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Age Requirements for Family Cruises

Families with Children

Family cruise lines welcome children to travel on their ships, though infants and pregnant women are subject to some restrictions (click here to read more).

Families booking more than one cabin may be subject to minimum age requirements for kids staying in a separate cabin. Your Vacations To Go cruise counselor can check these requirements for you, once you have found a cruise you are interested in.

Guests Under 25 Years of Age

All cruise lines require that at least one person in each cabin meets a minimum age requirement. The information that follows was provided by the cruise lines at the time of this writing, is subject to change, and should be verified with your Vacations To Go cruise counselor prior to booking.

The lowest minimum age requirement for any cruise line is 18. The following cruise lines require that at least one person in each cabin is 18 or older: Cunard Cruise Line.

Disney Cruise Line requires that either 1) All passengers in a cabin must be 18 or older, or 2) If anyone in the cabin is younger than 18 years old, someone in the cabin must be 21 or older.

The following cruise lines require that at least one person in each cabin is 21 or older: Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises(25 for March, April sailings), Crystal Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Regent Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

The following cruise lines require that either 1) All passengers in a cabin must be 21 or older, or 2) If anyone in the cabin is younger than 21 years old, someone in the cabin must be 25 or older: Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line.

One exception to these age requirements is often made for underage married couples, who as long as they are both 18 are allowed to board unaccompanied. These couples may be asked to show proof of their marriage. This exception is based on individual cruise line policy.

Your age on the date of sailing is generally considered your age for the length of the cruise.

Consumption of Alcohol

Once you've left port, the minimum age for the consumption of alcohol varies by cruise line.

Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line require passengers to be at least 21 to consume any type of alcohol.

Gambling Onboard

Gambling, a popular form of entertainment on cruise ships, also has age restrictions which differ between cruise lines. Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line require passengers to be 18 or older to play in the shipboard casinos. Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, MSC Cruises and Princess Cruises restrict the casinos to travelers 21 and older. Costa Cruises requires those gambling in the casinos to be 25 or older.