This Luxurious, Adult-Only Cruise Meant For Couples Promises A Fun, Unique Getaway

Even if you've never been on a cruise, chances are you're familiar with names like Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Disney Cruise Line. What all three have in common is that these primarily cater to family vacations. However, if you're seeking a cruise line for a romantic couples getaway, there's Desire Cruises. Established in 2016 (via European CEO), Desire Cruises is a Mexican-based company offering couples 21 and older a once-in-a-lifetime escapade. That said, this is not your typical cruise. 

Desire Cruises endorses itself as the "Sensual Way to Sail Away," and with good reason. The ship features clothing-optional areas, including the pool deck. In addition, the onboard entertainment provided is risqué. Think burlesque shows, strip teases, and cabaret dancing. Themed couple's events are also the norm. Likewise, there's a playroom for passengers wanting to continue their escapades outside their cabin. 

Desire Cruises has four week-long upcoming voyages at the time of this writing. In May 2024, the ship is sailing the French Riviera, and in September, Greece to Turkey. The following May and September, respectively, feature a cruise from Rome to Barcelona and Athens to Rome. 

Although a cabin on Desire Cruises won't come cheap, the adventures provided are well worth the price.

What's included on a Desire Cruise

Regardless of where you sail with Desire Cruises, the experience provided is similar. Passengers on the French Riviera, Greece to Turkey, Rome to Barcelona, or Athens to Rome cruise can expect clothing-optional areas and playrooms. Likewise, Desire Cruises voyages are all-inclusive.

Thus, drinks (alcoholic and otherwise), access to multiple dining venues, and room service are included in the price of your stay. Couples workshops and various entertainment options, such as pool parties, are also offered on each voyage. 

So, how much can passengers expect to pay for a Desire cruise? Prices range from $6,000 for an Interior Stateroom to $43,000 for a massive 2,000+ square-foot Owner's Suite. This cost is per cabin, not per person, and excludes taxes and other fees. In addition, you need to factor in the cost of the travel to your departure port and return home. 

Each cruise features a day or half a day at sea. This means you and your significant other can spend your time offboard exploring dreamy destinations together. For example, the Rome to Barcelona cruise departs on May 13, 2025, and ends on May 20. Port days include Naples, Malta, Mallorca, and more. If this sounds like something you and your partner are interested in, you can book a Desire Cruise online.  

Desire Resorts provides a similar experience on land

If sea voyages aren't your thing, but you're intrigued by Desire Cruises, there's good news: Desire also has resorts. They include Desire Riviera Maya and Desire Riviera Maya Pearl (seen in the Tiktok Above). Both are near Cancun, Mexico and are located within 20 minutes of each other. 

Similarly to the Desire Cruises, Desire Riviera Maya features themed party nights and is clothing optional. In fact, the stunning beachside resort features a nude beach. In addition, they offer various couple's experiences, including a $250 four-course beachside dinner. 

Desire Riviera is all-inclusive, and a weeklong stay for two adults can cost over $6,000. In February 2024, Desire Riviera Maya will unveil their expansion project, The Eden. It features luxe contemporary decor, a rooftop jacuzzi lounge, a new playroom, and much more. Rooms at The Eden start at $658 and go for over $2,000 a night for a suite. 

Likewise, Desire Riviera Maya Pearl is also all-inclusive and has many of the same services and amenities provided by Desire Riviera Maya. However, the most significant difference is that Desire Riviera Maya Pearl offers a more exclusive stay through its mansion suites. It includes a butler, dining services, and a private pool, amongst other things. Rates start at $1,355 per night. 

Other highlights you can expect at Desire Riviera Maya and Desire Riviera Maya Pearl include countless on-site restaurants and lavish spas that provide couples treatments. Whether you sail on a Desire Cruise or stay at a Desire resort, one thing's for sure: the experience will be unforgettable.