Top 5 Romantic Islands Around the World

Seeking a serene escape for you and your significant other? From secluded beaches and famed lagoons to dramatic cliffs, epic sunsets and lush rainforests, these islands span the four corners of the globe and make it hard not to swoon. For your next romantic getaway, here’s what our Destination Specialists say are your best bets.

1. St. Lucia

St. Lucia


What’s not to love about settling into the relaxing rhythm of St. Lucia amidst the stunning backdrop of the UNESCO-protected Pitons? This lush island is favored by honeymooners and those looking to escape and reconnect. Stroll the French colonial gem of Soufrière hand-in-hand, explore the majestic old-growth rainforest or perhaps spice things up and learn the island secrets of traditional St. Lucian dishes on one of our popular Culinary Discovery Tours™.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Island Spices & Cooking Tour

2. Santorini

Is there any place in the world that can compete with the vistas of Santorini? Dramatic cliffs, ancient ruins, picturesque villages – all with your significant other by your side. You really can’t go wrong with adventures in this Greek paradise, but one involving Santorini wine tops our list.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Food & Wine Trails: Santorini’s Boutari Winery, Oia & Fira Visits

3. The Seychelles

The Seychelles


A naturalist’s paradise, the Seychelles are one of those locations on the planet that truly are a world away. La Digue offers gorgeous and romantic beaches, while mountainous Mahé offers excellent hiking and beautiful natural parks as well tropical beaches.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: these secluded islands need no advance planning – arrive, relax and savor every moment of the surreal beauty.

4. Boracay

Declared “World’s Best Island” by Travel+Leisure, Boracay Island is dreamy hidden paradise free from crowds. White Beach is perfect for lazing in the sun by day and enjoying leisurely sunset strolls by evening. The surrounding waters are ideal for snorkeling and often lead you to even more secluded and tranquil stretches of beach that you can enjoy all to yourself.

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Island Beach & Snorkeling

5. Bora Bora

Bora Bora


From the island’s fabled lagoon to off-the-beaten-path villages and beaches, Bora Bora offers endless corners of paradise to uncover together. There are plenty of options for adventures both on land and by sea – off-road safaris, island tours, snorkeling, lagoon cruises and more. Why not cap your Bora Bora island experience off by indulging in a sumptuous dinner at St. Regis on our new exclusive Culinary Discovery Tour?

Romantic Shore Excursion Pick: Gourmet Dinner at St. Regis Bora Bora

A romantic island cruise vacation is the perfect chance to rekindle and re-connect – explore more options now.


South Pacific Recipe: Tahitian Poisson Cru

According to locals, one of the favorite dishes in French Polynesia is Tahitian Poisson Cru. A refreshing island-style mixture of tuna and fresh vegetables prepared with lime and coconut, the dish is a traditional and delicious taste of the French Polynesia. You’ll find plenty of local restaurants on the islands that serve it, and you can enjoy this dish on board at Terrace Café when you’re cruising the South Pacific. Try the recipe below to bring a taste of the islands to your home.


Guest Post: Village Life in Papua New Guinea

By Guest Lecturer Dr. Ken Beattie

The amazing island paradise of Papua New Guinea is rife with contrasts. Papua New Guinea, or PNG as many refer to it, is the eastern portion of the island of new Guinea. The western region is simply known as Western Papua and is part of Indonesia. Millions of years ago, when the seas and oceans were shallower, a natural connection between this island and Northern Australia existed at the Torres Strait. As ancient as time itself, Papua New Guinea is still relatively untouched, especially in the outer villages and in the highlands, and makes for unique and exotic adventures. 


Reasons to Love the South Pacific

By: Thierry Tholon, General Manager

I can’t help but feel nostalgic when Oceania Cruises debuts a new season of itineraries – it always makes me look back on all of my wonderful travel experiences and reflect on the incredible memories. Now that I’ve been with Oceania Cruises for more than a decade, I’ve had the pleasure of sailing aboard all of our ships and all around the world. I’m excited about so many of the voyages in our new Tropics & Exotics Collection – faraway journeys to Asia; around the continent I call home, Australia; up the east coast of Africa and across the Indian Ocean… truly once-in-a-lifetime voyages. There are also lots of great Caribbean escapes and adventures in South America. I have to confess, though, that the region that always catches my eye first is definitely the South Pacific.


A Local’s Guide to French Polynesia

with Chief Purser Maiana TunoaChief Purser - Maiana Tunoa rt

Hibiscus-laden islands, infinite shades of blue, overwater
bungalows and sultry breezes – French Polynesia is quite possibly the most beautiful place on the planet and has inspired incredible tales of exploration throughout the ages. So how do you even begin to plan for your voyage to this Garden of Eden? You ask a local, of course.

We caught up with French Polynesian native and Oceania Cruises’ Chief Purser Maiana Tunoa to get the inside story on what to eat, some secret spots only locals know about, and a few top Tahitian phrases. Read on for the best of Moorea and Tahiti.