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Children are one of the great joys of life. But let’s be honest, they take an absurd amount of time and energy to keep after. And when it comes to vacations, if they’re coming along then the trip is pretty much gonna have to revolve around their schedule, especially for the younger ones.
Everyone needs a break. And not just from your own children, but also from those other kids that aren’t parented as well as yours. 😉 Thankfully, travel companies have recognized this and are now starting to cater to the kid-free travel market.
Recently, even Richard Branson announced a venture into adults-only cruises, called Virgin Voyages. They will be open for business in 2020.
While most cruise lines are marketed heavily towards families with their enormous water slides and kid-friendly activities, there are a select few that offer an adults-only experience. For those of you that are ready for some peace and quiet, here are 3 cruise options for a kid-free vacation.
3 Options for Cruising Without Kids!
1. Viking Cruises
Viking Cruise Lines, based in Switzerland, recently made the move to exclude children from all of their ships. While the market for family-friendly cruise lines has become extremely competitive, Viking decided to take the seas less traveled.
Since 2015 children under 18 have been banned on Viking Ocean Cruises and now they are extending that policy to their river cruises as well. However, if you already booked a trip with your kids prior to August 1, 2018, you’re still good to go!
2. Saga Cruises
Saga Cruises, based in the United Kingdom, caters exclusively to folks over 50, although you can bring along a traveling companion who is 40+. Their website says:
Our intimate small ships are for like-minded people who want to enjoy a sophisticated atmosphere with fine dining and occasional formal nights where you can look forward to dressing up. We have designed our cruises with you in mind, so whether you prefer sunbathing on deck with a chilled cocktail in your hand, or want to seek out the local cultures, history, and wildlife – how you spend your time is up to you.
For those looking for a boutique-style experience, Saga Cruises is a great fit for your travel needs. With cruises to the Canary Islands, Iceland, Europe, The Baltic, and more, there is plenty of wanderlust to be had!
3. P&O Cruises – The Adonia, Arcadia, and Oriana
P&O Cruises, based in Britain, has a mix both of family-friendly & adults-only (18+) cruises. The Adonia, Arcadia, and Oriana are the three ships that only board adults. These cruises range from two weeks long to more than 100 days long! They cater to all levels of wanderlust.
Each ship has an individual style, size, and atmosphere to it, so be sure to look into which ship will fit your getaway!
Cruising is a great way to travel the world. However, having kids crying and running into you everywhere you go can make the experience a bit less relaxing. Hopefully, we can all escape the tiny humans for a moment to experience an adults-only cruise at least once!
Have you ever been on an adults-only cruise? Have kids impacted your cruise experience in the past? Let’s hear it in the comments section below!