Are young adults allowed to drink on a Cruise ship?


Alcohol is readily available when you cruise and most people expect to see quite a bit of drinking happen by fellow passengers while on-board. It is not unusual to see many guests enjoying libations from first thing in the morning until late at night. While most people are drinking responsibly, remember that this is a vacation and there will be times some adults will become rowdy. There are rules in place for dealing with guests who drink to excess.

The bar staff and attendants can and will cut off guests who become overly intoxicated. In extreme cases, when guests do violate any alcohol policies, such as: over consumption, provide alcohol to minors, demonstrate irresponsible behaviour, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time, they may be disembarked at the next port or not allowed to board the ship at all.

This means that the guest will have to make their own way back to the port of embarkation, at their own expense. Being removed from a ship for drunken behaviour is not something that would be covered as an insurable claim for reimbursement, even if you had travel insurance, and means the person would be assuming all financial responsibility for their actions. All cruise lines have clearly defines Rules of Conduct for their guests, as well as clear policies surrounding the age of Majority for the legal consumption of alcohol.

When young adult children aged 18, 19, 20 are sailing with their parents and want a clear understanding of the Drinking Policy for them when sailing,  then have your Travel Agent check the drinking policy of the cruise line you are sailing with and go to the Guest Services Desk once you are on-board with your child. This way there will be no misunderstanding as to what the regulations are, surrounding the drinking policy or the responsibility of the young adult or their parent if they choose to allow them to drink wine or beer during their vacation.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
The minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on Norwegian Cruise Line ships is 21. Guests who are 18 – 20 years of age can purchase and consume beer or wine when the ship is in international waters (3 miles out of US territorial waters). The age modification does not apply for Alaska and Hawaii sailings. The parent or legal guardian must be onboard the sailing with the young adult and present themselves at the Front Desk so they can sign the form allowing the consumption of beer and wine only. A notarized Parent Consent Form or any other document allowing for temporary guardianship for the purposes of the sailing only will not be accepted.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL)
The minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on all Royal Caribbean International on sailings originating in North America is twenty-one (21). For sailings from South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand is eighteen (18). The minimum age to consume alcohol at all private destinations remains twenty-one (21) without regard to where the sailing originated. The Company retains the right, on rare occasions, to raise the minimum age of alcohol consumption on any sailing when local laws require or permit such a modification. No guest under age 18 may possess or consume alcohol at any time while onboard. No guest under age 21 may possess or consume alcohol at our private destinations.

Carnival Cruise Line (CCL)
The minimum age for the purchase and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the bars, lounges and gift shops is 21 years of age. In the event that Bar/Restaurant/Gift Shop Staff are in question that the guest is less than 21 years old, they shall request picture identification, prior to serving the drink or selling the bottle of liquor.   Carnival reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone.

MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company)
Alcoholic drinks in any form will not be sold to Minors during the cruise. Passengers under age 21 (for cruises that include a USA port) or under the age of 18 (for cruises that do not include a USA port) may not order or consume alcoholic beverages. When the itinerary includes a port located in the U.S.A the same conditions will apply for any passengers under the age 21. Passenger’s may be refused alcohol when in the reasonable opinion of the MSC staff, that the Passenger is likely to be a danger and/or nuisance to himself/herself, other passengers and/or the Vessel.

Celebrity Cruise Line
The minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on Celebrity Cruises ships sailing from North America is 21. The minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on Celebrity Cruises ships sailing from South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand is 18. In certain circumstances where local laws permit or require, Celebrity Cruises may modify this policy which may also require parent/guardian request/authorization. No guest under age 18 may possess or consume alcohol at any time while on-board.

Princess Cruise Line
The legal drinking age of 21 years is always observed onboard and proof of age may be required. The age restrictions are clearly posted in the bars.

Cuba Cruise
The minimum drinking age on-board is 18 years old.


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As a Canadian living in a country of such great diversity, the experience of vacationing throughout the world brings you a deep appreciation for the beautiful world around us as well. Spending money on travel is like investing in your soul. Be inspired. TravelOnly with Jodi.
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