P&O have two ships, Arcadia and Artemis, which are both child free. You could also try Saga. Or some of the more luxury lines like Seabourn, Silversea, Regent and Azamara where although children are allowed they are not particularily catered for.
Although ships like the Oceana do have kids what I found was that they bring down the average age of the other cruisers simply because the parents are around.The larger adult only ships tend to be the province of the retired. The smaller ships with less for kids are also more expensive. The big ships like Ventura and Independence of the Seas are very much geared to families and may not be ideal for you.
I agree with Harman that the ships with children do change the age range so think and do some research before making a decision. The ships we have been on were there was also children have not been any problem, in fact we have been suprised to suddenly see a line of children with youth staff moving around the ship, so far they have always been really well behaved and it is great to see them all done up as pirates or whatever the theme is. We are going on Arcadia (an adult only ship) in Nov and have been following the reviews with interest and FEAR! one entitled 'a holiday in a old peoples home' was particularly worrying. Pick one of the ships that are not geared up solely for families and I am sure it should be OK.
Best wishes Carol Guy.
I have been on Arcadia and can assure you it was not like "an old people's home". It is a lovely ship. If you do choose a ship that has children I would not choose one advertised as "family friendly" like the Ventura - not during the school holidays.
My wife(also a teacher) and I were on the Azamara Quest on a Med/Black Sea cruise in August. It is a stunning ship and there were only about 10 children on board, as Azamara do not cater for childrens needs. You could also consider Celebrity on the Baltic. We have done the Baltic twice in July/Aug and got great weather.
I take a Caribbean cruise during the Easter holidays with Princess. There are children on board, but it was never full of noisy, hyperactive kids. I'm a Primary School teacher and love holidays where, like you, I can take a break from the little 'darlings'! Take a break during the Easter hols in the caribbean - less kids and no more expensive than the med!
I enjoyed Arcadia and I am a similar age however the mid-range cruise ships such as P & O and Princess have excellent childcare facilities that cater for babies up to teens. Read the brochure carefully. If it is aimed at the adults holiday, with child CARE important to acheive the adults great holiday - then that is one to choose as the age range will be lower. Children have such a good time you dont see them. I will never forget a Xmas cruise on aurora when the young children sat on the stairs in the atrium and sang xmas songs they had been practising. It was packed with a VERY appreciative audience. If the brochure is aimed at family holidays - steer clear.
Thanks for all your answers. Our top choice from research at the moment is The Royal Princess. We can't decide whether to splash out on a balcony (if we do go for this)and when we would get the best offer on price. Shall do some more research using some of your suggestions.