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Old February 9th, 2009, 10:32 PM
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I'm wondering what the drinking age on board Carnival is, after we are out of port? I know on NCL if a parent signed for say, a 20 year old, they were allowed to drink. Is this the case with Carnival? Thanks!
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The minimum age for the purchase and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the bars, lounges and gift shops is 21 years of age. Carnival reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. In the event that Bar/Restaurant/Gift Shop staff are in question that a guest is less than 21 years old, they shall request picture identification, prior to serving the drink or selling the bottle of liquor.


Taken from Carnival's website. But if you are 18 or older, you can play in the casino. Hmmmmm.
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NCL would not allow a 20 year old to drink even if the parent signed a consent. Breaking the law is breaking the law.
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Actually, Mehawk...I did read that when we were on board NCL Pearl, in November. W/ parental consent, in international waters, they were ok to drink if they were 18 and up...because it was legal in the area the boat was in. Actually saw it in print. Assumed Carnival would be the same way...but hadn't read it. Daughter wasn't on the NCL cruise...but it was something I noted. I know she is legal in Mexico..etc...if she'd go to a resort there. Not a biggie anyway...never shared a drink w/ me and doesn't even know if she would...but something she wanted to know about just the same.
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Come over to Australia and do a P&O Australia cruise, legal drinking age ashore and on ships is 18 years.
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Whatever... all the kids want to do is get some alcohol across their palatte.
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Whatever... all the kids want to do is get some alcohol across their palatte.
True that. Humans have been drinking alcohol for 40,000 years and surely will for as long as our species exists. No big government fist or artificial age limit set by a nanny state can change human nature.

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Breaking the law is breaking the law.
Is it really that simple? When you were a law enforcement officer, how many youths did you arrest for drinking alcohol at a Catholic Mass?

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Breaking the law is breaking the law.
Is it really that simple? When you were a law enforcement officer, how many youths did you arrest for drinking alcohol at a Catholic Mass?

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Ah Adian, still continuing to try to get under my skin?
I can't help it if a civil response in a public forum "gets under you skin".

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You are still here? Still showing your sophmoric attitude?
I have never called names, even disguised as adjectives. Not once.

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You really consider the drinking of Christ's blood to be the same as drinking alcohol? What a shame. He will forgive you if you ask.
I honestly do not know what you are talking about with the Christ/blood thing. Is it alcohol or not? And could any kid on a cruise claim religion as a defense? (why not?) Are you going to dictate his religion?

I wish you would speak directly instead of in circles.

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Okay from both sides it if goes. Drinking wine at mass in generally exempt from most states underage drinking laws because it is a small amount and this deals with freedom of religion. Other exemptions in some states (law vary from state to state) include drinking alcohol with family members and consumption under orders from a physician (for example, a doctor may order a youth to ingest alcohol as a treatment for methanol poisoning without fear of the state government).

From a cruise ship purpose they set their rules at sea and land the rules are that of the country visited. I know Portugal has a drinking age of 18. wannacruise? has said the drinking age in Mexico is 18 years old.

http://agtam.com/blog/in-most-of-the...the-age-of-21/ This is an interesting law on drinking age of different US states. If the US state wants federal highway funding then the age needs to be 21. If they don't need the federal funds they can set any age they want to. The Federal Government is careful with telling State Government what to do and neither the State or Federal government wants to infer with US citizens freedom of Religion; which is good.
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Wow...all this from a simple question...but I have to say, I thought Mehawk was a little curt in his first answer to me...and then the whatever response the second time. In AMERICA it would be breaking the law to drink. Many other countries is it legal at that age. I was only posting the question to find out Carnival's stand. I do think it is funny she can gamble at 18, but not drink. Since I'm not a mom who serves alcohol to underage kids...I merely wanted to know the "rules".

Like I said before...not a biggie for us, but something I wanted to know the rules on. Sophmore in college...could be out boozing it up in Mexico w/ friends, but picked a cruise w/ her mom. She's not on this trip to get drunk. Simple question that I wasn't asking for judgement on.

Now I'm wondering about the history between Aiden and Mehawk.

Interesting notes about religion though...
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Wow...all this from a simple question...but I have to say, I thought Mehawk was a little curt in his first answer to me...and then the whatever response the second time. In AMERICA it would be breaking the law to drink. Many other countries is it legal at that age. I was only posting the question to find out Carnival's stand. I do think it is funny she can gamble at 18, but not drink. Since I'm not a mom who serves alcohol to underage kids...I merely wanted to know the "rules".

Like I said before...not a biggie for us, but something I wanted to know the rules on. Sophmore in college...could be out boozing it up in Mexico w/ friends, but picked a cruise w/ her mom. She's not on this trip to get drunk. Simple question that I wasn't asking for judgement on.
To simply answer your question. Drinking age aboard Carnival is 21.

Royal allows drinking with a signed consent from a parent for a kid 18-20.

Not sure about other lines. Hope this helps
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Just got off the Carnival Miracle and there was security everywhere on the ship. We thoght that was great. We noticed secuity in some of the lounge areas and bartenders asking for ID. We thought that too was great. If you are not 21---sorry.
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Welll - a very deep subject....
When I was 18 (yikes a while ago) it was the "legal" drinking age.
I have always said that if you can die for you country and vote for someone and gamble/pay taxes/be arrested as an adult/etc. then what is it with not being able to drink...
Either make 21 the "age of consent" or make an 18 year old a "full" citizen.

The federal government has done this BUT overseas on most bases the age is 18 to drink.


As for drinking on a Carnival cruise ship... It may be illegal but I have seen many 18-21's with either a drink or the effects of drinking. As for ports... most in the Carib. is around 18 and usually they don't care much over about 15. Just a heads up.
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I am 20 years old and i was 19 when i went on my first Carnival cruise. They wouldnt sell me alchohol but during the dinner my bf's mom bought some champagne and the waitress came back and said she knew i was only 19 and asked my bf's mom if i could drink with them. She said yes and they served me that.
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I thought I had read that you must be 21 while in port but when in International waters it dropped to 18. It does seem wierd that you can gamble at 18 but not drink. I have a soap box about this issue. I think its stupid to hand a 16 year old a weapon ( car ) that could kill them, but say you cant drink until you are 21. You can vote, join the military, drive, get married, have babies all before you can legaly drink in the US.
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