International Cruises for Adults Only

Although most cruises welcome all, some are less kid friendly than others, but not on purpose. Here’s what we mean. Luxury cruises are expensive and they feature a wide variety of entertainment options for adults only such as a large number of casinos, lounges, bars, and events just for couples and singles. These features tend to deter families with children. Many families are on a budget and interested in activities for kids will turn to cruise lines such as Disney and Carnival.

For adults, some of the top luxury cruise lines in the industry today are Orient Lines (specifically Orient’s Marco Polo cruise ship), Cunard Line (Queen Mary 2), Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Classic International, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Fred Olsen, Hebridean Island Cruises, African Safari Club, Crystal Cruises, Discover Egypt, Ocean Village, and P&O Cruises. Many Holland America Line and Norwegian Cruise Line vessels cater to adults as well.

When searching cruises for adults only there are also several signs that the line is probably (mostly) kid-free. Look for cruise lines that:

-Sail to exotic locations
-Offer under 50% supplement
-Offer single cabins,
-Offer shared cabins,
-Offer hosts

Hosts are simply “gentlemen” selected on the basis of their dancing ability. Dance hosts can be found on Cunard Lines Queen Elizabeth, Orient’s Marco Polo, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, and Silversea ships as well as some Holland America Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines vessels.

Out of all luxury cruise lines, Orient Lines is probably the best for adult travelers and singles. Voted one of the Top 10 Large-Ship Cruise Lines by Travel+Leisure (2007), Orient Lines offers 0% supplement on selected grades, 25% for other grades, and 75% for A grades and suites. Orient Lines also features “social staff” including congenial gentleman on hand to serve as social hosts, and eight single cabins, aboard Marco Polo, consisting of B Grade – 816, D Grade – 643, 648, 656, 661, and K Grade – 267, 101, 102.

Orient Lines has sailings to Europe, Africa, Egypt, South America, Antarctica, and (spring) Transatlantic. Orient Lines cruises may range from 11 days up to 52 days or more. At the time this article was written, Orient Lines (owned by Norwegian Cruise Line) was in the process of acquiring a new owner. Details will be posted to the official Orient Lines website as they become available, www.orientlines.com.

For links to all cruise line websites, including the cruise lines mentioned in this article, visit Ships and Cruises at www.shipsandcruises.com.

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