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Old February 26th, 2006, 03:08 PM
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Hi everyone! We just booked our second Carnival cruise (YAY!) and my daughter will be turning 18 WHILE we are on the ship (2nd day). I understand that her age will show up as 17 on her SS since that is what she will be on the day of embarkation. Question...I read the drinking age is 21. She will be bummed. BUT...once she turns 18 and it shows on her driver's license will she be able to go the the bars with us and will she be able to go in the casino?

Thanks for your help! This is her graduation cruise and I want it to be the most fun for her it can be.
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BUT...once she turns 18 and it shows on her driver's license will she be able to go the the bars with us and will she be able to go in the casino?
She can actually go the bars with you anytime. No age limit for being in them, just for purchasing liquor. And the age to play in the casino is 18, so once she turns 18 she can gamble away all your money
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Thanks for the info :-). If she gambles...it will be her own money...heh.

As far as going in the bars without us...will she be able to after her birthday?
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My daughter has been carded going into the disco after 11:00pm, she had to go up to her room to get her ID but never carded just sitting in the bars with us and tell her not to worry, she can drink in the ports with you, depending where you are going most ports drinking age is 18.
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Thanks for the info. I broke the news to her and she is not at all disappointed :-). I don't know why I just assumed that the drinking age would be 18 (international water and all). She's just happy she can go to the bars with us!

I don't want to upset anyone but can I buy her a beer or glass of wine?
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I'm not sure about that one, i have never tryed it with my daughters, but what i have done is buy a few drinks and she sits out on our balcony and drinks with us.
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the drinking age on the ship is 21 i believe, 18 in the ports.
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Husband and I took our son on a Carnival cruise for his graduation. He turned 18 on July 15 and we cruised the next week. At our dinner table, there was another couple with a son(17yr. old) and another couple with a daughter(15yr old).
On formal night, a friend of one of the couples had sent them a bottle of wine. When the wine was about to be poured, my son was the first person that was offered the drink. My son told the waiter that he was only 18 and without missing a beat, the waiter turned to me and said " Madam, may I have your permission to pour your son a little sip to celebrate?" All three of the teenagers looked so funny looking at me, waiting to see what I would say. HAHA When I said of course, they all started grinning from ear to ear. The waiter poured each of the teenagers a little sip in their glass, and they all loved it! My son told me later, that it was the nicest thing, I had ever done in my entire life!!! We are not drinkers at home, so it was probably the first time he had ever seen my husband and I drink wine or cocktails.
You will have a ball on your trip! That trip was the last trip the three of us took by ourselves. After he went to college, he always had friends going to the beach or on vacation with us, or didn't have time to just go with his parents. I think it was the nicest time we ever had together.
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I don't know why I just assumed that the drinking age would be 18 (international water and all).

I don't want to upset anyone but can I buy her a beer or glass of wine?
Being in international waters has nothing to do with it. The cruiselines set their own drinking age.

Personally, I don't think you should encourage a child of any age to drink, and you would be doing so by purchasing an alcoholic beverage for her. However, that would be up to your own convictions.
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Yes... u can buy her a glass of wine, or a drink. The cruise line just can't sell it to her.

In many areas... even in North America... the legal drinking age is 18. And in many countries there is no minimum age for alcohol consumption.

The key factor, no matter what age they start drinking, is for parents to teach them to drink responsibly!
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zavia - If you are comfortable with and want to buy your 18 yr old daughter a glass of wine, beer, a frou-frou cocktail or champagne to toast her birthday, you can do that on the ship.. She cannot buy it for herself. She can however go into a bar on the island and get served alcohol. She sounds like a responsible teen.
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Thanks for the responses everyone! I know everyone has a different opinion on drinking and age, etc. I KNOW it is illegal for someone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. In the state I live, my daughter CAN have a beer with us at a restaurant or bar even though she isn't 21. I just wanted to be sure I could buy her a drink on the ship as well. I don't condone minors drinking but I also think kids should be taught to drink responsibly. Those kids you see dying from alcohol poisoning in college were probably never taught that from their parents. And if you think your kid isn't drinking *some* alcohol before they are 21...you are very naive.

But like I said before, I don't want to stir the pot here...just want to make sure I understand things before we get on board to celebrate her graduation and 18th birthday. :-)
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First of all, there is nothing illegal about an 18 year old drinking on a ship, as there is no minimum drinking age at sea. It is simply a rule that some of the cruiselines have, but like any of the rules do with them as you wish.

Secondly an 18 year old is not a minor any longer, they are a full adult, but are prohibited in US States for purchasing alcohol.

So I say while at sea and in the ports enjoy yourselves.

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