If you’ve ever wanted to take a cruise, but just don’t want to be stuck on a boat in the middle of the Mediterranean with chock full of families with small kids, you’re in luck. That’s because Viking Cruises has just announced that they’ve decided to ban children on their ships. The reason is simple: many clients say that they want kid-free vacations.
Viking River Cruises announced that people under 18 will no longer be permitted on board. The cruise company, based in Basel, Switzerland, adjusted its river cruise policy to mirror that of its Viking Ocean Cruises line, which has had an adults-only policy since debuting in 2015. Cruises that were previously booked on behalf of those under age 18 through to 2019 are still welcome for their scheduled cruise.
Viking updated the terms and conditions on its website, establishing a consistent adult-only policy across all its itineraries: Passengers booking Viking river or ocean cruises after August 1, 2018 must be 18 years of age and over. It’s previous minimum age was 12, which meant that the toddler and elementary school crowd wasn’t permitted to sale with them, anyhow.
Although this shouldn’t come as a surprise for many travelers familiar with the company. Even though Viking River Cruises allowed younger passengers onboard in the past, the ships were devoid of climbing walls, discos, kids’ clubs and so forth. In other words, it wasn't the same experience you would get on a Disney Cruise line ship.
For a lot of seasoned travelers and couples, this is great news. They can choose adult-only ships, eliminating the possibility of encountering noisy teens or whining kids onboard.In fact, all across the industry, the popularity of adult-only ships is picking up a lot of steam, as cruise likes look to offer their guests another option in selecting a cruise. Viking won’t be the only cruise line saying no to families with young children. Virgin Voyages, which starts sailing in 2020, will also enter the industry as an adults-only line.
Also, moms and dads should consider this before booking their next trip: every cruise line has different guidelines on age, so it’s important to check with the company about their age and other policies when booking.