Richard Branson's Virgin America airline was known to have the party planes, with their dance club-like cabin lights and friendly, down-to-earth service. Now, the business mogul is venturing into a different kind of travel experience with his new cruise line, Virgin Voyages. As of February 14, bookings are open for voyages departing from April 1 through October 25,
For travelers who want a hassle-free vacation, an adults-only all-inclusive cruise is the holy grail. No kids taking over the hot tub or whining at dinner, and no nickel and diming to take away from the joys of onboard life. If you're this kind of traveler, you might be disappointed to know that options are limited for kid-free, no-extra-fees cruise lines although, as we'll point out, this describes most river cruises and small ship cruises.
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Romance and cruising would seem to go hand in hand, particularly if you've spotted any of the cruise lines' advertisements showing photos of couples snuggling at the bow at sunset, or sipping orange juice on their private veranda in bathrobes, or even -- and this one we have a hard time believing -- spending time alone on a deserted beach with their mega-ship anchored in the background. Advertisements notwithstanding, cruising can be one of the most romantic vacation options, but choosing the right cruise line and, even more specifically, the right ship within the fleet, can be a challenge. You don't want that sunset marred by crowds on deck, the romance of a dinner for two killed by the whiny kids at the next table or a cozy evening ruined by cramped cabins with minimal amenities.
A Viking Ocean ship in Monte Carlo. This interest was a signal to the industry that there might be a niche market for totally kid-free cruise experiences. Since its inception inViking which operates both river and ocean vessels differentiated itself from the pack.
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With water parks and youth centres onboard, this includes families with kids as young as tots and as old as teens. You might be cringing at the idea of bumping into them while exploring the ship or having to wait behind them while trying to get on that water slide. We feel you.
It will boast various adult-focused amenities, like an on-board tattoo parlor, luxurious spa, fitness classes and a blow-dry bar. Scarlet Lady will also have over 20 bars and restaurants but no buffetsall of which are included with the price of the sailing—a rarity for cruise lines, which usually have certain specialty restaurants on board that have an extra charge. The signature restaurant, Razzle Dazzle, will feature plant-based dishes and a drag brunch on every sailing.
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A guide to the best cruise lines for couples after a romantic break including adults-only cruise ships not to miss. Cruise holidays can be ideal for a romantic break. Think elegant cabins, luxurious spas, fine dining restaurants, heaps of activities and, of course, the chance to go exploring plenty of new destinations.