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Whether you’re a star-struck honeymooning couple or a pair of exhausted parents on the search for a child-free getaway, adults-only cruise ships are a fantastic option. With most enforcing a minimum age of 18 years old, these exclusive vessels are the perfect place to enjoy a little ‘grown-up’ time. Alternatively, some vessels also offer adults-only areas which offer passengers the best of both worlds. If you’re interested in embarking on an adults-only voyage, we’ve put together a cherry-picked list of our favourite vessels for kid-free cruising!
The Arcadia – P&O Cruises
Of P&O’s three adults-only vessels, the Arcadia is by far the most popular. The stylish décor and sleek interior give the entire vessel an immediate aura of class and refinement. For couples with extra cash to splash, upgrading to one of the many suites gets you a range of perks including whirlpool spas, welcome champagne and chocolates, The White Company toiletry sets and daily delivery of canapés. Marco Pierre’s upscale White’s restaurant is ideal for anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions while Deck 11’s The East Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic sunset cocktail. For couples with wedding bells on the horizon, the Viceroy Room is a gorgeous venue for a ceremony. The line offers some great value wedding packages which mean every bride can have a fairy-tale at-sea wedding.
Of its five fleet members, Thomson has reserved the Celebration exclusively for adults-only voyages. On-board, its 1254 passengers enjoy an unsurpassed at-sea experience. The double-storey health and beauty spa is a favourite for pampering enthusiasts while venues such as Mistral’s Restaurant serve up mouth-watering dishes. The panoramic ocean views of Horizons bar are the perfect place to sip on a cocktail and soak up the atmosphere of one of the industry’s best adults-only ships. A Thomson cruises spokesperson explains, “All of Thomson Celebration’s cruises are going to be adults-only sailings. The itineraries in store are pretty special, too – as well as old favourites like Kotor and Venice, we’ll be heading to new ports of call in Croatia, Italy and Greece, including the vineyard-striped island of Korcula, historical Corinth and Bari – gateway to Matera’s cave buildings and Apulia’s cone-like Trulli houses.”
Crystal Serenity and Symphony – Crystal Cruises
While these vessels do allow children, they have incorporated some impressive adults-only areas into the deck plan. The Connoisseur Club is reserved for over 17s and features elegant dark wood panelling, framed artwork and luxe leather furniture. Here, adults can enjoy a cigar and a glass of cognac without the pitter-patter of little feet.
Princess Cruises is another family-friendly line that has made the effort to offer passengers child-free zones. For those in search of peace, quiet and relaxation, The Sanctuary is the perfect retreat. Found on every member of the Princess fleet, the luxurious outdoor spa area is attended to by a team of stewards on hand to deliver chilled towels, personal music players and Evian water atomizers. Refreshments include flavoured water, fresh smoothies and an array of light snacks. For passengers on the search for all-out indulgence, the Lotus Spa and private cabanas offer the ultimate in at-sea relaxation.
The Adonia – P&O Cruises
For those with a preference for a more intimate experience, the 710 passenger Adonia is a great adults-only vessel. Guests enjoy a variety of adult-friendly features and activities including a grand ballroom, daily afternoon tea service and fascinating onboard lectures. Aesthetics are wonderfully mature and feature dark wood panelling, plush furnishings and elegant décor. Food is suitably impressive and includes a selection of gourmet eating venues such as Sorrento, The Ocean Grill and the Pacific Ocean Restaurant. The ships compact size also allows her to sail to far-flung destinations that larger ships simply wouldn’t be able to frequent. This makes Adonia ideal for those in search of an unconventional adults-only itinerary.
For incredible deals on all of the mentioned vessels, visit us at Cruise 1st or call us today on 1300-857-345. From whirlwind weekend getaways to romantic honeymoon voyages, the friendly team will help you arrange the perfect child-free getaway!
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