Date Nights at Sea

Date Night Delights

From candlelit tables for two to movies under the stars to stargazing strolls around deck, nothing’s more soothing than romance at sea.

By Heidi Sarna and Matt Hannafin

Matt: Oh, “romance”: one of the three or four nouns most commonly linked with “cruise.” And now you and I are going to get into an argument about what it really is, which of course isn’t any one thing, but is totally in the eye of the beholder.

Heidi: True. Last summer on Grand Princess in Alaska, when my 10-year-old sons would head back to the playroom after dinner, my husband and I would head to Crooner’s Bar for one more drink and to hear a cool dude called Funch tickle the ivories and seduce us with his smooth Motown ballads. What do you know? It really did feel like a date night.

Matt: Remember? That’s the kind of thing you used to do all the time pre-kids. Now, it feels like you’ve won the lottery. Me, I’ve been to the movies exactly once in the past three years, and that was to take my 5-year-old to How to Train Your Dragon 2. So, my cruise date-night fantasy? A nice dinner for two, followed by a movie — say, aboard one of the Princess Cruises ships. For dinner, let’s say Sabatini’s for a nice Italian meal. Then we’d stroll up to the pool deck, pull two decks chairs together, order popcorn, and take in a Movie Under the Stars. Heaven.

Heidi: Personally, I find the small ships more date-nighty. An alfresco dinner at a table for two in the Topside Restaurant on the stern of the SeaDream twins is my ideal setting. The wine is flowing (and included in the rates), the wind is blowing, the sea is shushing, and there are always delicious seafood dishes, great French cheeses, and breads baked on board. The waiters are handsome, elegant.…

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