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Hi there, does anyone know about the drinking age on board? I know inernational waters is 18, but some ships say 21 or even 25. I'm going with a group of people and some of them are 20, Just wasnt sure if they would be able to drink or go into the clubs and casinos. Any comments would help! Thanks!!
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Question: What are the age restrictions for alcohol consumption and access to the casino and disco?

Answer: The legal drinking age of 21 years is always observed onboard and proof of age may be required. All onboard staff are trained to take seriously their responsibility to not serve alcohol to underage passengers. The age restrictions are clearly posted in the bars. Entry into the disco is limited to passengers 18 years and older. Be sure to check with the child and teen centers, however, for special disco events designed just for kids. Children under the age of 18 are welcome in the gymnasium, spa and jacuzzi; and also in the evening entertainment show lounges when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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Question: What are the age restrictions for alcohol consumption and access to the casino and disco?

Answer: The legal drinking age of 21 years is always observed onboard and proof of age may be required. All onboard staff are trained to take seriously their responsibility to not serve alcohol to underage passengers. The age restrictions are clearly posted in the bars. Entry into the disco is limited to passengers 18 years and older. Be sure to check with the child and teen centers, however, for special disco events designed just for kids. Children under the age of 18 are welcome in the gymnasium, spa and jacuzzi; and also in the evening entertainment show lounges when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Irish Shark is correct. Princess is VERY strict about the drinking age of 21 years old. Those under 21 will have a special designation on their cruise card to indicate they are under the drinking age. On some ships that sail from countries that have a lower drinking age, Princess MAY lower the drinking age to 18. I've heard this sometimes happens in Australia/New Zealand and Great Britain.

Also, passengers under 18 may enter the disco before a certain hour (usually around 9 or 10 PM). After that hour, only those 18 and older may enter. Not sure if they ask the kids to leave if they arrived before that hour after the 18 and older entry goes into effect.
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I'm only going with 4 people ages 19, 20, 23, and 26. Are those who are 19 and 20 not going to be able to enter the casino or sit at some of the bars? I just dont understand how Princess will allow someone under 21 but over 18 to book the cruise by themselves yet not treat them as an adult. Please help clarify!
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I'm only going with 4 people ages 19, 20, 23, and 26. Are those who are 19 and 20 not going to be able to enter the casino or sit at some of the bars? I just dont understand how Princess will allow someone under 21 but over 18 to book the cruise by themselves yet not treat them as an adult. Please help clarify!
I don't know what there is to clarify.

- Under 21 no booze or bars

- Under 21 no casino/gambling areas

- 18 and over Ok for the disco

If you need more than that, call 1-800-PRINCESS.
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no need to get rude. I've cruised many other lines and there was never a problem. Royal Carribbean for example allows those 18 and over to have beer and wine just not hard alcohol.
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Rude? Just stating the facts mam.

This is not RCI and here is their policy:

"ALCOHOL POLICY
Effective as of all sailings commencing on or after July 28, 2006, the minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on all Royal Caribbean International ships is 21.

However, on cruises departing from European and South American countries, where the legal drinking age is typically lower than 21, a parent who is sailing with his or her son(s) and/or daughter(s) who is between the ages of 18 to 20, may sign a waiver allowing the 18 to 20 year old to consume alcoholic beverages.

The 18- to 20 year-old must agree to comply with Royal Caribbean's policies, including among other things, agreeing to not provide alcoholic beverages to any other person, regardless of age. Restrictions apply, and this policy is subject to change without notice."

This is what Carnival sez:

Drinking alcoholic beverages:

Guest must be 21 years of age or older to be served alcohol on board. Proper I.D. with birth date is required.

Casino:

Guest must be 18 years of age or older to play the tables and the slot machines.

Guests under 18 years of age are not permitted in the casino.

Spa Carnival and fitness center:

Guests under 12 years of age are not permitted in these facilities.

Guests between the ages of 12 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Lounges, shows, and the dance club:

Guests under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult in all public areas of the ship.

Guests under the age of 18 must vacate the dance club by 10:45pm.

Guests under the age of 18 may not attend the Midnight Shows, which are "R" rated.

How about NCL?

Passengers must be age 21 to purchase or consume alcohol and age 18 to gamble on the ship. I
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I'm only going with 4 people ages 19, 20, 23, and 26. Are those who are 19 and 20 not going to be able to enter the casino or sit at some of the bars? I just dont understand how Princess will allow someone under 21 but over 18 to book the cruise by themselves yet not treat them as an adult. Please help clarify!
There's no problem entering the casino (in fact, I think that those who are over eighteen can gamble in the casino) or the lounges. The 19 year old and the 20 year old just cannot order or consume alcoholic beverages. All of the bars serve plenty of non-alcoholic options -- sodas, juices, and an impressive complement of mocktails -- so the drinking age really isnot a problem.

And the cruise lines institute these policies in the same way that governments institute these policies. Forty years ago, the age of majority was twenty-one in most countries. Thinking that young people would vote for them in great numbers, the Democrats pushed through a lowering of the age of majority to eighteen, and it applied to everything -- drinking, voting, responsibility for one's actions and one's own debts, etc. The lowering of the drinking age caused problems, so they raised the drinking age back to twenty-one within a decade. Of course, the age to vote and the age of legal responsibility remain eighteen. The cruise lines just adopted the same set of rules.

Unfortunately, some of the cruise lines have had a major problem in the past with college students on "spring break" taking over the ships with excessive drinking and wild partying that was quite disturbing to other passengers. In response to these problems, those lines instituted new policies that include a minimum age for purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Most of the lines that did not have a problem subsequently adopted the same policies to prevent such problems from occurring on their ships. It's simply a situation in which the excesses of a few have spoiled it for the rest.

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There's no problem entering the casino (in fact, I think that those who are over eighteen can gamble in the casino) or the lounges...Norm.
Per the Princess Passage Contract: "No Passenger under the age of 21 shall be permitted to engage in any gaming activities on board the ship."

I've heard that Princess can be pretty strict on this rule as well. It depends on the ship, the Casino Manager, the Dealer, etc. I have heard of those under 21 being asked to leave the casino if they were gambling. As far as I know, it's OK to be in the casino if you are under 21, just as long as you're not gambling. This is different than Vegas or Atlantic City where they stop you at the entrances and ask for ID if you look under 21.
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