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Old February 17th, 2006, 02:20 PM
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So I'm in a dilemma...im turning 21 the 2nd to last day of my cruise. They said that no matter what - they wont care about our state ID's when I'm on board - which means that even though i will legally be 21, i wont get to celebrate in style..

So a few questions I have about celebrity:

1 - how does the bar know how old you are?
2 - does anyone have a pic of the card they look at to check age?

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I could very well be wrong, but I seem to remember the age to drink and gamble onboard was 18, in which case, problem solved. Anyone out there, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
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On Celebrity it's 21. And it's the date of birth at the beginning of the cruise that's relevant.

The bd info is embedded info in your cruise card. If you have someone with you is over 21, they can buy your drinks.
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Kuk:

I hate to disagree with you but the drinking age on Celebrity has been 18 for quite some time. Below is a paragraph from their web site and I know this from personal experience. Also, depending on the ship they will be able to get hard liquor between 18 and 21. I know this also from personal experience.

Does Celebrity Cruises have a minimum drinking age for consumption of alcoholic beverages?
Subject: Age Requirements

Celebrity will not serve alcoholic beverages while a vessel is at sea to guests under 18 years of age. In port, the minimum drinking age is 18 or 21 in accordance with local legal age limitations. No alcoholic beverages may be purchased ashore for consumption on board.
Parents may sign a waiver permitting their 18 to 20 year old children to drink beer and wine onboard.

Gambling age is also 18 and has been for a long time.

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I feel better now, I thought that was the age. LOL Thanks for clearing that up, thought maybe I was nuts.
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Don.. I haven't been, or traveled with, someone under 21 for some time.. so I do appreciate your posting Celeb's policy.

But from that statement it does appear a guest between the ages of 18 and 21 would require their parents permission to purchase beer and wine.

This policy would also seem to imply that they'd need to be 21 or above to purchase alcohol other than beer and wine.

However, like so many of the cruise line policies.... who knows if they actually enforce this one. I'm only presuming they do.
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Kuki:

Your right, as I stated I think it has to do with each ship. I was on the Galaxy and my kids who were 18 and 20 could have anything and we never signed for them. They enjoyed trying various fruit drinks at dinner with no problem. They each had anything they wanted in the casino or elsewhere. By the way, they were very responsible and I was proud of them. Also, we didn't sign a thing.

Others on our cruise did have to sign for their young adults to drink and I did see the beer wine thing enforced on the ship. I have also read where they have had strict enforcement on some ships. Perhaps now they consistently enforce the policy across the fleet but two years ago they didn't.

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It was funny that for many years Celebrity was considered to be the refined cruiseline by many and yet they had an 18 year old drinking age before RCI changed theirs to 18 and other lines such as Carnival are 21.
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Thanks for the information. Yes, I know I'll be able to drink beer and wine, but I wont be able to have any of the good stuff :-) lol..

We are going on the Century cruise ship..

So I'm assuming that every time you go to the bar (and look underage), they will swipe your card to validate that you are allowed to drink? I remember when i was on Royal Carribean they would just check to see if your card had a hole punch in it - if it did, you were underage. lol....i guess security has gotten more high-tech since then..
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This information was posted in the Galaxy daily newletter the first day of our cruise last December. It states...
Alcohol Waiver
Please be advised that Celebrity Cruises will not serve alcoholic beverages to guests under 18 years of age. Guests aged 18 - 21 will be served (beer or wine only) provided a beverage waiver form is signed by a parent and/or guardian.
In addition, we wish to advise all guests that no alcoholic beverages may be purchased ashore for consumption on board. Any alcohol purchased will be collected by ship's staff, safe kept and delivered back to guests on the night before disembarkation.
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On Celebrity there are 4 different colored key cards.

Blue = minors
White = regular cabins
Gold = Conceirge Class cabins
Platinum = Suites

Now, I don't know what the "minor" age is--could be under 18 or it could be under 21. However, my guess is that it is 18 and you will have the same color key as your parents. If that is the case, your card would be declined when the card is swiped.

What do your parents think about you having hard liquor to celebrate? If they approve you could probably have "real" drinks WITH them in the bars and there would be no questions asked since your card wouldn't come into play...they would put it on their's.
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So how do you get served Char?
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So how do you get served Char?
HaHa You're too funny! That old guy I travel with buys 'em for me.

Enjoy your Canal cruise coming up in a couple of days. 8)
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newdawnuitar,

1 - how does the bar know how old you are?

They inspect your passport or birth certificate and photo id (driver's license, military ID card, etc.) before you embark. All of these documents have your date of birth.

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My niece turned 21 on a Celebrity cruise a year ago. On the day of sailing, she was given a cruise card encoded for "minors" that did not let her purchase alcohol (accept for beer and wine because her parents signed the waiver). She just went to the pursors office on her birthday and they switched the "minor" card for an "adult" one. From that point on, she could purchase any drink she wanted.

The offical policy is that your age is counted for the entire cruise as the age you were on the day of sailing, but apparently, they don't always stick to that.
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CAsailor,

My niece turned 21 on a Celebrity cruise a year ago. On the day of sailing, she was given a cruise card encoded for "minors" that did not let her purchase alcohol (accept for beer and wine because her parents signed the waiver). She just went to the pursors office on her birthday and they switched the "minor" card for an "adult" one. From that point on, she could purchase any drink she wanted.

The offical policy is that your age is counted for the entire cruise as the age you were on the day of sailing, but apparently, they don't always stick to that.


The "official policy" is for the children's/youth/teen programs, where having participants with birthdays during the cruise change from one group to another after lines of friendships get drawn would be awkward and confusing at best. Most assuredly the cruise line is not going to pass up income from sales to those who turn either eighteen or twenty-one during the cruise.

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My niece turned 21 on a Celebrity cruise a year ago. On the day of sailing, she was given a cruise card encoded for "minors" that did not let her purchase alcohol (accept for beer and wine because her parents signed the waiver). She just went to the pursors office on her birthday and they switched the "minor" card for an "adult" one. From that point on, she could purchase any drink she wanted.

The offical policy is that your age is counted for the entire cruise as the age you were on the day of sailing, but apparently, they don't always stick to that.
Woohoo! Perfect! Thanks so much for all your info!
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I am sailing on the Mercury June 23 with my 3 teenage boys ( 19, 18, 15 ) and when I called to verify the 18 age limit for beer and wine and in the casino, I was told that is correct except for Alaska cruises where the age is 21. My boys were pretty disappointed.
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Cathy,

I am sailing on the Mercury June 23 with my 3 teenage boys ( 19, 18, 15 ) and when I called to verify the 18 age limit for beer and wine and in the casino, I was told that is correct except for Alaska cruises where the age is 21. My boys were pretty disappointed.

Alaska cruises spend a lot of their time within territorial waters, where federal, state, or provincial law of either the United States or Canada restrict such activities. It's probably easier to impose the restrictions for the entire cruise than to try to change it for the occasional few hours when a ship might be in international waters.

If it's any consolation, tell your teenagers that they can have as many mocktails as they want. Some of the mocktails are even fancier than the coctails!

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What about teenage gambling on Alaskan cruises - 18 or 21? (Since drinking is 21)
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Celebrity/ Mercuty - What about teenage gambling on Alaskan cruises - 18 or 21? (Since drinking is 21). We are going in July
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I was told that the age for gambling on Celebrity ships during Alaska cruises is 21, just like the drinking age. Any of their other cruises, the age for both drinking ( beer and wine with parental consent ) and gambling is 18. Sorry fior the disappointment!!!!
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