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15 top adults-only cruises for 2025 & 2026.

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Top Adults-Only Cruises

Six adults, drinking and laughing, at the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat on Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras.

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If your idea of getting away from it all includes a vacation without the kids, consider booking an adults-only or adults-oriented cruise . While some lines provide a fully adults-only experience (i.e., children are not allowed on board), others offer adult-focused venues and activities on the ship to keep you separate from younger patrons.

The following cruise lines provide upscale amenities, immersive excursions, sophisticated dining options, lively nighttime entertainment and time for relaxation among like-minded – and similarly aged – travelers.

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Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Star Explorers' Lounge at night.

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Travelers ages 18 and older are welcome aboard Viking 's adults-only ships, which feature destination-focused itineraries around the world. The line's 11 oceangoing ships carry between 930 and 998 guests (at double occupancy) and offer luxurious, comfortable Scandinavian-style spaces. The line will add Viking Vesta to its ocean fleet in 2025.

Viking's exploration program boasts special access to behind-the-scenes experiences curated for travelers who are interested in history, food, the arts or science. Immerse yourself in local culture with a visit to a traditional family farm near Bergen, Norway, or spend an evening dining on Chinese specialties at a home-hosted dinner in Shanghai .

In addition to these off-the-beaten-path excursions, guests can visit iconic sites like the ancient city of Ephesus (Kuşadasi) in Turkey and the Acropolis in Athens, Greece . Viking also hosts onboard enrichment programs like cooking classes and lectures by historians. Cruise fares include stateroom accommodations with a private veranda, all meals (including specialty dining venues), wine and beer at onboard lunch and dinner, 24-hour room service, one free excursion per port, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and access to onboard amenities such as the Nordic Spa and fitness center.

In addition to its ocean vessels, Viking offers river cruises in destinations around the world – including Mississippi River cruises aboard Viking Mississippi. The line also has two Polar Class 6 expedition ships, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, which traverse waterways from Canada, the U.S. and South America to remote destinations in Antarctica and the Arctic.

Virgin Voyages

Terrace jacuzzi on Virgin Voyages cruise.

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Virgin Voyages offers an adults-only retreat for guests ages 18 and older. The line currently has three sister ships: Scarlet Lady (the first in the fleet), Valiant Lady and Resilient Lady . The line's fourth ship, Brilliant Lady, is set to debut in September 2025.

All the ships in this adults-only cruise line feature 1,404 cabins (most with balconies) and RockStar Quarters suites, where guests have access to Richard's Rooftop, an exclusive outdoor deck space. The superyacht-inspired vessels boast 20-plus eateries, including restaurants by Michelin-starred chefs, and a variety of onboard fitness and wellness spaces. At Redemption Spa, relax and recharge in the mud room or salt therapy chamber – and then take rejuvenating dips in the hot and cold plunge pools. You can even order a bottle of bubbly anywhere on the ship via the Virgin Voyages app's secret "Shake for Champagne" feature.

Itineraries on Virgin Voyages span destinations in the Caribbean, Europe and Morocco, as well as trans-Atlantic crossings. The line will also feature 21 new ports across its global fleet in 2025, including destinations in Iceland, Turkey, Oman, Italy, Portugal, the Cayman Islands and more. Cruise fares cover meals at all the dining venues and basic beverages such as soda, water, tea and coffee. Gratuities for the crew, Wi-Fi access, entertainment and group fitness classes are also included. While on board, be sure to indulge in a swanky dinner at The Wake and an immersive show at The Red Room, a unique multiform theater at sea.

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises ship at port at sunset.

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Two ships in P&O Cruises' U.K.-based fleet – Arcadia and Aurora – are exclusively for adults 18 and older. Arcadia, the slightly newer of the two ships (debuted in 2005), carries 2,094 guests at double occupancy, plus 866 crew. The ship departs from Southampton in the U.K. and sails to a variety of European destinations, ranging from Spain and the Canary Islands to Norway and Iceland; some cruises visit the U.S. and Canada. The ship will also sail world cruises in January 2025 and 2026.

Arcadia's 15 restaurants, cafes and bars include Indian cuisine with a British twist at Sindhu, as well as steaks and seafood by renowned British chef Marco Pierre White at Ocean Grill. Passengers can take a class to sample the line's branded gins; sip Champagne at Intermezzo, the ship's cocktail and Champagne venue; or enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif at the yacht-inspired Spinnaker. After exploring exciting ports of call, head back on board to enjoy Arcadia's elegant interiors and top-notch service. You can splurge on a stone therapy treatment and a visit to the thermal suite at the spa for some extra pampering, followed by a live show at the three-tiered theater, The Palladium. Then, finish off the evening dancing the night away at The Globe.

Aurora is a slightly more intimate ship, carrying 1,874 passengers (double occupancy) and 850 crew members. A four-level atrium gallery sits at the heart of the vessel. Itineraries include destinations in the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the British Isles, Iceland, the Caribbean and South America. There are 19 restaurants, bars and cafes on the ship, including club-style restaurant Alexandria and casual spots like The Beach House. After dinner, live entertainment and dancing await you at the show lounge Carmen's, as do larger productions at the ritzy 660-seat Curzon Theatre.

Top Cruises Designed for Adults

While some all-inclusive – or mostly all-inclusive – boutique and luxury cruise lines are family-friendly, many of the onboard venues and activities are adult-by-design. Since there are few (or no) activities geared toward younger cruisers and no babysitting services, you typically won't find parents with young children on these ships.

Aerial shot of the Azamara ship sailing into the sunset.

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Azamara's four upscale boutique ships provide immersive travel experiences geared toward adults. These smaller ships – accommodating a maximum of 702 guests – sail waterways and rivers that larger ships can't access, docking in city centers and unique ports of call around the globe.

Many Azamara voyages also offer longer stays and overnights in port, unlike some competitors' itineraries. Some even feature special events, such as a 12-night voyage from Rome to watch the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2025, or a 25-night cruise in February 2025 from Buenos Aires, Argentina , to attend Carnival in Rio de Janeiro . In addition, the line is extending its offerings on Country Intensive voyages in 2024 and 2025 with itineraries in various continental European countries, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Iceland and Australia.

On board, you'll find a wide selection of casual and formal dining options ranging from Windows Cafe to the main dining room, Discoveries Restaurant. Specialty restaurant offerings include top-notch steak and seafood at Prime C and Italian fare at Aqualina. Atlas Bar is a unique venue on Azamara Onward (the line's newest ship), though its artisanal cocktail menu is also available on the line's other ships. Discoveries Lounge is another guest-favorite spot, and wine aficionados will enjoy pairing limited-production and rare vintages from the Wine Cellar with dinner.

Cruise fares include stateroom accommodations; select spirits, wine and beer; gratuities; 24-hour room service; and nonalcoholic beverages. You'll also have access to complimentary AzAmazing Celebrations with special evening and daytime events ashore and on the ship. You can purchase a package that includes additional amenities like unlimited Wi-Fi, specialty dining, shore excursion credits and other perks. Butler service and other extras come with suite accommodations.

Lumière restaurant on Scenic Eclipse.

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When it launched in 2019, Scenic Eclipse I was touted as "The World's First Discovery Yacht." The intimate vessel offers an all-inclusive, ultra-luxurious experience for just 228 guests (double occupancy). The line's second luxury yacht, Scenic Eclipse II, which is nearly identical to its sister ship, debuted from Lisbon, Portugal , in April 2023. The Polar Class 6 rating enables these two yachts to sail to destinations like Antarctica; on these expedition-style voyages, the ship carries only 200 guests and offers a nearly one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio.

All suite accommodations include a private veranda or terrace; butler service; state-of-the-art amenities; a king-size Scenic Slumber Bed; and an in-suite minibar stocked with wine, spirits and other personally selected beverages. You'll also find indulgences like onboard helicopters for intimate excursions and the line's submersibles for underwater exploration.

Guests can enjoy up to 10 dining experiences on the ship, including French fine dining at Lumière; innovative Asian flavors at Koko's Asian Fusion; Italian, steak and seafood specialties at Elements; or an immersive dining experience at Chef's Garden @ Epicure. When it's time for an after-dinner drink, sample craft cocktails or the impressive selection of whiskeys available at Scenic Lounge Bar. Other onboard activities include getting an invigorating treatment at Senses Spa or just relaxing with Champagne and spectacular views on deck 10 at the Sky Bar.

Scenic's ships sail to destinations in Australia and the South Pacific; Europe and the Mediterranean; Asia; the Americas and the Caribbean; and the polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Deluxe Suite on Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship.

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Following Seven Seas Grandeur's launch in December 2023, this line now has six luxury vessels in its fleet. Regent Seven Seas ' all-inclusive fares include round-trip business class or coach airfare (depending on the destination); complimentary pre-cruise hotel stays; two- or three-night land packages; all meals and beverages; free shore excursions; prepaid gratuities; and more. Seven Seas Grandeur is a sister ship to the elegant Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor ; it features 372 luxurious all-balcony suites and an impressive ratio of 548 crew members to just 744 guests (double occupancy).

In the evenings, diners can choose between French cuisine at Chartreuse; creative Asian fare at Pacific Rim; steaks and seafood at Prime 7; Italian dishes at Sette Mari at La Veranda; or design-your-own-entree options at the ship's largest specialty restaurant, Compass Rose. For a casual evening, plan to dine alfresco at the Pool Grill. Adults can also enjoy pre-dinner cocktails in one of the lounges and nightly entertainment at the Constellation Theater. For a nightcap, sip a fine cognac in one of the ship's favorite hideaways, Connoisseur Club. There are also plenty of options for exercise, fitness and relaxation at Serene Spa & Wellness.

If you're planning a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on the high seas, consider booking the Regent Suite. Situated on deck 14 – and boasting more than 4,400 square feet of indoor and outdoor space – this luxurious accommodation features an impressive balcony with a minipool spa, in addition to two bedrooms, a living room and dining room, and a private in-suite spa. Cruise fare for the suite also includes a long list of high-end amenities such as access to a private dining room called The Study, a personal car and guide in every port, free in-suite spa services, a complimentary cocktail party for eight guests, a private butler and more.

Regent's 2025-2026 Legendary Voyages include sailings to destinations like Barcelona, Tokyo and more. If a world cruise is on your bucket list, you can circumnavigate the globe for 154 nights beginning in January 2026 aboard Seven Seas Mariner.

Silversea Cruises

Veranda Suite on Silversea ship.

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Silversea's all-inclusive luxury ocean and expedition cruises offer voyages to more than 900 destinations across the seven continents. Silversea's 11 ultra-luxury ships and expedition vessels range in size from 51 to 364 suites and boast spacious ocean view accommodations – most with private verandas. Cruise fares cover door-to-door transfers from home to the ship, including airfare (business class in some destinations) and pre- and post-cruise hotel stays. On board, guests will have butler service, a nearly one-to-one ratio of guests to staff, 24-hour gourmet dining, premium alcoholic beverages, one complimentary shore excursion in each port, gratuities and more.

Silver Ray is set to become the 12th ship in the Silversea fleet when it debuts in summer 2024. The luxury vessel adds more open spaces and top-notch cuisine. Silver Ray is also the second vessel in the fleet to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is billed as a more sustainable cruise ship.

Four of the line's ships are purpose-built expedition vessels that sail to the farthest reaches of the Earth, including Antarctica, the Arctic and Greenland, French Polynesia and the Pacific, Asia, and more. On these sailings, guests will experience immersive exploration with as many as 28 expedition staff per cruise. Unique upcoming itineraries visit Greenland and the Arctic Circle, as well as remote locales like Robinson Crusoe Island, Tahiti and more.

Seabourn Cruise Line

The Retreat on Seabourn ship.

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Seabourn features an all-inclusive adult-focused experience on its five luxury ocean vessels and two expedition ships. One of the line's newest ships, Seabourn Pursuit, is an ultra-luxury Polar Class 6 purpose-built expedition vessel with 132 oceanfront veranda suites. The ship is equipped with two submarines for underwater exploration, kayaks and 24 Zodiacs. There's also a 24-person expedition team to assist guests with exploring far-reaching destinations like Antarctica, the Arctic, the Kimberley region of Australia, the Amazon and the Northwest Passage.

The new Seabourn Ovation accommodates up to 600 guests (double occupancy) and offers amenities found on most of Seabourn's ships: well-appointed oceanfront suites, living areas with dining tables, verandas and nearly a one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio. Guests can try Seabourn's new Mediterranean venue, Solis, on four of the line's ships, including Ovation. You'll also find health and wellness programs curated by Dr. Andrew Weil.

The Seabourn Conversations program is another highlight. Accomplished experts host adventures ashore, participate in meals and chat with guests on board. For a special treat, don't miss the Caviar in the Surf beach party. This event (available in select destinations) includes chilled Champagne, caviar, music and a barbecue set against a backdrop of white sand beaches and turquoise waters.

Windstar Cruises

Star Grill dining are on Star Breeze by Windstar Cruises.

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Windstar's six intimate ships accommodate between 148 and 342 guests. Passengers can choose between cruising on one of the line's three-masted Wind Class vessels or one of its three Star Plus Class ships.

Windstar just announced the addition of two new ships to its fleet; Star Seeker is expected to launch in December 2025, followed by Star Explorer in December 2026. These two vessels will feature 112 suites with private verandas and infinity windows, two Owner's Suites with wraparound balconies, a water sports platform, a two-story spa and fitness center, and more. The ships are constructed with ice-strengthened hulls that position them for exploration in remote destinations like Antarctica.

Windstar's adult-focused and casual – but still elegant – onboard experiences feature locally inspired top-notch dining, guest lecturers, a water sports platform on all ships, an open bridge policy and an engaging social environment. If you're looking for a romantic getaway, Windstar is also regarded as one of the most romantic cruise lines for a wedding, honeymoon , vow renewal or anniversary trip, especially in magical destinations like the South Pacific or Europe.

Windstar's smaller ships can reach ports, coves, harbors and villages that are not accessible by larger vessels. They also offer more than 2,000 immersive cultural experiences in port, many with small groups. You'll find culinary-themed voyages in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, as well as wine-focused itineraries around the world. What's more, Windstar's itineraries offer late evenings and overnights in its ports of call, allowing guests to experience local culture and cuisine after dark.

Windstar will begin sailing in South America in December 2025 with the 312-passenger (double occupancy) Star Pride, offering excursions to UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the town of Cusco , Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands .

Other Top Adults-Only Cruise Options

While these larger ships offer activities for families and children of all ages, adults can also find hidden retreats and venues just for grown-ups. These spaces are typically quieter and situated away from the crowds.

Celebrity Cruises

Aerial of pool and deck on a Celebrity Cruises ship.

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Celebrity Cruises offers spaces created with adult guests in mind. On Celebrity Beyond and the newest addition to the fleet, Celebrity Ascent , adults can have a unique dining experience at Le Voyage by Daniel Boulud. The world-renowned Global Culinary Ambassador for the line, Daniel Boulud created the menu at this elegant venue, incorporating dishes inspired by his travels. You'll also find an impressive wine list to accompany your dining experience.

When it's time to relax, The Solarium is a popular adults-only area located on the Resort Deck of all Celebrity ships. This light-filled pool area encased by a glass dome is the perfect quiet space for reading a book or taking a nap. While there, you can also grab a light breakfast or lunch at the Spa Cafe and Juice Bar, or order your favorite cocktail while lounging in the hot tub.

Other adult-focused venues to check out on Celebrity Ascent, Beyond and Apex are the new elevated bar spaces. The Edge series World Class Bar – a popular spot on other Celebrity Cruises ships – features craft cocktails in a beautiful setting. And don't miss the two-story Sunset Bar on Celebrity Ascent, a reimagined space by interior designer and TV personality Nate Berkus. The aft location of the bar offers almost twice the space as previous iterations and beautiful wake views.

Princess Cruises

Lounging area on a Princess Cruises ship.

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The Sanctuary, a retreat for guests ages 18 and older, offers an escape from bustling public spaces. The relaxing top-deck venue is available on all Princess Cruises ships and features plush lounge chairs, a spa-like setting and Serenity Stewards, who serve light bites and other refreshments. To fully unwind, consider reserving a private cabana, where you can book an open-air massage. The child-free venue varies from ship to ship, with some offering the exclusive Retreat pool, cabanas and a bar area, and newer iterations featuring more space.

Spellbound by Magic Castle is an exciting new venue aboard the line's newest ship, Sun Princess, for adults 21 and older. The collaboration with The Magic Castle private club in Hollywood offers guests an evening of magic, illusions and theatrical cocktails in a Victorian-inspired space.

If you're heading off the ship for an excursion to Princess Cays (the cruise line's private island in the Bahamas), plan to chill out for the day in an adults-only Sanctuary Bungalow. Located just minutes from the ocean and beach, the rentals accommodate four people, and the price includes two complimentary float rentals. You can also order a gourmet picnic to enjoy while lounging on shore.

Back on the ship, adults can reserve a spot for the line's new Winemaker Dinners, a partnership with Caymus Vineyards. These 12-guest evenings are offered fleetwide, two to three times during each cruise. Winemaker Chuck Wagner personally selected the wines from the notable Napa Valley winery to pair with the elevated five-course menu.

Carnival Cruise Line

Serenity Adult-Only Retreat on a Carnival Cruise Line ship.

The Serenity Adult-Only Retreat is located on all of Carnival Cruise Line 's ships. Access to this tranquil outdoor hideaway is complimentary for passengers 21 and older. While there, guests can enjoy relaxing loungers, daybeds and whirlpools. Take in the warm sun and ocean breeze with a signature sangria in hand, or stop for a healthy meal at the Fresh Creations salad bar (available on select ships) for an alfresco lunch.

Disney Cruise Line

Lounge area on a Disney Cruise Line ship.

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Though Disney Cruise Line tends to attract families and younger travelers, it also offers multiple spaces and activities for adults 18 and older. Disney's newest ship, Disney Wish , boasts several luxurious adults-only venues featuring characters and scenes from "Beauty and the Beast."

For top-notch steaks, contemporary Italian cuisine and panoramic ocean views, make a reservation at the Cogsworth-inspired Palo Steakhouse. If you prefer French-style fare and world-class wines served in an elegant and shimmering setting, Enchanté by three-Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Lallement is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two. Before dinner at either venue, enjoy a signature cocktail at The Rose. After dinner, you won't want to miss the galactic libations and ever-changing views of faraway galaxies at the adults-only Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge bar.

Depending on the ship, adult travelers can also dance the night away in a trendy club, watch live entertainment or a cabaret show, catch a sports game on satellite TV, or relax with an after-dinner cocktail at a bar or lounge. Outdoors, the kid-free Quiet Cove Pool is a tranquil place to relax on all the ships. For even more pampering, Senses Spa & Salon boasts treatment rooms with ocean views, luxurious spa villas and other amenities. On Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line 's private island, adults can head to Serenity Bay – a scenic, adults-only stretch of the beach.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Spice H2O beach club on Norwegian Cruise Line ship.

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Norwegian Cruise Line has three adults-only outdoor venues for guests 18 and older (though specific spaces vary by ship). On Norwegian 's Bliss, Escape, Getaway and Breakaway ships, the Vibe Beach Club sun deck invites guests to relax in oversized hot tubs and comfy daybeds, adding perks like a full-service bar and chilled towels. Guests can enjoy two-story beach clubs on Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Encore, while the clubs on Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva include the line's first infinity hot tubs. You can purchase a multiday pass in advance for the club, and cabana rentals are available for more privacy.

At Norwegian Epic's two-level Posh Beach Club, complimentary perks include fruit skewers, cold water spritzers and a snack menu. Multiday passes are available to all adult cruisers, while travelers who book a Haven suite can access Posh Beach Club for free. Spice H2O is another adults-only venue on the Norwegian Bliss, Joy, Escape, Getaway, Breakaway, Epic, Star and Spirit vessels; access is complimentary. At night, the space becomes an open-air dance club where you can spend the evening partying under the stars.

Royal Caribbean International

The Solarium on the Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International.

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Solarium is Royal Caribbean International 's complimentary, child-free space open to guests 18 and older. Located at the front of every ship in the fleet, this indoor-outdoor oasis (or indoor-only on Quantum Class ships) offers impressive vistas and endless views of the sea. Thanks to a full glass canopy over the interior space, adult passengers can enjoy quiet lounging areas, swimming pools and whirlpool tubs with a view, no matter the weather. Select ships feature a cascading lagoon for further relaxation.

