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.
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, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean require that at least one person in each cabin is 21 or older.
Carnival requires 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.
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.
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, Holland America and Norwegian 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). Princess restricts the casinos to travelers 21 and older.