9 best cruise lines for adults to relax on

Enjoy a relaxing and quiet experience on these cruise lines that offer plenty of adult-only activities.

It’s no secret that cruises are designed to appeal to all age groups. With water parks and youth centres onboard, this includes families with kids as young as tots and as old as teens.

You might be cringing at the idea of bumping into them while exploring the ship or having to wait behind them while trying to get on that water slide. It’s okay. We feel you.

While many ships have adults-only areas where you can catch some much needed respite, if you’re the kind of voyager who’d rather not have to deal with screaming kids on your relaxing cruise holiday, there are cruise lines geared towards adults.

Intrigued? Then read on.


Best cruise lines for adults

Princess Cruises

Cruising with Princess is the ultimate vacation filled with enriching experiences and luxurious surroundings.

With modern interiors, enriching experiences and high quality onboard dining options, Princess caters toward both adults and families. But onboard their luxury ships, you can easily find plenty of adults-only activities, plus a designated sun deck known as the Sanctuary – while allows you to escape the youngsters.

  • Adult activities: Spa, fitness centre, bars, culinary shows, wine tastings, casinos, art gallery and auctions, pools, hot tubs and sports.
  • Ideal for: 20+ year olds.
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Azamara Cruise

You won’t find a single child-friendly activity onboard an Azamara Club Cruise – and that’s the way you like it, right?

With a fleet of three ships geared toward adult cruising, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a single child onboard when you sail with Azamara. Although it’s not an adults-only liner, it doesn’t offer dedicated services or activities for children, which deters families from boarding.

  • Adult activities: Spa, fitness centre, bars, cabaret lounge, casino, culinary demonstrations and wine tastings.
  • Ideal for: 20+ year olds.
Go to Azamara Club Cruises via Cruise Direct website

Celebrity Cruises

Offering modern, luxury ships Celebrity Cruises is often less frequented by families on a budget vacation.

In line with its dominantly adult clientele, the activities and entertainment on Celebrity Cruises is geared toward an older crowd. Think spa treatments, wine tastings, lawn games and West End- and Broadway-style theatre productions.

  • Adult activities: Wine crystal workshop, mixology classes, star chefs cooking competition, art tours, ballroom dancing lessons, language lessons, casino, yoga classes, trivia, nightclubs, theatre and a glass blowing show.
  • Ideal for: 30+ year olds.
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MSC Cruises

On this Mediterranean-style ship, activities run around the clock – so if you want to dance until dawn, you can.

MSC prides itself on being a cruise line for all and offers various itineraries and activities for young and old. From disco dancing to art classes or just hardcore tanning, MSC isn’t short on recreational options.

  • Adult activities: Broadway- and Las Vegas-style productions and performances, dance clubs, spa, fitness centres, personal trainers, bars and lounges.
  • Ideal for: 20+ year olds.
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Norwegian Cruise Line

From music-themed cruises to singles cruises, Norwegian has a scheduled sailing to suit all adult tastes.

Although heralded for providing some of the best entertainment on the seas, the real gamechanger is Norwegian’s accommodations. Featuring the largest suites at sea, its rooms are an elaborate display of luxury. The biggest can accommodate eight.

  • Adult activities: Casino, spa, bars, nightclubs, live music, Broadway productions, deck parties, Svedka and Inniskillin ice bar and comedy club.
  • Ideal for: 20+ year olds.
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Holland America

Elegant and sophisticated, Holland America traditionally caters for older cruisers.

Being a luxury liner, it’s less likely you’ll encounter families on budget breaks on your Holland cruise ship. It also tends to draw a slightly older and more specific crowd with its onboard BBC Earth Natural History content and Blues Club.

  • Adult activities: Spa, salon, fitness centre, casino, movies onboard, theatre and culinary arts centre.
  • Ideal for: 40+ year olds.
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Cunard Cruise

Cunard has a modest fleet of just three ships, each exuding an elegance and charm that tends to draw an older crowd.

The well-seasoned Cunard brand has been helping holidaymakers travel by sea for over 175 years. With culture and art event-themed sailings, plush onboard libraries and ballroom dinners, you’re unlikely to find a young, rowdy crowd here.

  • Adult activities: Games deck, spa, Royal Nights-themed balls, planetarium, martini mixology classes and cookery demonstrations.
  • Ideal for: 40+ year olds.
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Costa cruises

Costa Cruise offers over 2,000 onshore adventures worldwide, which can attract a younger crowd – but there’s plenty of adult-only activities too.

If you’re looking for a livelier more adventurous vacation, Costa Cruises offers over 2,000 onshore excursions. To spice up and customize your cruise, each Costa ship has a unique theme – choose from Old Hollywood or 17th century Italian styles to food-themed ships and much more.

  • Adult activities: Casino, giant on deck TV, bars, swimming pools, Grand Prix simulator, spa and a fitness centre.
  • Ideal for: 20+ year olds.
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Carnival Cruises

Carnival has a solid reputation for being a fun and vibrant cruise experience for all – adults included.

From cool bars and live entertainment to adventurous and active onshore excursions, Carnival Cruises knows how to please the masses and make it a vacation to remember. When you need to get away from the crowd, hightail it to Serenity, the adults-only retreat.

  • Adult activities: Serenity retreat, comedy club, fitness centre, dance clubs, spa, bar and nightclub.
  • Ideal for: 20+ year olds.
Go to Carnival Cruise Line via Cruise Direct website

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