I'm 18, and im going on the ecstacy cruise line. I know I am underage and I know that even in international waters, they still do not sell alcohol to minors. I was wondering that when you try to buy drinks, say i have a fake ID and i look 23, does the card still show up that I am 18? If they ID me and my ID says im 23, but on the sail and sign card thing does it still say "Passenger age: 18"
Any help on this or how I am supposed to drink on this cruise would be helpful.
Anthony, not sure if your sail & sign card reflects your age or not (minor). I do know that recently while cruising with my 23 yr old twin sons, they carded them just about in every lounge. There card didn't show there age. Ricky
So what if I bring some bottles of liquor or beer in my checked baggage? Will they know about that somehow?
Also I saw some guy say that if your bring beer that the ship does not carry, they are more likely to let you have it. What type of beer don't they carry?
I think you picked the wrong cruiseline to go on if you wanted to drink. Carnival's drinking age on the ships is 21. Had you picked Royal Caribbean it would have been a different story. The drinking age onboard RCCL is only 18 for beer/wine and 21 for the hard stuff.
I doubt you will find anyone on the board will want to help you break the law.
If you want to drink on board, have the adult you are going with buy it for you (after all, I believe that you have to be at least 21 to cruise without a parent or gauridian unless you are married, but I could be wrong), otherwise take advantage of the soda card and hang out and have fun. You don't have to get drunk to have fun.
Your Sail & Sign card will tell them that you are not allowed to purchase alcohol. It simply will not work if they try to charge it which also means that a waiter cannot serve you anyway even if you tip him. I also will not tell you any ways that you can drink onboard as we will not knowingly encourage any improper or ollegal behaviour nor will we allow it on this website. Legal issues and all that. Basically what5 I can tell you is not to drink onboard the ship. If the port you are in allows you to drink, then that is your business and I will neither encourage or discourage you.
Well, if you really feel the urge to drink in the ports, go ahead, BUT I caution, being a young drinker, not to go overboard....try to space out your drinks and have something to eat too, crackers or whatever....when I first was able to drink at 19 legally in Wisconsin, I had wayyy too many and ended up getting REALLY sick!! That is no fun, let me tell you....
So enjoy in moderation, but only if legal....you have plenty of time in your life to be a drunk!! hahah
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Just a note...I woudn't try to bring bottles of liquor or beer on board if you're not 21. They DO X-Ray your bags, and manyo f those machines can read labels...I talked to a woman at Carnival about this when asking about their policy on bringing wine on board the ship.
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If I'm not mistaken I think Carnival's web site states that you are only allowed to bring on wine or champagne and other non-alcohol drinks, so I guess bringing on beer and liquor won't work for you either.
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If he was 21 (legal drinking age) he would have gotten advice. Why should we give advice about drinking to an underage person? Especially one with a fake ID. What is sad, is how much he wants to drink on this cruise. So much so, that he wants us to help him plan how he can do this.
He wants advice, here it is--don't drink!!!!!
BTW--I don't have a lonely life and I am not bothering this "poor kid".
I recommend you wait until you are 21 to drink! I'm sure the consequences of getting caught would outweigh the fun you might have if you consume alcohol. Besides, there's plenty to do on board besides drinking underage.
"Frankly, when someone asks for help to do something illegally, don't they expect questions and lectures?"
I'm gonna take a wild guess and say no. It's NOT what anyone expects. They expect help, or no help at all. I don't know of anyone who asks for lectures and more questions.
I see lots of questions about bringing many bottles of wine on board. More than a bottle or two is against Carnival's policy and probably also against some kind of law regarding transportation of liqour. Even more advice on how to smuggle travel irons on board. Yet no one is getting lectures on these topics even though the latter risks our lives. I guess I'm confused as to the motivation of your objections. It's looking like breaking the law actually isn't the whole story.
I agree 100% that making drinking an important part of you vacation is not healthy. I also don't condone buying alcohol for minors. Not ever. The thing that worries me is that everyone feels the need to throw their 2 cents in about what this 18 year old should or shouldn't do. And even further on how he got on the ship in the first place. Why does this concern you?
As you see, you have pushed a few people's hot button with a simple question. My gosh, one poster even hopes you will fall overboard and die. Very nice.
You asked specifically about "in international waters", so there is no question of legality, despite some of the other responses. Drinking alcohol is not illegal in international waters regardless of age.
However, if you manage to get a drink in international waters without them selling/giving it to you, you will be breaking a Carnival rule. If I was 18 and wanted to enjoy a cold beer by the pool, I would try going to the pursers's desk and simply asking for the age flag on my sign and sail card to be removed. It wouldn't hurt to choose a specific young, cute agent, be well-dressed, well-spoken, smile, flirt, accidently leave some $ in your passport, etc. The worst that can happen is she says no.
Failing that, try to make friends with the captain and get his permission. The captains I've encountered have been very open and friendly, especially if you express a technical interest in "his" ship. Once he knows you and your maturity, he might well agree to let you drink -- or even have one with you.
The drinking age is 21. Your sail and sign card does tell the bartender if you are of age. If you were to bring a very small bit of alcohol on board you may be able to drink it. If you were to buy beer or whatever in the ports you can't bring it back on board with you. If you were to buy Duty Free you get it at the end of the cruise. You do need to be 21 to bring it through customs. I would say if you would like to drink, drink at the ports before you get back on the ship.
Hey Tim--great advice on how to break the rules. And what happens if someone should find out that this specific young, cute agent, adjusted his Sail and Sign card. Is it worth her job so he can break the rules? Do you think if he is "well-dressed, well-spoken, smile, flirt, accidently leave some $ in your passport, etc." he should be allowed to break the rules?
"Failing that, try to make friends with the captain and get his permission. The captains I've encountered have been very open and friendly, especially if you express a technical interest in "his" ship. Once he knows you and your maturity, he might well agree to let you drink -- or even have one with you"
The above is the funniest advice I've heard. Thanks Tim for the laugh. How does showing an interest in "his ship" make someone mature?
I did not give advice on how to break the rules. My advice is clearly to follow the rules -- to get permission from Carnival if he wants to drink.
As an analogy, I stayed at the Marriott Marina in Ft. Lauderdale once. The checkout time at this hotel is 11:00 AM. This is the hotel rule: 11:00 AM checkout. I went to the front desk and asked the agent to waive that rule for me. She agreed. If she said no, I would have gladly checked out before 11:00. Did I break a rule by asking? Did she break one by waiving the checkout time? Would I be encouraging rule-breaking by advising others who want to check out later than 11:00 to ask?
(The answers seem obvious to me, but you brought it up.)
I never said being interested in the ship equated to maturity, only that it would give him a leg up on socializing with the captain. I said "once he knows you and your maturity . . ." If Andrew is mature, the captain will see it during this time.
Irons are a fire hazard and prohibited. Plus Carnival has self service laundry rooms on their ships and you will find ironing boards and irons there. You can bring a clothes steamer, but no irons.
I don't see why anyone would go to the trouble to smuggle an iron on board, when they supply them for you and an ironing board.
You may not think of it as advice but you certainly, like others, gave him ideas on how to cheat the system.
Asking for a late check out time is much different than allowing an underage person to drink. Underage drinking is against the LAW not just against the rules. What harm could you do to yourself or others by staying past the check out time at a hotel? The underage person, or child in this post, could cause serious damage to themselves, others and the ship. Who would then be resposible for the drunk? Would you be willing to accept the resposiblity for underage drinkers? I know I wouldn't want it.
How about this--you have a party at your house, underage people drink, get drunk, drive home and kill someone. But it's okay because they "asked" you if it was okay to drink and you said yes. Don't say that you wouldn't allow them to drive because they could leave without you even knowing. I have seen too many underage drunks, some personally, either cause a fatal accident or cause serious injuries to innocent people.
As for the maturity issue, that's the way your post came across. interest in the ship=maturity here reread it-- "especially if you express a technical interest in "his" ship. Once he knows you and your maturity, he might well agree to let you drink -- or even have one with you." You should have typed it the first time the way you did when you replied to me. That would have sounded better.
The only issue I see in this entire post is a child is looking for a way to drink when he is not allowed to. Someone needs to be responsible for his actions. familycruiser made a great point in just how fast his parents/guardians would sue if something tragic happened. But as long as he ask permission to be a law breaker, thats okay. Good thinking. :o(