Recommended Adults-Only Cruise Voyages
If you travel in July before schools break up, there will be relatively few children on cruise ships, and those that are tend to be preschool children. However, once the school holidays start, this can all change, particularly on family-friendly ships.
So if you don't want to be surrounded by children, choose a designated adult-only ship. As a rule, these tend to cater for a more mature clientele; the ships are generally smaller and have a more traditional and genteel ambience.
P&O Cruises, for example, designates three of its seven ships as adult-only: the 710-passenger Adonia; Arcadia, which carries around 2,000 passengers; and Oriana, formerly a family-orientated vessel which has recently been refurbished as an adult-only ship and carries more than 1,800 passengers. Saga Cruises is an obvious child-free line, while Hebridean Island Cruises – the line favoured by the Royal Family – does not accept children under nine.
Voyages of Discovery recommends that youngsters should be 11 or over, while Voyages to Antiquity says that only children over 12 are permitted, though it points out that its sailings tend to appeal to a more mature clientele anyway.
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Other lines may not have a specific adult-only policy, but the nature of their ships and the cruises they offer make it less likely that there will be children on board. The tall ship line, Star Clippers, for example, appeals most to adults and parents with older children. This is also the case for the cultural cruise specialists, Swan Hellenic and the Norwegian coastal specialists, Hurtigruten.
Choosing the right destination can also help. For example, while Cunard's three ships cater for families, the line's transatlantic sailings and Norwegian fjords and Baltic cruises tend to attract low numbers of children.
Similarly, while upmarket '6-star' lines do not have specific restrictions that exclude young passengers, the higher price of such cruises and the lack of children's facilities on ships provide a natural bar to children, particularly to younger ones. So while companies including Silversea and Seabourn are likely to have a sprinkling of children over the summer, you need have no fear of being overrun.
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