If you're planning a short honeymoon and haven't yet decided on what sort of getaway to organise for your first week or so as man and wife, why not consider booking a cruise? There's nothing more romantic than admiring the sea views from your own private balcony as you sail towards some idyllic destination.
Cruises are a great way of taking in places that interest you, whether it is the Mediterranean, northern Europe or the Caribbean. You can look forward to whiling away the hours on a white sand beach, making your way around ancient sites or taking part in cultural traditions; whatever your tastes, you can be sure of finding a cruise that will cater to them.
What's more, opting to take a break aboard a ship allows you to really relax and make use of the amenities on offer. You can opt for a deluxe cabin with a sea view and its own balcony to watch the sun set with your loved one every evening, while taking advantage of 24-hour services that include concierge facilities and even a butler.
If you want to really kick back, an all inclusive cruise could be ideal, as this allows you to pay for your evening drinks upfront and takes account of the service charge too, so you'll have less to think about during your honeymoon. The option includes certain drinks from the bars, restaurants and even some of those consumed in your cabin.
Many cruise lines offer special packages for newlyweds that will really make your break memorable. If you choose to add a romantic element to your getaway, you could benefit from elegant trays of canapes and champagne, as well as fresh fruit and flowers in your room for the duration of your stay.
Little extras like these can help you feel really spoiled, and that's something you're sure to want from a honeymoon cruise. To add to the total relaxation of your stay, make use of the onboard spa facilities and unwind in the therapeutic waters or have a massage to soothe away any stresses left behind after the big day.
If you'd rather get active as part of your break, you'll find plenty of opportunities to do so during your time on the ship. There tend to be squash, tennis and basketball courts onboard, while you might also want to take a dip in one of the pools to be found on your chosen vessel or have an exhilarating run around the jogging track.
When evening falls, there'll be plenty of chance for fine dining if you want to enjoy a romantic meal, and afterwards you could take in a show at the theatre. From opera and musicals to illusions and performances on ice, there's bound to be something that will cater to your entertainment tastes.
There's usually a casino onboard, too, so why not take your chances on the slot machines, at the blackjack or poker tables, or see if Lady Luck will reward you in a game of roulette? If you've still got energy to burn at the end of the night, head to one of the lively nightclubs, where you can dance until the small hours if this is something you enjoy doing.
A honeymoon cruise is the perfect way to pamper yourself and your partner as you celebrate your first weeks of married life together.