Having heard both sides of the story (and argument), on Carnival's drinking and gambling policy, can someone finally clear up the mystery? Will my son, age 20, realistically be able to drink beer? Will my other son, age 17, realistically be able to play the slots?
I am not necessarily opposed to either, I would just like to set the correct expectation with them. Yes, my sons are very good young men and yes my older son drinks in college!! Somehow didn't most of us!!
If you buy beer for him he can drink otherwise his card won't let him it will show his dob.
No I doubt if the other one 17 can get in the casino, maybe for a little while but he will get asked to leave, sorry.
The cards my boys had didn't show DOB, but they were a different color to indicate that they were underage. Call Carnival and check on their policies. On Celebrity 18 yr olds can buy beer but not hard liquor and they can play the slots and video poker but not play the tables. Your 17 yr old won't be allowed in the casino, not even to watch. A 17 yr old is not allowed in the lounges at night, either... not even with parents just to have a soda.
Anybody can walk into the casino and drop money into the slots. Don't let anyone fool you into thinking otherwise. Legally, they're not allowed but there are not armed guards carding people before they enter. If your son finds a place out of the way he may be able to play without being questioned for a long time.
Yes, an underage person might be able to find a "place out of the way he may be able to play " but what happens if he hits a jackpot or just builds up some credits? He'll be asked to leave and they won't pay out, because, like you said, legally kids can't be there. My older son is 17 and looks 25, but they knew he was underage and they asked him to leave immediately. He couldn't even find me sometimes before they had him out the door. He and his brother could walk through the casino to get to past it, but that was it. I wouldn't tell anyone under 18 to expect to be able to sneak in and play the slots.