Once the preserve of the older generation, these days cruising appeals to every age group. But what if you want to enjoy a cruise at peak periods without the company of young families?
Whether you are a teacher seeking time away from children but are tied taking to breaks in school holidays, or empty-nesters who like to travel in peace in high season, by choosing carefully you can enjoy a child-free experience in 2013.
P&O has three ships of various sizes exclusively for adults, each containing spas and lots of bars. P&O offers a seven-night cruise of the Norwegian fjords on board Adonia, departing on August 2.
If the sunny Mediterranean is more your thing, Arcadia sets sail on August 4 for 17 nights.
Alternatively, take a 12-night cruise of Iceland and Ireland aboard Oriana - it departs on July 24. All cruises start and end in Southampton. For more details, visit pocruises.co.uk.
Saga (sagacruises.co.uk), the holiday company for over-50s (and their companions aged 40-plus), has an Easter getaway to the Canaries aboard its newest ship, Saga Sapphire, which will also call at Madeira, Agadir in Morocco, and Lisbon. There’s a 13-night round-trip from Southampton on March 28.
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays offers a 14-night holiday combining a cruise with guided walks in Iceland, the Faroes and Norway. The Fred Olsen ship Black Watch departs Rosyth on August 18. Visit www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk.
Azamara Club Cruises (azamaraclubcruises.co.uk) puts the emphasis on a sophisticated experience at sea. Although its two 700-capacity ships do not ban children, there are no kids’ clubs on board, and neither is there any entertainment for teenagers, so they tend not to attract families.
A 12-night Vineyards Of Europe cruise departs Southampton on August 16 and calls at Bordeaux and St Jean de Luz in France, Lisbon and Seville..
You can be sure of an all-over tan on an adults-only nudist cruise with American company Bare Necessities Tours and Travel.
An eight-night trip departs Fort Lauderdale in Florida on February 9 and transits the Panama Canal. Visit bare-necessities.com for further information. - Daily Mail