While there are very few options to truly cruise kid-free without chartering your very own yacht, there are several options for adults who want to cruise without so many kids running around. For the adult who would love to getaway on a cruise, but dreads the kids clubs, the over stimulation of the mega-ships and children taking up space around the pool, we have listed several options for you to consider for your next cruise vacation.
Luxury Cruise Ships
Regent Seven Seas, Silverseas, Oceania and Azamara are luxury cruise liners with a refined, intimate, more mature appeal. While these cruise lines do not restrict children onboard, the environment does not cater to families, per se. The onboard activities, higher cost to cruise and other factors lend itself to a more discerning cruise traveler and less to families. During the holiday season, the luxury cruise lines may provide a more family friendly environment to accommodate the influx of families oboard. So it may not be an entire kid-free cruise experience. However, you will less likely find a screaming infant and more likely find a well-behaved older child.
Luxury Small Ships
Cruising with a 100 or so passengers is, generally speaking, not a cruise ship that will attract a lot of families. With its very intimate onboard environment, small ships such as Paul Gauguin Cruises, SeaDream Yacht Club and Seabourne Cruises attract a very sophisticated, posh cruise traveler. The water toys these cruise line offer (jet skis, kayaks, etc) and the smaller ports these small ships are able to navigate (Cook Islands, Tahiti, etc), give it more appeal to the discerning traveler. Again, children are not restricted from cruising these ships. However, the sighting of a child is far and few in between.
Skip the ocean and cruise many of the world’s rivers on Avalon, Uniworld or AMA Waterways for a more cultural, relaxing cruise experience, and… no kids programs. Like the other categories, kids are not restricted on these lines. However, a more kid-friendly environment takes place during holidays and school breaks. Even so, the sighting of a child onboard is infrequent.
Yes, there is such a thing. There are very, very few cruise lines that offer a true adults-only cruise experience. P&O Cruises is one of them. Within P&O’s line of ships, a few ships are dedicated to adults-only cruising.
Of course, if you want to truly cruise kid-free for an adults-only cruise experience, you can always charter the entire ship on any cruise line.