best cruises for adults

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If you ask us, one of the very best ways to enjoy a cruise as an adult is sans kids. Choosing the best cruise for adults means focusing on luxurious amenities, exceptional dining experiences, entertainment, romance and a relaxing atmosphere. If you’ve been looking to book a cruise for you and your partner, your group of friends or were just looking to cruise solo, these are some top choices that cater specifically to adults.

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Silversea Cruises is known for its ultra-luxury, all-inclusive voyages, offering a sophisticated cruising experience. Their ship is smaller in size, giving sailors an intimate and personalized vacation. They provide guests with exceptional amenities, including all-suite accommodations with spacious suites and butler service, gourmet dining crafted by renowned chefs, all-inclusive premium alcohol and food and more. Silversea is also known for their fun and expansive onboard activities, spa and wellness programs and highly personalized services.

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Norwegian Cruise Lines

While Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) isn’t an adult-only ship, they’re well known for their adult-only spaces on board. Their Vibe Beach Club is a private retreat with cabanas, hot tubs and a dedicated bar where kids are not allowed, and their Spice H2O is an adults-only area featuring a pool, hot tubs, loungers and nighttime entertainment. In addition, if you’re a solo traveler, NCL is a great option. They were deemed “Best for Solo Travelers” by the Cruise Critic’s 2023 Editors' Picks Awards, boasting of being the first cruise line to build staterooms and common areas specifically for the single rider.

Viking Cruise Line

An adults-only cruise line, Viking Ocean Cruises allows sailors to choose between river, ocean and expedition vessels, boasting trips that take place on all seven continents. They offer a culturally enriching experience with a focus on destinations and immersive excursions, ideal for mature travelers. Some of their most notable amenities include:

  • Included excursions: One complimentary shore excursion in each port of call.
  • Enrichment programs: Lectures, cultural performances, cooking classes and wine tastings.
  • Dining options: Multiple dining venues featuring regional cuisine and open seating.
  • Spa and wellness: LivNordic Spa with a thermal suite, snow grotto and fitness center.
  • Scandinavian design: Elegant and minimalist design with spacious public areas and comfortable accommodations.
  • Inclusive pricing: Includes Wi-Fi, drinks with meals and access to the spa.

SeaDream Yacht Club

Talk about utter luxury. Silversea Cruises prides themselves on their “Yachting, not cruising” tagline, with amenities that truly perpetuate this idea and focus on luxury. SeaDream Yacht Club operates two boutique yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II.

Designed to provide an intimate and sophisticated experience, these twin yachts have room for a maximum of 112 passengers. This also means they have a high crew-to-guest ratio, meaning exceptional and attentive service.

Luxurious amenities include pajamas embroidered with your name, sleeping under the stars on Balinese Dream Beds, candlelit dinners under the stars, a round of golf in a golf simulator, taking a mountain bike ashore and so much more. The SeaDream Yacht Club truly sets itself aside from the rest.

Virgin Voyages

In the short amount of time that Virgin Voyages has been sailing, they have managed to assert themselves as one of the best options for adult cruisers. This adult-only cruise line is tailored specifically for adults, offering a fresh approach to cruising that combines luxury, entertainment and wellness. Amenities include:

  • Innovative dining options: Virgin Voyages has revolutionized cruise dining with its innovative approach, moving away from traditional buffets and formal dining rooms. Instead, the ships feature over 20 eateries, each offering a unique culinary experience. Some of these notable and unmissable eateries include Razzle Dazzle, Gunbae and Pink Agave
  • Unique entertainment and nightlife: Entertainment on Virgin Voyages is anything but ordinary, with cheeky subject matter created with adults in mind, from theater shows to circus performing to club-like dancing atmospheres. They even have a tattoo parlor where sailors can get inked while cruising on the ocean. Virgin Voyages truly knows how to deliver fun and entertainment.
  • Wellness and spas: If you’re on a vacation away from your kids, chances are you need some R&R. Some of the wellness experiences on Virgin include a redemption spa, hydrotherapy pool, athletic club, yoga and meditation classes and more.