We recently covered this topic in our winter edition of our quarterly magazine, ‘Into The Blue’.
Cruising has fast become a family favourite with many passengers now travelling with children, and why not, cruises are perfect for children – there is so much for them to do! However, some people may seek a cruise that allows complete peace, quiet and relaxation – a time to unwind and recharge in a child free environment. Adult only cruising provides just that, it is a holiday that appeals to honeymooners, people whose children are grown up and single passengers. Although the majority of cruises are aimed at families, adult only cruises are becoming more commonplace in today’s cruise market and demand is certainly evident.
Who’s Setting The Trends?
P&O Cruises are leading the way in their dedication to adult only cruising. This cruise line began catering to this niche by transforming Arcadia, Oriana and most recently Adonia into leading cruise ships for the adult only preference. Tranquil and serene, these adult only selections offer that extra special touch of relaxation to give guests a real break away from the strains of day to day life. Oriana is a timeless classic that continues to impress whoever sail aboard her, whilst Arcadia recently underwent a thorough refurbishment in November 2013 that included a new deckhouse concept, a makeover for the Crow’s Nest, new carpets, curtains, incabin entertainment and shops. Arcadia also received a brand new dining venue in the form of Atul Kochhar’s ‘East’. Adonia is also a fantastic ship but differs from the others in size. Her intimate size allows her to head off the beaten track and take in destinations other larger cruise vessels could only dream of.
Luxury cruise lines are also an excellent choice when looking for adult only cruising. Choosing a luxury cruise line such as Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas or Cunard would be a good start, as they tend to provide less programs and activities to cater for young passengers. River cruises are also favoured by adults and an excellent option for relatively child-free cruising. Avoid the larger family friendly ships; knowing that the majority of families will opt for these ships leaves other less family orientated ships almost child-free.
Seeking Out Child-Free Areas On Board
Whilst purpose-built adult only ships may be few and far between, many cruise lines are waking up to the idea that having specific areas for adults only on board is a necessity to cater for modern day demand. Guests seeking tranquillity require areas where they can go to simply relax. The introduction of quiet, adult only areas on board has been a revelation. It was Royal Caribbean that initially identified the need for such areas and responded by introducing adult only solarium areas on board. This began with basic facilities but has gone on to now provide stunning attractions including tile mosaics and tropical foliage, music channelled underwater and fascinating features such as two large hot tubs cantilevered out 12 feet from the sides of the ship. Princess Cruises have created The Sanctuary, a beautiful retreat located at the forward area of the ship. This hidden treasure for adults is adorned with plush loungers and massage cabanas along with its own private pool. Norwegian Cruise Line responded with the introduction of such concepts as the ‘POSH Beach Club’ aboard Norwegian Epic at the peak of the ship and most recently the stunning ‘Haven’ on board Norwegian Breakaway.
Plan Your Cruise Carefully
Plan ahead when you’re looking to cruise. If you’re looking to sail outside of school holiday periods then it’s likely there will be very few, if any, children on board but if you are restricted to these dates then consider a P&O adult only cruise or look into the aforementioned options and allow our cruise consultants to point you in the right direction.
We’ll ensure we find a cruise with as many adult only options on board as possible for you to enjoy. Call our Cruise Consultants today on 01246 819819 or read more about Adult Only Cruising here.