The 5 Best Cruises for Adults in 2023

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  • Best Overall: P&O Cruise – See Rates "Ideal for cruisers who enjoy ocean cruising on a mid-sized ship, with an array of dining options and several cabin choices."
  • Best Music Festival Cruise: Norwegian Pearl – See Rates at Expedia "Offers music festivals at sea — a great way to meet like-minded adults."
  • Best for Over 50: Saga – See Rates "Entertainment onboard the vessel is more traditional and a hybrid between the river ship model and ocean cruises."
  • Best Cruise Experience: Holland America – See Rates at Expedia "Offers a musically-themed cruise voyage that appeals to an older demographic."
  • Best Modern Cruise: U River Cruises – See Rates "Takes hip approach to river cruising, with modern, stylish ships featuring chic rooftop lounges."

Best Overall: P&O Cruise

P&O Cruise

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  • Sails from: Southampton
  • Duration: 12 nights
  • Ship Name: Aurora 
  • Itinerary: Andalsnes, Norway; Romsdalsfjord, Norway; Tromso, Norway; Alta, Norway; Stavanger, Norway; Southampton, UK

After undergoing a refurbishment in early 2019, the 1,874-passenger Aurora is now one of three adults-only vessels that sail under P&O cruises (Arcadia and Oriana are the other two). Aurora is ideal for cruisers who enjoy ocean cruising on a mid-sized ship, with an array of dining options and several cabin choices ranging from interior to spacious suites. Dance classes, a full-service spa, a theater, movie cinema, casino, and a number of bars and lounges – including the bustling, three-story central atrium — are all available onboard the vessel. For a chance to see the northern lights, Aurora sails round-trip on a breathtaking voyage through Norwegian fjords and dramatic scenery. 

Best Music Festival Cruise: Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Pearl

Courtesy of Kiss Kruise

  • Sails from: Miami
  • Duration: 3-5 nights
  • Ship Name: Norwegian Pearl

Cruisers looking to let their hair down and soak in some musical vibes at sea should consider a music cruise with Sixthman. The company charters major cruise ships like the Norwegian Pearl to offer music festivals at sea — a great way to meet like-minded adults. The Kiss Cruise from Miami features two shows from Kiss (one outdoors and one indoors), and other fun activities with the band. Norwegian Pearl also hosts cruises like "Runaway to Paradise" with Jon Bon Jovi, "Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea," the "Outlaw Country Cruise," the "311 Cruise," and many more. After the show, passengers can dance the night away at Spinnaker Lounge and Bliss Ultra Lounge and Night Club. 

Best for Over 50: Saga

Saga Cruises

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  • Sails from: Dover, U.K
  • Duration: 14 nights
  • Ship Name: Spirit of Discover
  • Itinerary: Gothenburg, Sweden; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Kalundborg, Denmark; Aalborg, Denmark

Based in the U.K., Saga offers cruises for the over 50 crowd on the the 999-passenger Spirit of Discovery. Entertainment onboard the vessel is more traditional and a hybrid between the river ship model, with plenty of lounges for relaxing, and ocean cruises for its added features including a full-service spa, a two-story main dining room with four additional restaurants, a golf simulator, and live performances in the theater. Luxurious cabins all feature a private balcony, and more than 100 cabins will be dedicated to solo travelers. Try out the new ship on the "Myths and Legends of the Baltic" cruise that sails round-trip from Dover to five exciting countries. 

Best Cruise Experience: Holland America

Holland America

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  • Sails from: San Diego
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Ship Name: MS Koningsdam
  • Itinerary: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta

Holland America’s mid-sized fleet offers a more sophisticated cruise experience than most mainstream vessels, and although not adults-only, the MS Koningsdam offers a musically-themed cruise voyage that appeals to an older demographic. In the evening, there are instrumental concerts at Lincoln Center Stage, the BB King Blues Club, the two-story World Stage to Music Walk, Rolling Stone Rock Room, and Billboard Onboard — an interactive setting for rock music. The ship also focuses on food and drink with live cooking demonstrations in America’s Test Kitchen and at Blend, a hands-on cocktail class. The 2,650-passenger Koningsdam sails to several destinations from the U.S., including sun-filled itineraries to the Mexican Riviera. 

Best Modern Cruise: U River Cruises

U by Uniworld

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  • Sails from: Amsterdam
  • Duration: 7 nights
  • Ship Name: The A
  • Itinerary: Haarlem, Netherlands; Düsseldorf, Germany; Cologne, Germany; Koblenz, Germany; Rüdesheim; Germany; Frankfurt; Germany

Geared towards millennials, U River Cruises takes a hip approach to river cruising, with modern, stylish ships featuring chic rooftop lounges with ice bars and fabulous, trend-setting dining venues. There’s also yoga, paint and wine classes, and themed cruises that bring special guests onboard, ranging from celebrity drag queens to famous tattoo artists. On the 116-pasenger A ship, cabins include adjustable mood lighting, USB ports, built-in Bluetooth speakers, and luxurious baths with heated mirrors and plush bathrobes. Plus, there’s dedicated rooms for solo travelers or groups of three. On the “Rolling on the Rhine” cruise, the ship stays late in port, with night excursions in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and others included in the fare. 

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