7 Top Adult Cruises

by Kayla Becker

7 Top Adult Cruises

by Kayla Becker

Cruising attracts travelers from all walks of life: families, couples, retirees. But some cruise lines are more well suited to your age group than others — and the one you choose will make all the difference in your vacation. If you're picturing a sailing without kids (no splashing at these pools!), here are the seven lines to book for a decidedly grown-up experience at sea.

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Wine on the veranda / Seabourn Cruise Line
Arcadia
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P&O Cruises

The surefire way not to encounter kids: book an adults-only ship. This British line has three — ArcadiaOrianaand Adonia (the latter will move to Azamara in spring 2018) — which cater to an adult crowd with theater shows, afternoon tea, casinos, and upscale specialty dining.

See our review of the cruise line here. 

The surefire way not to encounter kids: book an adults-only ship. This British line has three — ArcadiaOrianaand Adonia (the latter will move to Azamara in spring 2018) — which cater to an adult crowd with theater shows, afternoon tea, casinos, and upscale specialty dining.

See our review of the cruise line here. 

Explorers' Lounge
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Viking Ocean Cruises

With a set of beautifully-designed Scandinavian-inspired spaces — the elegant Wintergarden where you can sip afternoon tea, a Nordic spa with traditional Northern-European treatments, and a Chef's Table with a menu for discerning palates — this is just the cruise for the sophisticated traveler. The minimum age to sail is 16.

See our review of the cruise line here.

With a set of beautifully-designed Scandinavian-inspired spaces — the elegant Wintergarden where you can sip afternoon tea, a Nordic spa with traditional Northern-European treatments, and a Chef's Table with a menu for discerning palates — this is just the cruise for the sophisticated traveler. The minimum age to sail is 16.

See our review of the cruise line here.

Oceania Marina's Culinary Center
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Oceania Cruises

Food and art are a focus on this traditional line, where you'll find a cooking school, celebrity-chef helmed restaurant, and a stellar modern art collection. Oh — and zero kids programs. Although children are technically allowed onboard, they'll find no kid-friendly entertainment in this adult-centric atmosphere.

See our review of the cruise line here.

Food and art are a focus on this traditional line, where you'll find a cooking school, celebrity-chef helmed restaurant, and a stellar modern art collection. Oh — and zero kids programs. Although children are technically allowed onboard, they'll find no kid-friendly entertainment in this adult-centric atmosphere.

See our review of the cruise line here.

Seabourn Odyssey's watersports marina
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Seabourn Cruise Line

This is true luxury cruising, where Champagne flows freely and the staff makes it a point to know your personal preferences. It's no surprise then, that, like many luxury lines, Seabourn draws a well-heeled mature crowd. While kids are technically allowed on board, there’s no specific programming for them, so you likely won’t see any (save for the occasional child in the summer months). Here, you can indulge in “Caviar in the Surf” party in the water with Champagne brought to you on surfboards and a water sports deck to explore your uncrowded port stops.

See our review of the cruise line here.

This is true luxury cruising, where Champagne flows freely and the staff makes it a point to know your personal preferences. It's no surprise then, that, like many luxury lines, Seabourn draws a well-heeled mature crowd. While kids are technically allowed on board, there’s no specific programming for them, so you likely won’t see any (save for the occasional child in the summer months). Here, you can indulge in “Caviar in the Surf” party in the water with Champagne brought to you on surfboards and a water sports deck to explore your uncrowded port stops.

See our review of the cruise line here.

Toasting on Silversea
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Silversea Cruises

These all-inclusive luxury ships have a refined atmosphere, with white-gloved butler service, fine dining, and an amazing spa. Again, like other luxury lines there are no specific programs for kids, but they are allowed, and you may see some in the summer months.

See our review of the cruise line here.

These all-inclusive luxury ships have a refined atmosphere, with white-gloved butler service, fine dining, and an amazing spa. Again, like other luxury lines there are no specific programs for kids, but they are allowed, and you may see some in the summer months.

See our review of the cruise line here.

Top of the Yacht Bar
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SeaDream

A cruise with SeaDream is more like yachting than cruising. On the line's two 112-passenger ships, you can lie on daybeds under the stars or jet ski right off the back of the ship from the retractable water sports marina. Kids are technically allowed on board, but will find no activities to entertain them.

See our review of the cruise line here.

A cruise with SeaDream is more like yachting than cruising. On the line's two 112-passenger ships, you can lie on daybeds under the stars or jet ski right off the back of the ship from the retractable water sports marina. Kids are technically allowed on board, but will find no activities to entertain them.

See our review of the cruise line here.

Sightseeing in Glacier Bay on Zuiderdam
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Holland America Line

Although the number of children on this line can spike in summer, most other times of year there's a quiet and adult atmosphere (especially when compared to other mainstream lines). Entertainment is geared to a more mature crowd: you can catch an at-sea version of "Dancing with the Stars," listen to live music at venues that partner with B.B. King's Blues Club and Lincoln Center, or learn to blend your very own bottle of red wine.

See our review of the line here.

Although the number of children on this line can spike in summer, most other times of year there's a quiet and adult atmosphere (especially when compared to other mainstream lines). Entertainment is geared to a more mature crowd: you can catch an at-sea version of "Dancing with the Stars," listen to live music at venues that partner with B.B. King's Blues Club and Lincoln Center, or learn to blend your very own bottle of red wine.

See our review of the line here.

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