Families booking more than one cabin may be subject to minimum age requirements for kids staying in a separate cabin. Also, some restrictions may apply to infants and pregnant women (click here to read more). The traveler's age on the date of sailing is generally considered the age for the length of the cruise.
Cunard, MSC Cruises (when departing from ports outside the U.S.) and P&O Cruises require that at least one person in each cabin is 18 or older.
Disney Cruise Lines requires that all passengers in a cabin are 18 or older or at least one person in the cabin is 21 or older.
Celebrity, Holland America, MSC Cruises (when departing from ports in the U.S.), Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean require that at least one person in each cabin is 21 or older.
Carnival and Costa require that all passengers in a cabin are 21 or older or at least one person in the cabin is 25 or older.
Your Vacations To Go cruise counselor can verify any age requirements once you have found a cruise that interests you.
Consumption of Alcohol
Once you've left port, the minimum age for the consumption of alcohol varies by cruise line.
P&O Cruises allows all passengers 18 and older to consume any type of alcoholic beverage they choose.
The minimum drinking age for alcoholic beverages on all Celebrity and Royal Caribbean ships is 21. However, on cruises departing from European and South American countries, where the legal drinking age is typically lower than 21, a parent sailing with a son or daughter who is between the ages of 18 to 20 may sign a waiver allowing the 18- to 20-year-old to consume alcoholic beverages.
Costa and MSC Cruises require passengers to be at least 21 for cruises departing from the US, but passengers 18 and older are able to consume alcohol for non-U.S. departures.
Cunard allows guests 18 and older to consume alcoholic beverages, except when in U.S. waters, in which case no alcohol may be purchased or consumed by any passengers under the age of 21.
Carnival, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, Norwegian, and Princess require passengers to be at least 21 to consume any type of alcohol.
Gambling, a popular form of entertainment on cruise ships, also has age restrictions that differ between cruise lines. Carnival, Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Norwegian and P&O require passengers to be 18 or older to play in the shipboard casinos. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean require passengers to be 18 or older to play in casinos, except for Alaska cruises (passengers must be 21 or older). MSC Cruises and Princess restrict the casinos to travelers 21 and older.