Be sure to grab a tropical cocktail or zero-proof drink at Solarium Bar (or Sunshine Bar, on Quantum ships) to sip poolside while enjoying the ocean vistas. Guests of both bars must be at least 21 years old when sailing from North America or a minimum of 18 when departing from South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Adult cruisers (18 and older) can relax and chill out at the first suspended infinity pool at sea at The Hideaway on Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Icon of the Seas. The beach-vibe neighborhood, perched eight stories above the sea at the back of the ship, features Champagne cocktails, a DJ spinning tunes, full-size daybeds, a wraparound bar, and endless ocean and sunset views from the multilevel terrace.

Frequently Asked Questions

"Adults-only cruise ships – or adults-only spaces on cruise ships – have become increasingly popular over the years," says Chris Gray Faust, executive editor at Cruise Critic. "That's not only because fewer people are having families. It's also because parents themselves often want the chance to get away, either by themselves for a romantic trip or with friends to celebrate a special occasion, girls' or guys' weekend, or milestone birthdays."

"I seek out adult spaces on cruise ships primarily because I want my experience on a ship to mirror my life on land – a little quieter, with more sophisticated food and drink options," she explains. "I also appreciate the opportunity to connect with my friends who are parents in a space where we can have personal one-on-one conversations or let loose a bit with some drinks. Adults with children are more than just their kids, after all – and they also appreciate a space where they don't have to worry about their little ones."

Anne Scully, a partner at the luxury travel company EMBARK Beyond, says, "With so many cruise lines and sailings, it's always a good idea to have options – and adults-only cruises are very popular." She adds, "Viking and Virgin have always focused on adults-only cruises and most river cruises also cater to adult passengers."

Adults-only cruises are designed with guests ages 18 and older in mind, from the staterooms and dining venues to the onboard entertainment and shore excursions. What you typically won't find on board are water or theme parks, climbing walls, game rooms, and restaurants serving kid-friendly foods.

If you're looking for a relaxing, fun and romantic vacation without the kids in tow – and you don't want to deal with the other passengers' children on your getaway – consider booking a sailing specifically for cruisers at least 18 years old. Alternatively, select a cruise line or ship that caters to mostly adults and doesn't offer any services, kids clubs, babysitting or activities for children.

You don't have to be a kid to be a Disney Cruise Line fan. While the line does not have an adults-only vessel within the fleet, there are plenty of kid-free spaces for adults only. Adults can enjoy cocktails, dinner and entertainment in several venues and relax at designated pool areas on the ship. There's also private, adults-only stretch of beach, Serenity Bay, on the line's private island, Castaway Cay.

In addition, Disney offers one of the best programs to keep youngsters entertained at sea, so you'll find that many of the children hang out in the kids club during the day and in the evening. These club spaces are divided by age groups, and they're typically open until midnight or 1 a.m. so parents – and even adults without kids – can enjoy a night out on the ship sans kids.

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14 Best Adults-only Cruises, According to Travel Experts

These expert-approved cruise lines are perfect for your next adults-only getaway.

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Adults-only Cruise Lines

Cruise lines geared toward adults.

Olivier Blaud

If you’re planning a kid-free trip, consider embarking on a cruise — yes, really. Sure, there are plenty of cruise ships teeming with waterslides and over-the-top offerings like laser tag, go-karts, and escape rooms, but they aren’t the only option. While only a few cruise lines are exclusively adults-only, there are a handful of others that are geared toward grown-ups — and only grown-ups — thanks to a lack of kids clubs, activities, and other programming that would typically attract families. 

Ultimately, when it comes to selecting your adults-only cruise, options abound. “A question often asked is, ‘What is the best cruise line for only adults?’” explains T+L A-list travel advisor Eric Goldring . “But, alas, the question is much simpler than the answer!” Moreover, he explains, “Adults, like cruise lines, come in all different varieties.” With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 14 of our favorite cruise lines for adults — from high-energy, party-centric Virgin Voyages to more traditional small-ship luxury options like Seabourn and Silversea — plus several hand-picked expert recommendations.

Meet the Expert

Eric Goldring is a T+L A-list travel advisor specializing in expedition, small-ship, and medium-ship cruising. 

Rob Clabbers is a T+L A-List travel advisor and founder of Q Cruise + Travel, a Chicago-based travel agency. 

Ashton Palmer is a Seattle-based T+L A-List travel advisor and founder of Expedition Trips.

Virgin Voyages

Courtesy of Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages is one of few explicitly adults-only cruise lines. Guests, called Sailors, must be 18 or older. According to T+L A-List travel advisor Rob Clabbers of Q Cruise + Travel in Chicago, Virgin Voyages is “quite different from a typical cruise line” and is an especially “great fit for young-at-heart travelers” who “like a bit of local culture with their beach and aren’t looking for white-glove service or standard cruise experiences.” Sailors can choose from a range of different itineraries, including four- to eight-night Caribbean sailings, seven-night Europe voyages, and three- to 11-night Australia and South Pacific cruises.

Virgin Voyages ships are also unique in that they lack traditional dining rooms and buffets, instead offering 20-plus eclectic drinking and dining venues — or, as Clabbers says, what “most other cruise lines would consider ‘specialty restaurants.’” Elizabeth Rhodes , T+L’s special projects editor, set sail on a Virgin Voyages ship with her sister in 2022 and was blown away by the onboard bars and restaurants. “Our favorite restaurants included Pink Agave, a Mexican restaurant decked out in sophisticated navy and pink tones; Gunbae, a Korean barbecue spot where meals start with a funny drinking game; and The Wake, a beautiful, glitzy restaurant serving steak and seafood with incredible ocean views,” she wrote in a piece detailing her Virgin Voyages girls trip .

Additionally, per Clabbers, the entertainment offerings are best described as “atypical and engaging” and include pool parties, private karaoke studios, and drag queen cabaret. Of course, we’d also be remiss not to mention the onboard tattoo parlors, aptly called Squid Ink. 

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According to Clabbers, Viking “features the world’s largest fleet of river cruise ships, as well as very popular 930-passenger ocean ships and two true expedition vessels that explore the polar regions and the Great Lakes.” The line does not allow children under 18 on any of the ships — and there are also “no casinos, umbrella drinks, inside staterooms [even the most standard cabins offer private verandas], or photography sales, art auctions, or other nickel-and-diming that unfortunately is a given on many large-ship mainstream cruise lines.” What’s more, with its sleek Scandinavian-inspired interiors and refined ambiance, the line is especially popular with mature cruisers, says Clabbers. He continues, telling T+L, “The self-styled ‘Thinking Person’s Cruise,’ Viking focuses on allowing guests to immerse themselves in a destination with an included excursion each day and onboard enrichment.” 

Also, while Viking cruises aren’t exactly budget-friendly, they offer plenty of added value. Fares include Wi-Fi; one shore excursion in each port of call; port taxes and fees; access to the onboard Nordic Spa; beer, wine, and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinner; specialty dining (which the line calls “alternative restaurant dining”); and 24-hour room service.

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises is a British line that’s especially popular with — you guessed it — U.K.-based cruisers. P&O has a total of seven ships, five of which are family-friendly and two —  Aurora and Arcadia — that are only for adults. 

The 1,874-passenger Aurora is the line’s smallest ship and offers a more intimate feel. There are three pools and 19 bars and restaurants. Entertainment offerings include a theater, a cinema, a library, an art gallery, a card room, and a lounge where cruisers can catch cabaret performances, discos, quiz shows, and more. Aurora offers a breadth of itineraries ranging from lengthy world cruises to four- and five-night “Short Breaks,” sailing round-trip from Southampton to nearby European cities like Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Zeebrugge. Aurora also sails to the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, and North America. The 2,388-passenger Arcadia is a bit larger; however, it has fewer pools (two compared to three) and bars and restaurants (15 compared to 19).  While Arcadia also lacks a card room and a lounge, it does boast The Globe in its place, which offers movie screenings, art auctions, cabaret shows, live music, and more. Arcadia offers similar itineraries to her smaller sister ship, sans world cruises.

Saga Cruises

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British line Saga Cruises specifically caterers to passengers 50 and older (however, travelers can bring along companions as young as 40). The line offers two ocean ships, Spirit of Adventure and Spirit of Discovery , which have all-balcony staterooms for up to 987 passengers. Both vessels depart from either Dover or Portsmouth in England and offer itineraries through Europe — including the Canary Islands and the Azores — as well as West Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, Canada, and New England. Saga also offers river cruises on sister ships Spirit of the Danube and Spirit of the Rhine. Its newest ship, Spirit of the Douro, will debut in 2024. (The line also charters several other river vessels throughout the year.) 

All Saga cruise fares are all-inclusive of meals, Wi-Fi, unlimited beverages (including alcohol), gratuities, excursions, spa access, and more. At sea, guests can indulge in afternoon tea service, listen in on lectures from guest speakers, and catch live music and entertainment. 

Explora Journeys

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Explora Journeys debuted its flagship vessel, Explora I , in summer 2023, and its identical sister ship, Explora II , is set to launch in summer 2024. Despite being new to the scene, it’s already one of Goldring’s favorite adult-oriented cruise lines since it offers a “luxury resort experience.” While the line does have connecting suites, a small children’s room, and select programming for multigenerational families , Goldring tells T+L that “Explora is very much geared [toward] adults.”

The elegant, all-suite accommodations are a highlight, as is the ocean-inspired wellness center. The culinary programming is also top-notch, with six onboard restaurants — including the Med Yacht Club for tasty Mediterranean dishes, the ritzy Marble & Co. Grill for steaks and chops, and the breezy-chic Emporium Marketplace for all-day international fare — all helmed by a team of acclaimed chefs. Passengers can sip cocktails in style at one of 12 tony bars and lounges (eight indoor, four outdoor). The line offers a range of activities, including book clubs, guided meditations, mixology classes, coffee tastings, courses on destination-themed crafts, and live jazz. There is also special programming for solo travelers and sober cruisers . Alternatively, travelers can opt to bypass all of the above to soak up the sun by one of several sparkling swimming pools or peruse some of the uber-luxe onboard shops, including the world’s first Rolex boutique at sea.

Silversea Cruises

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Adults craving a traditional luxury cruise experience should consider sailing with Silversea Cruises . While the line does not explicitly exclude children, it’s rare to find few — if any — on board, given the lack of kid-friendly programming. Per Goldring, this small-ship luxury line is one of few to still have formal nights on board. With that in mind, it makes sense that Silversea offers “a more refined, somewhat formal, service and dining experience.” Seattle-based T+L A-List travel advisor Ashton Palmer of Expedition Trips echoes these sentiments. “Silversea offers guests looking for uncompromised luxury and creative expeditionary itineraries the opportunity to be pampered while cruising some of the most remote destinations.”

As part of said pampering, all guests enjoy suite accommodations, butler service, complimentary alcoholic beverages, and gourmet dining. S.A.L.T. Bar, Kitchen, and Laboratory — found aboard Silver Moon, Silver Dawn, Silver Nova, and Silver Ray — features locally sourced ingredients and cuisine for a true taste of the destination. Culinary connoisseurs on board one of these four ships can enjoy food-focused culinary excursions (think: a visit to a working organic farm in Paros, a vineyard tour in Wales, pasta-making in Sicily, and so on). Similarly, it's worth mentioning that shore excursions, lectures, gratuities, and private transfers are also included in the cruise fare. Lastly, says Palmer, “With multiple vessels traveling throughout the globe, there are trips to suit every individual.” 

Windstar Cruises

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“While not strictly adults-only, another line adults should consider when traveling without children is Windstar ,” says Clabbers. While the line technically welcomes all travelers ages nine and above, he explains that “the intimate size of its yachts means that the experience is really best suited for adults (couples and single adult travelers) who appreciate the romance of being on a ship with sails, or a spacious suite-only motor yacht.” The pro is also quick to highlight the vessels’ small size, which makes it easier to access less-visited ports such as Montserrat in the Caribbean and the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. 

Additionally, although the ships are undoubtedly swanky, Goldring tells T+L that the onboard experience is best described as “casual luxury.” What’s more, he says, ”There is a wonderfully casual atmosphere with an emphasis on being out on deck and enjoying the marina and all its toys coupled with excellent cuisine and service.” Like Silversea, Windstar also offers world-class dining thanks to a partnership with the James Beard Foundation. Culinary-themed shore excursions and chef-led market tours in various ports of call are also available. Finally, while you won’t find water slides or video game rooms on board, Clabbers says passengers can let their inner child out on select Tahiti, Mediterranean, or Caribbean sailings thanks to the “water sports platform with snorkeling gear, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and water trampolines.”

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Between its fleet of seven small ships — none carrying more than 600 passengers — luxury line Seabourn cruises all seven continents. Among its fleet are two state-of-the-art expedition vessels, Seabourn Pursuit and Seabourn Venture , which, per Palmer, “take luxury-focused exploration to the next level” by offering the “perfect combination of luxury and adventure.” As such, guests will enjoy “multiple dining venues ranging from fine dining to casual bistro, a comprehensive spa, and a world-class expedition program that includes submarines for exploring below the surface.” The five ocean ships are just as opulent. Most staterooms have private verandas, and all dining venues are included — as are premium spirits, fine wines, and caviar. 

Seabourn also offers a slew of signature events that vary depending on the itinerary, all free of charge. Fan favorites include Caviar in the Surf (in which staff members plunge into the water and invite guests in to wade and enjoy Champagne and caviar from the surfboard bar — followed by a BBQ feast, water sports, and music); Marina Day (featuring free water sports launched directly from the retractable marina platform), the Polar Plunge (in which guests can dive into the frigid Arctic waters or watch others partake in the event), and Caviar on the Ice (caviar and tartare service with a side of epic glacial views.) 

“French-owned Ponant is an ultra-luxe small-ship line that presents luxury-forward expeditions to some of the most remote destinations on Earth,” says Palmer. The line boasts an impressive fleet of 12 ships, including the cutting-edge Le Commandant Charcot . According to the pro, the vessel “boasts five-star luxury amenities and dining options, including a tasting restaurant by renowned French chef Alain Ducasse.” He continues, telling T+L, “For guests who want to sip Veuve Clicquot and savor caviar while traversing the North Pole or sit fireside while exploring Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, this is the perfect adult-oriented vessel.” 

In addition to polar expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica, the line offers tropical voyages to South and Central America, Oceania and the Pacific Islands, and Africa and the Indian Ocean. Non-expedition sailings are also available and feature ports of call like Madagascar, Bequia Island in the Caribbean, and Kanazawa in Japan. Finally, while Le Commandant Charcot is certainly impressive, don’t sleep on the line’s other ships, either. Among them is the three-masted, 16-cabin Le Ponant , which is specially designed for cruising the Polynesian waters. 

Regent Seven Seas

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Regent Seven Seas is yet another small-ship luxury line geared toward grown-ups. While not explicitly adults-only — there are some child-friendly activities — it’s rare to spot little ones on board unless you’re cruising to popular destinations like Alaska or the Mediterranean in the summer months (when school’s out). With that in mind, those who opt for multi-week or months-long itineraries, including Grand Voyages , can most likely expect a kid-free sailing. 

Well-heeled couples, solo travelers, and groups of friends with a taste for the finer things in life will especially enjoy a Regent cruise. Lavish touches — from glittering chandeliers to sumptuous suites, to thousands of square feet of marble — can be found throughout its fleet. Perhaps the best part about cruising with Regent is its all-inclusive fares, which fold airfare, unlimited shore excursions, two- or three-night land programs, a pre-cruise hotel stay, unlimited beverages, open bars and lounges, gratuities, specialty dining, airport and ship transfers, W-Fi, and more into one flat fee.

Related: Regent Seven Seas Grandeur Ship Review

Crystal , which is now part of the A&K Travel Group, made its grand (re)debut in the summer of 2023 after a years-long hiatus — and the line has long been a favorite among luxury-loving adult travelers. Both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity have undergone multimillion-dollar refurbishments and are sure to impress. Highlights include all-suite staterooms (all of which include butler service), gourmet specialty dining (including the first and only Nobu at sea), and adult-oriented entertainment (which runs the gamut from stand-up comedy to Broadway-caliber productions). Guests can also sit in on lectures, attend Computer University@Sea to learn more about the Internet and social media, play pickleball, or read one of the 2,000-plus books in the onboard library. 

No sailing is complete without at least one visit to the state-of-the-art Aurōra spa, which offers everything from Dysport injections and IV treatments to acupuncture and salt scrubs. Crystal currently sails six continents (all but Antarctica), and, although you can’t go wrong with any of the itineraries, the 123-night 2025 World Cruise — which visits 62 ports in 31 countries — is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Azamara offers a fleet of four small-to-medium-sized ships that can accommodate up to 702 guests. While not officially adults-only, the line does not provide any kid’s programming, so families are few and far between on board. Instead, you’ll find mostly older couples (think: 50 and up). The ambiance is best described as serene and sophisticated, sans any stuffiness. 

Additionally, Azamara designs its itineraries to maximize time off the ship, so it’s common for sailings to offer late-night stays or even overnights in ports. Cruisers can also enjoy local-led shore excursions.  

Back on board, travelers can sip cocktails and unwind in one of the bars and lounges, retreat to their contemporary staterooms, unwind at the spa, and tuck into a meal at one of six eateries. There’s a handful of onboard entertainment offerings, including live shows and music, plus the line’s signature White Night, where guests can eat, drink, and let loose in their best white outfits. 

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River cruise line Uniworld is a favorite amongst mature couples and groups for its wide variety of itineraries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. Think of each ship in the Uniworld fleet as a floating boutique hotel that’s distinctively designed to reflect the destinations that they sail. This — combined with the high staff-to-guest ratio and all-inclusive luxury offerings — only adds to the appeal. Once on board, guests enjoy suite accommodations complete with butler service, as well as meals made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients from specific ports of call. 

Off the ship, travelers can choose from a selection of complimentary and premium excursions that range from private after-hours tours to hiking and more. Alternatively, guests are welcome to explore on their own with bikes and Nordic walking sticks (free). In addition to the above, Uniworld cruise fares include all onboard meals, unlimited wine and spirits, gratuities, wellness classes, airport transfers, and Wi-Fi. One quick note: While the line technically allows guests older than four, you (most likely) won’t find them — unless, that is, you book one of the Generations sailings, which are specifically designed for multigenerational families.  

Swan Hellenic  

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While this small expedition line — known for its off-the-beaten-path voyages — technically allows guests over eight years old, it’s quite rare to see any children on board since there are no kids clubs. While most famous for its Antarctica and Arctic itineraries, the line also offers itineraries through Central America, Mexico, Peru, Southwest Africa, and the Chilean Fjords. The sailings, while pricey, include regional return flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation, group transfers from the airport to the ship, a one-night pre-cruise stay, all meals onboard, 24-hour room service, onboard lectures, one excursion per port of call, Wi-Fi, gratuities, and select alcoholic beverages. Its fleet of three small ships offers elegant accommodations, dining options, and common areas. Take in the panoramic vistas from the sauna or heated Jacuzzi, or get up close and personal via Zodiac. The line’s new Explore & Restore program, created in partnership with Chopra, helmed by the renowned Dr. Deepak Chopra, is centered around well-being. Grown-ups can enjoy wellness-centric offerings like Ayurveda-inspired meals, expert-guided workshops, and daily meditation.

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Don’t Want to Cruise With Kids? Sail on These Adult-Focused Cruise Ships

From cruise lines with a minimum age requirement to itineraries geared specifically to adults, on these cruises you won’t see many or any little ones..

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At the Virgin Voyages pools, you won’t have to worry about kids splashing or spilling your adult beverage.

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Whether you have kids or grandkids, nieces or nephews, or not, whether you love kids or don’t, sometimes there is something very appealing about the idea of a relaxing cruise vacation minus the youngsters. That’s where adults-only cruises come in.

Back in the late 1990s when Torstein Hagen created Viking River Cruises , now by far Europe’s largest river cruise operator, it was purposely designed for adults with no kids allowed aboard . That philosophy stands as the company has moved into ocean cruises and expedition ships .

