Cruising Without Kids Things to do on Cruise for Adults

What is there to do on a cruise for adults? Now we have time to spend cruising without kids how will we spend our time onboard?

25 ways to cruise without kids!

You have spent your holiday time with your children and now it is time to cruise as a couple. What is there to do on a cruise for adults? With many cruise lines now having an adults only policy such as Virgin Voyages you may think there is nothing to do on a regular cruise. Let’s explore some cruise activities for a luxury cruise that are not adult only and find out what it is like to be cruising without kids.

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No 1 Relax!

There are plenty of places to relax on a cruise ship. Now that you are child free take the opportunity to absolutely nothing or read on further to find out more ways of relaxing on your cruise holiday. Lets face its going to be easier without the kids.

No 2 Enjoy some cocktails

One of the best things about cruising is the Drinks! With so many drinks on the menu you will be spoilt for choice! Relaxing with a cocktail watching the waves is perfect.

Cocktail onboard the Queen Mary “Punch Romaine À la Carpathia” which was believed to be the last cocktail served on the Titanic.

Cocktail onboard the Queen Mary “Punch Romaine À la Carpathia” which was believed to be the last cocktail served on the Titanic.

No 3 Go to the spa.

Cruising without children can be a bit of an advantage! Now is the time for some well needed couple time. Go to the spa onboard and try a his and hers massage or have a relaxing hot stone massage all by yourself.

No 4 Visit a city

Kids don’t always like city breaks unless they are doing something exciting. Now is the time to explore historic cities such as Rome or Budapest! Take in the sights visits stunning architecture or try some local food.

How to get to Rome from the port of Civitavecchia a photo of the Trevi Fountain

No 5 Late night disco

Stay up late and dance the night away in one of the many disco’s onboard. Many Cruise ships have silent disco’s too.

No 6 Hire a cabana

Many Cruise lines now own their own private islands reserved especially for their guests. Hire a cabana at a private island such as Royal Caribbean’s Cococay in the Bahamas or MSC’s Ocean Cay.

No 7 Relive your child hood on a Disney ship!

Disney is not just for the kids! Let your imagination run wild on a Disney Cruise and have real fun.

Cruising on Disney Cruises

Disney Cruise liner is not just for kids, try cruising without the kids

No 8 Have a romantic meal in speciality restaurant

Enjoy a specialty restaurant on a cruise ship for that little something extra. With the likes of Tapas in Hola where the food was designed  by Spanish chef Ramón Freixa, who has two Michelin Stars will be sure to enjoy some culinary moments.

 Spanish chef Ramón Freixa, who has two Michelin Stars cutting Iberico ham.

Spanish chef Ramón Freixa, who has two Michelin Stars cutting Iberico ham.

No 9 See a show!

Show on ships are not what they seem with cruise lines drafting in the best broadway shows with fantastic casts now is the time to sit back a n relax in the theatre. The entertainment onboard a cruise ship is fast becoming the best with shows such as Kinky boots on the Norwegian cruise lines.

Kinky Boots the show - on NCL Bliss

Kinky Boots the show – on NCL Bliss

No 10 See an adult comedian or a hypnotist

Cruise ships such as Royal Caribbean set up all sorts of evening entertainment with comedians being the new buzz. Have a good laugh where the kids can’t hear. Magicians and hypnotists feature quite a lot now on cruise entertainment itineries.

No 11 Take a class

Try you hand at a Cocktail making class or take a cooking class which is one of the many things on  offer. With the regular classes such as line dancing there is

No 12 Watch your favourite sports match

Hop over to the sports bar to watch the latest game. Whatever takes your fancy football, rugby or golf bars such as the playmaker bar on Royal Caribbean or the pub on a ship host all the latest games 

Playmakers Bar and arcade on Independence of the seas.

Playmakers sports bar and arcade on Independence of the seas.

No 13 Go to the gym

Get fit and go to the gym. Cruise ship gyms are state of the art and well kitted out. Have a jog around the track, these running tracks on cruise ships go all the way around the deck! 

No 14 Sunbathe and watch the sea!

Take a relaxing break on a sun lounger by the pool deck or find a quiet spot on a deck to watch the waves rolling and the sun go down.

