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The Best Adult-Only Cruise Ships

There’s nothing wrong with sharing your cruise holiday with children, especially when many ships have segregated areas where they can play, but for anyone looking for a child-free break, there are plenty of options too. It’s understandable to want to enjoy your trip without kids ruining your relaxation, and so we have pulled together a list of the best adult-only cruise ships.

P&O Cruises – Adonia


Most people will know that P&O Cruises have three adult-only vessels within their fleet, and Adonia is possibly the most popular of the bunch. It is the smallest ship out of eight and therefore offers an intimate atmosphere that encourages people to come together as one. Passengers enjoy the fact that Adonia doesn’t come out waving her jazz hands and instead keeps to what P&O Cruises do best.

Her décor is traditionally English, and there is a strong focus on ballroom dancing and excellent dining in sophisticated restaurants such as Sorrento and The Ocean Grill. Adonia’s itineraries often include smaller, harder-to-reach ports and there is an increased range of shore excursions available.

Thomson Cruises – Thomson Celebration

Thomson Celebration

Thomson may aim a lot of its cruise holidays at the family market, but they also provide adult-only cruising on certain ships at specific times. For example, the 1,264 capacity Thomson Celebration will spend the summer of 2015 in the Mediterranean without any children on board. Sailing out of the beautiful city of Dubrovnik, she will visit ports such as Kotor, Venice and Corinth.

Thomson Celebration has both a la carte and buffet restaurant options, as well as much in the way of entertainment. The Broadway Show Lounge hosts impressive performances in the evening, whilst your days could be filled by watching a film screening, learning some new moves or relaxing in the recently added Sun Lounge.

Saga Cruises – Saga Sapphire

Crazy Golf

One thing you can guarantee when you sail with a company famous for offering holidays for the over 50s is the fact that there won’t be any children around. Saga has two cruise ships in their fleet, with Saga Sapphire being the larger of the two and offering a wider range of facilities.

There is sure to be a relaxed feel among the 720 passengers, as this ship aims to provide an intimate and easy going experience. If you’re not unwinding in the Beach Club, eating fish and chips around the pool, then you may well be practising your putting skills on the crazy golf course, ironically named St Andrew’s.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages – Marco Polo

Marco Polo

Although those aged 16 can step on board when accompanied by an adult, Marco Polo restricts its passengers to this age or older. There is space for 800 guests across her eight decks and her traditional style has won many fans since she made her debut for CMV in 2010.

With two restaurants and five lounges, there are plenty of public areas where you can enjoy some excellent food and drink. Away from these, you are free to choose from a wealth of excellent wellness treatments in the spa, browse the shops in the arcade, or play a few hands in the card room.

Celebrity Cruises - Celebrity Solstice, Reflection, Silhouette, Equinox and Eclipse

Celebrity Lawn Club

Whilst Celebrity Cruises don’t have a specific age restriction on their ships, the newest ones mentioned above are particularly aimed at adult couples. Therefore, you are unlikely to see high numbers of children on board, especially outside of the school holidays.

These Solstices Class ships have a number of facilities that are designed with adults in mind. You can enjoy a romantic picnic in the innovative Lawn Club, an area featuring real growing grass, as well as relaxing by the pool with your loved one on a double sun lounger. Other public areas include the quirky Molecular Bar, where you can taste a range of intriguing cocktails that could be straight out of the science lab, and the serene Persian Garden, where you can relax before or after your wellness treatment.

If you would like any more information about the adult-only cruises we can offer, please get in contact with us today. You can call us on the number at the top of your screen or submit an enquiry through our online forms.