Likewise, when British billionaire Richard Branson launched the first ship of his Virgin Voyages cruise brand three years ago, it was with no one under age 18 allowed aboard. The cruise line later riffed on the subject with ads showing kids very displeased that they couldn’t get in on the fun with grown-ups.

No other major cruise lines outright ban the under-18 set, but there are ways travelers can lessen the chances there will be many or any children on their cruise.

If you really want to avoid kids, don’t cruise during a school break period (such as spring break, summer, or winter holidays), pick an itinerary for more than two weeks (length being a deterrent to the family crowd— world cruise , anyone?), or look toward an ultra-luxurious cruise or one that involves an expensive airfare—not everyone wants to splurge on an upscale experience for their progeny.

Also keep in mind the smaller the ship—and fewer experiences for kids (such as kids clubs and big water slides)—the greater the chance youngsters won’t be aboard. Here are our picks for the best cruises for adults.

Three loungers lined up alongside a dipping pool in the spa area on a Viking ocean ship

Find serenity in one of Viking’s notoriously tricked out Nordic-style spas on its ocean and expedition vessels.

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Whether you cruise with Viking on one of the company’s many 190-passenger river cruise vessels in Europe, on the line’s 930-passenger ocean cruise ships that sail around the world, or on one of its two 378-passenger expedition ships, you’ll be treated to a fine-tuned cruising experience geared strictly to adults. You need to be age 18 and up to get aboard to enjoy the many perks covered in the all-inclusive fares. Those perks consist of shore excursions in every port, free wine and beer, all meals (including numerous restaurant experiences and nightly seafood buffets), engaging lectures hosted by historians and other experts, and Nordic spas complete with hot sauna, steam room, and a chilly snow grotto.

To book: Viking’s 15-day Grand European Tour sails from Amsterdam to Budapest on the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers, starting from $4,999 per person.

Virgin Voyages' Razzle Dazzle restaurant features a playful mostly red interior

Head to Virgin Voyages’ Razzle Dazzle restaurant where the adults-only clientele can pick from menu items that are either “naughty” or “nice.”

Virgin Voyages

Adult-only cruises offered by Virgin Voyages take place on four 2,770-passenger ships that sail the Caribbean, Europe, and the South Pacific. The atmosphere aboard is edgy, cheeky, full of subtle—and not so subtle—sexual innuendo, and fun done in an inclusive, adult way unlike anything the cruise industry has ever seen before . Expect lots of day drinking, lively nighttime parties and entertainment, a tattoo parlor, and indulgent food, including an over-the-top molecular dining experience and the “Lick Me Till . . . Ice Cream” shop (for no extra charge)—in between trips to the wellness retreat with a mud room and ’80s-style aerobics classes for the full detox and retox Virgin experience.

To book: Virgin’s 4-night Fire & Sunset Soirées sailing , embarks Miami for Key West and then Virgin’s private Beach Club at Bimini in the Bahamas, from $1,564 for two.

Aerial view of an Azamara cruise ship at sea

Sail in sophistication—and likely without kids—on Azamara cruise ships.

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Azamara Cruises

This upscale line with four small ships does not restrict kids but tends to attract well-traveled couples aged 50 and up who like the idea of seeing the world from the vantage point of a floating boutique hotel. The atmosphere on Azamara sailings is both convivial and sophisticated, on ships that carry a maximum of 704 guests. The vessels feature a library with a faux fireplace, an upscale steakhouse for an elevated dining experience, and a “living room” for drinking and socializing.

Itineraries focus on maximizing time in port, with cultural immersion, including small group shore excursions and “AzAmazing” experiences where, for instance, you and other guests might be treated to a complimentary private acrobatics show in Monaco. Special golf cruises with PerryGolf include play at such prestigious courses as Ireland’s Royal Portrush.

To book: Sail on the 690-passenger Azamara Journey for a 10-night Croatia Intensive Voyage , from $2,219 per person.

"Seven Seas Voyager" pool deck surrounded by many empty lounge chairs

Imagine a calm and quiet pool deck like the one aboard the Seven Seas Voyager.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

With a fleet of 490- to 750-passenger ships, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is one of the most expensive cruise lines out there and touts that it is “the world’s most luxurious cruise line”—a status it gets by, for instance, outfitting its latest ships with Carrara marble details, crystal chandeliers, over-the-top suites, and multi-million-dollar art collections. Fares include a broad choice of shore excursions such as a mud bath experience in Lautoka, Fiji, premium wine and spirits, and business-class international airfare. While the line does not ban kids—and in fact, encourages families at holidays and on summer cruises in Alaska—not everyone wants to pay top dollar for experiences that may go over kids’ heads.

To book: An 11-night trip from Miami to the Caribbean on the 496-passenger Seven Seas Navigator starts at $5,699 for two passengers.

Empty restaurant with polar views on Silversea's luxury expedition vessel "Silver Endeavour"

Experience fine dining with exquisite views on Silversea’s luxury expedition vessel Silver Endeavour .

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Silversea Cruises

With its sleek ships, a focus on cuisine and drink as a cultural experience, butlers that pamper all guests, and an overall ultra-luxury ambience, Silversea is a favorite of well-heeled adult travelers. Grandparents may bring a multigenerational group aboard for a holiday or summertime sailing (the 596-passenger Silver Muse is the only Silversea ship with a children’s playroom), but with air-inclusive fares that start at around $800 a day, and no discounts for kids, you’re unlikely to have your pool time interrupted by shouts of “Marco Polo.” Rather, you’re more likely to hear someone call an attendant over for more champagne and a side of caviar, both complimentary and available 24/7.

To book: A 10-night sailing from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona on the 596-passenger Silver Moon , is priced from $7,600 per person.

Windstar sailing ship in Moorea, between two green, hilly islands

Sail away with Windstar—and without small kids.

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Windstar guarantees there won’t be young kids aboard—you must be age eight or up to sail. That said, it’s rare to see any kids at all. The upscale line’s 148- to 342-passenger ships deliver an intimate, adult atmosphere whether you are on a four- or five-masted ship with billowing sails or an all-suite motorized yacht. Cabins and suites are mostly designed for two and attract couples looking for romance at sea, in addition to excellent dining, enhanced by the line’s status as the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation. Borrow a kayak from your ship’s own marina by day and cap an evening of food and drink with quiet time out on deck, watching the moon reflect on the sea.

To book: The 7-day Dreams of Tahiti itinerary takes place on the 312-passenger sailing ship Star Breeze , with all-inclusive pricing starting from $3,399 per person.

This story was originally published in 2023 and was most recently updated on June 25, 2024, to include current information.

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Navigating Paradise: The Best Adults-Only Cruises

by The Cruise Web Team October 27, 2023, 4:50 pm

Frequently Asked Questions about Adults-Only Cruises

Best Adults-Only Cruise Destinations

Best Cruise Lines for Adults-Only Cruises

What are adults-only cruises.

Imagine a serene voyage across crystal-clear waters, where relaxation and rejuvenation take center stage. Now, envision this journey without the hustle and bustle of little ones, a tranquil escape for adults seeking pure indulgence and unbridled bliss. Welcome to the world of adults-only cruises, where the allure of age-restricted luxury sets the stage for an unforgettable maritime experience.

Adults-only cruises are precisely what their name suggests: seafaring adventures exclusively designed for travelers aged 18 and above. These voyages have gained tremendous popularity in recent years, offering a haven of sophistication and tranquility that appeals to a discerning crowd. In this blog, we will explore the captivating realm of adults-only cruises, showcasing the top destinations, cruise lines, and invaluable tips to help you embark on your own unforgettable journey.

Whether you’re a couple seeking a romantic getaway, a group of friends in pursuit of adventure, or a solo traveler looking to unwind in style, adults-only cruises have something extraordinary to offer. These voyages promise a chance to explore breathtaking destinations, revel in sumptuous amenities, and relish the serenity of a child-free environment. It is important to note that many cruises will have some children onboard, but in many cases, the cruise ship has areas, events and onboard venues that do not allow children.

As we set sail through this blog, we’ll unveil the top 3 adults-only cruise destinations, delve into the cruise lines that excel at providing unforgettable experiences, and offer essential tips for booking your very own adults-only voyage. So, grab your boarding pass and let’s embark on a journey to discover the best adults-only cruises the world has to offer. Bon voyage!

Why Choose an Adults-Only Cruise?

As we embark on our exploration of adults-only cruises, we must first address a fundamental question: Why choose an adults-only cruise in the first place? While the idea of a child-free maritime adventure may sound enticing on the surface, there are deeper, more profound reasons that make these voyages irresistible to an ever-growing number of travelers.

For many, the appeal of adults-only cruises lies not just in what they offer but also in what they leave behind. These carefully curated voyages create an environment where serenity, relaxation, and sophistication converge to provide an experience that caters to the desires of adults seeking to escape the daily hustle and embrace the extraordinary.

In this section, we will uncover the many compelling reasons why choosing an adults-only cruise can be a game-changer for your vacation experience. From the tranquility of the environment to the tailored amenities and activities, adults-only cruises promise a world of advantages for those who seek more from their travels. Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic retreat, a group of friends seeking adventure, or a solo traveler ready to unwind, this segment will reveal the abundant benefits that make adults-only cruises the perfect choice for your next getaway.

Benefits of an Adults-Only Cruise

Embarking on an adults-only cruise is like stepping into a world of unparalleled relaxation and indulgence. One of the primary benefits of such a voyage is the blissful escape from the bustling energy of everyday life, offering a serene environment where peace and tranquility reign. Here, you can savor quiet moments, revel in unhurried conversations, and soak in the breathtaking views without interruptions. Adults-only cruises also cater to a more discerning crowd, ensuring a level of sophistication that’s perfectly suited to those looking for a refined, luxurious escape. These voyages often feature curated amenities, fine dining experiences, and tailored entertainment, promising a journey that feels customized to your tastes. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a chance to connect with like-minded travelers, or simply the freedom to unwind without distraction, adults-only cruises offer a world of benefits that elevate your vacation experience to extraordinary heights.

Is an Adults-Only Cruise right for you?

Adults-only cruises are tailor-made for a specific kind of traveler – someone who appreciates the finer things in life, values tranquility and sophistication, and seeks an escape from the daily grind. The ideal client for adults-only cruises is typically an adult individual or couple aged 18 and above, looking to embark on a vacation that prioritizes relaxation and enjoyment. These travelers relish the prospect of a child-free environment, where they can bask in the serenity, engage in meaningful conversations, and immerse themselves in a refined atmosphere. Whether it’s a romantic couple seeking intimate moments, a group of friends in pursuit of adventure and fun, or a solo explorer looking to meet like-minded individuals, adults-only cruises cater to those who crave an experience beyond the ordinary. These discerning clients are eager to savor exquisite cuisine, partake in exclusive activities, and explore remarkable destinations in the company of fellow adults who share their desire for a sophisticated and serene maritime journey.

The Top 3 Adults-Only Cruise Destinations

Caribbean adults-only cruises.

Picture yourself setting sail across the mesmerizing, azure waters of the Caribbean, where the warm tropical breeze gently rustles your hair, and the sun paints the sky in hues of gold and pink. The Caribbean, a haven of pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and vibrant cultures, has long been a dream destination for travelers seeking idyllic escapes. Now, imagine experiencing this tropical paradise in a way that offers more than just sun and sand – welcome to adults-only cruises in the Caribbean. In this section, we will embark on a journey to explore the Caribbean’s enchanting allure as a premier destination for adults seeking a sophisticated and serene escape. From the luxurious accommodations to the tranquil environments and exotic excursions, we’ll uncover the unique charm of adults-only cruising in the Caribbean, where relaxation and adventure intertwine to create unforgettable memories.

The Caribbean is a quintessential destination for adults-only cruises, and its allure for travelers seeking a refined and serene escape is undeniable. Here are some of the compelling reasons why the Caribbean is a top choice for adults looking to embark on a cruise tailored to their desires:

  • Idyllic Beaches : The Caribbean is renowned for its postcard-perfect beaches with powdery white sands and crystal-clear, turquoise waters. These pristine shores provide an ideal backdrop for relaxation and romance. Adults on these cruises can unwind on quiet, secluded beaches, engage in water sports, or simply bask in the sun without the distractions of families and children.
  • Exclusive and Luxurious Settings : Many adults-only cruise lines in the Caribbean offer an unparalleled level of luxury and exclusivity. From high-end suites with private balconies to top-notch amenities like spa services and gourmet dining, these cruises provide an opulent experience that caters to the refined tastes of adult travelers.
  • Serene Atmosphere : Adults-only cruises in the Caribbean create an environment of tranquility and sophistication. The absence of young children ensures a quieter and more peaceful setting, perfect for intimate moments, meaningful conversations, and relaxation. This ambiance makes the Caribbean a haven for couples seeking a romantic retreat.
  • Exciting Itineraries : The Caribbean boasts an array of diverse and exciting destinations, each with its own unique charm. Adults can explore vibrant local cultures, partake in adventurous activities like snorkeling or hiking, and savor the flavors of Caribbean cuisine, all in the company of fellow adult travelers who share their interests.
  • Nightlife and Entertainment : While adults-only cruises in the Caribbean emphasize tranquility, they also offer vibrant nightlife and entertainment options. You can enjoy live music, themed parties, and sophisticated bars and lounges, creating the perfect balance between relaxation and excitement.
  • Diverse Excursions : The Caribbean is a treasure trove of experiences. Adults can embark on diverse excursions, from exploring ancient Mayan ruins to swimming with dolphins, and from scuba diving in coral reefs to simply unwinding in a beachfront cabana.

In sum, the Caribbean’s allure for adults-only cruises lies in its capacity to offer a multifaceted experience, seamlessly combining relaxation, luxury, adventure, and natural beauty in an environment free from the distractions of younger travelers. It’s a destination that caters to the desires of adults seeking a cruise that goes beyond the ordinary, making it a prime choice for those in pursuit of maritime serenity and sophistication.

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Adults-Only Cruises in the Mediterranean

Imagine sailing across the cerulean expanse of the Mediterranean, where history and culture come alive in picturesque coastal villages, and every port of call is a new chapter in an ancient and fascinating story. The Mediterranean has long been celebrated as a playground for adventurers, culture enthusiasts, and lovers of the finer things in life. Now, envision immersing yourself in this captivating region through the lens of an adults-only cruise. In this section, we will embark on a journey to explore the Mediterranean’s enchanting allure as a premier destination for adults seeking an elegant and refined escape. From the rich tapestry of history to the opulent coastal cities, we’ll delve into the unique charm of adults-only cruising in the Mediterranean, where the past and the present converge to create an unforgettable voyage for those who cherish sophistication and serenity.

The Mediterranean is a treasure trove of charm and allure for adults-only cruises, offering a rich tapestry of experiences that cater to the desires of discerning travelers. Here are some of the key elements that make the Mediterranean a coveted destination for those seeking an adults-only maritime adventure:

  • Cultural Riches : The Mediterranean is a cradle of civilization, where history comes to life in every cobblestone street and ancient ruin. Adults can explore iconic destinations like Rome, Athens, Barcelona, and Dubrovnik, delving into the depths of history, art, and architecture without the distractions of young travelers.
  • Stunning Scenery : The Mediterranean boasts breathtaking natural beauty, from the azure waters of the Aegean and Adriatic Seas to the rugged cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. Adults can savor the dramatic coastal landscapes, verdant vineyards, and tranquil coves, creating a picturesque backdrop for relaxation and exploration.
  • Culinary Delights : The Mediterranean is a culinary paradise, offering a diverse array of flavors, from the olive oil-infused dishes of Greece to the rich pasta of Italy and the exquisite seafood of Spain. Adults can relish gourmet dining experiences on cruise ships, as well as indulge in authentic Mediterranean cuisine during onshore excursions.
  • Intimate Exploration : Adults-only cruises in the Mediterranean provide a sense of intimacy and exclusivity. With fewer distractions and a more mature ambiance, couples can find romance in secluded spots like Santorini’s sunset views or the charming streets of Venice, while solo travelers can immerse themselves in the local culture with like-minded companions.
  • Sophisticated Amenities : Cruise lines that offer adults-only voyages in the Mediterranean often provide an elevated level of service and amenities. From spacious, well-appointed suites to upscale spa treatments and evening entertainment, these cruises cater to travelers who appreciate luxury and refinement.
  • Experiential Excursions : The Mediterranean offers an array of excursions, from wine tastings in Tuscany to exploring the archaeological wonders of Ephesus. Adults can engage in culturally enriching activities that reflect their interests and passions.

In summary, the Mediterranean’s charm for adults-only cruises lies in its ability to offer a multifaceted experience that combines history, natural beauty, culinary delights, and luxurious amenities in an environment where peace and serenity prevail. It’s a destination that resonates with those seeking to explore and savor the heart of Europe’s culture and heritage while enjoying the sophisticated tranquility of an adults-only cruise.

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South Pacific & Tahiti Adults-Only Cruises

Close your eyes and envision a journey through a tropical dreamscape, where palm-fringed beaches meet pristine waters, and the vibrant cultures of the South Pacific beckon with open arms. The South Pacific, with its stunning islands and inviting warmth, has long been a destination of desire for travelers seeking both relaxation and adventure. Now, picture yourself exploring this paradisiacal region through the lens of an adults-only cruise. In this section, we embark on a voyage to uncover the South Pacific’s tranquil allure as a prime destination for adults seeking a sophisticated and serene escape. From the unspoiled beauty of the islands to the fascinating cultural encounters, we’ll delve into the unique charm of adults-only cruising in the South Pacific, where the allure of nature, serenity, and luxurious living coalesce to create an extraordinary voyage for those who cherish elegance and tranquility.

The South Pacific is a realm of serenity and solitude, beckoning adult travelers to a paradise where tranquility reigns supreme. Here, amid the turquoise waters and emerald isles, you’ll find a tranquility that feels almost otherworldly. Let’s delve into what makes the South Pacific a haven of calm and relaxation for discerning adult explorers:

  • Remote Islands : Many of the islands in the South Pacific are remote and sparsely populated. This inherent seclusion ensures that your journey is unhurried, unhindered, and entirely in tune with the rhythm of the natural world.
  • Pristine Beaches : Picture yourself on a quiet beach with powdery, white sand, the gentle lull of the waves, and swaying palm trees. The South Pacific’s beaches are postcard-perfect, often devoid of crowds, offering an ideal setting for quiet contemplation and relaxation.
  • Minimal Distractions : With fewer tourists and commercialization, the South Pacific provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The absence of bustling city centers and fast-paced living allows you to unwind, rejuvenate, and reconnect with your inner self.
  • Coral Reefs and Aquatic Serenity : Beneath the water’s surface lies a world of tranquility. The South Pacific’s coral reefs are teeming with vibrant marine life. Snorkeling or diving in these pristine waters lets you enter an underwater oasis where time seems to slow, and the only sounds are those of your breath and the sea.
  • Nighttime Wonder : The South Pacific’s remote locales often mean minimal light pollution. Underneath the starry night sky, you can witness the celestial wonders of the Southern Hemisphere. The quietude of these evenings adds to the profound sense of tranquility.
  • Cultural Respect : The South Pacific cultures have deep-rooted connections to the land and the sea. This reverence for nature creates a harmonious atmosphere that extends to visitors, allowing them to embrace the tranquility of their surroundings.
  • Slower Paced Living : Life in the South Pacific moves at a more relaxed tempo. The unhurried way of life on these islands is contagious, inviting travelers to embrace the art of leisure and mindful existence.

In the South Pacific, tranquility isn’t just a state of being; it’s an integral part of the environment. The absence of urban noise and bustling crowds, the serenity of nature, and the rich cultural traditions that value peace and harmony create an atmosphere that makes it easy for adult travelers to find their own moments of bliss. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or a solo adventure, the South Pacific’s tranquility offers an escape from the ordinary and an opportunity to reconnect with the essence of serenity.

