P&O Cruises are the only cruise line to offer dedicated adult-only ships. Oriana and Arcadia make up the adult-only fleet, both permitting passengers over the age of 18 years only. P&O Cruises also offer adult-only relaxation venue ‘The Retreat’ on board family ships Ventura, Azura and Britannia. Many other cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, also offer designated ‘adult-only’ areas on board their ships.
Pool areas are often divided into adult, family and kid’s categories, with specific areas reserved for use by adults-only. Some newer ships also incorporate designated ‘teen’ areas too.
Guests who are travelling without children but who do not want to limit themselves to adult-only ships, are recommended to avoid peak children’s holiday times and look at more exotic or longer itineraries. Despite having no adults-only ships, cruise lines including Fred Olsen are known to operate adult-only itineraries.