’d love to be able to do it at least once this year! Thanks for sharing this

  10. These are some really romantic things to do. I’d always loved to watch a movie under the stars.

  11. These are great suggestions that all couples will enjoy! I would love the couple’s spa treatment! We had a massage on the beach in Jamaica a couple of years ago and it was very romantic!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Millie – A couples beach massage sounds amazing! In addition to the onboard Vitality Spa, cruisers can get spa treatments on CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island.

  12. This post is perfect timing! We have a cruise credit from the pandemic that we would like to use this coming July for both our anniversary and my son’s birthday. It would be nice to select some things to do just for us as a couple, I’m bookmarking this so I don’t forget. Thank you!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Christine – How exciting! Have a wonderful (and romantic!) time on your cruise this summer!

  13. I always enjoy a nice excursion with my family on a cruise. Although, a spa day would be quite nice too.

  14. So many things to do! I have never been on a cruise before but I would love to experience a spa, specialty meal and watch a movie under the stars. How amazing would that be?!

    Maureen

  15. Heather Castillo says

    I can’t wait to go on a cruise with my husband. He’s actually never been on one!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Heather – What a wonderful trip that would be! Hope you can take your husband on a cruise sometime soon!

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