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As we journey deeper into the realm of adults-only cruises, it’s essential to navigate the choices with precision and discernment. When it comes to selecting the ideal cruise line for an adults-only voyage, not all options are created equal. Some cruise lines have carved a niche in this specialized sector, offering unparalleled experiences that cater to the desires of adult travelers seeking sophistication and serenity. In this section, we embark on a voyage to explore these exceptional cruise lines that excel in delivering adults-only cruises like no other. From luxury and opulence to innovation and exclusivity, we’ll delve into the cruise lines that have mastered the art of providing adult travelers with unforgettable maritime journeys. Whether you’re a couple, a group of friends, or a solo adventurer, this segment will guide you through the cream of the crop, ensuring that your voyage is a testament to the excellence that can be achieved on the high seas. So, let’s weigh anchor and set sail with the cruise lines that truly shine in the realm of adults-only cruises.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises, renowned for its commitment to luxury and sophistication, offers a range of adults-only options that cater to travelers seeking refined experiences at sea. These adults-only sailings come under the “Celebrity Revolution” initiative, a commitment to modernize and elevate the cruise line’s offerings.

  • The Retreat: Celebrity Cruises offers “The Retreat,” an exclusive sanctuary reserved for adults on certain ships. The Retreat provides adult travelers with access to upscale amenities such as a private sundeck and lounge, a dedicated restaurant, and personalized service from a butler and concierge. It’s a perfect setting for couples seeking a romantic getaway in an intimate and sophisticated environment.
  • AquaClass Staterooms : Celebrity Cruises features AquaClass staterooms, which are designed for those who prioritize wellness and serenity. These staterooms provide access to the exclusive “Blu” restaurant, a spa concierge, and complimentary access to the Persian Garden, an adults-only relaxation area in the ship’s spa.
  • Celebrity Edge and Beyond : The launch of the Celebrity Edge-class ships, followed by the Celebrity Beyond, ushered in a new era of innovation and luxury in adults-only cruising. These ships feature the unique “The Retreat Sundeck” and “The Retreat Lounge,” exclusively for suite guests. They provide a secluded haven for adult travelers to unwind, dine, and socialize in an upscale environment.
  • Exquisite Dining : Celebrity Cruises is known for its gourmet dining options. Adults can savor culinary delights in specialty restaurants such as “Tuscan Grille” or “Le Petit Chef,” enjoying exceptional food and wine pairings in a tranquil ambiance.
  • Adult-Centric Entertainment : The cruise line offers a variety of entertainment options, from live music to theater performances. Adults can immerse themselves in captivating shows or simply unwind with a drink at one of the sophisticated bars and lounges.

In summary, Celebrity Cruises’ adults-only options provide travelers with the opportunity to embark on a luxurious journey that emphasizes tranquility, sophistication, and exclusivity. These cruises are ideal for couples seeking a romantic escape, friends looking for an upscale adventure, or solo travelers desiring an elegant and enriching voyage. With a commitment to innovation, exceptional service, and a dedication to creating the perfect adult experience, Celebrity Cruises stands out as a top choice for those seeking an unforgettable adults-only cruise.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

When it comes to adults-only cruising, Regent Seven Seas stands out as a symbol of opulence, sophistication, and a commitment to delivering the utmost in refined maritime experiences. Here’s what sets Regent Seven Seas apart as a luxury option for discerning adult travelers seeking an unparalleled voyage:

  • All-Inclusive Excellence : Regent Seven Seas prides itself on being an all-inclusive cruise line, offering passengers a level of indulgence where nearly everything is included. This means that adult travelers can savor exquisite dining experiences, enjoy premium beverages, participate in shore excursions, and even benefit from unlimited Wi-Fi without worrying about extra charges. This comprehensive approach to luxury means that guests can relax and immerse themselves in their journey without the stress of unexpected expenses.
  • Exquisite Suites : Regent’s ships boast spacious and elegantly appointed suites that are the epitome of comfort and style. Many suites include private balconies, perfect for adult travelers seeking intimate moments and breathtaking sea views.
  • Personalized Service : With a high staff-to-guest ratio, Regent Seven Seas ensures that every traveler receives attentive, personalized service. This commitment to service excellence means that your every need and desire is thoughtfully catered to, ensuring that your cruise experience is nothing short of extraordinary.
  • Culinary Delights : Regent is renowned for its gourmet dining options. Guests can enjoy meals at various specialty restaurants that serve world-class cuisine and fine wines. The cruise line’s culinary team takes pride in creating memorable dining experiences that cater to the most discerning palates.
  • Tranquil Ambiance : Regent Seven Seas maintains an ambiance of serenity that is perfect for adult travelers seeking peace and relaxation. The absence of children on these voyages ensures a quiet and sophisticated environment, ideal for those looking to unwind and connect with like-minded travelers.
  • Destination-Intensive Exploration : Regent’s itineraries focus on immersive exploration, often visiting remote and less-traveled destinations. Whether it’s touring the ruins of ancient civilizations, embarking on wildlife safaris, or delving into vibrant cultural experiences, Regent ensures that adult travelers can create lasting memories through profound and enriching shore excursions.

In conclusion, Regent Seven Seas is the epitome of luxury for adults-only cruising. It presents a cruise experience where sophistication, all-inclusive amenities, and impeccable service converge to provide an extraordinary journey. Whether you’re a couple seeking a romantic retreat or a group of friends in search of adventure with a touch of elegance, Regent Seven Seas offers a refined, all-encompassing, and tranquil escape that promises unforgettable moments and lifelong memories.

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Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises is renowned for offering meticulously designed river journeys, and it’s an exceptional choice for adult travelers seeking an immersive, culture-rich experience with a mature ambiance. Here are some of the key elements that make Viking River Cruises an ideal option for adults:

  • Adult-Centric Atmosphere : Viking River Cruises is exclusively designed for adults, typically catering to travelers aged 18 and above. This policy creates a tranquil, child-free environment, ensuring that adult passengers can immerse themselves in the journey without the distractions that come with family cruises.
  • Cultural Enrichment : Viking’s cruises are focused on in-depth cultural experiences. Travelers can explore historic cities, charming towns, and picturesque landscapes along the world’s most iconic rivers, all while enjoying informative lectures, engaging shore excursions, and cultural performances.
  • Intimate Vessels : Viking’s river ships are purpose-built for a more intimate and relaxed experience. With fewer passengers compared to ocean liners, these river vessels create an ambiance that fosters connections and allows for more personalized service.
  • Destination Diversity : Viking offers a wide range of river cruise destinations, including the Danube, Rhine, Seine, and the Douro, among others. Travelers can choose the itinerary that best suits their interests, from exploring Europe’s historic treasures to savoring the picturesque scenery of Southeast Asia.
  • Culinary Excellence : Viking places a strong emphasis on gastronomy. Onboard, adult passengers can enjoy a variety of culinary experiences, including regional cuisine, wine pairings, and specialty dining venues, all served in a relaxed, unhurried setting.
  • Inclusive Amenities : Viking River Cruises offers a comprehensive approach to cruising, with many amenities included in the fare. This means that adults can enjoy guided tours at each port of call, Wi-Fi access, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, and more without extra charges.
  • Serene Relaxation : Viking’s river cruises provide ample opportunities for relaxation. Passengers can unwind on the sun deck, take in the scenic views, or retreat to the ship’s lounges for quiet moments and camaraderie with fellow adult travelers.

In summary, Viking River Cruises is a standout choice for adult travelers in search of immersive, culture-focused, and tranquil journeys along some of the world’s most iconic rivers. The cruise line’s commitment to creating a child-free environment, coupled with its emphasis on cultural enrichment, personalized service, and exceptional amenities, makes it an appealing option for adults looking to explore the world’s treasures with a focus on relaxation, exploration, and connection.

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Tips for Booking an Adults-Only Cruise

As we set our course to explore the world of all-inclusive cruises, one name stands out as a beacon of expertise and guidance: The Cruise Web. Booking an all-inclusive cruise can be a rewarding, unforgettable experience, but to ensure that every aspect of your journey is seamlessly orchestrated, you need the right partner by your side. Whether you’re a first-time cruiser or a seasoned seafarer seeking to elevate your voyage, we’ll help you navigate the intricacies of the booking process, ensuring that your adventure is a journey of discovery, enjoyment, and unparalleled value. So, set sail with The Cruise Web as your trusted guide to unlocking the world of all-inclusive, adults-only cruising.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime, one filled with tranquility, luxury, and adventure? The world of adults-only cruises beckons, and the time has come for you to take that incredible voyage you’ve been dreaming of.

With The Cruise Web as your trusted partner, booking an adults-only cruise is a breeze. Our team of experts is ready to guide you through the process, ensuring that every detail of your journey is meticulously planned, and your voyage is seamless and unforgettable.

Don’t wait to turn your dreams into reality. Call us today at 1-800-377-9383 and set sail on your ideal adults-only cruise. Whether you’re looking for the pristine beaches of the Caribbean, the rich culture of the Mediterranean, or the tranquil beauty of the South Pacific, The Cruise Web is here to make your travel dreams come true. Your journey of sophistication, serenity, and exploration awaits – make the call, and let’s weigh anchor together. Bon voyage!

Adults-Only Cruising FAQs

  • Adults-only cruises are seafaring adventures designed exclusively for travelers aged 18 and above. These voyages offer a serene, child-free environment, focusing on relaxation, sophistication, and tailored amenities. They are perfect for couples seeking a romantic escape, friends in search of adventure, or solo travelers looking to unwind in style. It is important to note that many cruises will have some children onboard, but in many cases, the cruise ship has areas, events and onboard venues that do not allow children.
  • Adults-only cruises provide a unique experience where serenity, relaxation, and sophistication converge to create a tranquil environment. These cruises offer benefits such as quiet surroundings, tailored amenities, exquisite dining, and a child-free atmosphere, catering to adults seeking more from their vacations.
  • Adults-only cruises are ideal for adult individuals and couples aged 18 and above who value tranquility and sophistication. These voyages are perfect for those seeking an escape from the daily hustle, allowing them to indulge in serene surroundings, meaningful conversations, and a refined atmosphere.
  • Caribbean : Known for idyllic beaches, luxurious accommodations, and a tranquil atmosphere.
  • Mediterranean : Rich in history, culture, and exquisite scenery.
  • South Pacific & Tahiti : Offers remote islands, pristine beaches, and a slower-paced way of life.
  • Celebrity Cruises : Known for luxury and exclusivity, with options like “The Retreat” and AquaClass staterooms.
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises : Offers all-inclusive excellence, opulent suites, and personalized service.
  • Viking River Cruises : Specializes in culture-rich experiences along iconic rivers with a mature ambiance.
  • Choose the right cruise line that matches your preferences.
  • Plan well in advance to secure the best cabins and itineraries.
  • Consult with cruise experts to ensure a seamless booking process.
  • Check for special promotions, early booking discounts, and all-inclusive packages.
  • Pack appropriately for your chosen destination and cruise activities.

For personalized guidance and expert assistance in booking your adults-only cruise, contact The Cruise Web at 1-800-377-9383 . Our team of experts will help you plan the journey of a lifetime.

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You’ve finally found the ultimate beachfront paradise just for adults — Hideaway Beach℠. Swim right up to the popping Hideaway Bar℠, fueled by DJ mashups. Keep the energy fed with tasty pizzas from Slice of Paradise℠ and elevated bites from Hideaway Hut. Plus, amp up the chill in your exclusive pool at one of The Hideout cabanas. The ultimate beach bash starts now at the award-winning island destination, Perfect Day at Cococay.

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CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP

Crank the party vibe way up and dance to sun-soaked DJ sets by the swim-up bar. Or switch up the tempo and kick back poolside. And take your bar crawl to the tropics at five spirited spots serving refreshing drinks. Whether you cool off with an ice-cold draft or sip cocktails with live music and a view at On The Rocks℠, you’ll have plenty of ways to shake things up.

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Island party vibes and tropical libations meet their match with delicious beach bites at Hideaway Beach. Once you’ve danced up an appetite, it’s time to take your tastebuds for a twirl. Head to Slice of Paradise℠ to savor tasty pizzas and imaginative craft cocktails. And indulge at Hideaway Hut with fresh ceviche, coconut shrimp baskets, juicy burgers, crispy chicken sandwiches, and fresh salads that will keep you coming back for more.

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THAT CABANA LIFE

Level up your adults only vacation experience lounge game with a Hideaway Cabana. Sip cocktails or enjoy bottle service just steps away from the party scene, and never miss a beat with your own personal attendant. Or go VIP in a cabana at The Hideout℠ to revel in relaxation with sweeping Caribbean views or plan a private bash in your own exclusive infinity plunge pool.

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AMP UP YOUR BEACH DAY

From hopping bars to beachside bliss and everything in between, Hideaway Beach has your scene. Soak up the vibe with craft cocktails in hand or max your chill in chic cabanas.

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VIBES AND VIEWS

Soak up sweeping emerald views at On the Rocks℠ — the best spot on Hideaway Beach℠ to toast to tropical vibes. Here the cool Caribbean breeze and craft drinks flow non-stop. And live musicians set the scene with island grooves. Sip your way through the day with refreshing cocktails like frozen margaritas and classic Mai Tais.

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LEVEL UP YOUR LOUNGE GAME

Go VIP in a cabana at The Hideout℠, complete with exclusive infinity pool access, in-water loungers, and a personal attendant. Or bask in a chic poolside cabana just steps away from the party scene.  No matter which you choose, your beach day will be unlike any other.  

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Refuel with tasty pizzas at Slice of Paradise℠. This rustic pizza haven lets you choose from menu options with a twist like Bahamian Seafood Escabéche or Island Guava Barbeque. Pair your fresh-from-the-oven pizza with delicious craft cocktails and unmatched tropical views.

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Don’t let the name fool you. The Hideaway Hut goes big on crave-worthy eats. Enjoy quick-served bites like coconut shrimp baskets with Caribbean tartar sauce, juicy burgers, fresh salads, funnel cake — and mouthwatering ceviche. So whether you’re lounging in a poolside cabana or non-stop dancing by the swim-up bar, the Hideaway Hut is the perfect spot to refuel for a day of all play.

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Refuel with tasty pizzas at Slice of Paradise℠. This rustic pizza haven lets you choose from menu options with an island twist like Bahamian-style Guava Barbecued Chicken or Veggie Feast. Pair your fresh-from-the-oven pizza with delicious craft cocktails and unmatched tropical views.

Don’t let the name fool you. The Snack Shack goes big on crave-worthy eats. Enjoy quick-served bites like burgers dressed in our secret sauce, fried mozzarella sticks, fresh salads, funnel cake — and, of course, our famous chicken sandwich. So whether you’re lounging in a poolside cabana or non-stop dancing by the swim-up bar, the Snack Shack is the perfect spot to refuel for a day of all play.

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You can use your drink packages onshore at all five bars throughout Hideaway Beach, including On The Rocks℠ and Hideaway Bar℠.

Revel in relaxation with complimentary perks like beach lounge chairs, umbrellas, in-water hammocks and swings, plus irresistible bites at the Hideaway Hut and Slice of Paradise.

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The 11 Best Cruise Lines for Adults

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The world's best cruise lines for adults have one major perk in common: the child-free utopia passengers are afforded while sailing. Daydreaming on deck , leisurely romantic dinners, dancing into the wee hours, popping champagne, and even getting tatted—such unabashed joys have everything to do with being grownup and nothing to do with kids.

The best adult cruises allow passengers to pursue relaxation, rejuvenation, and indulgence, undisturbed by tantrum-minded toddlers and other children potentially ruining your me-time groove. For when it's time to sail away from the stresses of life on land, we've pulled together the very best cruise lines for adults, plus their most exciting itineraries available for booking in 2024 and early 2025.

Note that while some of these lines are strictly adults-only, others are adults-oriented, meaning that they may have some well-behaved older children on board during school holidays but otherwise, rarely do. Most are small ship experiences with geared-to-grownup itineraries spanning the globe and leaning into all-inclusiveness and luxury—all the better to admire when it’s all about you.

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Formerly Crystal Cruises, the adults-driven luxury line was purchased by Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group, then dramatically remodeled and reborn as Crystal. Its legions of fiercely loyal fans are largely back, as are many familiar crew who pamper passengers incessantly. Its two gorgeous ships, 740-passenger Crystal Serenity and 606-passenger Crystal Symphony , fairly ooze sophistication and style. Crystal renewed its partnership with Nobu Matsuhisa; the line's award-winning onboard restaurant Umi Uma presents the globally renowned chef’s only plates at-sea. These ships voyage most of the world, with inclusions like nearly all dining, alcohol, 24-hour room service, gratuities, butler service, and WiFi.

The sailing to take this year: Crystal Serenity offers a 12-day Cape Town to Tema, Ghana , visiting Namibia , Angola, and São Tomé, a dual-island nation dubbed Africa’s Galápagos. Incredible outings include climbing Walvis Bay’s colossal sand dunes and exploring São Tomé’s pristine forests with nearly 200 endemic species. Departs May 5, 2024, from $6,900 per person .

Cruise Ship Ponant's Le Laperouse

This adults-oriented luxury French line of small sleek ships include its six newest 184-passenger “Ponant Explorer” vessels, four 264-passenger expedition sister ships, and 32-passenger yacht Le Ponant . While many cruises are bilingual, sails in partnership with the prestigious Smithsonian Journeys are English-only. Count on some 44 such itineraries including onboard talks given by world-class experts, one excursion in each port, and other fare-included perks such as dining, alcohol, WiFi, and gratuities. So many Smithsonian Journeys compel, such as a nine-day Celtic Voyage, eight-day Cultural and Natural Treasures of Japan by Sea, and a nine-day Circumnavigation of Sicily.

The sailing to take this year: Hats-off to Le Champlain’s immersive Sicily voyage sailing roundtrip Valletta, Malta . Besides noted ports, this sail includes visits to Ggantija Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Maltese isle of Gozo; and another UNESCO stunner, Lipari in the Aeolian Islands. The line's 2025 departures add Tunis as a further temptation. Departs April 14, 2024, June 2, 2025, and August 29, 2025, from $8,580 per person .

Seabourn an ultraluxury adultsoriented line recently introduced twin polarclass expedition ships 264passenger Seabourn...

Seabourn, an ultra-luxury adults-oriented line, recently introduced twin polar-class expedition ships, 264-passenger Seabourn Pursuit and Seabourn Venture, with exploration toys like submarines and a 24-expert team to guide and engage passengers. Luxe elements include all-suite accommodations, complimentary caviar, and eight dining venues. Seabourn’s five all-suite ocean liners include the two newest and most glam 600-passenger sister ships, Seabourn Ovation and Seabourn Encore . Seabourn fares include all the restaurants on board (including the new Mediterranean venue Solis on non-expedition ships), alcohol, 24-hour suite dining, dancing on deck, and caviar in the surf beach barbecues.

The sailing to take this year: Seabourn ships roam the globe, with knockout itineraries like a 12-day “Canary Island Jewels and Morocco” on Seabourn Ovation , sailing roundtrip Lisbon . Imagine sipping local wine in the westernmost Canaries, wandering lively souks in Tangier, and learning to cook delicious Moroccan specialties. Departs April 26, from $6,204 per person .

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Ultra-luxurious and opulent, this adults-oriented six-ship line is inclusive to the max: think business-class airline tickets for international flights, fine dining, all-suite accommodations, 24-hour suite service, alcohol, dining, valet laundry, gratuities, transfers, and some shore excursions. Multi-million-dollar art collections on the three newest ships stun. On brand-new 744-passenger Seven Seas Grandeur , revel in 1,600 masterpieces including multiple Picassos and a Fabergé egg, the first to reside at-sea. The entire ship’s design is jaw-droppingly beautiful and restaurants, like pan-Asian Pacific Rim and the French Chartreuse, excel.

The sailing to take this year: This ship sails many locales, like an enchanting 12-day fall foliage cruise from Boston to Montréal , with complimentary excursions like visiting Kennebunkport, Maine , a Nova Scotia pub tour, and high tea at the iconic Château Frontenac in Quebec City . Departs October 1, 2024, from $12,699 per person .

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Windstar Cruises

This luxe-minded, adults-oriented line counts six vessels that accommodate between 148 and 342 passengers. Three are tall-sails Wind Class ships; three are all-suite Star Plus Class yachts. All offer a relaxed, friendly on-board ambiance, with itineraries leaning into small ports, late-night departures, and port overnights . From the water sport platform, guests can kayak, paddle board, snorkel, or water trampoline. Besides the Caribbean and Mediterranean, Windstar ships also ply far-flung waters, from transatlantic crossings to cruises in South America and Iceland . Star Breeze now sails Tahiti voyages, cruising the unforgettable turquoise waters of French Polynesia year-round.

