Although some cruises offer kid-free onboard spaces or sanctuaries, those seeking a complete escape from the responsibilities of childminding can enjoy a carefree holiday aboard an adults-only cruise. Envision yourself lying in a pool chair with a frozen drink in your hand without a care in the world!
Choose to cruise 18+Let’s face it: It’s healthy to take a break from your children once in a while. It helps everyone gain a newfound appreciation for family, and it can truly breathe life into the mums and dads who haven’t had a chance to romantically connect since baby number 3 arrived. Those who aren’t parents may be even happier to escape the noise and temperaments of children during their holiday. Whatever your reason for choosing an adult cruise, just know that you’re totally justified in taking some time to yourself - child-free.
No matter how you look at it, it’s undeniable that rest and relaxation are among the main objectives of cruise passengers. A deck chocka block with children is far less likely to induce tranquility than a room with ambient music and light-hearted grown-up conversation.
Choose your retreatEven if you choose a cruise ship that allows children, there are generally kid-free areas on mainstream cruise lines. In addition to the seemingly obvious ones such as bars/lounges and late night shows, there are also adults-only pools, spas and various other retreats. When all else fails, heading to your private cabin area is still mint. Princess ships tend to include a “Sanctuary”, which is a lovely, peaceful area where adults can relax. Similarly, Royal Caribbean ships are lauded for the Solarium pool which is primarily adults-only. The “Serenity” retreat found on Carnival ships boasts loungers, bars, spas and more. Last but not least, consider checking out the aptly named “Oasis” from P&O Australia.
Boost Your OddsImprove your chances of successfully booking an adults-only cruise by using the following strategies. Choose dates outside of school holidays if possible, as these are obviously times when holidaymakers are most likely to travel with kids. Opt for cruises of ten or more days, since fewer children tend to be booked onto lengthy cruises.
Lastly, if the budget allows, book a space on a luxury cruise line - although children are typically allowed on these ships, the fact that they do not cater to youth means that it’s unlikely that children will be aboard.
If children are onboard, they are normally well-behaved and well travelled, and you won't be over-run by hordes of children.
Luxury cruise lines that do not offer children clubs are: Oceania, Azamara Club Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises.
No article on adults-only cruises would be complete without mentioning P&O UK: a company which offers adults only cruises on the ships Arcadia and Oriana. These midsized vessels cater exclusively to the over-eighteen crowd. It’s rare to see them in the South Pacific outside of their World Cruises, but it could be worth the extra travel distance to see a new region while traveling in style!