What age is considered adult on these ships? Do they ask for ID
I am traveling with a 17 year old that will be 18 the week after we cruise. Is adult considered 21 or 18? As far as getting into the "adult only" areas or shows, do they ask for I.D.?
Thanks for info
Since she will be 18 after the cruise she will be 17 while cruising.
The nightclub is 18 to get in 21 to drink. They do check id. Too bad she will be a week shy of being able to get into the club.
The casino is also 18 and over.
The comedy show I have seen teens(16 & 17) in the theater. I don't recall anyone checking id at the theater entrance. Were they allowed in or did they sneak in...not sure.
The adult pool I've seen teens get told to leave and also teens that stay. If your daughter is with you and she looks at least 18 there is a chance nobody will ask her to leave.
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With regards to the comedy shows, the later ones are R rated, not NC17 or X rated. If a parent is comfortable with their child being exposed to that kind of thing, and is there with them, then what's the problem? My dad was taking me to R rated movies long before I was 17/18. But he was there, and he knew I was mature enough for them. In Europe, well except maybe the UK, there are no precious snowflakes to be harmed. At the age of 8 or 9, I was exposed to Dr Mueller's Sex Shop just outside of arrival gate 8 at Frankfurt International Airport. (This was back when there was only one terminal). Guess what? I'm not scarred for life for it. Heck, walking down the street of Frankfurt one day we walked right past a sex shop. I was maybe 10. Nope, still not harmed for it.
Its only in our puritanical America ... oh, did you forget we were founded by the puritans?, that people get so hung up on things like this. I mean heck, I was teethed on Bicardi and Crown Royal. 30+ years ago, no one came chasing after my parents. Today, a parent that used a labeled liquor would be arrested and their child taken away. But look at the ingredients on something like Ambesol. Its ALCOHOL! Its actually pretty strong as well. Nyqul? Its got alcohol. But hey, its sold in the name of medicine, so its okay, right?
1994, I'm camping in the Czech Republic. Surrounded by other Americans, Belgians, French, Germans, Canadians, and the UK. Guess who had a good time, and guess who had crazy rules about so many adults at the camp sites while others went to the "beer tent."
I basically grew up in Germany. 2 different times mixed between elementary school and then high school age. I've seen both sides of the coin, and while I am proud to be an American, I know we can do better.
And okay, I'm gonna step off my soap box now, but it did feel good to rant a little on this subject matter. And for fun's sake, here's a picture of my Intercamp 1994 patch. My BSA uniform shirt is still in pristine condition, hoping for a better day where they might actually want me back working with them.
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Apart from the Alcohol policy....the crew/staff enforce rules?? ...yeah right, just going to feed my flying pigs...If they can SEE someone is improperly dressed & do nothing they ain't gonna ask about age I reckon.
I was interested in this question, opposite side of the coin. If we manage to make our first cruise on Allure in May '12 (AKA- a once in a lifetime thing for a single mom of three kids who will work together as a family, scrimp, save, mortgage the farm, and sell a kidney or two to do so) a reality, my daughters will be 18 1/2, but a very YOUNG 18. (The main reason we're doing this ship is that one DD is all about the characters!) I was concerned as to whether they'd be allowed in the teen areas. I want them to have fun, but I would hate it if they didn't because they were caught in that 'in-between' stage where they're not really kids anymore, but not fully adults either.
I can't really picture them just taking off on their own to the teen areas to mingle- they're not very independent and they're very shy. We're more likely to do almost everything together the whole time. Don't know whether I'm or about that!
So they check id's or seapasses or whatever when they want to enter the teen discos or other teen areas, and my girls are likely to be turned away? Hmmm. This puts a crimp in my enthusiasm. So what is available to do for someone who's between 18 and 21? Are they just stuck?
I took my two kids and their best friends on a Med cruise summer before last. My DS was 17, just a few months shy of 18, but his bf was already 18. My son could go into the Teen Club but not his bf. It doesn't sound like alcohol is going to be an issue for your girls but in the Med for 18 and up waivers could be signed to allow the kids to have beer/wine.
Even though your girls are shy, the odds are they will meet others their age on the ship during activities. My DD and her bf met a lot of girls (and some guys) their age rock wall climbing, tanning by the pool, on excursions, etc. The vibe on ships is different than land vacations, people are friendlier, more open to chatting up others, etc. and kids just seem to find each other. There were days I didn't see my kids or their bfs after breakfast until dinner and then only because they wanted me to know they were going to Johnny Rockets, .