The sailing to take this year: “Tahitian Treasures and Magnificent Marquesas ” (the latter a cruise rarity) sails 14-days roundtrip Papeete, including visiting Paul Gauguin’s former home on Hiva Oa, exploring a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and ogling the Pacific’s largest Tiki sculptures. Departs July 4, 2024, from $6,199 per person .

Scenic Eclipse cruise

Scenic is an adults-oriented, ultra-luxury polar-class expedition line with two 228-passenger vessels, Scenic Eclipse I and Scenic Eclipse II . The ships feel sexy and sophisticated, with all-suite accommodations, butler service, up to 10 dining experiences, nine bars and lounges, and a huge spa with a yoga and Pilates studio. Expect numerous inclusions, like alcohol, dining, WiFi, gratuities, and shore excursions (other than helicopter or submersible rides) led by seasoned experts. Scenic explores the globe, emphasizing polar itineraries .

The sailing to take this year: The line recently introduced a Scenic Eclipse II Western Australia Kimberley region itinerary. Expedition highlights include coral islands with thousands of endemic birds, vertical waterfalls, and ancient Indigenous rock art. Sailing May until September, 11-day voyages between Broome and Darwin, Australia, begin at $11,730 per person .

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Virgin Voyages

If you want to cruise with the cool kids, book an adults-only Virgin Voyages cruise. This line puts the hip in hipster; it calls cruisers sailors , is LGBTQ+-friendly, and attracts everyone from 20-something groups of friends to middle-aged-and-up couples. The premium line’s fares includes complimentary dining in a whopping 20 restaurants like Gunbae, a Korean bbq hotspot, WiFi, group fitness classes, and gratuities. Think high-energy happy campers, er, sailors, who celebrate with new tats done on board, many cocktails (don’t miss the Champagne Lounge), dance parties, pop-up circus performances, and hanging in port late-night. The three 2,770-passenger sister ships Scarlet Lady , Valiant Lady , and Resilient Lady sail the Caribbean and Med.

The sailing to take this year: Find fast fun on Scarlet Lady five-day roundtrip Miami cruises, like “Fire and Sunset Soirées,” with a private Beach Club experience in Bimini, Bahamas ; it’s abuzz with private cabanas, beach bonfires, and floaty pool parties. Departures March 20, April 17, May 1, December 11, from $1,620 per person .

An adultsoriented ultraluxury line Silversea offers both polarclass expedition ships and ocean liners that sail to more...

An adults-oriented ultra-luxury line, Silversea offers both polar-class expedition ships and ocean liners that sail to more than 900 destinations across all seven continents. Fares include all-suite accommodations, butlers, caviar service, gratuities, alcohol, most dining, and some shore excursions (all outings on expedition ships).

The sailing to take this year: Among itineraries, consider cruising Antarctica on board the intimate and glam 200-passenger (in polar regions) Silver Endeavor . With spacious suites, four restaurants, and a passionate expedition team, the ship sails the region between late October 2024 into March 2025. Six-day itineraries include roundtrip flights to Antarctica, bypassing the often-turbulent Drake Passage. Sailing six to 18-days roundtrip from Puerto Williams, Chile, starting at $12,150 per passenger .

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On this adults-only cruise line, choose between river , ocean, and expedition vessels. Viking ships sail all seven continents. Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris explore the poles but also sail Niagara, the Great Lakes, and Chilean fjords. While categorized as upper premium, Viking’s ocean and expedition fleet includes many amenities, such as one shore excursion per port, all dining, afternoon tea, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, spa Thermal Suite access, WiFi, and 24-hour room service.

The sailing to take this year: Since Viking is Norwegian, start with a “Viking Homelands” cruise. The 15-day voyages on various 930-passenger ocean-going sister ships sails between Stockholm and Bergen, Norway, and visits six countries including Poland, Denmark, and Germany. The packed itinerary includes sailing fjords and hiking remote Swedish islands, to touring Berlin and Copenhagen . Departures from May 3, 2024 to August 36, 2024; from $7,999 per person.

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SeaDream Yacht Club

Pajamas embroidered with your name, sleeping under the stars on Balinese Dream Beds, candlelit dinners under the stars, water sports from the ships’ marina with a slide into the sea—there are so many allures of the adults-oriented, privately-owned 112-passenger Sea Dream I and Sea Dream II . The extensively remodeled luxury ships feel like exclusive yachts, with crew quickly learning your personal preferences. Elegant staterooms and suites offer amenities like organic bath toiletries, plush robes, and 24-hour room service. Stellar cuisine includes raw, plant-based, and organic selections with included wine pairings.

The sailing to take this year: The mega-yachts primarily cruise the Med and Caribbean, with standouts like Sea Dream I ’s seven-day “Secluded Southern Spain and Morocco” itinerary from Lisbon to Málaga . Excursions include a Seville, Spain , overnight with flamenco performance, visit to an Algarve, Portugal , fishing village with wine-tasting and exploring historical Cordoba, Spain . Departs May 13, 2024, from $7,699 per passenger .

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Adults-oriented Uniworld has a stunning fleet of 17 river cruise ships . Awash in antiques, custom fabrics, and original art, the vessels resemble luxurious European boutique hotels rather than typical riverboats. Each possesses its own vibrant personality, reflecting the waters it sails. Count handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, marble baths with Asprey toiletries, and towel warmers among posh amenities. Alcohol, farm-to-table dining, airport transfers, excursions, gratuities, and wellness classes are included, and often-local entertainment. These posh boats sail throughout Europe and Asia , as well as Peru , with some offering land or rail extensions.

The sailing to take this year: Beloved by oenophiles, S.S. Bon Voyage’s Brilliant Bordeaux sails eight days roundtrip Bordeaux, France on three rivers, promising multiple wine tastings, and village and heritage walking tours. Departing March 31, 2024 to October 27, 2024 from $3,599 per person .

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  • Virgin Voyages offers a luxurious, kid-free cruise experience to top travel destinations with amazing amenities and entertainment.
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises provides a premier, all-inclusive luxury experience with long itineraries to beautiful global destinations.
  • Viking Cruises offers a top-tier, adult-only adventure with luxury amenities and a kid-free atmosphere for a comfortable cruise.

There are multiple cruise lines for every type of traveler , but nothing beats kid-free cruising to some of the most beautiful travel destinations, as it’s incredibly relaxing. An adults-only cruise gives travelers a chance to enjoy a fun adventure without having to deal with distractions or screaming kids. There may not be too many exclusively adults-only cruise lines, but there are a handful of options that are adult-focused and come without kid-friendly amenities, activities, and programs, which are the major draws for families. Here are the best adults-only cruises for 2024.

The cruise deals recommended in this list are adult-focused and guarantee some of the most unforgettable adventures. Whether going on a honeymoon, celebrating a wedding anniversary, or simply wanting to get away without the company of kids, these cruises are carefully selected based on reviews from previous travelers. Each option is designed to meet the needs of various guests and is highly rated on TripAdvisor.

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7 Virgin Voyages

A perfect kid-free cruise for single adults.

Virgin Voyages is one of the best adults-only cruises, coming with the maximum luxury and relaxation one needs for an unforgettable kid-free trip. The cruise line ships tour vacationers to some of the most celebrated travel destinations in the world, including the Caribbean, Europe, the Mediterranean, and more. There are plenty of reasons to choose Virgin Voyages, including an incredible dining scene, internet access, amazing options for entertainment, and incredible deals.

6 Regent Seven Seas Cruises

A premier all-inclusive line for luxury travelers.

Regent Seven Seas is known to offer some of the most luxurious travel experiences and exceptional customer service, making it one of the best in the industry. The cruise line comes with multiple deals that take vacationers to some of the most beautiful places on the globe, and one can choose depending on what they are looking for. While Regent Seven Seas Cruises welcomes children on select cruise ships, visitors can opt for a longer itinerary that will go for a month or two, limiting the chances of kids being onboard. This cruise line is known to offer some of the longest itineraries, allowing guests to enjoy the best adventure experiences this world has to offer.

5 Seabourn Cruise Line

This cruise line is a great option for travelers who love exploration and history.

Cruising onboard Seabourn’s cruise ships guarantees a luxurious, relaxing, and sumptuous adventure experience. The ships travel to some of the most stunning destinations in the world, including landmark cities and hidden gems. The cruise line’s all-inclusive package includes intimate ships that offer personalized experiences, all ocean-front lavish suites, complimentary premium spirits and wines, an amazing culinary scene, and complimentary entertainment. Seabourn Cruise Line’s voyages mostly focus on history and exploration – and guarantee fun yet educative adventures.

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4 Norwegian Cruise Line

The perfect option for younger adults.

Whether interested in exploring some of the best beaches in the Caribbean or the famous glaciers in Alaska, adventuring with Norwegian Cruise Line is going to be an experience of a lifetime. This is the perfect cruise option for young adults, thanks to amenities like late-night entertainment. Vacationers can choose from a range of ships, including Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Prima, and Norwegian Viva. Other destinations covered include Hawaii, the Mediterranean, and Bermuda.

3 Windstar Cruises

Perfect for tourists looking for plenty of space and freedom.

Windstar Cruises is one of the best adult-only cruise lines that tourists can opt for. Each of its cruise ships can accommodate between 148 and 342, and each journey guarantees maximum luxury and plenty of freedom and space to enjoy a relaxing trip to some of the most beautiful destinations in Asia , Australia, Canada, New England, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and more. Windstar Cruises offers travelers multiple itineraries with different yachts to choose from and amenities that are designed to satisfy the needs of various tourists.

2 Viking Cruises

A perfect cruise line for luxury travelers looking for a kid-free atmosphere.

Viking Cruises is the best option for travelers who want to enjoy a comfortable, adults-only adventure. It started as a river cruise that took vacationers across Europe’s beautiful destinations but now offers some of the most fascinating ocean cruises, navigating some of the prettiest destinations in Australia , the Caribbean, Asia, and other tourist spots across the globe. Its cruise services and amenities are top-tier, and the fact it offers a kid-free atmosphere makes it an exceptional cruise option.

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1 Silversea Cruises

Perfect for travelers craving a traditional luxury adventure.

Silversea doesn't totally exclude children, but kids are not always on board, making it a great choice for adults looking for a kid-free adventure. Moreover, the cruise line’s yachts don’t feature kids’ programs. Tourists craving a traditional luxury adventure that comes with an opportunity to explore some of the most remote places in the world will definitely find Silversea Cruises adorable. Among the amenities are incredible dining experiences, suite accommodations, complimentary drinks, butler's service, and more.

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9 Best Adults Only Cruises + Top Cruises Suited to Adults

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Have you been looking for a vacation that is all about luxury, sophistication, and elegance? Adults only cruises offer just that and more.

Imagine cruising through crystal clear waters, basking in the warm sun while indulging in delicious food and drinks with like-minded individuals. To save you from scouring the internet for the perfect adults-only cruise ship, we have compiled a list of the best exclusively adult cruises that are sure to give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Top Luxury Adults Only Cruises

In this article, we’re not only featuring luxurious adult-only cruise lines and cruise ships. We’ve also included separate sections on cruises with adults only spaces and cruise lines most suited to adults.

We hope that this will provide you with some of the most complete information online about adults-only areas on cruises, cruise lines that target an adult clientele and sailings that are just for those over 18 years of age.

The best adults only cruises

1. Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages’ ships are all exclusively for adults. The Resilient Lady, Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady all offer a modern and stylish cruise experience with innovative dining options and exciting onboard activities.

The Brilliant Lady, still under construction, will bring the cruise line’s total fleet to 4 ships. We have sailed on both Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady, and thoroughly enjoyed both voyages.

Whilst it’s true that the swimming pools are small, there’s so much to do on board that we didn’t really mind. We particularly liked the choice and flexibility of the dining options designed by Michelin-starred chefs. From the quirky Test Kitchen to the vibrant Pink Agave restaurant, and many more, we were spoilt for choice.

Taking a soak in a Virgin Scarlet Lady hot tub

2. Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Ocean Cruises offers a sophisticated experience with its fleet of adults-only ships. With an array of expertly curated onboard restaurants, you’ll experience the finest culinary options

The Viking ships also boast cultural enrichment programs, and a serene Nordic Spa. The minimum age for guests on board these adult-only cruises is 18 years or older.

Finse Terrace on-board the Viking Octantis in Antarctica

3. Hapag-Lloyd (Hanseatic Spirit )

In the world of luxury travel, Hapag-Lloyd stands out as one of the best cruise lines. Hanseatic Spirit is the first adult-only expedition ship from the brand. It offers elegant accommodations and immersive cultural experiences.

This award-winning cruise line is known for its impeccable service, exquisite dining experiences, and world-class wine tastings. And with a variety of ports of call to choose from, including exotic locales like the Amazon and the Arctic, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the most beautiful and exciting destinations on the planet.

4. Adventures by Disney Adult-Exclusive River Cruises

Adventures by Disney is a separate offering from Disney Cruise Line. They have teamed up with AmaWaterways to deliver Danube and Rhine river cruises .

These adults-only cruises are designed specifically for those seeking a sophisticated vacation experience with interactive excursions and classes.

Adventures by Disney adults only river cruises

5. TUI River Cruises

For those seeking an upscale adults-only cruise vacation, TUI River Cruises is a great choice. Indulge in gourmet dining options and exquisite wines while taking in the stunning views of the European waterways.

TUI River Cruises offers a variety of exciting shore excursion options. Passengers on board must be aged 18 years or older.

6. P&O Cruises (Arcadia and Aurora)

Embark on a luxurious journey with P&O Cruises two adults-only ships, Arcadia and Aurora. Relax and unwind in one of several hot tubs on board or indulge in a day of pampering at the Oasis Spa.

And when the sun sets, the magic truly begins. The live music on these ships is an experience unto itself; from classical to contemporary, there is something for every musical taste. With a plethora of activities to choose from, it’s no wonder that P&O Cruises’ Arcadia and Aurora are some of the most popular adults-only cruises on the market.

P&O Aurora adults only cruise ship

7. Saga Ocean Cruises

Saga Cruises offers some of the best adults only cruises that are specifically for travelers over 50 years old. The Spirit of Adventure ship is one of their most popular options, boasting a luxurious interior and stunning views from the wraparound promenade deck.

As an authoritative brand in the cruising industry, Saga Cruises consistently delivers exceptional service and a refined atmosphere, making it a top choice for those who want to indulge in a sophisticated escape. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a relaxing vacation with friends, Saga Cruises promises to provide a memorable experience.

8. Ambassador Cruise Line

If you’re looking for an adult-only vacation at some of the cheapest prices, Ambassador Cruises has got you covered. Their expertly crafted cruises provide a getaway that is sure to please – with passengers praising the entertainment team in particular.

Whilst Ambassador Cruises are normally for passengers aged 18 years and older, they have several multi-generational cruises available during school holidays.

9. Marella Cruises (Marella Explorer 2)

Operated by TUI UK, Marella Cruises offers holidays around Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. You’ll enjoy a peaceful, relaxing experience on board their adults only ship, Marella Explorer II.

And with 9 diverse restaurants and 10 bars, you’ll have endless options to indulge your palate and quench your thirst. Don’t settle for anything less – sail away on a Marella Explorer II cruise and experience true luxury for yourself.

Cruises with Adults Only Areas

Many cruise lines now offer adults only areas, providing a peaceful and sophisticated atmosphere for guests to relax and unwind. Whether it’s a private pool, lounge, or restaurant, these exclusive areas cater to the discerning traveler seeking an elevated level of service and refinement.

1. Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises have adults-only areas on board that offer modern luxury with stunning design elements, innovative dining options, and exclusive onboard activities.

We did a Mediterranean cruise on Celebrity Beyond and managed to find quite a few peaceful spots on board. The Solarium is a popular adults-only area that’s found on the Resort Deck of all Celebrity ships. If the weather is particularly bad, the solariums are sometimes open to children.

Celebrity Beyond Iconic Suite

2. Princess Cruises

On Princess Cruises, The Sanctuary top deck area is open to those aged 18 years or more. Winemaker Dinners are also popular with adults.

Princess Cruises’ Sky Princess is a modern luxury cruise ship that will particularly appeal to adult travelers with its elegant design and upscale amenities. Guests can enjoy fine dining options, live entertainment, and pampering spa treatments on board.

3. Royal Caribbean

All Royal Caribbean cruise ships feature The Solarium, an adult only indoor-outdoor retreat. On some ships, this is a perk for suite guests, and on others it is open to all aged over 18 years old.

Royal Loft Suite, Royal Caribbean

4. Carnival Cruise Line

Whilst Carnival Cruise Line have no minimum guest age, their Serenity Adult-Only Retreats for those aged 21 years or more. These tranquil areas offer a retreat-like atmosphere for adults looking to unwind and relax.

From the plush lounge chairs and hot tubs to the padded hammocks, shaded areas and bar, Serenity provides an elevated escape from any crowds and noise.

5. Norwegian

On several Norwegian cruise ships, you can buy a day pass or multi-day pass to the adults only beach club area. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Bliss is a modern and stylish cruise ship that offers adults-only sailings to Caribbean cruise ports and beyond.

Guests can enjoy upscale amenities, gourmet dining options, and exciting onboard activities.

Norwegian Star 3 bedroom Garden Villa

Cruises Best Suited to Adults

These cruise lines allow children, although in some cases they have age restrictions. Most of them are best suited to adults, as they don’t have many specific kids activities.

1. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours provides all-inclusive luxury cruises for those looking for a stress-free vacation experience. With spacious suites, fine dining options, and included shore excursions, guests can discover new destinations in style. We sailed around Central America on Scenic Eclipse , which was a fantastic experience.

Scenic River Cruises offer all-inclusive luxury with spacious suites, fine dining options, and immersive shore excursions. Children aged 12 years or older are welcome on board.

Cabanas on board Scenic Eclipse

Cunard Line offers an elegant and refined cruise experience for adults seeking a traditional sailing experience. From their iconic transatlantic crossings to exotic voyages around the world, guests can expect impeccable service and luxurious accommodations.

Cunard Queen Mary II is a historic cruise ship sailing to many destinations around the world. Guests can indulge in fine dining, relaxing spa treatments, and enriching onboard activities on this luxurious ship.

Cunard Line Queen Mary 2 Cruise Ship Review

3. Holland America Line

The Nieuw Statendam is Holland America’s newest ship, offering refined amenities, upscale dining options, and immersive cultural experiences. The spa area is exclusively for those aged 18 and over.

The Oosterdam cruise ship has a thermal suite that is exclusively for those aged 18 and over. We booked a pass for each day of our Mediterranean cruise .

Oosterdam Thermal Suite

4. Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises specializes in small-ship voyages to exotic destinations such as Tahiti and French Polynesia. Passengers can relax and unwind while enjoying gourmet dining, water sports, and cultural activities.

This small luxury cruise ship line is popular with those seeking a refined and intimate cruise experience. Children aged under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Adults only cruises - Bora Bora

5. Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises combines the elegance of a private yacht with the amenities of a luxury cruise ship. Passengers can relax in spacious suites, indulge in world-class dining, and explore off-the-beaten-path destinations on their intimate ships.

No children aged under 8 years old can be accommodated due to the intimate nature of Windstar’s yachts. Star Legend is a small luxury cruise ship that offers sailings to destinations around the world. Guests can enjoy spacious suites, fine dining, and a variety of onboard activities.

Ponant’s fleet of small ships cater to adults seeking a sophisticated and immersive cruise experience, with elegant accommodations, gourmet dining options, and expert-led shore excursions.

Ponant Le Bougainville is a luxurious small ship sailing to exotic destinations such as the Mediterranean and Antarctica . You can expect gourmet cuisine, personalized service, and unique shore excursions on this elegant ship.

Ponant luxury cruise ship

7. Azamara Cruises

Azamara caters to those seeking an upscale and intimate cruise experience. With their smaller ships, guests can enjoy more personalized service and immersive cultural experiences in destinations around the world.

For example, Azamara Quest is a boutique-style cruise ship offering a refined atmosphere to its passengers.

8. SeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream Yacht Club offers an intimate luxury experience for passengers, with its small ships that cater to just 112 guests each. Guests can enjoy personalized service, gourmet cuisine, and unique destinations on these cruises.

SeaDream’s two yachts provide an exclusive and upscale cruise experience primarily for adults, with luxurious amenities, personalized service, and unique itineraries. No children under 1 year old at the time of sailing are accepted.

