Cruising with kids can be great because family-oriented cruise ships offer so many ways to have fun together. Still, adults may need a place to spend a little quiet time without the activity and noise that kids (your own or others) can generate.
Fortunately, in addition to spaces just for kids and teens, many ships have a special area or two just for adults. Here are some to look for on popular cruise lines.
Adults who sail on most of Royal Caribbean’s ships can find quiet time in The Solarium. This glass-enclosed space has padded loungers, hot tubs, and a wading pool. It also has its own bar and restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so it’s possible to spend an entire peaceful day there.
On Princess Cruises, The Sanctuary is a shaded, airy space with comfortable loungers. It’s staffed by Serenity Stewards who can provide water misters, refreshing beverages, and light snacks. There are also cabanas for rent, where you can enjoy a massage and help yourself from the minibar.
Disney Cruises has an adult refuge called the Quiet Cove Pool. Visitors can relax in the pool or whirlpool, then stretch out on a lounger to sip a specialty coffee or cocktail. On two Disney ships, the Dream and the Fantasy, the Quiet Cove area includes Satellite Falls, a special pool that features a gentle curtain of falling water. Disney Cruises ships have some adults-only restaurants for kid-free date nights, too.
They transform into dance clubs at night, but by day the Posh Beach Club and Vibe Beach Club are Norwegian Cruise Line’s quiet adult retreats. They have loungers, hot tubs, and waterfalls, as well as chilled face towels, water spritzers, a full-service bar, and fresh fruit to snack on.
Some of these adults-only oases of calm are complimentary, and some charge a small fee for a half-day or full day of access. The age definition of “adult” varies, though it’s often 18 and older.
On most cruise ships, adults who want a short break from kids can also seek out the fitness center, spa, casino, cocktail lounge, and other spaces that restrict or don’t allow children. If you have a choice of dinner seating times, go later for a more adult environment.
And if you wish to cruise completely child-free, consider an adults-only line like Virgin Voyages or Viking Ocean Cruises. Anita, yourprofessional travel advisor, can provide more information and advice.
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