The 10 Best Adults-Only Spaces at Sea

by Donna Heiderstadt

The 10 Best Adults-Only Spaces at Sea

by Donna Heiderstadt

Sure, pools with water slides can be fun, but how many hours of squeals and giggles can a grown-up endure? Luckily, cruise lines have taken pity on the child-weary by creating adults-only pools, sun decks, and other areas where quiet is the rule — although there are a few exceptions.

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Solarium on the Quantum of the Seas / Royal Caribbean International / Michel Verdure
Solarium on the Grandeur of the Seas
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Royal Caribbean's Solarium

Found on: Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean’s main pools can be boisterous — especially on sea days — but passengers age 16 and older seeking a more serene scene can find it on all but the line’s two oldest vessels. Solariums on the newest Quantum-class ships have cascading pools and cozy daybeds, while Freedom- and Oasis-class Solariums are known for their cantilevered whirlpools.

Found on: Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean’s main pools can be boisterous — especially on sea days — but passengers age 16 and older seeking a more serene scene can find it on all but the line’s two oldest vessels. Solariums on the newest Quantum-class ships have cascading pools and cozy daybeds, while Freedom- and Oasis-class Solariums are known for their cantilevered whirlpools.

Disney Magic's Quiet Cove Pool
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Quiet Cove and Satellite Falls

Found on: Disney Cruise Line
Even childless adults who willingly book a Disney cruise deserve some quiet time — as do moms and dads tired of character meet and greets. So in addition to Quiet Cove Pools on all four ships, Disney Fantasy has Satellite Falls, a circular pool for adults 18 and over, featuring soothing cascades.

Found on: Disney Cruise Line
Even childless adults who willingly book a Disney cruise deserve some quiet time — as do moms and dads tired of character meet and greets. So in addition to Quiet Cove Pools on all four ships, Disney Fantasy has Satellite Falls, a circular pool for adults 18 and over, featuring soothing cascades.

The Retreat Pool on Royal Princess
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The Retreat Pool

Found on: Royal Princess and Regal Princess 
Although relaxing in a waiter-serviced cabana in the adults-only Sanctuary on board Royal Princess or Regal Princess will cost you an additional fee, there’s free serenity to be had at the Retreat Pool — with loungers available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Found on: Royal Princess and Regal Princess 
Although relaxing in a waiter-serviced cabana in the adults-only Sanctuary on board Royal Princess or Regal Princess will cost you an additional fee, there’s free serenity to be had at the Retreat Pool — with loungers available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Solarium on the Celebrity Equinox
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Celebrity Cruises' Solarium

Found on: Celebrity Cruises
Available on all of Celebrity’s Solstice- and Millennium-class ships, this quiet glass-roofed space features a lap pool, two hot tubs, and seriously comfy lounge chairs perfect for a snooze.

Found on: Celebrity Cruises
Available on all of Celebrity’s Solstice- and Millennium-class ships, this quiet glass-roofed space features a lap pool, two hot tubs, and seriously comfy lounge chairs perfect for a snooze.

Carnival Sunshine's Serenity deck
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Serenity

Found on: Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival’s Serenity sun deck, as its name implies, is a departure from the “fun” vibe at most of the fleet’s pools. Location and amenities vary by ship, but you’ll find a pool or hot tub (and sometimes both) surrounded by loungers, as well as bar service.

Found on: Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival’s Serenity sun deck, as its name implies, is a departure from the “fun” vibe at most of the fleet’s pools. Location and amenities vary by ship, but you’ll find a pool or hot tub (and sometimes both) surrounded by loungers, as well as bar service.

Canyon Ranch SpaClub on the Oceania Riviera
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Spa Terrace

Found on: Oceania Marina and Oceania Riviera
Book a spa treatment at the Canyon Ranch Spa to access this relaxing aft terrace for free — or pay an extra fee to enjoy the saltwater thalassotherapy pool (Riviera) or whirlpools (Marina) whenever you want.

Found on: Oceania Marina and Oceania Riviera
Book a spa treatment at the Canyon Ranch Spa to access this relaxing aft terrace for free — or pay an extra fee to enjoy the saltwater thalassotherapy pool (Riviera) or whirlpools (Marina) whenever you want.

Sea View Pool on the Nieuw Amsterdam
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Sea View Pool

Found on: Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam
Although not technically adults-only (it's adjacent to the Slices pizza café after all), this aft pool is generally quieter than the family-friendly Lido Pool. Signs do request no kids under age 14, but the policy is not always enforced.

Found on: Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam
Although not technically adults-only (it's adjacent to the Slices pizza café after all), this aft pool is generally quieter than the family-friendly Lido Pool. Signs do request no kids under age 14, but the policy is not always enforced.

Spice H2O on the Norwegian Epic
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Spice H2O

Found on: Norwegian Cruise Line
The cruise line’s four newest ships — Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway, and Norwegian Escape — all feature this age 18-plus aft sun deck with loungers and hot tubs. During the day, the space is pretty chill, but come sundown, it morphs into an alfresco dance club with a giant video screen.

Found on: Norwegian Cruise Line
The cruise line’s four newest ships — Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway, and Norwegian Escape — all feature this age 18-plus aft sun deck with loungers and hot tubs. During the day, the space is pretty chill, but come sundown, it morphs into an alfresco dance club with a giant video screen.

MSC Preziosa's Top 18
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Top 18

Found on: MSC Cruises
If all you’re seeking is sun (with an occasional whirlpool dip), this adults-only deck on MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida, and MSC Preziosa offers lounge beds, relaxation pods, and food and bar service.

Found on: MSC Cruises
If all you’re seeking is sun (with an occasional whirlpool dip), this adults-only deck on MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida, and MSC Preziosa offers lounge beds, relaxation pods, and food and bar service.

Central Park on Oasis of the Seas
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Central Park

Found on: Royal Caribbean
Adult-centric rather than adults-only, this vibrant green “neighborhood” on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships is parklike and peaceful — and home to some the ship’s best restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Found on: Royal Caribbean
Adult-centric rather than adults-only, this vibrant green “neighborhood” on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships is parklike and peaceful — and home to some the ship’s best restaurants, cafes, and bars.

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