SeaDream Caviar Splash barbecue

9. Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises offers all-inclusive luxury cruises geared towards adults. With spacious suites, gourmet dining options, and unique itineraries, guests can indulge in a truly pampering experience on board their elegant ships.

Silversea Silver Muse boasts all-suite accommodations and impeccable service for its adult passengers. The ship also features gourmet dining options, a full-service spa, and exciting onboard activities.

Silversea outdoor jacuzzi

10. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Offering unparalleled luxury, impeccable service, and a wide range of activities and amenities, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has garnered a reputation as one of the leading cruise lines for the luxury traveler. With an emphasis on personalized service, Regent Seven Seas Cruises transports its guests to a world of refined indulgence.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer is known as the “most luxurious ship ever built” and offers all-inclusive amenities for its adult guests. From spacious suites to gourmet cuisine, this cruise ship exudes elegance.

Regent Suite spa

11. Seabourn Cruise Line

Seabourn Cruise Line is known for its luxurious all-suite accommodations and exceptional service. Adults can relax in style while enjoying fine dining, entertainment, and enrichment programs on board their intimate ships.

Seabourn Encore is a sleek and sophisticated adults-only cruise ship with luxurious accommodations and top-notch service. Onboard, guests can enjoy world-class dining, live entertainment, and relaxing spa treatments.

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12. APT Luxury Cruises & Tours

APT offers all-inclusive luxury ocean and river cruises for those seeking a stress-free vacation experience. With carefully crafted itineraries that take in some of the world’s most stunning destinations, including Europe’s majestic waterways and the exotic lands of Asia, APT caters to the discerning traveler who values cultural enrichment. Children must be aged over 12 years to travel.

Final Thoughts on the Best Adults-Only Luxury Cruise Ships

Adults-only cruise ships offer luxury, sophistication, and elegance like no other. From Viking Ocean Cruises to TUI River Cruises, each ship offers unique experiences that cater to travelers searching for world-class dining options, relaxation, and adventure.

These ships are perfect for those wanting a peaceful, sophisticated ambiance where you can relax, recharge, and create unforgettable memories. Book your adults-only cruise today and experience the ultimate luxury vacation.

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Best Adults Only Cruise (2024) February 16, 2024

Are you looking for a relaxing and romantic getaway with your partner? Do you want to enjoy the beauty of the sea without the hassle of kids running around? If so, an adults-only cruise might be for you.

After a panel of cruise industry experts nominated their top picks for adults-only cruise ships, readers voted for their favorites, and these 10 ships came out on top because they offer the best adult-centric experiences. Some are completely limited to adults only, while others are largely adult-focused and are less likely to have children aboard.

Star Breeze

No. 10: Star Breeze - Windstar Cruises

Aboard this all-suite ship, guests on the Star Breeze enjoy a spa, a plethora of dining venues, an infinity pool, and a fitness center. Each suite also features bathrooms stocked with L'Occitane bath amenities. Star Breeze welcomes guests ages 8 and up, but ship experiences are more adult-focused.

Queen Mary 2

No. 9: Queen Mary 2 - Cunard

A standard of luxury in cruising, the Queen Mary 2 invites you to do as little or as much as you please. From relaxing at the spa to enjoying afternoon tea, there are many offerings for all interests. You can even bring your beloved pooch along on a transatlantic crossing. The ocean liner welcomes passengers of all ages, but you'll find that there are mostly adults on board.

Royal Clipper

No. 8: Royal Clipper - Star Clippers

Named the world's largest square rigger in service by Guinness World Records in 2001, the Royal Clipper provides luxury cruising in a tall ship experience. For instance, not many cruise ships offer guests the opportunity to climb the mast and take in the view from the crow's nest. Or you can retreat to the bowsprit net suspended over the water or one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow. Guests of all ages are welcome aboard, but experiences and amenities are adult-focused.

Crystal Symphony

No. 7: Crystal Symphony - Crystal Cruises

Accommodating just 606 guests, the Crystal Symphony invites you to come aboard and leave all your worries behind. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Palm Court, sip a fine cognac in the Connoisseur Club, or relax with a frozen drink by the Seahorse Pool. With nine dining venues, you'll find a wide variety of cuisine, accompanied by several shows and activities to fill your days and nights. Younger passengers are able to sail on this ship, but the experiences are geared more towards adults.

Scenic Eclipse

No. 6: Scenic Eclipse - Scenic

Built to emulate the cruising experience on a luxury yacht, the Scenic Eclipse accommodates approximately 228 guests to ensure each one has an intimate, six-star cruise. Even excursions are elevated to the next level. For instance, head to the polar regions, where you can explore the area by helicopter, submarine, Zodiac vessel, or kayak. Guests aged 12 and up are welcome to sail on Scenic Eclipse, and passengers 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Viking Neptune

No. 5: Viking Neptune - Viking Ocean Cruises

This all-veranda ship sails to numerous destinations ranging from the Panama Canal to Hawaii, Scandinavia, and beyond. Spend time at The Nordic Spa for a day of pampering, or head to the sports deck where you start the day with yoga. Take in the view from the infinity pool on the ship's aft or catch a show in the theater. Viking Neptune welcomes guests aged 18 or older.

Azamara Onward

No. 4: Azamara Onward - Azamara

When cruising on board the Azamara Onward, you can visit ports bigger ships can't reach; these include Amalfi, Italy, and Rovinj, Croatia. During your cruise, you can enjoy top-tier cuisine, or sip on an artisan cocktail as you take in music at a cabaret nightclub. This is the ideal cruise for anyone looking to enjoy the sun and sea. And while the ship allows families to sail, Azamara encourages that each passenger be at least 18 years of age.

Viking Mars

No. 3: Viking Mars - Viking Ocean Cruises

When sailing on the Viking Mars, all guests stay in staterooms complete with verandas, free Wi-Fi, and large private bathrooms with heated floors. Ship amenities include a full-service spa, movie theaters, boutiques, two swimming pools, a sports deck, and multiple restaurants. And while this is an ocean cruise ship, it accommodates just 930 guests for a small-ship feel. All passengers must be 18 years old to sail aboard the Viking Mars.

Crystal Serenity

No. 2: Crystal Serenity - Crystal Cruises

As you sail on the Crystal Serenity, take time to gaze at the stars through the glass roof or take in the expansive views from the forward observation deck. For your accommodations, you can choose from the different guest rooms and suites, all outfitted with elevated details and artisanal finishes. Don't forget to take in a game of pickleball or fine-tune your golf game on the putting green. While all ages can enjoy this ship, it caters mainly to adult passengers.

Wind Spirit

No. 1: Wind Spirit - Windstar Cruises

When sailing on Windstar's Wind Spirit, guests will feel like they're on their own private yacht. This four-masted sailing yacht accommodates just 148 guests, so intimacy rules throughout your cruise. Amenities include two primary restaurants, a spa, swimming pool and hot tub, and a water sports platform. Plus, you'll find fresh fruit in your room each afternoon. To sail on the Wind Spirit, guests must be at least 8 years old, but the intimate nature of the ship is geared more towards adults.

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10 Adult-Only Cruise Lines, Ranked By Passenger Review

  • Looking for an adults-only cruise experience? Check out cruise lines like Virgin Voyages and P&O Cruises, which offer exclusive, luxurious getaways without kids.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line and Marella Cruises have adult-only spaces and activities, perfect for adults seeking relaxation or adventure at an affordable cost.
  • For couples seeking a romantic escape, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line offer adult-only havens, serene decks, and luxurious amenities, ensuring an unforgettable getaway.

Want to spend some quality time with a partner without worrying about the kids and their chaos? Or, planning a seafaring escapade with a gang of grownups or retirees? There are many cruise lines that cater exclusively to adults (above the age of eighteen), offering an incredible, luxurious, and experience-filled seaside holiday.

Children are not allowed on board certain cruise lines, like Virgin Voyages, which offer an entirely adult-only adventure. However, other cruise lines, such as Royal Caribbean, have adult-only spaces and recreational opportunities on board , so adults can enjoy themselves without the interruption of children. Why wait? Check out these adult-only cruise lines with the best reviews and plan the next unforgettable vacation complete with amenities, entertainment, and recreation, and, of course, without the kids.

All cruise line ratings in this article have been sourced from cruisecritic.com , a TripAdvisor company. The cruise lines listed in the article are either all adults-only, have adult-only cruise ships, or offer cruises with designated adult-only areas and activities.

Related: 16 Best Cruise Lines In The U.S. (Ranked By Rating)

P&O Cruises

Rating: 3.5/5.

P&O Cruises is a British cruise line with seven ships in its fleet, two of which, Arcadia and Aurora, are only for adults . With outstanding amenities and activities created with guests 18 years of age and older in mind, both of these ships offer the ultimate seafaring escapes. With multiple fine dining options, bars, and entertainment areas, in addition to pools, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and spa services, these ships offer everything an adult needs for an amazing cruise getaway. To top it all off, both ships take passengers to some of the world's most breathtaking locations, and the cruise line has a 3.5 rating .

  • Amenities and Activities: Fine dining venues, The Playhouse cinema, theater, bars, library, art gallery, Masquerade, Vanderbilt’s card room, lounges, pools, whirlpools, spa
  • Destinations: Canary Islands, the British Isles, Norway, Iceland, U.S., Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and Canada
  • Minimum age required: 18 years

Norwegian Cruise Line

Rating: 3.6/5.

One of the most affordable cruise lines for 2023, ranked by cost , the Norwegian Cruise Line is yet another great choice for adults looking for a fun-filled or relaxing vacation on the waters. The 3.6-star cruise line has three adult-only spaces (18 and older) on its ships, including the Vibe Beach Club, Norwegian Viva, and Posh Beach Club (different spaces on different ships), all of which have decks, bars, hot tubs, and numerous other adult-specific facilities. Additionally, there are sundecks reserved for adults, single-occupancy studio cabins on the ship, fitness centers, casinos, and late-night entertainment options like bars, nightclubs, live shows, dance parties, and much more!

  • Amenities and Activities: Beach clubs, bars, fine dining venues, entertainment venues, dance parties, live shows, studio cabins, adult-only decks, nightclubs, Broadway and West End shows, deck parties
  • Destinations: Alaska, Bahamas, Caribbean, Europe, Canada, Hawaii, New England, South Pacific
  • Minimum age required: 6+ months

Marella Cruises

Rating: 3.7/5.

While the Marella cruise line is not just for adults, its cruise ship, Marella Explora 2, is designed just for adults and is only available to those who are at least 18 years old . The ship can accommodate almost 1,900 guests and has excellent adult-only onboard amenities, including ten bars, nine restaurants, and a pool, as well as entertainment and fitness classes. The cruise line has a rating of 3.7 and offers an all-inclusive experience, meaning that, for a low price, visitors can take advantage of meals, drinks, flights, transfers, luggage, tips, and even service charges.

  • Amenities and Activities: Spa and beauty salon, The Veranda, The Coffee Port, Mini Golf, pool, multiple dining venues, bars, West End-style shows, fitness classes, a large spa, a chic bar-club-casino
  • Destinations: Canary Islands, Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean

Saga Ocean Cruises

This UK-based cruise line caters to the mature population ( those 50 and older with a partner over 40), giving them a trip filled with thrilling adventures and a taste of active adulthood before retirement. The cruise line specializes in running small-ship voyages and features great adult-only all-inclusive amenities, including free Wi-Fi, meals, drinks, premium spirits, fitness centers, jazz music, cabaret-style entertainment, and more. With just two ships in its fleet, Saga is a small cruise line, yet it offers mature guests a boutique cruise experience and has a 3.7 rating .

  • Amenities and Activities: Return UK chauffeur service, fine dining, all-inclusive drinks, own balcony accommodation, included excursions, free Wi-Fi, multiple entertainment venues, lectures from guest speakers, theater productions, recitals, fitness classes, swimming pools, hot tubs, spa
  • Destinations: Baltics, Canaries, British Isles & Ireland, Mediterranean, Europe, Iceland, Greenland, Caribbean, Americas
  • Minimum age required: 50 years (40 to second passengers)

Related: 10 Best US Virgin Islands Cruises For Seafaring Escapades

Carnival Cruises

Rating: 3.8/5.

Carnival Cruise Line features Serenity Adult-Only Retreat , a serene paradise tucked away from busy venues and family-friendly action, making it a good option for adults. For travelers 21 years of age and older, entry to the area is free. There, visitors can unwind on loungers, daybeds, and whirlpools while soaking in the beautiful scenery. Couples can also consider Carnival Cruises because of its 3.8 rating and a fantastic selection of adult-only areas and activities, such as multiple bars, nightclubs, a spa, a casino, and many others. Plus, its Half Moon Cay is an exotic stopover .

  • Amenities and Activities: Cloud 9 Spa, SkyRide, Serenity, The Golden Jubilee, multiple dining venues, bars, cafes, casino, entertainment venues, studio, theater, comedy club, karaoke, live shows, movies
  • Destinations: Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, Europe, Canada, Hawaii, Transatlantic, Transpacific, Australia, Asia, South Pacific
  • Minimum age required: 12 months

Princess Cruises

For couples seeking an unforgettable getaway, Princess Cruise Line , with a 3.8 rating , is unquestionably the best option, offering a variety of romantic experiences in addition to The Sanctuary, an adults-only haven (for 18 years and older) . All Princess Cruises ships have this tranquil top deck area called Serenity, where adults can enjoy themselves without children. It has luxurious lounge chairs, a spa-like atmosphere, and Serenity Stewards. For an incredible experience, cabanas are also available. Lotus Spa treatments also add to the fun factor. Couples visiting Princess Cays, the cruise line's private island in the Bahamas , can also enjoy a romantic escape in an adults-only Sanctuary Bungalow.

  • Amenities and Activities: Discovery at Sea Program, spa, multiple dining venues, bars, gaming, destination-themed activities, culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, auctions
  • Destinations: Alaska, Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Canada, California, New England, Caribbean, Hawaii, Japan, Europe, Mexico
  • Minimum age required: 6 months or 12 months, depending upon the cruise

Holland America Line

Rating: 3.9/5.

Holland America Line, another of the best cruise lines for couples , is a big draw for affluent adults who don't mind spending money on luxuries. Famous for Alaska cruises, it also visits Australia, Mexico, Canada, and Antarctica, among numerous other destinations. With excellent adult-specific amenities such as spas, bars, fine dining, cooking classes, and mixology workshops, this 3.9-rated cruise line primarily caters to adults (though children are welcome but are rarely on board). The shore excursions range from animal encounters to bike tours and even helmet diving, making the trip exciting and adrenaline-pumping.

  • Amenities and Activities: Multiple dining and entertainment venues, bars, clubs, live entertainment, cooking classes, mixology workshops, spa
  • Destinations: Americas, Bahamas, Transatlantic, Canada, Alaska, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii

Related: 10 Tips For Minimalist Packing Before Taking A Cruise

Royal Caribbean International

Even though Royal Caribbean is known for providing enjoyable family and child-friendly cruises, this cruise line has many cruises that are ideal for adults, too , such as Oasis and Quantum! Since all Royal Caribbean cruise ships feature venues and areas exclusively for adults, they are perfect for a kid-free cruise vacation. So, whether one is looking for a relaxing experience, there is an adult-only (18+) Solarium , or they want to try their luck in a game, there is a casino, or they are interested in nightlife, exquisite cuisine, or drinks, Royal Caribbean has everything to please adults, plus a 3.9 rating .

  • Amenities and Activities: Premium in-stay facilities, 20+ dining venues and bars, casinos, pools, hot tubs, The Solarium, spa, lounges, entertainment venues, open-air AquaTheater, live shows, late-night comedy shows, karaoke, bar-raising cocktails
  • Destinations: Caribbean, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahamas, Mexico, Cozumel and Cancun, Alaska, Europe, Asia, North America, South Pacific, Transatlantic, World Cruise

Virgin Voyages

Rating: 4.1/5.

With three ships in its fleet —the fourth is about to launch by the end of 2023— Virgin Voyages is an all-adult cruise line catering to only over 18-year-old guests. The cruise line offers a range of amazing amenities to entertain its guests, like free Wi-Fi, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks, 20+ dining venues (inclusive in fare), and activities such as drag queen brunches, epic dance parties, late-night comedy shows, and more. Alcoholic beverages, spa treatments, and shore excursions are paid amenities. The best attraction is for 18- to 21-year-olds, as they can drink on board in international waters (illegal in the USA) . Plus, the cruise line sails to amazingly beautiful destinations and has a 4.1 rating , making Virgin Voyages one of the best in the world ranked by reviews .

  • Amenities and Activities: Free Wi-Fi, 20+ dining venues, multiple lounges, bars, and clubs, spa, fitness center, nightclub, multiform theater, casino, live performances, DJ nights, drag queen brunches, dance parties, comedy shows
  • Destinations: Caribbean, Europe, Australia, South Pacific, Transatlantic, Asia, and the Middle East

Viking Ocean Cruises

Rating: 4.6/5.

Considered the world's leading small-ship cruise line, Viking offers adult-only ocean cruises that are jam-packed with all-inclusive luxuries and culturally immersive experiences. Along with its river cruises , the cruise line is well-known for its brand-new Octantis expedition cruises, which visit the Great Lakes and the Great White Continent . Viking cruises provide enticing amenities, like free Wi-Fi throughout the ship, verandas for every cabin, destination-focused dining, one free shore excursion at each port, Nordic Spa, and much, much more, that make an adult sea vacation both relaxing and indulgent. In addition, the amenities and services rank the cruise line first in Best Cruise Lines for Couples at travel.usnews.com and have a 4.6 rating at cruisecritic.com .

  • Amenities and Activities: Multiple lounges, performance theater, movie theaters, pools, library, cultural enrichment program, guest lectures, destination performances, cooking classes, destination-focused dining, Nordic-inspired spa, salon, fitness center
  • Destinations: Europe, Scandinavia, America, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Asia, Australia, world voyages

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6 Best Adults-Only Cruises

Adults-only cruises offer a unique escape for travelers seeking a sophisticated and relaxed voyage across the world’s oceans. Far from the clamor of amusement parks and crowded beaches, these voyages cater exclusively to adults, providing an ambiance of elegance, tranquility, and indulgence.

Here are some of the best adults-only cruises:

  • Virgin Voyages – Virgin Voyages offers cruises exclusively for adults aged 18 and older. They have a range of destinations and onboard entertainment tailored for an adult audience.
  • Saga Cruises – Saga Cruises is a British cruise line that specializes in providing luxury experiences tailored specifically for passengers aged 50 and older.
  • Viking Cruises – Viking Cruises is a renowned cruise line that offers a unique and luxurious experience for travelers seeking enriching journeys around the world. 
  • Azamara Club Cruises – While not exclusively for adults, Azamara Club Cruises caters to a more mature audience and typically attracts fewer families with children, creating a quieter and more relaxed atmosphere onboard.
  • Celebrity Cruises’ “Celebrity Silhouette” Solstice Class Ship – While Celebrity Cruises generally cater to families and couples, certain sailings on ships like the “Celebrity Silhouette” sometimes offer adults-only experiences.
  • Cunard Line’s “Queen Mary 2” – While Cunard Line ships are family-friendly, the “Queen Mary 2” often attracts a more mature crowd. The ship offers refined entertainment and a sophisticated atmosphere.

We’ll explore why selective travelers opt for these voyages, the popular destinations they visit, the lavish amenities they relish, and the distinctive experiences that distinguish them from traditional cruises.

Benefits of Adults-Only Cruises

Adults-only cruises offer a range of benefits tailored to the preferences of mature travelers.

Peaceful Atmosphere

With no small children on board, adults can enjoy a serene and tranquil environment, perfect for relaxation and unwinding.

Sophisticated Experience

These cruises often cater to a more refined audience, providing upscale amenities, gourmet dining options, and elegant entertainment tailored to adult tastes.

Exclusive Activities

From wine tastings and cocktail classes to spa treatments and fitness programs, adults-only cruises offer a variety of tailored activities designed for adult enjoyment.

Relaxation and Rejuvenation

Adults can indulge in uninterrupted relaxation by the pool, luxurious spa treatments, or quiet moments on deck without the distractions of children.

Social Opportunities

With fellow passengers sharing similar interests and lifestyles, adults-only cruises provide opportunities to connect and socialize with like-minded individuals in a sophisticated setting.

