The Best Adult-Only Areas on Cruise Ships
Even if roving packs of loud kids and teenagers don’t drive you insane like some of our members, sometimes you need to get away and spend your day around other adults—especially if you’re a parent cruising with children. For the child-free or empty nesters, there’s always the option of taking a cruise that doesn’t allow kids, but those ships tend to be smaller, pricier, and a bit stuffy for many cruisers. Thankfully, a lot of cruise lines have adults-only areas where passengers can have some peace and quiet during the day while they rest up for a night of barhopping, casinos, or broadway-style entertainment.
Photos by Carnival Cruise Lines
Ships: All Carnival ships except Conquest and Triumph
Overview: On a line known for its boisterous atmosphere, Carnival's Serenity can be a lifesaver when you need to recharge. Though the location varies ship to ship, it’s always in a secluded area where guests can treat themselves to shade, ocean views, whirlpools, hammocks, and a full bar.
"The Serenity (Adults only) area is a huge plus. My children are grown and it is nice to be able to get away in an area that is exclusive for adults." - jrenffit12
"The Serenity area had cushioned chaise lounges on the Promenade deck. Wonderful area for relaxing and reading, and it's adults only." - CharleneS3
2. Posh, Vibe, and Spice H20
Photos by Norwegian Cruise Line
Cost: Free for Spice H20, Posh and Vibe require passes that start at $15 and $20 per day, or $59 and $79 per week.
Overview: The Mediterranean-inspired Posh Beach Club comes with daybeds, fruit skewers, and a full bar, while The Vibe Beach Club has a huge hot tub, waterfall, and chaise-style loungers. H20 is similar to Posh and Vibe during the day, but by night, it becomes an Ibiza inspired dance club by night as passengers celebrate with themed parties like disco night, a ravey glow party, and of course, an 80’s dance party.
"Spice H20 on deck 16 was the perfect alternative to the party atmosphere when we needed a quieter water / lounging area to just chill, visit or read." - MamaJama
"The parties in Spice H20 were amazing, and the cruise director was awesome." - smith711
3. Quiet Cove Pool, The District, Remy, and Serenity Bay
Photos by Disney Cruise Line
Cost: Free except for Remy
Ships: All Disney ships
Overview: To make sure their adult passengers leave just as happy as their kids, Disney created adult-only areas for every time of day: The Quiet Cove has a pool, hot tubs, and bar for daytime lounging, Remy is the perfect spot for a fancy adults-only dinner, The District offers cocktail bars, nightclubs, and pubs for a grown-ups night out, and Serenity Bay on Castaway Cay lets you get some sun without worrying about getting sand kicked in your face.
"Would recommend that the adults have 1 evening in either Palo or Remy Restaurants. Great food and service!" - Trine
"As we were four adults, we went over to Serenity Bay for the day. One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. The food was good and is included in the price of the cruise." - santaloveroh
4. The Solarium
Photos by Royal Caribbean
Ships: All Royal Caribbean ships except Majesty of the Seas
Overview: The Solarium continues to grow in size with every new ship launched by Royal Caribbean, a strong testament to its popularity. Though older ships might not have the cascading lagoons or other bells and whistles like the Solariums on Quantum, Anthem, and Harmony, all of them come with cushioned lounge chairs, hot tubs, a seating area and a full bar. The best part? The area is covered by a large glass canopy to keep the warmth in, giving it a real tropical feel.
"I really like the Solarium areas of the bigger RCCL ships. No kids...just Ahhhhh. relaxing. You'll find us there on most port days! We have it all to ourselves!" - MrCruzeaddict
"The solarium lets you have pool and outside time no matter what the weather is like." - CherylK2
5. The Sanctuary
Photos by Princess Cruises
Cost: $20 / half day
Ships: All Princess ships except Ocean Princess and Pacific Princess
Overview: Every Sanctuary comes fully equipped with canopies, cushy loungers, and private cabanas for rent. There are even specialized Sanctuary Stewards serving flavored water, cold towels, and even mp3 players with noise-canceling headphones. On select ships, you can even get access to the Lotus Spa Services at the Sanctuary with a Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage.
"The Sanctuary was bigger with 2 bathrooms… and a canopy, so if it rained, you had a place to run to during brief showers. Also, it was a good place to have a cup of tea." - livolsi01
"the sanctuary was really nice and i would highly recommended spending your days at sea there." - RonD2
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