Adult Oriented Cruise Lines

#1
Took a cruise about a year ago on RCI AOS and hated every minute while on board. It reminded me a checking into Circus Circus hotel in Las Vegas with no exit doors to escape. Kids and rug rats were every where, and the food was no better than the CC buffet. Just a horrible experience, it was a floating prison full of kids IMHO.

So what are some Cruise Lines that do not have a lot of kids on board with port intensive itineraries. Would hate to be stuck at sea for 3 straight days again returning to FTL, Miami, or wherever.

Hope I do not offend anyone but my wife and I are in our early 50's, still active, but we love Grand Children. When they become a problem, you give them back to Mom and Dad and send them home. You Grand Parents will understand that. :biggrin:
 

George C

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#2
I would try HAL also do not cruise while school is out and book 10 day or longer cruises. There were just a few kids on our 10 day Zuiderdam cruise on 11/25. I would love a adults only line, there was one that went out of busness in 2001 Reansance.
 

suer182

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#3
I agree with George C, 10 days on HAL when school is in session. Do not book when school is on break. You will also have more kids on a 7 day sailing especially ships that offer alot of activities.

If food is important, welllllll, none of the cruise lines food impress me.
 

George C

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#4
I agree with George C, 10 days on HAL when school is in session. Do not book when school is on break. You will also have more kids on a 7 day sailing especially ships that offer alot of activities.

If food is important, welllllll, none of the cruise lines food impress me.
I agree on food but I thought food was good on HAL, but we eat 3 or 4 dinners in specialty resturants ( Pinnacle 25 a person)
 

Cruise cutie

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#5
:biggrin:we could not agree more than on a 10+ day cruise..
we happen to be right smack in your age group, go dancing, casino's etc..we happen to cruise Princess only..and other than a Thanksgiving cruise 3 years ago with our 5 grown kids( there were 800+ kids) but they were well behaved, we swear folks had them in hiding!!not one issue..:thankyou:

.after 18 cruises on them....the most kids ever on our cruises..35!!!!!..we cruise when it's NOT a break..and average 14-20 day bookings...have fun...:)..Joanne
 
#6
.after 18 cruises on them....the most kids ever on our cruises..35!!!!!..we cruise when it's NOT a break..and average 14-20 day bookings...have fun...:)..Joanne
Lucky you we went last year from Feburary 19th to 26th from FTL. Of the 8000 passengers were 3200 rug rats on board. I was amazed and never thought those dates would be an issue.

I am not too surprised through the Allure of the Seas has 17 decks of which 4 of them are dedicated strictly to children including a small amusement park on deck 6 by the aqua theater if I recall correctly called The Boardwalk.
 

BruinSteve

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#7
I would recommend Oceania...Port intensive itineraries, no kids' or teens' program...
We've been on three Oceania cruises and could count the number of kids on each one on our fingers...
One of our Oceania cruises I don't believe had any kids under 18 and maybe only about 10-12 college aged kids...
Our most recent cruise on their larger Marina (1250 passengers) and during school vacation (July) had maybe 15-20 kids total, most of them 16-18 years old...

Not having a kids program discourages families cruising with kids...

The prices are a little higher and itineraries a little longer...and that also disincentivizes young families with kids...

The food and service are absolutely OUTSTANDING...The ships are very uncrowded...and the itineraries are very interesting...

The prices are published INCLUDING airfare, so don't get too scared by the pricing...

Also, there are no formal nights and dinner seating is all open, so you can always fit dinner into your port schedule at your convenience...

You will find a lot of the same true with some of the "luxury" lines--but at a MUCH higher price...
Oceania is a great compromise--a lot of the benefits of a super luxury line but at a more reasonable price...

Also, Azamara, run by RCI/Celebrity is a very similar operation...I would check them out as well...
 

George C

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#8
Oceania ships were Renaissance Cruises ships ( the adult only cruise lines , at least 3 were ) they had about 700 passengers also the Azamara line has 2 of the ships and Princess has the other 3. I would love to cruise on either Azamara or Oceania.
 

Goguinness

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#9
Holland America, and also Celebrity, which even though it is owned by RCI caters to an older crowd, and also longer cruises. Vacationstogo.com has one of the best search engines in the business for cruises, if you want to search for port intensive ones.
 

Cruizer

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#11
I am surprised that Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas and Crystal were not mentioned. The passengers on these lines are not kid friendly and the food is top notch (so are the prices). Also it helps if you take a cruise that lasts ten nights or more. Go during the traditional school year and stay away from the really big ships (over 90,000 GRT) as those have the room to add kid friendly venues (such as the ice skating rink and rock climbing wall that are on AOS).
 
