My husband is 20 and I am 22, and we have been married one year. We are planning a cruise later this year, and I am concerned that he won't be allowed to drink onboard. Here in the states he is served alcohol when I am with him, because we are married and I am considered his "guardian." Will it work that way on the ship as well? I went on a Carvival Cruise with my mom when I was 18 and she signed a waiver for me to drink...is there anything like that on Royal Caribbean ships? Any and all help will be appreciated!
My cruise was in May 2003 on the Jubilee. The waiver was offered to Mom and I during check-in, before we ever got on the ship, but I didn't drink at the time and had no need for it. However, the following May my mom took my younger brother on the Splendour of the Seas and he DID sign the waiver and drank most of the time on the ship. I know a parent can sign this "waiver" but I have no idea if they will let a spouse do the same.
sandy - anyone over 21 years of age will be able to purchase alcohol onboard Royal Caribbean. If your husband will be 21 before you sail you will not have any problems.
Royal Caribbean HAD a policy (don't know if they still do it) that a minor between the ages of 18-20 could drink beer and wine only if their parents signed a waiver/consent form
Sandy, Not sure about where you live here in the States. But here in Indiana if your husband is under 21 and he is caught consuming alcohol, regardless of whether or not he is in your company, it is considered underage drinking. However, if you purchased the alcohol for him, you would ne charged with contributing as well.
This is from RCCL's website and states their policy:
Effective as of all sailings commencing on or after July 28, 2006, the minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on all Royal Caribbean International ships is 21.
However, on cruises departing from European and South American countries, where the legal drinking age is typically lower than 21, a parent who is sailing with his or her son(s) and/or daughter(s) who is between the ages of 18 to 20, may sign a waiver allowing the 18 to 20 year old to consume alcoholic beverages.
The 18- to 20 year-old must agree to comply with Royal Caribbean's policies, including among other things, agreeing to not provide alcoholic beverages to any other person, regardless of age. Restrictions apply, and this policy is subject to change without notice.
Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of call or from onboard shops will be stored by the ship and delivered to guest staterooms on the last day of the sailing. Security may inspect containers (water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, luggage etc.) and will dispose of containers holding alcohol. Royal Caribbean's Guest Conduct Policy may be enforced, up to and including disembarkation, if a guest violates any alcohol policy. Guests under the age of 21 will not have alcohol returned to them.
Guests who violate any alcohol policies, (over consume, provide alcohol to people under age 21, demonstrate irresponsible behavior, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time), may be disembarked or not allowed to board, at their own expense, in accordance with our Guest Conduct Policy.
Royal Caribbean reserves the right to revoke or otherwise restrict drinking privileges of any guest, regardless of age.
Just play it by ear. I've never cruised on Royal Carribean. However, on Holland America, Celebrity, and Princess nobody batted an eye when I or my brother bought wine in the dining room for the entire table -- older teens included. Likewise, they were served in the crow's nest with no questions as long as I used my card.
It's possible they won't serve him, but I would be very surprised if that is the case.
sandy - just to clarify. Any one under the age of 21 will not be allowed to purchase alcoholic beverages on Royal Caribbean. Your birthdate is printed on your sign and sail cards and the servers do check. They could be fired for serving to a minor
She asked about Carnival, not Royal Caribbean, it is good to note that Royal has really cracked down about this policy and are very rigid about it. But I can see the "Guardian" reason as making sense, old enough to be married, old enough to drink one would think.
I don't know about Carnival (I have no kids or 20 year old spouse - sorry), but as long as you are low key about whatever you do, and well-behaved, I doubt they would question you buying a bottle of wine or two bottles of beer in any case.
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