The Best Kid-Free Cruises Gallery
March 19, 2018
For an adults-only affair at sea
The Best Kid-Free Cruises
There’s no denying that cruises are a fantastic kid-friendly vacation option. However, there are times when you might not feel so kid-friendly yourself. It’s quite understandable to want a vacation that’s a bit more relaxed and peaceful, a trip that possibly caters to more adult tastes. And if that’s the case, that doesn’t mean you need to rule out one of the best all-inclusive options altogether.
As cruises, resorts, hotels, museums, and even restaurants are becoming more and more focused on being as family-friendly as possible, it can be difficult to find a child-free oasis, far from the screaming laughter (or crying) of young ones and full of more entertainment catered specifically to a more mature audience. If that’s exactly what you’re looking for, however, you’re in luck. We’ve found some great cruise lines that either cater entirely to an adult clientele or have a few ships reserved for passengers looking to enjoy the best of cruise ship amenities among only adult company.
Enjoy fantastic entertainment meant for a more mature audience, such as cabaret shows, enrichment programs with experts teaching a variety of subjects, and workshops teaching you skills from computer science to arts and crafts, as well as adult-oriented excursions to shows and museums in cities around the world. Cruise ships are known for their superb dining, and with a child-free itinerary, you can enjoy the best fine dining the sea has to offer as well as a nice, quiet lunch at an on-deck café. With absolutely delicious menus and exciting entertainment on board as well as amazing must-see destinations on their itinerary, these cruises are perfect for passengers looking to a take a break from the kids — whether it’s theirs or others'.
Azamara Club Cruises: Cuba Intensive Voyage
Azamara Club Cruises has small ships with adult-focused entertainment and activities, meaning children will be a rare sight. Enjoy fine dining and shows such as an opera, live theatre, or enrichment programs featuring guest lecturers discussing topics like art history, psychology, military history, sports, and more. We believe a visit to Cuba is an urgent must for any serious traveler, and the many reasons why are quite clear on their 10-night Cuba Intensive Voyage which takes a round trip from Miami with stops at the Cuban cities of Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Certain voyages may also stop in Key West, Georgetown in Grand Cayman, or Labadee in Haiti.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages: British Isles Discovery
Most of the ships in the fleet of British cruise line Cruise & Maritime Voyages are child-free, meaning you won’t find any passengers under the age of 16 on them. Ships will have guest speakers giving informative talks on a variety of subjects as well as comedians giving hilarious performances. Guests can also learn arts and crafts such as painting, calligraphy, and bead jewelry from experts, as well as learn how to best utilize their cameras with the help of a professional photographer. We recommend you set sail with their British Isles Discovery journey; itineraries vary, but stops include a visit to the Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands, Orkney Islands, Dublin (one of the places you definitely need to visit this year), and more.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines: Islands of the Indian Ocean
U.K.-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has plenty of adults-only journeys aboard their smaller ships, perfect for a more intimate and personalized cruise experience. We recommend the Islands of the Indian Ocean itinerary aboard the 880-passenger Boudicca, setting sail in October 2018 from Colombo and taking passengers on a 14-night journey through the Maldives, Seychelles, and Reunion Island, before ending up in Mauritius, another bucket list destination for 2018.
Marella Cruises: Journey to Jamaica
Marella, also based in the United Kingdom, has just a few cruises that are adults-only, but they feature an impressive variety of destinations. Take part in their 18-night Journey to Jamaica which leaves from the Greek island of Corfu in the end of October 2018 and stops in the Maltese capital of Valletta, Cagliari in Sardinia, Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, Barbados, Grenada, Bonaire, and Aruba before dropping you off in Jamaica’s Montego Bay. Your ship, the Marella Discovery 2, features plenty of bars, a Broadway show lounge, and a casino.
P&O Cruises: Hong Kong to Dubai
Based in Southampton, British-American cruise line P&O Cruises is the oldest cruise line in the world and currently has seven ships in its fleet, three of which are reserved for adults. We recommend the Arcadia, which has an more than six fantastic places for passengers to eat, a huge salon and spa featuring a hydrotherapy pool and thermal suite, an art collection containing at least 3,000 works, a three-tier theater, a boutique cinema, and more. Of its many journeys, its March 2019 17-night itinerary from Hong Kong to Dubai seems particularly promising, with stops in Hoi An, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Colombo, and Mumbai. Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur were all top destinations in 2017, while Colombo and Mumbai are among the fastest-growing.
Saga Cruises: The Moorish Mediterranean
Based in the English town of Folkestone, Saga Cruises is a small-ship cruise line exclusively for passengers aged 50 or older. One journey in particular that we recommend is The Moorish Mediterranean itinerary being offered on the exclusive, more intimate setting of the 449-passenger Saga Pearl II. Leaving from Portsmouth, England on a 17-night journey, the ship will dock in Lisbon (another hot spot for tourists), Tangier, and Algiers, as well as the Spanish cities of Melilla, Motril, Malaga, and Ceuta, with a stop in Minorca along the way, giving passengers a look into the influence that the Berbers and Arabs left on these beautiful places. While on deck, you’ll find live music, barbecues, and plenty of cocktail parties and shows, as well as arts and crafts classes and all kinds of workshops.
Viking Ocean Cruises: Iconic Western Mediterranean
Across the board, Swiss cruise line Viking Ocean Cruises has a minimum age requirement of 18 for its passengers. Dedicated to cultural enrichment and the kind of traveler who is looking to learn more about the art, food, music, and history of other places, Viking Ocean Cruises is dedicated to destination-focused dining. You can explore the local cuisine of destinations right from the ship, or enjoy shore excursions that take you to see local daily life and work. We recommend the Iconic Western Mediterranean itinerary, a relatively shorter trip at just eight days, during which you can see Barcelona, the French cities of Marseille and St. Tropez, as well as Monte Carlo, Florence, Pisa, and Rome. If you’re going to take one of these trips journeying through multiple iconic European cities, make sure you check out our guide to the iconic European landmarks you need to visit.
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