The rise of adults-only cruises – and the best ships where children are banned

Picture the scene. You’ve bagged the best sunbed by the highly Instagrammable infinity pool and are looking forward to an afternoon topping up the tan, while savouring a glass of champagne and perhaps reading the book that you bought back at the beginning of the year. 

All is well with the world. And then suddenly, that blissful spell of silence is shattered by the sound (and sight) of shrieking kids dive-bombing into said pool – when all you want to do is relax in peace and quiet during your precious time off.

The good news, for those of us who don’t fancy spending our cruise surrounded by children throwing temper tantrums, is that there’s an array of adults-only ships all promising the same thing: tranquillity and the chance to enjoy an uninterrupted conversation.

Here are the adults-only cruise ships and lines that need to be on your radar: