We are going on Inspiration on August 1st ..western carribean. Our son will be 16 and our daughter will be 19. What are the age rules for the adult disco? What about gambling in the casino? My daughter likes to play Black Jack and she has gone to a couple of indian bingo places here in California that have 18 as their legal gambling age. Can 16 and 19 year olds dance in the main disco if they are with their parents or are they restricted to the teen disco?
That's the problem if you have to be 21 to buy alcohol on the ships then you should
be 21 to enter the dance clubs because lets face it if a guy wants to buy a drink for
a girl a drink what is he suppose to do ask how old she is?. If she lies and she drinks
the parents blame the guy for trying to get their daughter drunk. I say you have to be 21 to enter the clubs and there will be no problems with under age drinking in the clubs. I would never buy an under aged person alcohol ,if someone does they should be thrown
off the ship at the first port . If the parents are in the club then I see no problem with the underage children being in the clubs with their parents.
They carded me when I wanted to go into the Disco one night....and I'm 21....but my brothers, one 18 and one 19 were also allowed in...but were carded as well....there was this bouncer outside carding everyone....
I was on the Spirit, Dec 03 and the kids 16 and under had to be out at 10:45. I did some kids I guess with their parents that looked to be about 16 after 11. I also noticed kids that appeared to be under 16 sitting in the lobby area outside the disco. The age for the casino and drinking was stated to be 21.
I know the age for drinking is 21 and that wasn't what I was asking. We will not be buying them alcohol. One post seemed to be concerned about that.
Okay people...sorry but these answers just confused me and I was already confused...that is why I posted the question. Some of you say ...yes they can go into the disco....some of you say no they can't....some of you say gambling is 18...some of you say it is 21. hahaha...I am back at square one...so I guess I will have to call Carnival.
Thanks for trying to help me though. I don't want to seem ingrateful and certainly didn't mean to start a debate.
Disco Diva - Me, being the parent, and one of my "underage children" being 19, leads me to believe that you don't remember being 19 very well. I would NEVER bring my underage "Children" to a bar/club after 10:45 (actually I probably would never bring children into a bar at all).....however my "children" are NOT children any longer. They are at that age where society has them in limbo. So many things for the little kids and young teens to do....so many things for adults to do...but that in-between age always seems to get ignored. They are called "children" when it is convenient for some and then called adults when it is convenient for others. Believe me, all the prices we have to pay for them are "Adult" prices, but when it comes to other things that may be considered "privilages", they are considered children. Doesn't seem fair. I have very mature "children" and they are curious as to what their limits will be on this cruise..that is my reason for this question. My daughter is 19 going on 25 and my son is 16 going on 18. My daughter lives on her own away at college...so you can imagine how she may feel to know that she would be asked to leave a disco at 10:45 pm. She is hardly a "child". However, from some of the responses I have got here...it seems that perhaps 18 is the age for the bar...so she may not be considered "under age" for this particular thing. I am not sure my 16 year old son will want to hang out in the disco anyway, but he is always comfortable having fun with us, so I don't know. I just was curious.
Jenna - Thanks for the info. You seem confident in your information. I appreciate that.
The age for gambling is 18. On ships that do not have a teen disco, they are allowed in the regular disco during certian hours (do not know what those hours are) and durning those hours alcohol is not served.
<19 is one thing (and I agree with you). 16 is quite another.>
16 is an age that is very subjective (he will be closer to 17 at the time of the cruise). If you met my 16 year old son you would never know he is 16. Although, I would not want him hanging out in a bar by himself, I think being with his parents is fine and that was my reasoning for the question. It couldn't be any worse than some of the weddings we have attended where 24-27 year old women have hit on him (without knowing his age of course). We were right there and intervened. He enjoys dancing and he likes hanging out with his sister and his parents (which is nice in this day and age). He would view a lot of the other teen activities as way too young for him and he would not enjoy that. I don't think you can judge anyone or anyone's children. I know my children better than anyone and I just wanted to find out if Carnival gives that same "freedom" to parents to judge if their own children could accompany them at that age. It seems they do. To make a blanket statement that all 16 year olds are too young is just not fair....and to imply that it is not good parenting if we were to have him join us is extremely judgmental. I know some 21 year olds that are more immature than my son.
We just cruised the Carnival Sensation last week, the casino age was 18.
The adult disco was posted 16+ on the Carnival Caper (the newsletter with daily events), my daughter was 16 and asked for an ID, she showed security her birth certificate and was allowed to stay (i dont know what other kind of ID they think 16 year olds carry around) The last nite of the cruise, the teens 18 and under were asked to leave by the DJ, not security. Of course the teens were upset - but if the ship didnt want 18 and under in there, they should have not allowed them all in the previous nights and they should have not posted the adult disco was for 16+ in their Carnival Newsletter. Of course the teens managed their way back into the Disco with no more problems. The security was actually laughing.
Personally, I feel since there is a bar in the Disco, the age should be 21+, but from what my daughter said, they werent many adults over 21 in the Disco
I'm not particularly interested in how old your 16 year-old looks or how mature he is - I'll take your word for it (relative to 21, it's not subjective at all). The point is that most other adults on a cruise don't want to be in a disco or bar with teenagers if it's designated as 21 and over.
Okay, if any of you right wingers are on the Sensation in March, please excuse the impromptu disco at the pool side. Me and my 28 friends/family happen to like our teenage children (and they ACTUALLY like us too!), so we will just have to bring the party outside. We certainly won't be giving them a funnel for the beer! (of course, we will have to put a guard on all the smuggled booze in the cabins!) I remember being young and I did not like hanging with my parents. I'm just estatic that our teenagers like us. Kudos to KruisinKimmy for wanting to spend time with her children. I don't believe you were going to give them the funnel to the beer either, were you? Have a great cruise! Take them to the disco with you. The worst thing is they will be asked to leave and you will have to join my crazy family at the pool!!
Hello, the disco is 16 and up till 11 then after 11 it is 18 and up. I am 22 and know there were younger than 18 in the bar. I know there were alot of underage with there parents, so I think as long as you are there after 11 he could stay. But only on 1 cruise have I seen security take any under 18 after 11. I think it is more of "as long as they are being good." As for the gambling I dont remember. I think its is 18 though.???
Are there any age restrictions for onboard activites?
There are certain age restrictions that will be implemented onboard the ship.
Alcoholic beverages - Guests must be 21 or older in order to be served alcohol onboard. Proper I.D. is required.
Note: The legal drinking age onboard is 21 and is strictly enforced. We do not allow the purchase of drinks or bottles of liquor by adults for minors. Possession of alcohol by a minor will not be tolerated and any found will be confiscated, even if found in cabin.
Gambling – Guests must be at least 18 to enter the casino.
Spa & Gym – Guests must be at least 17 in order to use the gym/spa facilities onboard.
Lounges, Shows & the Disco – Guests under 18 should be accompanied by an adult while in the lounges or theatres onboard. Guests under 18 should not be in the disco after midnight.
AMEN, watsshakin!!!! Too bad you and your family won't be on our cruise!
Thanks for the run down jedgar. Very informative.
Disco Diva - I have no idea why over 21's wouldn't want a respectful older teen in the disco. The only reason I posted about my son's maturity was to let you and others know he isn't the crazy type. He wouldn't even probably be noticed as a younger teen, therefore it really is a moot point. As for something being subjective. Everything is. At every age, as parents, you have to weigh whether your individual child can handle certain things. For Example, the R rating for movies gives parents the choice whether their son/daughter is mature enough to see a movie as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Obviously, Carnival feels that if the parent views their 16 year old as "ready for the disco", then they leave it up to the parents to decide (therefore it IS subjective). As long as those parents are there to accompany them, Carnival doesn't have a problem with it and neither should anyone else.
Hahaha...nope we won't have the beer bong for him...we save that for home~! hahaha just kidding. You really sound like our kinda people. And yes, we relish the fact that our kids like to hang out with us and so do their friends. We have had some fun river trips...etc. It is a special thing to know that your teens respect you and have a good time with you. We noticed our relationship being taken to the "next" level last year. You know, the one where you go from parent/child to parent/adult child. It really has been wonderful and I am thankful for it everyday! We have great kids who are awesome young adults! We look at them and have pride that we did a good job as parents. It is great feeling isn't it? YAY!!!
I'm as liberal as they come... but I don't understand why underaged kids should be in a bar after a certain hour???? When I want to have a few of drinks with friends and let loose, I sure don't want to see a room full of teens. If kids under 18 shouldn't be in the disco after midnight, well... they shouldn't be in the disco after midnight.
I don't get the big deal - I'm worried about the unaccompanied teenagers running wild in the bars. The original poster seems like a decent family person - how many teenagers nowadays like spending time with their family. I would hope that if the family is all together, there shouldn't be a problem going most places - I don't think that anyone will serve your son or let him gamble, but going in with the rest of the family to look around or dance a bit? - I would hope that would be ok. It certainly wouldn't bother me - better than wild, unruly, unsupervised "legal" age teens.
That is exactly my point and I mentioned it just about everytime I posted that he would be accompanied by us, his parents. My original question has been answered anyway and I see no point to get into a debate about this since Carnival says it is okay, that is all I need to know.
It's not that big of a deal. Like a few others here, I just simply would prefer to "drink and be merry" around other adults. I've been on a number of cruises and have seen it handled a number of ways. Usually, there aren't many teens (if any) in the bars on the ship after midnight anyway and the crew does a pretty good job of "suggesting" alternatives when there are.
Since I myself am a teen I thought I should make a comment on this. I will be almost 16 on my next cruise but do look older. Im not one of those immature teens who drink in bars just because they can or run wild and cause trouble. If I'm in a cruise disco and they say for example "no one under 16 in the disco past 11" then I'll get out. If they say that its ok that im in there and/or if no one asks- ill stay. there are some teens that you should worry about "ruining your fun", "causing trouble", or "ruining your good time". but dont worry, if disco secruity has enough power to kick underage people out by a certain time, they will definatley have the power and intelligence to find the people causing trouble and ask them to leave. Not all teenagers are the same-they dont all like to lie about their age to get alcohol and other things. Some infact do like spending time with their parents and settling into their cabins at 10pm. I, am not one of them. I go out to have a good time and if someone asks me to leave i will, but if not, I will stay and have a good time and try not to distrub anyone around me. Sorry I im rambaling on, Im just annoyed that people assume all teens are the same.
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Since your tone of your post is very sarcastic and rude and I will give you the same treatment...otherwise I would just answer your question nicely...if it had been posed that way.
Which part of "Can 16 and 19 year olds dance in the main disco if they are with their parents or are they restricted to the teen disco?" didn't make sense to YOU????? I NEVER asked or said my son would be in the bar after midnight. I talked about a 10:45 curfew...NOT a midnight curfew. As you can see, I just wanted to know if they are allowed to come into the disco at all with their parents. That question has been answered (as I said), I never said that we would go against Carnival's rules. That had nothing to do with my question.
Jeeez people lighten up and read the question correctly before you get all sarcastic and judgemental on people. Maybe when you cruise, Carnival can give you a badge and you can be the rule police!!!