Best for a party atmosphere: Virgin
- Solo cabins available? Yes.
- Gratuities included in fare? Yes.
- Max ship capacity: 2,700 passengers.
- Minimum passenger age: 21 — but 18 if you're married or in the military.
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Remember: Consult a friend before getting a tattoo at the parlor above the waves. Or not. After all, these trips are once-in-a-lifetime, right?
There are live productions every night, a luxury spa and plenty of bars and lounges. Plus, NCL often runs deals for free Wi-Fi and free booze when you book a cruise.
Technically, it’s not a cruise line. But its small-group sails provide intensive, action-packed tours in bucket-list countries like Thailand, Croatia and Turkey.
Ever wanted to sail between Greek Islands or snorkel through the Great Barrier Reef? See it all, with home-cooked meals and an expert guide showing you the way. Contiki’s tours are exclusive to 18- to 30-somethings, so you’ll be in good company.
Designed for independent minds to get together and explore exotic destinations. Over 50% of its travelers start out solo.
Eat local, home-cooked food and soak up the sun on sailing tours to islands in Turkey and Croatia. You’ll wake up, swim, sun, explore and repeat. On land, discover hidden gems in quiet towns — or go all-out with a Game of Thrones walking tour in Croatia.
From the Galapagos to Sardinia and the Amalfi Coast and beyond, Intrepid focuses on responsible travel and giving back to the environment.
Its super-small-group boat tours aren’t technically cruises — the skipper will even teach you how to sail, if you please. You’ll get up-close and personal with seaside villages and towns, with active excursions like trekking and biking once you’ve set foot on land. Authenticity is the name of the game.
Woodstock on the water? Don’t mind if we do. The best part is that at the end of the day, your bed is only a short walk away.
If you’re a concert junkie, you’ll fall in love with grooving above the waves aboard a Sixthman cruise. See your favorite band, meet and mingle with other fans and take beach breaks in between.
Artists like Aaron Lewis, 3OH!3, Austin Mahone and the Barenaked Ladies have performed in the past. It partners with Norwegian Cruise Line to use its ships.
When you’re looking for young adult cruises, these factors will help narrow down the best choice:
When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the range and quality of activities and entertainment available onboard and off, prioritizing cruise lines that cater specifically to millennials and Gen Z-ers. We parsed through the dining options, looking for companies that are known for embracing fresh food and trendy concepts. While we favored cruise lines with a majority of young adult passengers, we also included a couple of options for those who might like mingling with older and younger folks.
Additionally, we weighed stateroom amenities and dining options against the price, favoring companies known for delivering the best value. Finally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.
Cruises are the perfect place to see the world without getting bogged down with housekeeping details. Leave transportation and accommodation to the pros and focus on making lifelong memories aboard these cruises for young adults — and remember to check for discounts that might apply to your fare before booking your ticket.
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