Flexible Schedule

Adults can enjoy a more flexible schedule without the need to accommodate family-friendly activities, allowing for a more personalized and leisurely cruise experience.

How to Choose an Adults-Only Cruise

Choosing an adults-only cruise involves considering several factors to ensure you find the perfect fit for your preferences and interests. 

Research Cruise Lines

Start by researching cruise lines that offer adults-only sailings. Look for reputable cruise lines known for their adult-oriented experiences.

Destination

Consider the destinations you want to visit. Look for cruises that align with your preferred itinerary, whether it’s exploring tropical islands, historic European cities, or scenic coastal regions.

Cruise Length and Itinerary

Decide on the duration of your cruise and the specific ports of call you want to visit. Some adult-only cruises offer shorter getaway cruises, while others provide longer voyages to exotic destinations.

Ship Amenities

Research the amenities offered on board the cruise ship. Consider factors such as dining options, entertainment venues, spa facilities, fitness centers, and recreational activities to ensure they align with your interests and preferences.

Cabin Options

Explore the different cabin categories available on the cruise ship. Decide whether you prefer a standard cabin, a suite with additional space and luxury amenities, or a stateroom with a balcony for private outdoor relaxation.

Adult-Oriented Activities

Look for cruises that offer adult-oriented activities and entertainment. This may include wine tastings, mixology classes, live music performances, dance parties, and enrichment lectures tailored for adult travelers.

Reviews and Recommendations

Read reviews and testimonials from past passengers who have experienced adult-only cruises. Pay attention to their feedback on the overall ambiance, service quality, dining options, and entertainment offerings.

Booking Options

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, contact the cruise line or a reputable travel agent to book your cruise. Consider any special promotions or discounts available, especially if you’re flexible with your travel dates.

Best Adults-Only Cruises 

Virgin voyages .

Virgin Voyages is a cruise line founded by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, aimed at redefining the cruise experience for modern travelers. Launched in 2019, Virgin Voyages offers a unique and contemporary approach to cruising, catering exclusively to adults aged 18 and older. Here are some key features that define Virgin Voyages:

Adults-Only Experience

Virgin Voyages ships are designed exclusively for adults, providing an environment tailored to the preferences of mature travelers. With no children on board, guests can enjoy a sophisticated and refined atmosphere.

Modern Ships

The cruise line’s fleet consists of modern and innovative ships featuring cutting-edge design, stylish accommodations, and state-of-the-art amenities. The first ship in the fleet, Scarlet Lady, has a sleek and contemporary design with vibrant interiors.

Unique Dining Options

Virgin Voyages offers a diverse range of dining options, from upscale restaurants to casual eateries, curated by world-renowned chefs. Guests can indulge in a variety of culinary experiences, including international cuisine, specialty dining, and innovative menus.

Immersive Entertainment

The cruise line provides a dynamic and immersive entertainment program featuring live performances, music events, comedy shows, and interactive experiences. From rooftop parties to theatrical productions, there’s always something exciting happening on board.

Wellness Focus

Virgin Voyages emphasizes wellness and relaxation, offering a range of fitness activities, spa treatments, and mindfulness classes. Guests can rejuvenate their mind, body, and soul with yoga sessions, fitness classes, and luxurious spa experiences.

Destination-Focused Itineraries

The cruise line offers carefully curated itineraries to diverse destinations around the world, including the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and beyond. Each itinerary includes port calls to iconic destinations, immersive shore excursions, and opportunities for cultural exploration.

Environmental Sustainability

Virgin Voyages is committed to environmental sustainability and responsible travel practices. The cruise line implements eco-friendly initiatives, such as using clean energy technology, reducing single-use plastics, and promoting conservation efforts.

Virgin Voyages offers a fresh and innovative approach to cruising, combining luxury, relaxation, and adventure in a vibrant and adults-only setting. 

Saga Cruises  

Saga Cruises is a British cruise line that specializes in providing luxury experiences tailored specifically for passengers aged 50 and older. 

Age-Exclusive Policy

Saga Cruises implements an age-exclusive policy, catering exclusively to passengers aged 50 and over. This ensures a more mature and sophisticated atmosphere onboard, appealing to travelers who prefer a quieter and more refined cruise experience.

Luxurious Accommodations

Saga Cruises offers luxurious accommodations designed with the comfort and convenience of older passengers in mind. From spacious cabins and suites to elegant staterooms with private balconies, guests can enjoy premium amenities and attentive service throughout their voyage.

Gourmet Dining

The cruise line offers a variety of gourmet dining options, including fine-dining restaurants, casual eateries, and specialty venues serving international cuisine. Guests can savor delicious meals prepared by skilled chefs using fresh ingredients, accompanied by a selection of fine wines and beverages.

Enrichment Programs

Saga Cruises offers a range of enrichment programs and onboard activities tailored to the interests and preferences of mature travelers. From educational lectures and cultural presentations to art classes and cooking demonstrations, guests can engage in meaningful experiences and expand their horizons while at sea.

Relaxation and Wellness

The cruise line prioritizes relaxation and wellness, providing a variety of leisure facilities and spa services to help passengers unwind and rejuvenate during their voyage. Guests can indulge in pampering treatments, fitness classes, and leisurely activities designed to promote health and well-being.

Saga Cruises offers destination-focused itineraries to a variety of captivating destinations around the world. Whether exploring historic European cities, scenic coastal regions, or exotic tropical islands, passengers can embark on immersive shore excursions and cultural experiences that showcase the best each destination has to offer.

Personalized Service

Saga Cruises prides itself on delivering personalized service and attention to detail, ensuring that every aspect of the passenger experience is tailored to meet individual preferences and needs. From attentive cabin stewards to knowledgeable onboard staff, guests can expect exceptional service throughout their journey.

Saga Cruises offers a mature experience that combines luxury, sophistication, and personalized service, providing mature travelers with an opportunity to explore the world in style and comfort.

Viking Cruises  

Viking Cruises is a renowned cruise line that offers a unique and luxurious experience for travelers seeking enriching journeys around the world. 

Focus on Cultural Enrichment

Viking Cruises is known for its focus on cultural enrichment and destination immersion. Each cruise itinerary is carefully crafted to provide passengers with in-depth experiences in the ports of call, including guided tours, cultural performances, and culinary excursions.

River and Ocean Cruises

Viking Cruises offers both river and ocean cruises, allowing passengers to explore a variety of destinations. River cruises traverse iconic waterways such as the Danube, Rhine, and Nile rivers, while ocean cruises visit destinations in Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, and beyond.

All-Veranda Accommodations

The majority of accommodations on Viking’s ocean ships feature private verandas, allowing passengers to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding scenery from the comfort of their staterooms. This emphasis on spacious and elegant accommodations enhances the overall cruise experience.

Cultural Enrichment Program

Viking Cruises’ onboard cultural enrichment program includes lectures, performances, and demonstrations that provide passengers with insights into the history, art, and culture of the destinations they visit. Expert lecturers and guest speakers offer engaging presentations on a variety of topics related to each itinerary.

Nordic-Inspired Design

Viking’s ships are designed with a modern Scandinavian aesthetic, featuring clean lines, natural light, and elegant décor inspired by the region’s heritage. This design philosophy creates a sophisticated and inviting atmosphere onboard.

Exceptional Dining Options

Viking Cruises offers a variety of dining venues onboard, including specialty restaurants, casual eateries, and alfresco dining options. Passengers can enjoy gourmet cuisine prepared by skilled chefs using locally sourced ingredients, as well as complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.

Inclusive Amenities

Viking Cruises is known for its all-inclusive approach to cruising, with a range of amenities included in the cruise fare. These amenities may include Wi-Fi, shore excursions, onboard activities, and more, depending on the specific itinerary and ship.

Viking Cruises offers a luxurious and culturally enriching experience for travelers who appreciate immersive exploration, elegant accommodations, and exceptional service. 

Azamara Club Cruises  

Azamara Club Cruises is a premium cruise line renowned for its immersive travel experiences and destination-focused itineraries. Here’s an overview of what you can expect from Azamara Club Cruises:

Intimate Ships

Azamara operates a fleet of smaller-sized ships, Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest, and Azamara Pursuit. These ships accommodate fewer passengers compared to larger cruise lines, creating a more intimate and personalized onboard experience.

Destination Immersion

Azamara’s itineraries are designed to immerse passengers in the cultures, history, and landscapes of each destination. The cruise line offers longer stays in port and overnight stays in many destinations, allowing guests to explore each destination at their own pace and experience the local culture and cuisine.

Unique Shore Excursions

Azamara offers a variety of shore excursions curated to provide authentic and immersive experiences in each port of call. These excursions range from cultural tours and culinary experiences to active adventures and off-the-beaten-path explorations, allowing passengers to truly connect with the destinations they visit.

All-Inclusive Amenities

Azamara Club Cruises offers a range of all-inclusive amenities, including gratuities, select beverages (such as standard spirits, beers, and wines), self-service laundry, and shuttle service in select ports. Additionally, guests can enjoy complimentary AzAmazing Evenings, special events that provide exclusive cultural experiences ashore.

Culinary Excellence

Dining onboard Azamara ships is a culinary delight, with a variety of dining venues offering diverse menus inspired by the destinations visited. From elegant main dining rooms and specialty restaurants to casual eateries and al fresco dining options, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Relaxed Atmosphere

Azamara Club Cruises offers a relaxed and casual atmosphere onboard, allowing passengers to unwind and enjoy their vacation at their own pace. The dress code is typically resort casual, with no formal nights, offering a more laid-back and inclusive experience.

Onboard Enrichment

In addition to exploring destinations ashore, passengers can enjoy onboard enrichment programs such as lectures, workshops, and demonstrations that provide insights into the history, culture, and cuisine of the regions visited.

Celebrity Cruises’ “Celebrity Silhouette” Solstice Class Ship 

The “Celebrity Silhouette” is part of Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class, renowned for its modern design, luxurious amenities, and innovative features. 

Modern Design

The Celebrity Silhouette features a sleek and contemporary design, with stylish interiors and upscale furnishings throughout the ship. The Solstice Class ships are known for their elegant architecture, spacious public areas, and stunning panoramic views.

The Celebrity Silhouette offers a range of luxurious accommodations, including spacious staterooms, elegant suites, and private verandas with ocean views. Passengers can enjoy premium amenities and personalized service in their well-appointed cabins.

World-Class Dining

Celebrity Cruises is renowned for its culinary excellence, and the Celebrity Silhouette is no exception. The ship has a variety of dining options, including main dining rooms, specialty restaurants, casual eateries, and outdoor grills. Guests can savor gourmet cuisine prepared by talented chefs using freshly sourced ingredients.

Entertainment and Activities

The Celebrity Silhouette offers a diverse array of entertainment options and onboard activities to suit every taste. From Broadway-style shows and live music performances to cooking demonstrations and wine tastings, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The ship also features a variety of bars, lounges, and nightclubs for evening entertainment.

Passengers can relax at the ship’s luxurious spa and fitness center, which offers a range of treatments, therapies, and fitness classes. The Celebrity Silhouette also features multiple pools, hot tubs, and sun decks for soaking up the sun and enjoying leisurely days at sea.

The Celebrity Silhouette sails to a variety of destinations around the world, including the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, and more. Each itinerary offers immersive shore excursions and cultural experiences that allow passengers to explore the ports of call and discover the highlights of each destination.

Celebrity Cruises is committed to environmental sustainability and responsible travel practices. The Celebrity Silhouette incorporates energy-efficient technologies, waste reduction initiatives, and eco-friendly practices to minimize its environmental impact.

Cunard Line’s “Queen Mary 2”  

Cunard Line’s “Queen Mary 2” (QM2) is one of the most iconic ocean liners in the world, renowned for its elegance, luxury, and timeless appeal.

Transatlantic Crossings

The Queen Mary 2 is famous for its transatlantic crossings between Southampton, England, and New York City, USA. These voyages harken back to the golden age of ocean travel and offer a sophisticated and immersive experience for passengers.

The Queen Mary 2 offers a range of luxurious accommodations, including staterooms, suites, and duplex apartments. Passengers can enjoy elegant furnishings, premium amenities, and personalized service throughout their voyage.

Classic Design

The Queen Mary 2 has a classic design reminiscent of traditional ocean liners, with elegant public spaces, grand staircases, and lavish interiors. The ship exudes timeless elegance and sophistication, providing passengers with a sense of nostalgia and luxury.

Cunard is renowned for its gourmet dining experiences, and the Queen Mary 2 is no exception. Passengers can choose from a variety of dining venues, including formal dining rooms, specialty restaurants, casual eateries, and afternoon tea services. The cuisine is prepared by skilled chefs using the finest ingredients, with menus inspired by both classic and contemporary culinary traditions.

Exceptional Service

The Queen Mary 2 is known for its impeccable service and attention to detail. From the moment passengers step onboard, they are greeted by a dedicated team of staff and crew who strive to exceed expectations and ensure a memorable and enjoyable cruise experience.

Cunard offers a variety of enrichment programs onboard the Queen Mary 2, including lectures, workshops, and cultural presentations. Passengers can attend talks by experts in various fields, participate in hands-on activities, and engage in stimulating discussions on a wide range of topics.

The Queen Mary 2 features a diverse array of entertainment options and onboard activities to suit every taste. From live music performances and theater productions to art galleries and planetarium shows, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during their voyage.

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Our 7 favorite summer cruises for all types of travelers

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The best part of summer cruising is that there are more cruising options than in any other season. Cruises to destinations like Alaska and Scandinavia are highly seasonal; go in the summer, or you can't cruise there at all. Even the Mediterranean is somewhat seasonal, with most cruise lines leaning heavily into summer and moving ships to warmer destinations during the cooler months.

While putting together our list of favorite cruises for summer travel, we looked for options that would appeal to a wide variety of travelers. The one thing all these cruises have in common is that they make planning a summer trip easy. When you book a summer cruise, one transaction gets you transportation to multiple destinations, food, accommodations and onboard entertainment.

Whether you're looking for a short escape or the adventure of a lifetime, here are seven of our favorite summer cruises to book.

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Best for short summer escapes: 3- to 5-night Carnival cruises

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Carnival Cruise Line is an industry leader in short getaway cruises from local departure ports. You can sail to the Bahamas from Florida ports; Bermuda from Manhattan in New York; the Caribbean from Galveston, Texas , and New Orleans; and the Mexican Riviera from Long Beach, California. Each of these destinations promises beaches, water sports and land-based activities that range from cooking classes to all-terrain-vehicle rides.

Most Carnival ships feature top-deck waterslides and miniature golf, plus Seuss at Sea character parades, storytime and themed breakfasts. The Cloud Nine Spa and adults-only Serenity Retreat give adults a quiet place to relax, whether you cruise with kids or without. Carnival is known for having multiple included food venues like Guy's Burger Joint , Guy's Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que and the Mexican BlueIguana Cantina.

Carnival is also budget-friendly. The line's short cruises are affordable while still providing all the food, fun and entertainment you crave on a big-ship cruise.

Best for grown-up fun: Virgin Voyages to the Mediterranean

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Virgin Voyages deploys ships to multiple European destinations, all loaded with summer fun grown-up style. Choices range from seven- to 12-night Mediterranean adventures (think: round-trip cruises from Barcelona featuring ports of call like Cannes in France or Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza in Spain, where ships often stay overnight, allowing time for a night of clubbing European style). Longer cruises include one-way routes between Barcelona and Rome, adding Italian ports like Florence and Naples. The line also takes in the Greek islands on cruises originating in Athens (Piraeus).

Virgin's adults-only ships carry 2,770 passengers (known on board as "sailors"), all 18 or older. The line claims to offer the ideal cruise for adults who don't care for cruises. Entertainment on board includes pajama parties and immersive naughty nightclub performances. Virgin ships focus on wellness with a techno fitness studio , an outdoor gym and a boxing ring.

Dining choices are where Virgin Voyages really breaks from traditional cruise lines. All 20 eateries on board are included in the cruise fare, and you won't find even one buffet line.

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Best for solo cruisers: Greek island cruises on Windstar

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What better way to sail among the Greek islands than on a gorgeous ship with sails or an intimate yachtlike ship where you never feel like just another number? Windstar Cruises offers summer cruises in the Greek islands, stopping at dream destinations like Santorini, Mykonos and Patmos. Port activities in the Mediterranean lean toward cultural and culinary interests.

What moves the needle toward Windstar for solo cruisers is its standard single supplement of 175%, which dips even lower on occasion. That's quite a cruise budget bonus when most cruise lines charge 200% of the fare for cruising solo.

All Windstar ships carry just over 300 passengers or fewer. You'll feel like you're cruising the Mediterranean on a private yacht. Solo cruisers will find it easy to meet fellow passengers — mixing and mingling are a normal occurrence for almost everyone on such small ships.

The main dining room (Amphora) features solo-friendly open seating each evening. I once met an 82-year-old woman cruising alone on back-to-back Windstar cruises. She had no shortage of invitations to join tables at mealtimes, but when she opted to dine alone, the staff treated her like a queen.

As the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation, Windstar goes above and beyond when it comes to serving amazing food. Menus for both Amphora and a pop-up steak restaurant called Candles are highlighted by selections from James Beard Award-winning chefs — all included in the cruise fare.

Those same chefs are sometimes hosted on the line's special James Beard Foundation cruises. Besides hanging out with these amazing chefs (because they are there to enjoy the cruise, too), guests can go shopping with them as they prepare for menu takeovers using locally sourced ingredients. It's foodie heaven.

Best Alaska cruise: Weeklong Holland America cruises

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Alaska sits at the top of many summer cruise wish lists. Sometimes it's a beat-the-heat plan. Most often, it's the desire to see the glaciers and wildlife in Alaskan waters and along its shores. You have lots of options for Alaska cruises, but we recommend the tried and true.

Holland America has been cruising in Alaska for more than 75 years and has more itineraries visiting Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) than any other cruise line. You can feel confident that any Alaska cruise you book with the line will be done well.

Holland America ships carry between 2,000 and 3,000 passengers. While the passengers on other itineraries tend to be a mostly adult (and often senior) crowd, that changes during the summer season in Alaska. Families with children of all ages are welcomed and catered to with youth programs on board, including a Junior Ranger program in Glacier Bay.

Options include round trips from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seattle , as well as one-way trips between Vancouver and Anchorage, Alaska. Add-on pre- and post-cruise land tours are a Holland America staple for those wishing to explore inland Alaska.

Best for families with teens: Weeklong Caribbean cruises on Royal Caribbean

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Finding a cruise itinerary that pleases teens and preteens can be challenging. The megaships Royal Caribbean sails in the Caribbean fit the bill nicely. Look for the line's biggest ships cruising from Miami , Port Canaveral (near Orlando) and Galveston.

Most itineraries alternate between Eastern and Western Caribbean routes , all with beachy ports of call with plenty of water sports and land-based adventure options. Many itineraries also visit the teen-pleasing private island destination Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas. It's an island playground with beaches, a pool, sand sports and a water park seemingly designed with easily bored teens in mind.

The ships themselves, however, are likely to be the real stars of the cruise for your teens. These ships carry close to 6,000 passengers and come loaded with waterslides, surf simulators, zip lines and rock-climbing walls. Teens ages 13 to 17 have a hangout space all their own, and the preteens have loads of age-appropriate activities to keep them on the go when the ship is not in port.

Royal Caribbean's biggest ships are family-pleasing masterpieces, cruising on sunny itineraries that make for incredible summer vacations.

Best for families with littles: Short Bahamas cruises on Disney Cruise Line

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Putting smiles on little faces is the mission behind any Disney cruise, and if the littles are smiling, moms and dads probably are, too. Disney sails short cruises from multiple ports. Look for summer cruises to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral with stops at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay . Three to five nights is ideal for kids in the 4 to 7 age group — and their parents.

Disney Cruise Line cabins are designed with families in mind. They have split bathrooms (toilet in one, shower-bath in the other), privacy curtains for napping and plenty of storage.

Besides the fun onboard character encounters, water attractions and live musicals based on favorite movies, Disney cruise ships offer the most kid-friendly menus of any cruise line. Plus, 24-hour in-room dining is complimentary — perfect when the need for a quieter meal arises.

Imagine if the best parts of the Magic Kingdom were put on a ship for a much smaller crowd to enjoy, and you'll understand the magic of a Disney cruise summer vacation.

