From Boomers to Millennials, we’ve found the perfect cruise for every generation


Baby Boomers (60-75yrs)

Viking’s cruise ships are sleek, reassuringly upscale with a refined cultural ambience and are full of Scandi-chic features reflecting its Nordic heritage. Carrying 930 guests, they are large enough to have a decent range of facilities while still retaining a feeling of intimacy. The line’s ocean voyages incorporate many features of its popular river product, including an emphasis on insightful and cultural activities both on-board and ashore, with each port stop including a complimentary excursion.

How to do it: Viking Cruises (0800 298 97 00; vikingcruises.co.uk) offers a 13-day voyage from Bangkok to Bali from £4,290 per person, including flights, six tours, drinks with meals, Wi-Fi and gratuities. The cruise visits Thailand’s former capital Ayutthaya, meets an indigenous Malayan tribe at a cultural village near Kuala Lumpur, and explores the cultural heritage of Surabaya in Indonesia. Departs November 10 and 29.

Generation X (40-60yrs)

Chic and stylish best sum up Celebrity Cruises, which prides itself on the sophisticated vibe of its fleet. However, the line’s new Edge-class ships take this to another level with input from designers, including the likes of Kelly Hoppen, resulting in elegant cool spaces and cutting-edge features, notably the Magic Carpet platform cantilevered off the side of the ship, which serves as a restaurant and bar. Suitably swanky is the Retreat VIP area for suite guests which is full of classy touches with its pool, lounge and restaurant.

How to do it: Celebrity Cruises (0344 493 2043; celebritycruises.com) offers a nine-night voyage from Barcelona to Civitavecchia (for Rome) from £1,699 per person (or £3,629 per person for a suite in the Retreat), on the line’s newest ship Celebrity Beyond, including stops at Marseilles, Villefranche and Naples. Department Sept 24.

Millennials (20-40yrs)

Virgin Voyages has thrown established conventions overboard with its “rebellious luxe” take on cruising, designed to appeal to millennial party types looking for their first foray at sea – or cruisers of any age simply hankering for a change of scene in every sense. There’s a mix of wacky entertainment aboard its adult-only “Ladyships” – guests are referred to as sailors – where novel tattoo studios and a lack of buffet restaurants add to the offbeat flavour. Matching this is VV’s private Bimini beach club in the Bahamas, where lazy days chilling in hammocks gather pace for a lively evening vibe of sunset beach parties with guest DJs.

How to do it: Virgin Voyages (02030034919; virginvoyages.com) offers a five-night Miami round-trip sailing to Mexico’s Costa Maya and VV’s Beach Club at Bimini in the Bahamas from £883 per person, including gratuities, soft drinks and Wi-Fi. Flights additional. Departs Dec 4.

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