#12
I am surprised that Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas and Crystal were not mentioned.
Never heard of them myself personally. For the type of cruises I am interested in would leave from the gulf coast or Florida to the Caribbean. Do they serve any of those ports

Go during the traditional school year and stay away from the really big ships (over 90,000 GRT) as those have the room to add kid friendly venues (such as the ice skating rink and rock climbing wall that are on AOS).
Well I have only been on one cruse to date so I am inexperienced. However the dates we went I assumed there would not be that many children on 2-19-2011 to 2-26-2011. I still have not figured that out yet. That is not spring break period to my knowledge. I talked to some of the parents and most were from the Northeast USA which was still frozen. Beats me what was going on.
 

Goguinness

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#13
I would imagine the reason that Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas and Crystal, were not mentioned is that they are rather expensive luxury lines. They are smaller ships that can go places that the ships of the larger lines can not. On some of them, or all, I don't know, all drinks are complimentary, and everything is all-inclusive, including tours. I wouldn't mind going on one, but out of my budget.
 

randy

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#14
Given your earlier thread on the same subject, and your experience on your AOS cruise, why don't you give the adults-only AI resort another try? Seems like it'd really meet your needs better than a cruise. Cruising is a lot of fun, and you have a lot of choices--but it's not for everyone. Since there aren't any more "adults only" cruise lines (although you could certainly minimize the number of kids by certain lines and certain times of year), and your list of "things I want" could largely be met by an upscale AI resort in some easily accessable Caribbean island or Mexico, it'd seem like that would be the way to go.
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#15
Crystal is another one to add to the luxury lines that will have few, if any, children. The few that you might find are well-mannered.

But I also agree with some of the other replies above - especially HAL, 10 days or longer during school time.
 
#16
Given your earlier thread on the same subject, and your experience on your AOS cruise, why don't you give the adults-only AI resort another try?
Well FWIW the wife and I just returned from a 10 day Jamaica vacation at Breezes Runaway Bay. Flew non stop to Montego Bay from DFW where we live. Took all of 3 hours to get there. It was fantastic, but wife now wants to try another cruise, and the wife gets what she wants. Neither of us can hardly wait to go back to Jamaica.

The down sides of Jamaica is it is not wise to just tour around the island doing your own thing as it can be quite dangerous. Dr Fell Good even roam the beaches at the resorts, and even on resort or guided tours the vendors are extremely aggressive and can ruin a site visit. Honestly it starts at the airport as soon as you pick up your luggage and exit to transportation. Got offered Ganja 3 times at the airport and countless offers for transportation. Kind of sad those folks are so desperate.

The worst of all on this trip was Dunn's River Falls. As soon as we stepped off the shuttle 3 vendors pounced on us like flies and it continued all the way inside the park. It was annoying as hell. Some even frightened my wife.
 
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George C

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#17
The Sandalls in Jamica are very nice , couples only, good food, top self drinks, Grand Lido is also a adult only resort with good food. What I like about Sandalls is they normally have about 5 differnt resturants and many are close together and you can eat or visit any of them some have a free shutle.
 
#18
The Sandalls in Jamica are very nice , couples only, good food, top self drinks,
We considered Sandals but chose Breezes because of the golf course at no extra charge, and it has no kids, well none under 14 allowed. I think the Sandals in Ocho Rios has a golf course but not sure it is complimentary for guest? If so might consider it next trip as Ocho Rios has quite a bit to do around the area.
 

Happy2cu

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#19
Lucky you we went last year from Feburary 19th to 26th from FTL. Of the 8000 passengers were 3200 rug rats on board. I was amazed and never thought those dates would be an issue.

I am not too surprised through the Allure of the Seas has 17 decks of which 4 of them are dedicated strictly to children including a small amusement park on deck 6 by the aqua theater if I recall correctly called The Boardwalk.
We went on the Carnival Valor during the same time period you did two years ago. Out of 3,000 passengers, 1,000 of them were kids. I had no idea that many kids have the "President's Day" whole week off for vacation and/or holiday. I'm hoping our experience is better this time around on the Ruby Princess. We are going the week before.
 

Calgon1

Awaiting results of mental evaluation
#20
Holland America, Crystal, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas and Silversea.

Do not sail the Caribbean or Mexican Riviera during Spring Break (Mid-March - Mid-April), Christmas (Mid-Dec through 1st week of January) or anytime during the Summer.

Look into Alaska, Baltic, South-Pacific, the Med (but not during European holiday periods) and most repositioning cruises.

 

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