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Old February 1st, 2007, 02:52 PM
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So my party of 6 (including my family and girlfriend) are going on an Alaska cruise either with Holland America Line or Princess Cruises to Alaska. Everyone in my group is over 21 except for one person who is 20, and we are from Guam where the drinking age is 18+.
So we are quite used to the entire group going out for drinks and celebrating the few times the entire family can get together. Due to some other's confusion, no we're not out to get my little brother (who is 20) "wasted" and/or get anyone thrown off the ship. We'd hate to go out with 5 ppl and tell my little brother "Sorry dude, you gotta stay in the cabin and watch TV all night while we all go out and party because you're a year too young", and if we were to stay in the room as a group, I know he'd feel guilty as if he was ruining everyone else's fun. So I was just curious how easy or hard it may have been for others who may have been in similar type situations to "bend" the rules onboard.
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The 20 yr old wouldn't be allowed to purchase their own drinks. If the ones who are old enough were to buy it, no one will be checking that close to see who's drinking it.

Though... if something were to happen to someone underage who was drinking too much, I wouldn't want to be the person found responsible for giving them alcohol illegally.
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Kuki's right -- use some discretion and common sense, and you should be OK.

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There was a recent incident on a P & O ship where a group of obviously underage kids was seen by many passengers drinking at a deck party (where they obtained the booze was not mentioned). It led to date rape and a 16-year old girl trying to jump overboard (she was seen and restrained).

I realize this thread is started by people legally old enough to drink. I just wanted to comment that I hope the cruise lines are diligent about not serving high school aged kids drinks, especially if they are obviously intoxicated.

The incident I refer to happened near Australia, which had another incident in 2002 of a woman being slipped a drug in a drink and then molested and killed. no responsibility on the cruise line there ( thepeople involved were all in their 30s), but point is that when it comes to bad things happening on cruise ships, and it truly is very rare, alcohol is almost always involved.

Look at George Smith - everyone involved was so drunk no one remembers what happened that night. What an alibi. "I was passed out at the other end of the ship, so I don't know what happened that night."

Have fun on your cruise, but drink responsibly. Don't get so drunk you miss the fun in port the next day.
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gspin2k1............you say your from a place that 18+ is the drinking age??? Last time I checked Bellevue's drinking age is 21.........maybe I'm being petty......but.........



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gspin2k1............you say your from a place that 18+ is the drinking age??? Last time I checked Bellevue's drinking age is 21.........maybe I'm being petty......but.........



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Sharon,
If you MUST know...Yes I currently live in Bellevue, and i'm 23. My family is from Guam, I was born and raised there, and the legal drinking age there is 18. Although in reality it's more like Europe and you can drink at around 15 as long as you're not DWI and making a fool out of yourself.
We're going on a family trip plus my gf. Everyone in the group is over 21 except my little brother who is 20. Our group is quite used to going out at night as a family for social drinks, and doesn't like celebrating with a little champagne the few times the entire family gets together. Like I said earlier...it'd be quite mean of us to go out and leave one person in the cabin saying "sorry, you're too young, we're gonna go out and party and you can watch TV all night by yourself"...and if we were to remain in the cabin as a group at night...Yes it'd still be fun, but i'm sure my little brother would feel guilty as if he was ruining everyone's fun for the night. We're not out to get a minor "wasted" and/or anyone thrown off a ship, but we like celebrating as a family. And that's all i was asking about was..just how strict cruises tend to be..(if my little brother was 18 or younger I wouldn't have even bothered asking). Thank you for everyones responses though.

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The 20 yr old wouldn't be allowed to purchase their own drinks. If the ones who are old enough were to buy it, no one will be checking that close to see who's drinking it.

Though... if something were to happen to someone underage who was drinking too much, I wouldn't want to be the person found responsible for giving them alcohol illegally.
Kuki and Dean,
Thanks your answers sounds to me like what I figured it'd be like. I edited my original post because I think some people thought I was out to get my little brother drunk and cause a ruckus on board (not the way my family is). yeah we're definitely more the type who just likes to dine as a family, have some champagne at dinner..good times. Anyway I appreciate everyone's responses.
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Please.... if you are under age, don't do it and don't get me started on this again...
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Gavin.............sorry............didn't realize that you were from Guam.....just read the Bellevue.......

Like the others said......it can be done....just be careful........



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Is it really important that everyone go out to drink? If you're so concerned about your little brother being left out, why not bypass the drinks and do some sort of activity that doesn't leave him out??

Which is more important, the drinking or your brother?
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In my experience, you won't have any problems whatsoever buying drinks for your little brother. As Kuki said, no one will be checking ages of people drinking.

It's not like a bar in the USA where it's illegal. On the ship it's just a policy, so the whole business is taken much more lightly.

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Okay sounds like it's gonna be what I expected..kind've a grey area as long as you're smart about it. Yeah my family isn't only about drinking, but we figured a little glass of champagne/wine at dinner or in the room wouldn't hurt anyone..we just didn't want to get thrown off for it. I guess i'll just play it by ear. But I just wanna say thanks for everyone's contributions...really helpful .
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And on another note. Surely 21 years of age being the legal drinking age is ridiculous now. I can vote, join the army, die for my country but God forbid I drink a beer.
18 or 19 years of age is perfectly acceptable all over the world. Why do the US continue this assenine age limit.
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I can vote, join the army, die for my country but God forbid I drink a beer.
18 or 19 years of age is perfectly acceptable all over the world. Why do the US continue this assenine age limit.
I don't think it's ridiculous that you can't drink at 18. I think it's ridiculous that you can do all the other things you mention at 18.

Sorry.. but at 18 people are still kids. I know... I was one at 18, as were my sons at 18. There's generally a huge amount of growth in personal understanding and responsibility in the 4 or 5 years between your 18th and 22, or 23 birthdays.
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What's wrong wit a night on the town drinking non-alcoholic drinks?

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Gavin, why does your "little" brother have to stay in his cabin while the rest of you go out and drink? Pardon me for stating the obvious, but there's no reason he can't join you in the bars, on deck or anywhere else, and stick to soft drinks. He can still enjoy the fun, just will not be able to legally purchase alcohol. Wouldn't you rather have him with you, even if he can't drink?

Both my kids are legal drinking age at home , over 18, but cannot drink on a ship (over 21) but still managed to have a good time with soft drinks and all the wonderful activities onboard.

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You can also get the foo foo drinks without alcohol. No one would know the difference.
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It's not like a bar in the USA where it's illegal. On the ship it's just a policy, so the whole business is taken much more lightly. I don't think it's ridiculous that you can't drink at 18. I think it's ridiculous that you can do all the other things you mention at 18.
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Rose is right. What is the LEGAL drinking age on the high seas anyways? 21 is an arbitrary number, based on USA standards (which vary widely).
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