September 27, 2013 | By Brittany Chrusciel | 7 Comments
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Every other Friday we will bring you a piece of reader feedback and our response. Have a question about cruising? Notice an error on our site? Want to just drop a comment for our consideration? Submit your own feedback by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and maybe we’ll select your submission for our next Feedback Blog.
This Week’s Feedback:
“After a recent small ship cruise marred by misbehaving young children, have you thought about doing one or more stories on how ships/lines of various sizes handle kids? Is there such a thing as an adults-only ship or voyage? What about adults-only areas within larger ships? Based on CC threads, there is a lot of interest.”
This reader was in luck, as we have recently updated our adults-only cruising
feature. One of our top suggestions for kids-free cruising is to try a smaller, luxury line.
However, in a response from our reader, he noted, “Ironically the venue for our kids-plagued ship last month for two weeks on the Black Sea was SeaDream …. We have been on many SeaDream cruises and the kids are increasingly a problem so much so we canceled at least one upcoming voyage we had booked. There is a lively thread on the SeaDream Cruise Critic forum
on this very topic.”
As opposed to their first SeaDream cruise in 2008, he said, the line now openly welcomes families and even large groups with children. “Kids just don’t fit literally and otherwise on a small luxury ship but we see more and more parents bringing kids – even young ones – without regard for the impact on other passengers,” he wrote.
The trend of more children onboard is not just confined to one line — cruisers are increasingly hard-pressed to find cruise lines that promise little to no youthful interference. The few true adults-only lines are mainly British — Saga Holidays, and three ships on P & O Cruises — with the exception of Grand Circle, a U.S. line rooted in its history with AARP.
The best advice for some refined and relaxing travel (sans rug rats) is to follow a combination of tips in our article for your safest chance at an off-(kid)-season sailing. If there are still a bunch of tikes totting around, at least be sure to sail on a ship with ample adults-only lounges and areas for a safe retreat.