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From the Miami Herald- This article seems to single out Royal Caribbean. They mention the Irish girl who fell from Costa. This is news to me that RCI will change drinking age from 18 to 21. I enjoy drinking myself but self control is the key. Besides, the more I drink, the better I look.

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Interesting article alright.. .and its amazing how quick the lawyers are to point the blame at the cruise industry. I laughed the suggestion made by the lawyer representing the guy who went overboard on the Mariner, who was intoxicated. He tells of the guy being cutoff at one bar on board and then going to another and getting served, when the cruise line should have escorted him back to his cabin.

I don't know what bars this lawyer drinks in... but lets get a clue. If someone is cutoff in one bar... they are going to go to another bar and try and get served - regardless if they are at sea and or on land. And his suggestion to walk the drunk back to his cabin... well, I have been in many a bars in my 20yrs of legal drinking and have yet to see ANY bar on land walk/drive the intoxicated home.

My question to the lawyer is... does the same person who escorts the drunk back to the cabin conduct a search for contraband alcohol and then stand guard to make sure the intoxicated person doesn't leave the room to go to another bar... or jump over the railing on their balcony stateroom. Its time for the people to accept personal responsibility for their own actions rather than blaming others for their stupidity and irresponsibile behaviors.
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My sentiments exactly.
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Right. So did Royal Caribbean really change the drinking age? This article makes good sense on both sides. Keep me posted on what happens.
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Stephen,

So did Royal Caribbean really change the drinking age?

I don't know, but I know that some cruise lines have a policy that the drinking age is eighteen when the ship is at sea and governed by local law, if it's more restrictive, when the ship is in port. I have also heard that the same lines impose a drinking age of 21 on cruises to Alaska due to the time spent in the inside passage.

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As recently as our June 25th cruise, 18 year olds could still
drink beer w/parental consent.
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