Age limits on cruise ships

Browsing the WWW for cruise related stuff and came across the subject of age limits. I came across this page about age limits for unaccompanied traveling. I thought it was interesting that most lines require under 21 to be accompanied by someone older. Yet "Ultra-Luxury" line except SilverSeas and Windstar say it's okay for 18-20 yo to travel alone. (Cunard and Disney say 18 and over is fine as well). I'd think it be the other way around.

I thought it might lead to an interesting discussion.

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One reason for the more upscale lines allowing 18 y/o single travelers could be that the rowdy spring break atmosphere would not likely not be tolerated.

Also, the higher fares would probably filter out the party-minded college kids.

I'd like to think that the average 18 year old would be capable of being a responsible passenger.

Unfortunately, I don't think I can.

Perhaps 28?

I think your right about the zero tolerance. They'd be kicked off the ship right away if there was even a slight hint of trouble making. I'm also thinking maybe the rich 18-20 year olds that want to cruise without older adults wouldn't even consider the ultra luxury lines.

I have no problem with Carnival setting the age at 21, the same as the legal drinking age onboard. Not every 18 or 19 yr old is irresponsible, nor is every 21+ guest responsible, but this age limit helps to keep the Cruiseline appealing to families and not just "kids" wanting to have a crazy time onboard a reasonably priced cruise.

I'm wondering about couples that are younger than 21 though, like honeymooners. I know a lot of people who have gotten married at 18, 19, 20 and sometimes both of them are under 21. Does that mean they would not be allowed on many cruise lines? Doesn't really seem fair since they're over 18 and adults.

Carnival's policy regarding exceptions for guests under 21 y/o:

Exceptions: Guests under the age of 21 may travel without a relative or guardian of 25 years of age or older under the following conditions:

For both exceptions below, bookings should be carefully documented. Documentation should be e-mailed prior to the cruise to or hand-carried to embarkation. Failure to provide documentation or not conforming to this policy will result in denied boarding and no compensation will be provided.

Legally married couples, including same gender couples

Proper documentation must be submitted. Documentation includes: marriage license issued by the County Clerk’s Office; legal proof of civil union; for newly married couples: a copy of the marriage license application or certificate signed by the official that performed the ceremony.

Qualified Military Personnel

Applies to US Military Personnel and Canadian National Defense personnel (and their traveling companions in the same stateroom) of 18 – 20 years of age. Copy of proof of service must be submitted

Oh boy....this discussion again..Nervous Ban all kids, teenagers and collage drunksAngry.

No no not at all. Sorry to give that impression. Just thought the age limit differences between cruise lines is interesting. Was trying to find something to start a conversation.

And I’m very sorry I started that thread about banning children. I shouldn’t have done it.

Since the drinking age in many areas of the U.S.A is 21 , then it stands to reason that the rules cover that age limit. I find it silly, but I admit that by 18 I had been working full time for 4 years, owned my own car and lived on my own starting college. That being said. I have met some mid 20's folks that should still be supervised crossing the street.

I think it is a arbitrary number. We have all read about kids on cruise ships, some behaving like adults and some---well-- like college kids.

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