All Hearts on Deck! Onboard.com, the expert in planning and booking romantic travel on the high seas, is running an online sweepstakes through Valentine’s Day for the chance to win a week-long, $1,500 dreamy cruise for two. Enter onboard.com/cruise-sweeps!
All Hearts on Deck comes as Onboard.com announced its cruise trends for 2015, where the go-to site for dreaming and planning cruises saw love in the cards for many ship passengers in the New Year. The expert cruise advisors predicted:
Cruisers Will Fall in Love on the High Seas
Studies have shown that as many as one in five cruisers will fall in love onboard in their lifetime. Whether they meet at a nightclub or at dinner, on the ship deck or during a gripping game of trivia, cruise ships are full of places for a movie meet-cute, and according to Onboard.com, 2015 will be the year for cruise romance. Celebrity Cruises’ Reflection features The Hideaway, a library-like area on Decks 7 and 8 with space-age pod-style seating for two, perfect for canoodling during off-hours, and The Crow’s Nest bar on Holland America Line’s ms Veendam, with its jaw-dropping, forward-facing view just above the bridge, is a little-known intimate spot ideal for getting to know someone.
Do-It-Yourself Destination Weddings Within Reach
Brides-to-be will have more choices when it comes to planning a destination wedding in 2015. Beyond the traditional cruise ship ceremony, the New Year brings a rise in port weddings and special celebrations for non-cruising guests. Carnival will continue to offer departure-day ceremonies, with an onboard reception for guests who are not sailing, while Royal Caribbean will treat big wedding parties of 25 cabins or more with a complimentary open bar at their receptions. For some couples, wedding planning will be as simple as choosing the destination, enlisting the help of a cruise line’s dedicated planner, and showing up on the big day. With these and more amenities catering to couples and their families, cruise weddings will emerge as a major trend in 2015.