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Can my 20 year old son consume alcohol on cruise?

Discussion in 'Royal Caribbean International' started by Tony K., Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Tony K.

    Tony K. Active Member

    hey all...just a quick question reagarding if my 20 year old son and his same age girlfriend can legally drink alcohol on the cruise. We're booked for Freedom o/t Seas, leaving Dec. 20th for 7 days. Looking at the brochure book though, there is an age limit of 21. Can we sign a waiver as mentioned in the book or is that just for the exempted departure countries ie: Europe, S. America.
  2. kasey

    kasey Diamond Plus Kasey

    Sorry...the drinking age onboard is 21 unless you are sailing from a European port...no waiver's available from us ports...
  3. PH8

    PH8 Well-Known Member

    KC is 100% right..............cant drink till hes 21..........
  4. Calgon1

    Calgon1 Awaiting results of mental evaluation

    No. And why wiould you want him to?
  5. Tony K.

    Tony K. Active Member

    Thanks. Not the he'd be doing it all day (and night) but I have no issues with him having a drink with his meal. Here in Canada, legal age to drink is 19. I like to think we've raised a responsible kid and let him enjoy his vacation as an adult.

    Thanks again though.
  6. Luci

    Luci Well-Known Member

    I don't think the waiters will be asking for your son's age. They want their tips.
    Most likely you will be paying for the drinks with your ship card anyway.

    Since it is a custom in your country I don't think the ships will mind. If I was his mother I would be sad if my son could not have at least one drink on the ship for dinner time.
  7. kasey

    kasey Diamond Plus Kasey

    I wouldn't count on the cruise line "not minding"....they are getting very strick lately regarding acohol...
  8. PH8

    PH8 Well-Known Member

    Pretty sad if you got sad cuz your son couldnt have a drink...........

    Its the policy and I wouldn't dare risking getting any wait staff in trouble for the sake of a drink to an under aged passenger.

    If the son has to have a drink,get him one and let him drink it in the cabin.
  9. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    I thought that RCL had a waiver that the parent can sign allowing their 18, 19, 20 year old to consume beer and wine. They did in Jan 2004 when we sailed the Grandeur...has that changed?
  10. PH8

    PH8 Well-Known Member

    Yes,it has changed......they no longer have the waiver(except for cruises in Europe and SoAmerica)

    Effective as of all sailings commencing on or after July 28, 2006, the minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on all Royal Caribbean International ships is 21.

    On cruises departing from European and South American countries, where the legal drinking age is typically lower than 21, a parent who is sailing with his or her son(s) and/or daughter(s) who is between the ages of 18 to 20, may sign a waiver allowing the 18 to 20 year old to consume alcoholic beverages. Please note: Waivers will be provided to parents upon check-in.

    The 18- to 20 year-old must agree to comply with Royal Caribbean's policies, including among other things, agreeing to not provide alcoholic beverages to any other person, regardless of age. Restrictions apply, and this policy is subject to change without notice.
  11. Jeanie

    Jeanie Well-Known Member

    I thought so too, PHS, thanks for the clarification
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2009
  12. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    Thnx for the clarification, PH8. :)
  13. HoustonTodd

    HoustonTodd Active Member

    I think the 21 year old drinking age is ridiculous myself, but it is the law. Just a stupid one.

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