5 romantic boat trips

5 romantic boat trips

A honeymoon atop the waves can be as energetic or laid back as you like. Explore ashore or swim à deux, the choice is yours on one of these romantic aquatic trips

The River Nile

All hands on deck: What could be more romantic than floating along the River Nile in the land of the Pharaohs? With the recently reopened Lower Nile section of the river, there's more to see than ever before. Journey in the footsteps of Antony and Cleopatra from Aswan to Cairo taking in the breathtaking ancient pyramids, sacred temples and stunning wildlife and scenery as you go.

The announcement of the 'long Nile cruise' reopening is still hot off the press so no boats are yet offering itineraries but keep your ears to the ground for news of boat trips starting this autumn.

Norway's fjords

All hands on deck: Norway's fjord-rich coastline is spectacular all year round. Bask in the midnight sun at the summer's equinox or cuddle up and watch the marvel of the northern lights dance across the winter sky above you. Bragging rights are bestowed upon those who cross the Arctic circle, and beyond lies the magic of the Sami lands. Your surroundings come alive with wildlife in the summer months and are sleepily welcoming in the darkened winter.

Hurtigruten boats offer six-12 trips with full board between Bergen and Kirkenes starting from £672 per person.

Baja California

All hands on deck: Get up close and friendly... with giants on your honeymoon. Baja California (Mexico) is one of the best places in the world to whale watch and the awe inspired by these leviathans is the perfect way to add a touch of magic to your first married adventure. With the chance to tickle a friendly grey whale under the chin, hear the haunting song of the humpback and watch the dolphins frolic, what are you waiting for?

Whale expert Mark Carwardine runs trips around the peninsula starting at £3,295 per person for a 14-day trip with full board.

Mississippi

All hands on deck: Stow away in style on America's most iconic river. The Mississippi is welcoming two new paddle boats to its waters this year injecting a burst of new energy into the river's cruise life, which had all but come to a standstill. Recreate the golden age of Mississippi steamboats with your southern getaway honeymoon and soak up the American culture embedded along the way.

The Great American Steamboat Company and America Cruise Lines both run voyages along this great river. Prices start at around £640.

Italian Ligurian Coast

All hands on deck: A honeymoon fit for a queen and her king; sail around the picturesque coastline of Italy, stopping off to take a dip in secluded coves or nip ashore for drippingly delicious gelato. The north-west Ligurian coast of Italy is home to remote villages nestled in the foothills of the Alps and fishing ports where fish is at its freshest. Spend your days floating wherever the wind takes you and your evenings sampling the country's renowned cuisine by candlelight.

Hire a private yacht and crew to navigate wherever your whim desires. A week in such luxury will set you back about £2,870 per person with Essential Sailing.

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