We’ve heard of adults-only resorts but it seems like child-free cruising is becoming more of a trend too.
Those families with young kids can no longer consider taking a holiday with Viking River Cruises, as the company has announced that under-18’s will no longer be allowed on board.
As reported in Orlando Weekly, the Switzerland-based cruise line has opted to go in the same direction as its Viking Ocean Cruises line, which adopted an adults-only policy since 2015.
Its new age restriction is “one of the strictest in the industry”, according to Orlando Weekly.
Viking’s new terms and conditions says that for all trips booked on both lines after 1 August 2018, passengers have to be 18 years or older. However, bookings, which included minors, that were made previously, will still be honoured and kids will be welcomed on those cruises.
Viking River Cruises’ minimum passenger age was previously 12 years.
The Cruise Line Is Geared For The Over-50’s
Viking senior vice president of marketing Richard Marnell told the US publication that the rollout makes sense as the cruise line’s travel experience is geared towards those over 50.
“Viking has always offered experiences that are designed for travellers who are 50 and older, with interests in history, art, culture and exploration. It’s what we’re known for,” Mr Marnell said.
“Previously, we had allowed a degree of flexibility in the minimum age for travel, but increasingly our guests have told us how much they appreciate an environment where they can travel without children.
“In addition to marketing what Viking is, we believe our guests also appreciate knowing what Viking is not,” he said.
At least there are many cruise lines that welcome families with open arms. What do you think of Viking’s new rule?