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Best everSailing on Valentine’s Day has got to make for one of the most romantic cruise vacations ever.# At sea, cruise lines offer an experience not to be missed on holidays and Valentine’s Day is no exception.# Princess Cruises, of course, rates high on the popular February holiday with their fleet of Love Boats but other lines as well have special offerings for the cupid’s holiday.
Most important:# Many cruise lines have a cut-off seven days prior to sailing to add Bon Voyage gifts.# That makes today the day to do this.
Carnival Cruise Lines has an XOXO Forever Gift Set that includes includes Bottle of Korbel Sparkling wine from California with 2 etched Champagne Flutes (your choice of “Love”, “Anniversary” or “Honeymoon”). Collapsible Carnival XOXO Embroidered ice bucket with lid tongs; Tic-Tac-Toe game with metal heart shapes and matching base is made of acrylic set in a smooth wood pattern. Love Coupon book, filled with redeemable passionate kisses to watching the sunset together; red silk rose petals finishes this romantic gift set.

Or a special Bon Voyage Cake, just for Valentines Day. This delicious golden cake, covered with rich butter cream frosting, is the perfect sweet treat for celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Best ever possible Valentine’s Day gift?# Princess Cruises Renewal of Vows ceremony.# The base package ($220) includes a renewal of vows ceremony,# an orchid bouquet and boutonniere for the ceremony, a commemorative certificate for “renewal of vows” signed by the Captain, a bottle of champagne in your stateroom, 2 Princess Cruises engraved souvenir champagne glasses, a framed formal portrait, a 14-piece Godiva heart-shaped box of chocolates.# The Deluxe Package ($495) gets all that plus a champagne breakfast in bed – a half bottle of French champagne delivered with breakfast to your stateroom the morning of your choice, 2 (really nice) Princess Cruises waffle robes – gifts for you to take home, a visit to the Lotus Spa® – one 25-minute therapeutic massage or facial per person, Canapés or petit fours delivered to your stateroom on a selected evening and a personalized invitation from the Captain to visit the bridge while in port

“It’s the most romantic day of the year,” says HerCampus, the #1 on line magazine for college women, adding “…until you end up basically sitting in the lap of the couple next to you at an exorbitantly expensive Valentine’s Day dinner, wondering if the gift you got your boyfriend was too much or not enough.”
AskMen, an on line magazine offering advice on dating and secrets of love, agrees. “Valentine’s Day is a big deal, so whatever you have planned for February 14th this year, be sure to make it memorable. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be especially elaborate, but making her feel special is essential”
Checking in with both sources, we found 10 great travel-related things to do on Valentine’s Day.

  1. Reenact your first date- “There’s a good chance that the beginning of your relationship was the time when you made the most effort to show her your romantic side, so why not turn back the clock and remind her how charming you were when you were wooing her?” says AskMen. “Women love it when men remember details from when they were still getting to know each other. Think back to your first date, and take her to the same place, eat the same food and do the same things that first sparked your romance.”
  2. Go ice-skating- HerCampus rates ice-skating high for a Valentine’s Day date. “If romantic comedies have taught us anything, it is that skating rinks breed romance. So go have yourself a Serendipity moment and spend the day ice-skating with your BF-don’t forget the cocoa! “
  3. Get Physical- No, not that kind of “physical,” says AskMen who agrees, ice skating is a good idea, encouraging us to “start things off by getting your heart rates up together doing something fun. Take her out ice skating or cross-country skiing, or spend some time together at an indoor swimming pool. The idea is to enjoy a little activity and get those endorphins flowing to leave you both in loving moods.”

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