Cruising is the fastest growing part of the travel industry and for good reason. It’s estimated that at least 24% of Americans have cruised at least once, and it’s an addictive choice of vacation, with many people cruising at least once a year.
And what’s not to love? There’s no air travel, so you don’t need to brave the airports, and the best part is you only unpack once, but get to explore many different exotic destinations. Cruising is all-inclusive, and your fare includes transport, accommodation, food, and entertainment. Not only is cruising convenient, but it’s also cost effective-some cruises are just $50-$60 a night.
Most cruise lines have limits on the number of kids allowed on a cruise. They’re also becoming increasingly proactive and introducing more adult-only spaces, since unsurprisingly, many people are wanting to cruise kid-free.
If you’re planning on sailing with a family-orientated cruise line like Royal Caribbean or Carnival, try to sail outside of school holidays, and cruise for a week or more if you don’t want to be on a ship overrun with kids.
While some cruises and cruise lines are aimed at families, there are definitely some ways you can ensure a relatively kid-free cruise.
If you want a completely child-free experience, P&O have three ships that are exclusively for adults-the Ardonia, the Arcadia, and the Oriana. These ships sail around the world and feature extensive art collections, stylish surroundings, and the best in fine dining.
If you’re willing to spend a little more to have a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, consider cruise lines like Seabourn, Silversea Cruises, Oceania Cruises or Azamara. They’re the ultimate in luxury and marketed to adults.
While many of these cruise lines won’t outright ban kids, most have very few child-friendly facilities and no kids clubs, so they’re definitely not encouraged onboard. This, combined with their high price tag means you won’t see many kids, and any kids onboard will likely be watched closely by their nannies.
For an incredible kid-free cruise, check out the Silversea ten-day Caribbean cruise. Cruising return from Fort Lauderdale, you’ll have three days in the itinerary to relax at sea, while also visiting places like St. Barts, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
Or try combining a vacation in Europe with a cruise with Oceanic Cruises, who sail from Barcelona to Lisbon, stopping off in Spain, the UK, and Morocco.
Cruise lines are beginning to wise up to the fact that many people like to avoid children on their vacations. Do your research, travel outside of school holidays, and avoid the ships that have giant waterslides and cartoon characters featuring heavily in their brochures.