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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23 Answers

There are some 50yo people that need supervision... I like Carnival's guideline about married couples, since it used to be common to get married before turning 21. It seem like many wait until they are 30+ nowdays. At least, so far, they haven't put a maximum age limit on cruising (just on renting a motor cycle... different thread).

I loved it... It was fun!

I was thinking that maybe they should enforce an "intellectual age", but that might ban some of usBig Smile

It would be nice if they could make exceptions for those that are legally allowed to vote but not to have a beer if they can show they can behave well, but that idea would quickly turn into lawsuits.Sad

The info about couples 18-20 sailing is interesting and it also includes military. I think all the cruise lines should just say any 18 and up can be solo.

I like that there are some perks for the military 18yo, that are not available for others. They are often "shortchanged" in so many things. I have a special place in my heart for these young men and women. Just a selfish thing on my part.

good to know!

I bought a cruise as a wedding gift for my niece and her husband. He will be 21 at the time of the sailing, but she will not. They'll be far more responsible on the cruise than a lot of people I've seen on past cruises.

Regardless, NCL's age requirements are pretty reasonable. Since they are married, they would have been fine even if both were under 21:

Traveling with Minors and Young Adults:
Norwegian Cruise Line's policy dictates that a minor or young adult under the age of 21 must be accompanied in the same stateroom (or a connecting/adjoining stateroom) by a guest 21 years of age or older at the time of boarding.

Minors – an individual under the age of 18 on the day of embarkation/boarding. Young Adult– an individual between the ages of 18 and 20.

Note: Two people under the age of 21 may travel together in the same stateroom if they are a married couple and provide proof of marriage to a Norwegian Cruise Line representative at the pier prior to boarding.

Different cruise lines appeal to different kinds of crowds, so maybe the younger age limits are in place on the higher end cruise lines are there because they're not expecting those travelers to be part of the "party crowd". Maybe they have a certain expectation (although in some cases, they may be wrong in assuming this) that the underage drinking passengers will be able to make responsible decisions.

I think definitely that 26 will be the start point for many that want to go on their own cruises, although it is a high number I think many that are younger than 26 are not yet mature enough to enjoy this experience.

All these arbitrary numbers are inherently meaningless. I have NEVER seen anyone refused a drink on any of the 3 lines Ive used. Perhaps I missed some 12 year old trying to buy a drink. And yes, the number of younger cruises seems to be growing, from what Ive seen. Used to be a big deal to take a cruise, folks saved seemed like forever, for a special occasion or send the old ones back to the old country, or see where they came from etc...Now, you get an itch, scratch it with a cruise. Wander around the ship (any ship) after say 11-12, see who's out and about...If that bothers folks, after careful observation, ive concluded its JEALOUSY...Just love to be 22 again..(definitely not 19-20-21).0r 32, or 45, or 56, or even 60...well..mebbe not 60...hhehehehe

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