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Best for a cooler European vacation: Scandinavia cruises on Viking

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If you're looking for a European getaway where the weather isn't as hot as in the Mediterranean, Scandinavia is calling your name. You can cool down while experiencing the summer beauty of the Norwegian fjords and the cultural delights of Denmark and Sweden. If you're an older adult, Viking has your cruise.

In fact, Viking has multiple options. Cruise lengths range from seven to 28 nights, with a long list of possible ports of call, including Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen; and the Norwegian ports of Bergen, Stavanger and Honningsvag (in the far north). And don't forget Iceland. Viking offers seven-night circumnavigation cruises of the land of fire and ice, as well as longer sailings that include Reykjavik as a port of call.

Viking ships carry just 930 passengers, all in cabins with private balconies. The ships feature seven dining options, all included in the cruise fare. Beer, wine and soft drinks are complimentary during lunch and dinner, and at least one tour is also complimentary in each port of call. Viking is an adults-only cruise line, so all guests must be 18 or older — though its loyal fans tend to be retirees.

Viking ships make seeing the incredible sights of Scandinavia not only possible but comfortable. At the end of a day ashore — sometimes spent on excursions skimming across the waters of fjords in rigid inflatable boats or exploring tiny fishing villages near, or even above, the Arctic Circle — you'll return to relax in one of the best complimentary thermal suites at sea. If that's not enough, you'll also dine on extraordinary cuisine without worrying about extra costs.

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Summer is by far the busiest cruise season. Destination choices expand exponentially, giving you more possibilities than in any other season. Even getting to the port, whether driving or flying, is a tad easier in summer than it can be in winter.

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I've taken 4 Disney cruises without kids. Here's why they're actually the perfect adults-only getaway.

  • Out of the 15 cruises I've been on, Disney Cruise Line is my favorite company to travel with.
  • Disney cruises offer the perfect getaway for adults without children.
  • From animation classes and private islands to Broadway-style shows, I never run out of things to do.

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After taking over 15 cruises on most of the major lines , one stands out as my favorite company to travel with — Disney Cruise Line. Disney cruises combine what I love about the theme parks with relaxation and stellar dining, making them the perfect getaway.

I also love that Disney continues to invest in its cruise line. For example, the company's newest ship, Disney Treasure , plans to embark on its maiden voyage in December.

And next year, Disney Destiny and Disney Adventure will set sail for the first time. The company also invested between $250 million and $400 million in a new island in the Bahamas, which I was lucky enough to visit.

Although some may think of Disney Cruise Line as a company that caters to kids, I've had an incredible time on adults-only vacations with my sister, mother, friends, and husband. Here's why I think Disney cruises are the perfect choice for travelers without children.

I’m never bored on a Disney ship.

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On most of the cruises I've been on, the main activities include eating and drinking. However, that's not the case on Disney cruises.

In addition to having great pools, Disney ships are known for having a wide variety of activities throughout the day. My favorites include trivia, mixology classes, panel discussions with Disney animators, and animation classes.

The food is by far the best I’ve had at sea, and I’ll always splurge on the specialty restaurants.

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Food plays a big role in determining where I vacation, and I've had some of the most incredible meals on board Disney ships. In addition to the food, the restaurants are well-themed and detailed. While there are plenty of elevated eats, there are also casual bites, like pizza, and Disney favorites, including Mickey waffles.

While the main dining rooms are delicious — and included with the cruise fare — I'll always splurge on one of the specialty restaurants that charge an additional fee.

These upcharge restaurants offer a more intimate experience with super personalized service and a greater variety of dining options. My favorite is Palo, which is open for both brunch and dinner. Here, I've enjoyed fresh pasta, standout wine, and high-quality wagyu.

I love the themed bars, and the drinks are surprisingly affordable.

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While Disney doesn't offer a drink package that includes cocktails, the well-themed bars are worth the splurge.

From a Star Wars-themed watering hole to a Peter Pan-themed speakeasy, I really enjoy the inventive cocktail programs and immersive settings. Each bar also has its own unique themed drinks, which keeps things exciting.

As a regular at Disney World, I was also surprised to find that drinks are much more affordable on a Disney Cruise, with prices consistent across the ships I've been on.

For example, my favorite Dole Whip spiked with rum was $9 on board, compared to the exact same version priced at $14 at Disney World .

There are plenty of adults-only spaces.

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While I tend to spend much of my day at the lively main pool, which features Disney movies and live entertainment, there are also plenty of adults-only spaces, including pool areas exclusive to guests 18 and older.

Some ships even have bar districts with multiple venues exclusive to adults.

The rooms are spacious and practical.

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I've found the rooms on Disney cruises to be the most spacious — and practical in design — I've encountered.

Most rooms on Disney ships also have a split bathroom, which means the toilet area is separate from the shower. This is a vacation lifesaver when multiple adults are trying to get ready at once.

There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy Disney Magic.

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I love Disney ships because, from dressing up for pirate night to meeting my favorite characters, there are plenty of opportunities to feel like a kid again.

The shows on board are Broadway-quality.

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I'm a sucker for live entertainment, and each Disney ship offers at least one Broadway-style production. From "Frozen" to "Beauty and the Beast," I always make sure to check out these high-quality musicals, which are included in the price of the cruise.

Disney’s private islands are very relaxing.

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I've been to several cruise-line private islands, but Disney's are by far my favorite. Castaway Cay , located in the Bahamas, exudes relaxation. The island is home to one of my favorite activities, the Castaway 5k, which is included in the cruise fare and allows participants to earn an exclusive race medal.

Disney's newest island destination, Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, is located near the southern tip of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. The beaches here blew me away and were some of the best I've experienced after dozens of trips to the Caribbean and Mexico.

Disney Cruise Line is the perfect adults-only vacation, and I can't wait to plan another trip.

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As a big fan of the parks, Disney Cruise Line takes those magical elements and upgrades them at sea with incredible food, live entertainment, and relaxation — making for the perfect adults-only vacation.

Its ships are home to some of the most exciting, highly themed lounge options I've encountered, and I love the Broadway-quality productions. While on board, I'm able to do as much or as little as I want.

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Impacts may be 'catastrophic' as Hurricane Beryl pounds Jamaica: Live updates

Editor's note: This page reflects news on Hurricane Beryl from Wednesday, July 3. For the latest news on Hurricane Beryl please follow USA TODAY's live updates on the storm for Thursday, July 4 .

Hurricane Beryl was retreating from Jamaica late Wednesday and is expected to pass just south of the Cayman Islands overnight as a major hurricane, bringing intense winds and heavy rain, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of 2 a.m. ET Thursday, Beryl was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph and was about 110 miles southeast of Grand Cayman — the largest of the Cayman Islands. After roaring by Jamaica's southern coast, the hurricane was expected to unload "devastating hurricane-force winds, life-threatening storm surge, and damaging waves" across the Cayman Islands, according to the hurricane center.

The Cayman Islands could get up to half a foot of rain through Thursday. Weather officials are also warning about life-threatening surf and rip currents along parts of western Cuba, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the coast of Belize.

Beryl was on track to approach the Cayman Islands on Wednesday night and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula about 24 hours later, still as a hurricane but weakened by expected wind shear.

In Jamaica, emergency crews evacuated people living in flood-prone communities and nearly 500 people were in shelters by Wednesday afternoon, according to Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

“We’re concerned about widespread damage and potentially catastrophic impacts in Jamaica,” said Bernie Rayno, AccuWeather's chief on-air meteorologist. "Flooding may last days to even weeks. Widespread power outages are expected. Beryl will likely damage many homes and businesses and cause severe coastal inundation."

The chances of Beryl impacting part of the Texas Gulf Coast have increased with the projected path veering northwest, AccuWeather reported , although it would not bring anywhere near the ferocity of its devastating assault on the southern Windward Islands earlier this week. The current track calls for Beryl to weaken to a tropical storm as it crosses the Yucatan and then becomes a hurricane again before making landfall along the coast near the border of Mexico and Texas.

The storm is projected to drench Jamaica with 4 to 8 inches of rain, and 12 inches are forecast in some places, which could cause "life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides," the NHC said. Holness declared all of Jamaica a "disaster area" and imposed an islandwide curfew Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Monday, Beryl made landfall in Grenada's Carriacou island as a Category 4 hurricane, ravaging the southern Caribbean Islands, flattening hundreds of buildings and causing the deaths of at least seven people. On Monday night, Beryl became the earliest Category 5 hurricane on record. Driven by record-hot ocean temperatures, Beryl's rapid strengthening has stunned experts.

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Developments:

∎ The death toll from the powerful hurricane rose to at least 10, according to Reuters. But that figure is expected to increase as communications come back online across islands damaged by flooding and intense winds.

∎ The Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica posted on X that a small section of the roof of its passenger boarding pier was damaged by Beryl. "Once the storm has completely passed, a full assessment of damage will be done," the airport stated on X.

∎ The Meteorological Service of Mexico issued a hurricane warning for the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Puerto Costa Maya to Cancun, a popular tourist destination, according to the NHC. Tropical storm warnings were also issued for other parts of the Yucatan Peninsula.

∎ Venezuela's vice president, Delcy Rodriguez, and senior officials in her traveling party were injured by a falling tree Tuesday night while surveying an area near the country's Caribbean coast where the Manzanares River overran its banks after heavy rainfall caused by Beryl.

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Will Hurricane Beryl hit Texas?

Portions of South Texas are now within the forecast cone of Hurricane Beryl , which meteorologists say could arrive in the state over the weekend or early Monday.

However, forecasters remain unsure of what Beryl will do and how strong it will be as it approaches the Gulf Coast after hitting Mexico: "High uncertainty remains with both the track and intensity of Beryl," the  National Weather Service said Wednesday.

"From Panama City, Florida to New Orleans, there is a low risk of direct impacts from Beryl, but from about Corpus Christi to Brownsville, Texas, the risk increases significantly due to the potential for Beryl to have more direct impacts,"  AccuWeather  meteorologist Jonathan Porter said. "That southern portion of the Texas coast is the zone we have to really watch."

Coastal threats could begin this weekend, Weather.com warned: "Well ahead of Beryl, onshore winds could lead to increasing surf, rip currents and coastal flooding along parts of the Gulf Coast from eastern Mexico to Texas and western Louisiana beginning as soon as Saturday, and continuing until just after Beryl's final landfall, Weather.com  said. The rip current threat could also even extend farther east along the northern Gulf Coast.

Brennan said Tuesday that "folks in the Texas coast, as we go into the holiday weekend, you're going to want to make sure you check back on the forecast and make sure you're ready for any potential impact. If we were to see tropical storm conditions affect those areas in the far western Gulf of Mexico, it could be during the day Saturday."

– Doyle Rice

More than 90% of the homes, buildings destroyed

More than 90% of homes and buildings across at least three islands were destroyed or severely damaged after Beryl tore through the southeast Caribbean, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency reported Wednesday. The agency was assisting with the disaster response in Grenada, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines.

Beryl struck the islands with winds of 150 mph and higher gusts on Monday, causing significant impacts to the islands, according to Elizabeth Riley, the disaster management agency's executive director. In addition to infrastructure damages, some islands have also faced power outages and disruptions to communications.

In a briefing late Tuesday, Grenada Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell described "total destruction" on the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

"There's really nothing that can prepare you to see this level of destruction," Mitchell said. "It is almost Armageddon-like, almost total damage and destruction of all buildings. Complete devastation and destruction of agriculture. Complete and total destruction of the natural environment."

— Dinah Voyles Pulver

Airlines waive fees for some in Hurricane Beryl's path

Six major U.S. airlines said they're waiving various fees for travelers who have flights booked in Beryl's path. In most cases, flights booked before July 1 are eligible for the changes. The listed flights include departures from or arrivals in airports in Mexico, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Belize.

American , JetBlue , United , Delta , Southwest , and Spirit Airlines are offering a variety of fee waivers because of the hurricane. Passengers are encouraged to check directly with the airlines on what amended policies apply to them.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said on its website travelers on international flights may be able to recover expenses from a delayed or canceled flight by filing a claim with the airline.

"If the claim is denied, you may pursue the matter in court if you believe that the carrier did not take all measures that could reasonably be required to avoid the damages caused by the delay," the agency said. 

− Krystal Nurse

Resort manager in Jamaica maintains composure as Hurricane Beryl approaches

The coming hurricane doesn't scare Tamar Atkinson, the manager of a small resort in Hanover, a community on Jamaica's northwest coast.

"The way I look at it, I can't stop it," she told USA TODAY. "If the hurricane is going to blow your house down, it's going to blow the house down."

Atkinson, 42, who moved back to Hanover a year ago after she lived in the U.S. for 20 years, already has her sea legs in weathering Jamaica's hurricanes. She remembers facing Hurricane Gilbert, a Category 5, as a little girl – the storm blew the roof off her aunt's house, where she sheltered, but left her mother's house in "perfect condition."

When Hurricane Ivan hit two decades ago, Atkinson sheltered at a nearby school. Once again, the storm blew out the school's windows but left Atkinson's house untouched. "I'm not leaving my house, and I'm not going to go crazy like the rest of the people," she said, adding that she's told her guests to "relax their nerves."

Jamaica closes all international airports as Hurricane Beryl nears island

The Jamaica Tourist Board announced Wednesday that the Sangster, Norman Manley, and Ian Fleming international airports were closed as Hurricane Beryl approached the island.

Jamaica's travel website, VisitJamaica.com, doesn't list a reopening time for the airports and encourages travelers to contact their travel agents and/or airlines for flight updates. The website also encourages travelers to heed any instructions from their hotel or private accommodation on sheltering.

"We also encourage you to register with your Embassy for country-specific guidance and support," the board said on the website.

The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica is open on a limited basis and encourages Americans to not visit the embassy for shelter and instead seek a government-run shelter. Citizens in Jamaica are encouraged to call the embassy at (876) 702-6486 if they need assistance. 

– Krystal Nurse

Ahead of Hurricane Beryl, Jamaicans prepare their homes

Donae Maye stocked up on water, candles, and food earlier this week, before supermarkets across her hometown of Montego Bay, a city on Jamaica's northern Coast, emptied.

"There was no bread, no essentials that you actually need, no candles, very few tin products," she said on Wednesday, after a recent visit to some local grocery stores.

Maye, 27, also prepped her home, where she will shelter with her fiance, her son and his father. "We cleared away any trees that might be blocking any electrical wires and stuff like that that might fall and break the window," she said.

She's confident that her house, which is made of concrete, will stand up to the storm better than many buildings did to Hurricane Ivan 20 years ago. Back then, more structures were made of board, which didn't fare well in the storm, she said. Today, "most structures are built to withstand the winds and the hurricane," she said.

Humanitarian groups rally relief for impacted countries

Global Giving and Americares are among the humanitarian organizations collecting money for those affected by Hurricane Beryl. Both promise donations to support various impacted communities, focusing on those who are disadvantaged and on decimated medical facilities.

Cora Nally, international emergency response director of Americares, said the organization focuses on restoring damaged medical facilities and expects to deploy its workers to Jamaica soon after Beryl leaves.

"That is really going to serve as a home base for them, and we are asking them to do an assessment of all the impacted islands in the Caribbean, and we are going to be keeping an eye on the storm as it moves towards Mexico and the United States," she said.

Is Cancun in the path of Hurricane Beryl?

Among the parts of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and surrounding areas under hurricane warnings were Cancun and the island of Cozumel, two popular tourist destinations packed with luxury resorts and cruise ship ports.

The hurricane warnings were issued by the Meteorological Service of Mexico as forecasters warned residents and tourists of the projected impact of Hurricane Beryl.

Brennan, the director of the NHC, said in a YouTube livestream on Wednesday that the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun, faces 3 to 5 feet of storm surge as well as up to 8 inches of rain.

The record-breaking hurricane is expected to make landfall along the Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday night or early Friday, NHC said.

In Jamaica, tourists shelter in hotel ballroom from Hurricane Beryl

Cecilia Garcia and her family initially planned to weather the beginning of the hurricane in the bathroom of their hotel room in Ocho Rios, on Jamaica's northern coastline. "We do have windows in our room, so I think the safest option would probably be to go in our restroom," she said.

Moon Palace Jamaica, where Garcia, 25, is staying with her parents, brother, sister and two kids, told hotel guests to evacuate to a ballroom. When Garcia and her family first visited the shelter, they found it too chaotic. "We ended up back in our room because it was very crowded," she said. "It was very hot in there."

But later on Wednesday morning, as the winds picked up, the family returned to the packed ballroom, where thin cots were arranged in rows, according to a video Garcia shared with USA TODAY.

Garcia and her family's flight back to their home of Houston, Texas, isn't until Saturday – the hurricane will strike at the midpoint of their week-long vacation. Garcia said if they chose to end their stay earlier, they wouldn't get a refund. 

Looking out at skies still partially clear on Wednesday morning, Garcia said the family was keeping calm ahead of the storm. "We're kind of used to bad weather and floods like that in Houston," she said. "But again, it's different when you're not at home, so that's the only scary part."

Hurricane Beryl spoiling graduation trip

Mona Parhar, 23, and Arezoo Rafkhani, 24, didn't start searching for early return flights from their vacation to Jamaica until Tuesday night, less than 24 hours before Hurricane Beryl was expected to sweep across the island. By then, they learned airports had closed.

"We really have no choice but to stick it out," Parhar said Wednesday from their hotel room at the Hotel Riu in Montego Bay on the island's northern side.

The two Toronto natives booked their trip to celebrate their recent graduations – Rafkhani from Toronto Metropolitan University and Parhar from York University. "We've never experienced something like this as Canadians," Rafkhani said. "It's kind of nerve-wracking."

The pair were comforted by the hotel staff, who kept guests informed and safe. "Since last night, they've been sending us messages about how to get prepared, what they're doing and will be doing this morning," Rafkhani said. "They've been keeping us calm," Parhar said.

Jamaica braces for Hurricane Beryl

Jamaican officials warned residents to stock up on food, batteries, candles, and drinking water. Residents in flood-prone areas were also advised to prepare for evacuation.

"Secure your critical documents and remove any trees or items that could endanger your property," the Office of the Prime Minister in Jamaica said on X on Tuesday. "Everyone, including those living alone, should take these necessary steps now."

As a precaution, Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness said Tuesday night that electricity and water services will likely be shut off "if the storm reaches a serious threshold" to prevent fires and protect equipment.

"Only one hurricane has ever affected Jamaica during July," according to AccuWeather meteorologist Jesse Ferrell. "Category 4 Hurricane Dennis in 2005 did not make landfall but killed one person and caused a lot of damage."

Record-breaking path: Hurricane Beryl tears through the Caribbean

Hurricane Beryl breaks records

Forecasters have projected 2024 to be one of the busiest hurricane seasons on record. Beryl has already surprised forecasters and broken records since it formed, including becoming the earliest Category 4 or 5 storm on record.

Beryl broke the previous record set by Hurricane Emily on July 17, 2005, for the strongest Category 5 hurricane. Beryl rapidly strengthened from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in about 48 hours.

The storm is also the earliest Category 4 or larger storm by more than a week, breaking the record set by Hurricane Dennis, a Category 4 storm on July 8, 2005.

It was fueled by  much warmer than normal  ocean temperatures in the Atlantic and aided in that development by light winds that allowed it to build a strong inner core.

— Jennifer Borresen, Dinah Voyles Pulver and Ramon Padilla

Hurricane Beryl tracker: See projected path of Category 5 storm

Smaller islands hit hard by Beryl

Beryl hit St. Vincent and the Grenadines especially hard, according to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.

"The hurricane has come and gone, and it has left in its wake immense destruction," he said, adding that Union Island had 90% of homes "severely damaged or destroyed."

After making landfall in Grenada's Carriacou Island on Monday, strong winds and high water levels smashed fishing boats in Barbados, downed power lines in Grenada and St. Vincent, and knocked out drinking water in St. Lucia, according to officials.

Grenada's Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell noted on Tuesday that the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique were significantly impacted by the hurricane. In addition to downed power lines, roads remained impassable and fuel stations were destroyed.

"The situation is grim. There is no power. There is almost complete destruction of homes and buildings," Mitchell said.

Contributing: Cheryl McCloud, USA TODAY Network-Florida ; Reuters

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