Best Bachelorette Cruise Ideas. Including the best cruise lines for a bachelorette party and great party favors

Best Bachelorette Cruise Ideas

Looking for an epic bachelorette party idea?  A cruise!  A bachelorette cruise is a super fun and memorable way to celebrate this special occasion. A cruise ship is an ideal venue to host a party.

8 Reasons a cruise vacation is a great choice for a bachelorette party.

  • So many fun things to do
  • Amazing food
  • Yummy drinks
  • No need for a designated driver
  • Free entertainment
  • Fun atmosphere
  • Way more fun than a traditional 1 night party
  • Beautiful destinations

Best bachelorette cruise ideas including the best cruise lines for a bachelorette party, bachelorette cruise shirts and party favors

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So grab your best friends and plan a bachelorette cruise.

This article will include:

  • Best cruise lines for a bachelorette party cruise
  • Popular bachelorette cruise destinations
  • Bachelorette cruise tips
  • Bachelorette cruise ideas for make it extra special

Each cruise line and cruise ship offer different amenities, be sure to research your ship before booking.  Your travel agent can help with this.

Best cruise lines for a bachelorette party (or bachelor party cruise)

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Lines

In no particular order and in my opinion.

All three of the above cruise lines have fun amenities and activities, generally a younger crowd, fun deck parties, pools, hot tubs, incredible food, a spa, live music and friendly crew members.   

These three often are the most affordable as well (this of course can change with specials or promotions).

If you are looking for a little more upscale bachelorette party you could look at Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises or the newer Virgin Cruise Lines.  Virgin Cruises is an adult only cruise line.

Popular bachelorette cruise itineraries


Western Caribbean

Baja Mexico


Some cruise lines have their own private island in the Bahamas.  Royal Caribbean has Perfect Day at Coco Cay.  This is an incredible island with a beautiful pool, great beaches and even a waterpark.  Norwegian Cruise Line has Great Stirrup Cay which is a beautiful island with white sand beaches to relax at.

Best Bachelorette Cruise Ideas. Including the best cruise lines for a bachelorette party and great party favors

Bachelorette Cruise Tips

Consider a weekend cruise

A short cruise makes for a perfect bachelorette cruise.  While I’m sure no one will want to get off the ship after only 3  or 4 days, it will be cheaper and easier for your closest friends to get the time off.

Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise line, and Carnival have 3 and 4 day cruises from several departure points in the U.S. including New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, and several Florida ports (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Tampa).

If you want to stretch your cruise vacation a little longer, you can also find a few 5-day cruise itineraries.

Arrive the day before

This is an important tip for any cruise vacation.  You don’t want to miss the cruise ship and miss the best party bachelorette weekend!

This also allows you to be fully rested and make the most out of every minute of your destination bachelorette party.

Consider a drink package

Check with the cruise line for the drink package cost.  The drink packages include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  It can not only save you money but help to know ahead of time how much your cruise vacation will cost.  Each cruise line has a different inclusions and different drink package options.

Eat in the main dining rooms

This is a money saving cruise tip.  The food in the main dining room is included in your cruise fare.  The cruise lines all have specialty restaurants that have an additional cost.  Save money by dining together at the restaurants you have already paid for. 

Check the dress code (to help with packing)

Most cruise lines have a formal night or two during a cruise.  The remaining nights are usually “smart casual” or “resort casual”.  The dress code applies to the main dining room. 

Norwegian Cruise Line no longer has formal nights, they have gone to a “dress up or not” approach. 

It can be fun to get all dressed up and take lots of photos.

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Combined bachelorette/bachelor party

While for some people this will be a definite NO, for others it can add to the fun and even save money. 

You could have a joint party all cruise long or have separate nights.  One night could be the bachelor party and the girls can stay away from certain areas (say the night club and casino).  The girls could get spa treatments while the boys are partying away. 

Then another night it could be the girls bachelorette party where the guys stay away from the areas the girls are at.

Having the bridesmaids and groomsmen plus close friends mingling all cruise long is sure to be a good time. It can add to the fun on the big day as well, as everyone will be that much closer.

Cruise Bachelorette Party Ideas

These extra special touches will make your cruise bachelorette party epic.

Bachelorette cruise shirts

Matching or co-ordinated shirts are super popular right now.  They are a great way to celebrate and remember your girl’s weekend.  Bachelorette cruise shirts are eye catching and a great conversation starter. 

Here are some great options.

Bachelorette cruise shirts.  Nauti bride and several different bridal party shirt sayings
Photo by Brilliant Bridal Shop

These last sail before the veil tank tops are a cute option too.

Last sail before the veil bachelorette cruise shirt
Photo by LuckTen

Here is another option with some fun sayings.

Nauti bride bachelorette cruise shirt
Photo by Last Chance Boutique

Bachelorette cruise scavenger hunt

No bachelorette party is complete without a scavenger hunt or other fun games.

Here are some great options.

Adult cruise ship scavenger hunt for group cruises, family reunion cruises and bachelorette cruises

This cruise bachelorette party bundle looks like a fun option too.

Bachelorette cruise party games
Photo by Print Junction

Fun bachelorette cruise ideas

You will be the star of the entire ship with these fun items.

Bachelorette cruise custom tattoos – how great are these?!?

Bachelorette crusie custom tattoos
Photo by Shop Tattitude

Fun captain and sailor hats.

Bachelorette cruise captains had and brides mate hat
Photo by TapestryinApril

Cruise bachelorette party sashes.

Lets get nauti and bride's last sail bachelorette cruise party sashes
Photo by Love and Luxe Handmade

Stateroom door magnets

Personalized stateroom door magnets. Magnets are a fun way to decorate your stateroom door (they are not allowed on Norwegian cruise line’s ships however). For the cruise lines that allow stateroom door decorations you could choose something like this, but personalized as you’d like.

cruise magnets - 3 different drink magnets
Stateroom door magnets.
Photo by Cruise Designs BB

Bachelorette cruise party favors

Everyone will love these cute party favors. They are great souvenirs and are a great way to remember the amazing time you had celebrating this special occasion with your besties and maybe even new friends.

Nautical hair ties

Nautical themed hair ties make a great cruise bachelorette party favor
Photo by Peach Poppy Co

Oh Ship party favor bags. Create your own little bachelorette packages with these cute personalized bags.

Oh Ship bachelorette party kit bags are personalized and a fun souvenir.
Photo by Classy By Crissy

Everyone loves (needs) lip balm. Why not add these Bride Tribe lip balms to the little goodie bags above?

Great cruise bachelorette party favor idea
Photo by Luck Ten

Personalized tumblers would be something that can be used over and over.

Cute personalized tumblers as bachelorette cruise gifts
Photo by Glitz Glamour Studio

As you can see a cruise ship is the perfect venue to host a bachelorette party. Use some of these ideas to host the best bachelorette party ever. You will definitely make some life long memories.

For the first time cruiser, here are some related posts that might interest you.

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What to Pack in Your Shore Excursion Bag

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