For honeymooners, single passengers and those whose children are all grown up, adult-only cruising promises the ultimate escape. Whether you opt for an exclusively adult-only ship or simply scope out the childfree areas on larger family ships, you’re guaranteed to find a haven of relaxation in which to pass your sea days in peace.
Strictly speaking, there are just a handful of cruise ships specifically catering to adult passengers only. Adult-only cruising remains a niche market and whilst you’ll rarely come across children on many ultra-luxury or exploration ships, it is only P&O Cruises, Saga Cruises and Viking Ocean who currently offer adult-only ships within their fleets.
P&O Cruises led the way for adult-only cruising and remain one of the most popular cruise line for those looking to travel in a childfree environment. Oriana and Arcadia are exclusively for adults, with guests required to be aged 18 years or over to travel on board. Both ships are equally impressive, having recently undergone multimillion pound refurbishments throughout. Dining options on board are exceptional, pools are peaceful and conversation flows over evening drinks in stylish bars and lounges.
Viking Ocean's ships accommodate just 930 guests and none of those are younger than 16. The chic Scandinavian surroundings and serene ambience is everything you'd hope for on an adult-only ship.
Saga Cruises specialise in over 50’s cruising and guests must be aged over 50 years old to board, though a travelling companion may be over 40. The atmosphere on board is friendly and relaxed, with not a kids club or splash pool in sight.
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