Is there an age limit to go on a cruise?
Cruise age requirements on major cruise lines
- At least 1 person per cabin is 18+: Cruise West, Cunard, Fred. Olsen, SeaDream, Star Clippers
- All passengers in the cabin are 18+: GAP Adventures, P&O, Paul Gauguin, Silversea, Uniworld, Viking
- At least 1 person per cabin is 21+ : Azamara, Celebrity, Costa, Crystal, Disney, Hurtigruten, MSC, NCL, Oceania, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn, Voyages of Discovery
- At least 1 person per cabin is 25+: Carnival, Costa (on holiday sailings, and in top season), Holland America, Windstar. Exceptions for underage married couples, both 18+; a copy of the marriage certificate is required.
Cruise drinking age requirements
Once you have left port, there is a minimum age for consumption of alcohol, varying by cruise line.
- The official drinking age on all mass market lines is 21. However, some cruise lines recognize much lower drinking ages in certain ports.
- Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Croisières de France, Fred. Olsen Cruise Line, Oceania, Pullmantur and P&O Cruises allow all guests aged 18 or older to consume alcoholic beverages of any type they choose.
- 21 is the minimum drinking age for alcoholic beverages on Celebrity, Azamara and Royal Caribbean ships. However, on cruises which depart from South American and European countries, where legal drinking age is lower than 21, the parent who's sailing with his/her son/daughter between the ages 18-20, may sign a waiver to allow them consume alcoholic beverages.
- MSC Cruises and Costa require their guests to be at least 21 on cruises departing from US. Passengers 18 or older can consume alcohol on non-US departures.
- Cunard Line allows passengers 18 or older to consume alcoholic beverages, with the exception when in US waters - then no alcohol may be consumed or purchased by any passenger under the age of 21.
- All lines reserve the right to throw out, at their own expense, underage drinkers (as well as their families) at the next port.
- Guests aged 18 or over are allowed in all lounges, nightclubs and discos, even if the cruise line doesn't permit them to drink.
Gambling age limit on cruises
Medium and large passenger ships, as well as some of the smaller top luxury vessels, have an on-board casino. The age restrictions again differ, according to the particular line, and sometimes - to the itinerary, too.
18 is the minimum age requirement for gambling on most cruise ships. However, some lines require passengers to be 21, while other require this only on itineraries that are within the US, such as Hawaii and Alaska. The Alaskan itineraries, for instance, have different age restrictions for gambling on board the vessels of Celebrity and Royal Caribbean - the minimum age is 21.
The minimum age for gambling is strictly enforced and if someone is underaged but happens to win, no payout is given.
- PASSENGERS 18+: Carnival, Celebrity, Fred. Olsen, Holland America, NCL, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, SeaDream
- PASSENGERS 21+: Princess, Crystal, Cunard Line, MSC, Seabourn, Silversea, Voyages of Discovery, Windstar
- PASSENGERS 25+: Costa.
Pregnant women and infants on cruises
A ship vacation offers many activities and amenities at numerous on-board venues and facilities. However, due to the high cost of the ship's space, the vessels don't have big medical facilities. All lines require pregnant women to provide a letter by their physicians, assuring of their fitness to sail, plus the expected date of the birth. For infants, the minimum age requirements vary by line, and again - sometimes by the itinerary itself.
Following is a list of major cruise companies, and their requirements to the expectant mothers, and parents traveling with infants:
Note: all requirements are for both sea and land tours; the pregnancy period pertains to the date of disembarkation, for infants - to the embarkation date; exceptions include the longer and exotic itineraries, like Transoceanic, Hawaii, South America, World Voyages, etc.
|lines||max weeks of pregnancy||min age for infants(in months)||exceptions (in months)|
|Carnival||24||6 - 12||-|
|Celerity||23||6 - 12||-|
|Costa||24||6 - 12||-|
|Crystal||24||6||the right to limit children 3- y.o.|
|Cunard||24||6 - 12||-|
|Oceania||24||6||no onboard infant facilities|
|Paul Gauguin||24||12||the right to limit children 3- y.o.|
|Princess||24||6 - 12||-|
|Royal Caribbean||23||6 - 12||-|
|Seabourn||24||6 - 12||-|
|Silversea||24||6||the right to limit children 3- y.o.|
|Star Clippers||27||24||the right to refuse passage to pregnant women|
|Uniworld||24||6||the right to limit children 3- y.o.|
|Voyages of Discovery||24||none||-|
Cruising is enjoyable, but the imposed minimum age restrictions and rules for certain activities help to ensure a family-friendly and safe environment for everyone. You can share/like/rate our review on Cruise Age Requirements via the social buttons below. Happy sailings - to those who are allowed to go on a cruise, that is!