For many travelers, there is a distinction between an adults only cruise and a kid-free cruise. The “adults only” phrase conjures up an image of debauchery, risqué activities and even a clothing-optional environment whereas a “kid-free” cruise seems to imply that there is simply a minimum age for guests. But within the cruise ship industry, the two terms are pretty interchangeable. If you are looking for that “what happens on the cruise ship stays on the cruise ship” type of experience, then you will need to research lifestyle-based full ship charters rather than mainstream cruises. But for those who simply want to get away without the kids for a few days, and also without anyone’s kids, there are several options to review.
All Adult Cruises!
The British cruise line P&O offers two ships, the Arcadia and the Oriana which are adult only. And in 2019 they are adding a third vessel, the Aurora to the adult only itinerary. The 50 plus crowd can enjoy no youngsters at all on the Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises or the U.K. based Saga Holidays line. And in 2020 there will be a new player entering the adult cruise industry as Virgin Cruises launches its first of three identical adult only vessels. This new line is using the phrase “unexpected adventure” as a teaser to describe the atmosphere on their luxurious cruise ships.
Other Options for Child-Free Cruising
If you are hoping to experience a region that does not offer a child-free cruise, then there are a few ways that you can try to achieve that adult only peacefulness. For a more affordable but still child-free or close to child-free cruise, be sure to book during the school year and not close to any school holidays. This will greatly decrease the potential for parents who are bringing their kids along for a holiday. If the price is not a concern, research shows that there are always far fewer children on the more expensive cruises. The higher price tag simply makes these bookings less family friendly. And finally, selecting cruise itineraries with fewer kid-friendly attractions and ports is a good way to ensure that you will be traveling with a more “experienced” crowd.
Finding a Sanctuary
Any ship which allows children, meaning teens clear down to the immobile but loud little ones, will provide safe havens for adults. Even the “happiest ships on the water” designate places such as spa areas, casinos, bars and even adults only sun decks where children are not permitted for any reason. And when you are ready to enjoy a nice meal, remember that making a later reservation is likely to reduce or eliminate any younger neighbors who might be loud or unappreciative of the ambiance. Likewise, to enjoy the pool and other common areas of the ship sans children, plan to remain on board during a stop at the most child-friendly port. This strategy should provide several hours of uninterrupted bliss.
For those mature travelers who are looking for relaxation and peaceful days lounging by the pool, adults-only cruises are available and legitimate. No worries that your co-workers will give you that shocked look when you mention taking an adults only cruise. And if you are cruising on a ship with no age restrictions, be sure to seek out the areas that are off-limits to the tykes and teens for some much-needed peace and tranquility.