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Old June 30th, 2014, 08:36 PM
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Hi All,
We are planning a family/friend cruise. We have two 18 year old girls who want to come but thier parents cannot. I called RCCL and they said we could put them across the hall or in an adjacent cabin from anyone in our group. I asked ANYONE?? and they said yes. If that could not work we could book them in two different cabins with 21 year olds or older and then have the keys switched once we got on board so they could room together. When we called to pay, the person I spoke with said they could only be booked across the hall or adjacent to their parents. If we booked the girls in seperate cabins and switched them, the keys/sea pass would be associated with the wrong cabins. My husband and I have cruised several times with our kids when they were under 21. We could not always get cabins close so we would book one parent in each room and then went to guest relations and changed our key/sea pass to the correct cabins, my husband and I in a balcony and the 3 kids in an inside room.

Has anyone had any recent experience with this and do you have any advice??

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Old June 30th, 2014, 08:59 PM
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This is why you book with an agent and let them take care of this for you. Most of the time, when you call the cruise line, you're dealing with someone who works in a call center and they are only there to sell you a cruise.

Here's RCCL's policy concerning the ages;

What is Royal Caribbean International's Age Policy - Royal Caribbean International

Basically, if you have someone younger than 21 in the cabin, then you must have someone 21 or older in the same cabin. The only time they will wave this requirement, is when the children are traveling with their parents and their cabin is directly across the hall or adjacent to the parent's cabins.

However, if someone is under 21 but over 18 and not traveling with parents is when the problem arises. Obviously, if they're in a cabin with someone over 21 it's not a problem. If they're over 18, they don't need a notarized statement from their parents giving permission for you to take them out of the country. You only need that when they're under 18. It's that 18 to 21 age range that's the problem area.

Easiest solution; have your agent book one of the adults in each cabin so you satisfy the age limits. Then when you get onboard, you can either swap keys, which I don't suggest as this can create problems because you are constantly re-swapping the keys every time you leave or return to the ship. So what I suggest is to go to the Customer Service desk once you get on the ship and ask them to swap the keys electronically for you so the keys match the person and the cabin they'll be sleeping in. We have clients doing this all the time and it's not a problem.

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Hi Linda A,

Glad you finally got your question posted and what a great question. The advise from Pete above is the best answer and great advise. Good luck in your cruise booking and enjoy.
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I am glad you got your answer! Thanks Pete.

I never would have never known the answer to that one.
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Pete is spot on; we did family cruise with 11; and we booked four rooms and had an adult assigned to each room; when we boarded and got things sorted out; is when we switched. The cabins were both adjoining and across the hall; so everyone was close by. We also had sticky notepads in each cabin; so the kids could leave sticky notes on the doors telling parents where they were.
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When our kids were younger, we bought some really nice walkie-talkies for them. (Make sure you get at least the 5-mile radius, preferably longer. Cheap 1 to 3 mile ones don't work onboard ships due to all the metal and electronics.) Plus, they work great in port and a whole lot cheaper than paying roaming fees with cell phones.

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