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 seven adult cruises that offer a decidedly grown-up experience at sea.

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 seven adult cruises that offer 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-based cruise line offers two adults-only ships, Arcadia and Aurora. Both vessels offer upscale specialty dining, a wide array of entertainment offerings, and a refined yet elegant ambiance. 

Read more: Our Expert Review of P&O Cruises

The surefire way not to encounter kids: book an adults-only ship. This British-based cruise line offers two adults-only ships, Arcadia and Aurora. Both vessels offer upscale specialty dining, a wide array of entertainment offerings, and a refined yet elegant ambiance. 

Read more: Our Expert Review of P&O Cruises

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 featuring traditional Northern-European treatments, and a Chef's Table with a menu for discerning palates — this is just the cruise for the sophisticated traveler. Plus, the minimum age to set sail is 16, so you won't see any fussy babies or crying toddlers anywhere on board.

Read more: 7 Reasons Why Viking Ocean Cruises Are a Smart Splurge

With a set of beautifully-designed Scandinavian-inspired spaces — the elegant Wintergarden where you can sip afternoon tea, a Nordic spa featuring traditional Northern-European treatments, and a Chef's Table with a menu for discerning palates — this is just the cruise for the sophisticated traveler. Plus, the minimum age to set sail is 16, so you won't see any fussy babies or crying toddlers anywhere on board.

Read more: 7 Reasons Why Viking Ocean Cruises Are a Smart Splurge

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, a celebrity-chef helmed restaurant, and a stellar modern art collection. Oh — and zero kids programs. Although children are technically allowed onboard, there is very little kid-friendly entertainment or activities on board. 

Read more: Our Expert Review of Oceania Cruises

Food and art are a focus on this traditional line, where you'll find a cooking school, a celebrity-chef helmed restaurant, and a stellar modern art collection. Oh — and zero kids programs. Although children are technically allowed onboard, there is very little kid-friendly entertainment or activities on board. 

Read more: Our Expert Review of Oceania Cruises

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. 

Read more: How to Get a Deal on 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. 

Read more: How to Get a Deal on Seabourn Cruise Line

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 on board. It's possible you may see some in the summer months. 

Read more: Our Expert Review of 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.

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. While children are technically allowed on board, the line does not offer kid-centric programming or activities. 

Read more: 10 Ships for People Who Think They Hate Cruises

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. While children are technically allowed on board, the line does not offer kid-centric programming or activities. 

Read more: 10 Ships for People Who Think They Hate Cruises

Sightseeing in Glacier Bay on Zuiderdam
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Holland America Line

Although the number of children can spike in summer; however, most other times of the year, the cruise line offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere (especially when compared to other mainstream lines). Entertainment is geared towards 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.

Read more: Our Expert Review of Holland America Line

Although the number of children can spike in summer; however, most other times of the year, the cruise line offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere (especially when compared to other mainstream lines). Entertainment is geared towards 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.

Read more: Our Expert Review of Holland America Line

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