Six ways to escape the crowds

Cruise expert Jo Hall has some tips for finding quiet space on a cruise.

Six ways to escape the crowds

Pick a ship with an adult-only enclave
These offer grown-ups a chance to get away from the crowds into an exclusive, child-free space; examples include The Sanctuary on Princess, and The Retreat on P&O. Some ships do charge for entry and restrict how long you can stay however, and on school holiday cruises they can also be extremely popular.

Explore ashore on your own
If your ship visits ports of call which are easy to explore without the need for a tour, go it alone. If you need to take a tour and can stretch to it however, consider hiring a private tour guide and car, or rent a car of your own. And if your ship visits its own private island, renting a cabana is a great way to escape the crowds.

Splash out
Some big ships have facilities exclusively reserved for cruisers who book suites. Guests of MSC’s Yacht Club, for example, have their own concierge, lounge, swimming pool and other amenities served by a round-the-clock butler service. It’s a similar situation for guests of Haven by Norwegian on NCL’s Epic, and Queen’s Grill guests on Cunard’s Queens.

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