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The best adult focused cruise lines

Cruise Advice

For those looking for an adult-only cruise experience, there are plenty of outstanding options that are so focused on providing a refined and luxurious environment that it is extremely rare to see youngsters on board. A reassuringly high price point means children are rarely seen. We recommend that you travel outside of school holidays (dates vary so please call us) and avoid destinations and itineraries that might lend themselves to multigeneration family groups.

1. Silversea Cruises

The pioneers of ultra-luxury cruising, Silversea are relentlessly focused on catering to sophisticated travellers who want to combine the very best hospitality with an outstanding destination experience. There is little to no provision for children on board and children under 6 are restricted from certain shore excursions including the Zodiac landings that are an integral part of the expedition cruise programme.

Silversea onboard lifestyle

2. Windstar Cruises

If it's babies and toddlers you wish to avoid then Windstar is the cruise line for you, with under 8's not allowed to travel at all. Their small ship experience means there are no facilities for children, instead appealing to a laid-back crowd who are all about the destination. The relaxed atmosphere on board does mean that families with older teenagers or grown up children can be attracted by the port intensive itineraries.

Windstar Cruises in Mykonos

3. SeaDream Yacht Club

The tiny ships of SeaDream allow a maximum of 112 guests to frolic in the yachting harbours of the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Outstanding food, all inclusive pricing and a vessel that feels much more like your own private yacht than a traditional cruise ship mean the appeal is limited to adults only.

SeaDream Yacht Club

4. Hebridean Island Cruises

Hebridean Island Cruises is another adult focused small ship line. Offering a truly unique way to experience Scotland, the 50-guest Hebridean Princess is inextricably linked to the Western Isles, while the 40-guest Lord of the Highlands brings the same intimacy and charm to the inland waters of the Caledonian Canal. Children under 12 aren't allowed, and the formal style and a programme appealing to an older clientele means you can expect an exclusively adult passenger mix.

Hebridean Princess in Scotland

5. Seabourn Cruise Line

Six star Seabourn's modern fleet appeals to guests looking to travel in refinement, with no child facilities on board and no entertainment for younger guests. Despite a slightly more relaxed style than Silversea, guests are expected to dress appropriately in the evenings and it's the norm that there are no children onboard. Their new expedition ships do not allow those under 6 to use the Zodiacs required for shore excursions.

Seabourn Encore at sea

6. Viking Cruises

Viking's ocean, expedition and river programmes are for adults only, and they do not accept any guests under 18. The unpretentious style of their ocean fleet, catering to 930 guests with an emphasis on exploration and enrichment, make them a popular choice, whilst the terrific range of itineraries and departures available on the rivers is unrivalled. Offering consistency and reliability, they are not as inclusive as the ultra-luxury lines, allowing for an appealingly reasonable price point.

Viking Explorers Lounge

7. And finally

It would be remiss not to mention both Saga Cruises and Virgin Voyages, both of which are adult only, although appealing to very different people! Saga requires guests to be over 50 and operates two ships on ex-UK itineraries, whilst Virgin Voyages operate lively fly-cruise itineraries for a party crowd. Still further away from the luxury end of the spectrum P&O and Marella both have select ships that are adult only to help fully differentiate from their mainstream cruise product which does have that family appeal.

Meet the author

Alex is Director of Sales & Marketing at Mundy Cruising, having worked with the company for 10 years and in travel for over 18 years. Most recently he's cruised on Regent Seven Seas and has also sailed with Seabourn, Crystal, SeaDream, Tauck and Ponant. His favourite destination is South America however he's also enjoyed cruises in the Western Mediterranean, Middle East, East Africa & Indian Ocean, India, Myanmar, South East Asia and Antarctica. When he’s not travelling he loves walking holidays; a favourite included a trek to Everest Base Camp.

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