River Cruise Line Bans Kids

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Viking Hemming on the Douro River in Porto, Portugal. - Photo by Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises’ ocean ships are already adults-only, and now their river cruise vessels will only welcome those 18 and older as well.


The line quietly updated their terms and conditions policy page on their website, which states that for all cruises booked after August 1, 2018, guests must be at least 18 years old. Previously, kids as young as 12 were able to sail on the line’s river ships, though a relatively small number of kids actually cruised. Travelers that booked before August 1 for a cruise through the end of 2019 can still sail with younger passengers.

As reported by Travel Weekly, Viking senior vice president of marketing Richard Marnell said “Viking has always offered experiences that are designed for travelers who are 50 and older...Previously, we had allowed a degree of flexibility in the minimum age for travel, but increasingly our guests have told us how much they appreciate an environment where they can travel without children.” He continued, “In addition to marketing what Viking is, we believe our guests also appreciate knowing what Viking is not.”

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Posted by WeCruiseToo

Viking has found great success not trying to be all things to all people. This is another move in that direction.

Posted by agagaga

At last - a cruise and river line that is truly kid free.

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