Perfect seating area to watch the sea on Celebrity Edge

Perfect seating area to watch the sea on Celebrity Edge

No 15 Go to a deck party

Deck parties are great fun! Dance the night away around the pool deck or try one of the sail away parties! Deck parties are often themed such as black and white night, Hawaiian night or even 70,s nights.

No 16 Watch a Movie under the stars!

There is nothing better than watching a movie under the stars. Grab a blanket hit the pool deck to watch some top movies at sea.

Pool bar seating area on the Independence of the Seas with view of the movie screen

Pool bar seating area on the Independence of the Seas with view of the movie screen

No 17 Have a photo session

Have a photography session with one of the many ship photographers. Many photography studios on ship are well set up to capture your next holiday shot professionally.

No 18 listen to music in a Bar

Don’t you just love a piano bar! With so many bars on the ship there is something for everyone. From jazz in the foyer to a singer in the pub you won’t be hard pressed to listen to your favourite music. We have even seen a piano in a lift!!

Piano man in a lift onboard the Independence of the seas!

Piano man in a lift onboard the Independence of the seas!

No 19 Have a pint in then pub!

Have a pint in the pub! With beers from around the world cruise ship pubs are the place to be. Relax with friends or simply people watch with a beer or cocktail in hand.

The Ale and Anchor pub on Royal Caribbean how to go cruising without kids

The Ale and Anchor pub on Royal Caribbean how to go cruising without kids

No 20 Use the Solariums

The  Solariums are a quieter place to relax and often are more sheltered from the sun. Some Solariums on ships are adults only and often with stunning features!

The solarium on Symphony of the Seas stunning architecture

The solarium on Symphony of the Seas stunning architecture

No 21  Try the casino

If you fancy a flutter on the roulette or simply people watch most cruise ships have late night Casinos. Casino’s on a cruise are often some of the most glittery. 

Casino onboard a cruise ship

No 22 Shop!

Shopping has never been better on cruises than now. Many brands from all over world compete on some of the biggest promenades at sea. From Tiffany and Co to Kate Spade your designer end is covered. Smaller gift shops and clothes offer essentials for your cruise. There are even chocolate shops and sweet shops to tempt you.

Tiffany and co shop on Oasis of the seas

Tiffany and co shop on Oasis of the seas

No 23 Read a book

Read a book on your next cruise while you have a bit of time to sit down and chill.

There are so many places to sit on a ship and many even have libraries. You could also sit on your balcony in your own peace and quiet.

No 24 Have bottle of champagne on the balcony!

Did you know that on some cruise liners you can take a bottle of champagne onboard for you to drink in your cabin? Check your cruise terms and conditions and you may be able to sit and sip in luxury on your own private balcony.

Have bottle of champagne on the balcony of your cruise ship with views over the Norwegian fjords

Have bottle of champagne on the balcony of your cruise ship with views over the Norwegian fjords

No 25 Try a River cruise

River cruising is a peaceful way to travel with some luxury river cruises available now. Although there are plenty of river cruise’s that accommodate children and are multi generational there are few out there that are adult only.  With shorter stops visiting some stunning cities and towns river cruising is fast becoming what everyone wants do try next. 

The deck sitting areas on the Ama Magna

The deck sitting areas on the Ama Magna

There are many things to do if you are cruising without kids on a regular cruise.

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Donna Vallance
Donna Vallance

Donna loves cruising with her husband and two teenage boys. Having cruised with the children from a young age she feels it is the perfect way to experience the world safely. Her boys are social butterfly’s and love meeting other children their own age whilst onboard some of the most extraordinary floating ships.

She also writes over at Like Love Do, a travel memoir of her trips, from London to far off beaches. She has an eye for the unusual and like to go off of the beaten track just to find the perfect photo. With a passion for photography and exploring cruising has become the perfect holiday choice.

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44 Comments

  1. Peter Watson
    August 20, 2019 / 9:57 am

    My favourite activity on a cruise ship is definetly eating,especially all the terribly unhealthy puddings-I usually gain 10 lbs!

  2. Adrian Bold
    August 20, 2019 / 10:48 am

    I enjoy sunbathing on the decks.

