Gone are the days when cruising was simply for the old folks and families with little kids. Cruising has done a Taylor Swift and shaken off its old stereotypes to hit the cool factor for adventurous 20-somethings.
According to the British travel industry body Abta, one in five under-25s are considering a holiday afloat. And it makes perfect sense. Whether its exotic new experiences, adrenalin-pumping activities or hours spent lazing by the pool, cruising ticks all their boxes and many more. It all comes down to picking the right cruise ship and itinerary.
Here are the top cruise lines for the young adults in your life:
If it’s action you’re after, Royal Caribbean won’t disappoint. Most ships are packed with features designed to appeal to younger, active travelers. Just look at the climbing walls and FlowRider surfing simulator, featured on the newly revamped Voyager of the Seas. Or the first-ever skydiving simulator and martini-mixing robots on the Ovation of the Seas (which is coming to Australia really soon!). And then there are all the bars, shows, comedy and nightclubs. The line also boasts a range of shore excursions that are more thrilling than most (check out the Alaskan shore tours if you don’t believe us!).
For 20-somethings who want to try new things and have a good time, Carnival’s “Fun Ships” are the perfect match. Carnival ships are brimming with cool bars, awesome live entertainment, fitness facilities and places to kick back and enjoy some downtime. And did we mention the open-air poolside deck parties? Shore excursions won’t disappoint either – travellers can sign up to zip lining, flightseeing, abseiling, kayaking and even aqua safari helmet dives!
Fun-packed cruise ships aside, P&O Cruises stands apart for 20-somethings with its shorter P&O SeaBreaks ranging between two and four nights. These cruises are the perfect opportunity to relax and mingle with like-minded travellers. Laugh your way over the waves with a comedy themed cruise featuring adult-only shows in the Sit Down Comedy Club and comedy workshops hosted by some of Australia’s best comedians.
And what better way to bring your family together than over good food and wine? The themed cruises serve up culinary demonstrations by celebrity chefs, wine tasting and seminars by professional viticulturists, cheese tastings and more. There are also spectacular Melbourne Cup cruises from Sydney and Brisbane, not to mention cruises celebrating Christmas, New Year and Australia Day.
Not all young adults are party-animals, and Celebrity caters for those who are looking for more balance between action and relaxation. During the day, there are Zumba classes, spa treatments and poolside music. And at night, the ships come alive with high-energy custom shows, like Pulse, Remix and Edge, as well as acrobats, comedians, singers and DJs.
But where Celebrity really shines is with the array of bars. For a casual poolside vibe and hot Latin house rhythms, the Pool & Mast Bar is the place to be. The Molecular Bar plays with mixology to serve up experimental handcrafted cocktails while Gastrobar will entice the craft beer enthusiasts. And no 20-something will be able to resist the charm of the Lawn Club, where they can laze on the freshly cut grass with a cold beer.
So when the young adults in your life roll their eyes at the suggestion of a family cruise, make sure they know what they could be missing out on!