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Looking to cruise kid-free? Find out what your options are for an adults-only cruise experience.

While more and more cruise lines cater to families, some cruise lovers just want to get away from it all - and that includes the kids. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for those who like to relax in a peaceful adults only atmosphere, from adults-only onboard spaces and sanctuaries to completely kid-free cruise ships. Imagine the peace and quiet!

Why an Adult Only cruise?

Some kindhearted cruisers might be afraid of being labelled a grinch for wanting to avoid the youngins on their holiday, but that’s very rarely the case! There are many valid reasons that even those who love and adore all children might want to escape, so there's no need to feel guilty for searching out an adult cruise.

Relaxation and unwinding are the top objectives of most cruise holidays, and there’s no arguing that a lack of children running around the place does help to that end. Whether it’s your own children you’re escaping from or other people’s broods, a kid-free environment is very conducive to a relaxing getaway.

Pick your escape

Many mainstream cruise lines, while falling short of a true adults only cruise experience, do provide specific areas where the kids are not allowed to go - and of course, there are many which are a given: late night shows, your own cabin, many of the bars and lounges. The aptly named “Sanctuary” on most Princess ships is one of these, a very pleasant place where quiet is encouraged. Royal Caribbean ships have the Solarium pool which is primarily adults-only, Carnival ships have the “Serenity” retreat with loungers, bar, spas and more. Continuing in the tradition of tranquil names, P&O Australia offer the “Oasis” to adult cruisers popular for Melbourne cruises.

There are also ways to heighten your chances of a mostly child-free cruises, although they are far from guaranteed. Book a cruise well outside of school holiday dates if you can, because the itineraries which take place during the holidays are always packed with families.

Another strategy, if you are willing to splurge, is to opt for a luxury cruise line - these generally allow children onboard but do not specifically cater to them, so young passengers are a rare occurrence, particularly on the more intrepid itineraries.   Luxury cruise lines that do not offer children clubs are: Oceania, Azamara Club Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises.

Lengthy cruises (i.e more than around 10 days) on any line are also less likely to attract young cruisers.

If that’s not quite enough, there is a company which offers adults only cruises on specific ships: P&O UK’s Arcadia and Oriana are midsized vessels catering to passengers aged eighteen and over exclusively. Although neither spend much time in the South Pacific, they do call in occasionally, for example during their World Cruises. If you are very keen on an R18 cruise, it may be worth the travel - and you’ll get to see an exciting new part of the world, too!


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