  3. James Silcock
    August 20, 2019 / 11:08 am

    Reading and being lazy

  4. Tracy Nixon
    August 20, 2019 / 11:24 am

    The evening entertainment!

  5. pete c
    August 20, 2019 / 2:09 pm

    favourite activity has got to be enjoying the swimming pool (s)

  6. john prendergast
    August 20, 2019 / 6:27 pm

    sunbathing and having a few drinks

  7. Sheena Batey
    August 20, 2019 / 7:07 pm

    Reading

  8. August 20, 2019 / 7:37 pm

    My favourite activity on a cruise ship is to go to the spa onboard.

  9. Solange
    August 20, 2019 / 9:18 pm

    I love my food so eating.

  10. Sally Collingwood
    August 21, 2019 / 8:00 am

    Listen to music in a Bar

  11. Carole Nott
    August 21, 2019 / 8:29 am

    Admiring the views

  12. Ursula Hunt
    August 21, 2019 / 9:48 am

    I love playing deck quoits

  13. Rebecca Nisbet
    August 21, 2019 / 1:12 pm

    Ilove the buffet, went on one before, when i supported 2 adults with LD, and they did these kiwi meringues, they were amazing!

  14. Charlotte H
    August 21, 2019 / 2:33 pm

    The spa, and drinking!

  15. Mandy Doherty
    August 21, 2019 / 8:11 pm

    I’ve never been on a cruise but have always wanted to go on one

  16. Ruth Harwood
    August 23, 2019 / 9:25 am

    Swimming in the pool and reading a book looking out onto the ocean, with nothing but water and the horizon – so inspiring!

  17. cheryl hadfield
    August 25, 2019 / 9:59 pm

    has to be sunbathing on deck with a cocktail in hand

  18. TJ
    August 26, 2019 / 11:34 am

    It’s the spa for me!

  19. August 26, 2019 / 12:00 pm

    Reading next to a pool with drink in hand !

  20. Heather Haigh
    August 26, 2019 / 12:21 pm

    I’ve never been on a cruise, sounds great though.

  21. August 26, 2019 / 10:51 pm

    I love joining in all the activities . My last cruise I learnt how to make Sushi !

  22. Craig Havery
    August 27, 2019 / 12:41 pm

    eating good food

  23. donna l jones
    August 27, 2019 / 2:22 pm

    dancing

  24. Troy Easton
    August 27, 2019 / 4:13 pm

    Swimming.

  25. Kerry Lock
    August 27, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    The evening shows

  26. Kristin Burdsall
    August 28, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    The fabulous food!

  27. Kim Neville
    August 29, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    I like the entertainment in the evening

  28. August 29, 2019 / 9:45 pm

    I have never been on one, but probably the fine dining

  29. Nicola Sadler
    August 30, 2019 / 8:41 am

    I have never been on a cruise but I suspect I’d like the fine dining.

  30. Nadia Josephine
    August 30, 2019 / 9:47 am

    I love the views and the fresh air so getting out on deck to enjoy it is my favourite thing!

  31. paula cheadle
    August 30, 2019 / 10:09 am

    never been on a cruise, but I would say relaxing

  32. sharon martin
    August 30, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    the entertainment

  33. Sallyanne Rose
    August 30, 2019 / 4:56 pm

    has to be sunbathing on deck with a cocktail in hand

  34. August 30, 2019 / 5:30 pm

    Never been on a cruise but would love to I think I’d enjoy the sea and the entertainment

  35. Debbie Louise Birchall
    August 30, 2019 / 6:25 pm

    I’ve never been on a cruise but I think I would love floating in the swimming pool on deck while watching the scenery!

  36. olivia Kirby
    August 30, 2019 / 7:18 pm

    We haven’t been on a cruise. We are looking into one for next year. I would like visiting several countries in one holiday. And also lots of cocktails.

  37. Jayne Townson
    August 30, 2019 / 8:09 pm

    I’ve never been but mine would be shopping.

  38. Kate Davies
    August 30, 2019 / 10:01 pm

    Relaxing while admiring the views.

  39. Naila M
    August 30, 2019 / 10:41 pm

    Would enjoy swimming in the pool and looking at the views

  40. Darren Bourne
    August 30, 2019 / 10:57 pm

    Watching the entertainment.

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