Sara Macefield is an award-winning journalist, travel writer and Contributing Editor for Cruise International

Childfree cruise

Q. We love spending time with our grandchildren but would like to enjoy a childfree cruise – which cruise lines would you recommend?

A. A number of cruise companies have adult-only ships where you can enjoy a childfree environment. Among the mainstream lines, P&O Cruises designates three of its ships as being exclusively for adults, while Saga Cruises is an obvious childfree line as it caters for the over-50s. Cruise & Maritime Voyages doesn’t allow under-16s on three of its vessels, and boutique line Hebridean Island Cruises does not take youngsters under nine years old. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines caters for an older market and offers adult-only sailings, while upmarket lines such as Silversea, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Seabourn accept children, but tend not to attract too many as they don’t have the facilities of the family-friendly ships. It is the same story for cultural cruise lines such as Voyages of Discovery, Swan Hellenic and Voyages to Antiquity, which also tend to discourage young cruise travellers. 

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