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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Raises Minimum Drinking Age to 21, Kind of


Note the exception if parents sign waivers. All you have to do is fly to a country where the drinking age is lower and start your cruise there. This is too big of a loophole when lives are at stake. And what policy do they have for crew members to keep them sober and safe? See the posting from yesterday.

Effective with all sailings commencing after July 27, 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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see a problem with this. Some of us grew up where the drinking age was 18 or 19 and managed just fine. I've always found the US's attitude towards this to be frustrating. If a parent is willing to sign for their 18-20 year old where is the problem? By that point the parent should know if their "child" is responsible with alcohol or not.

8/30/2006 11:35 AM  
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1/02/2007 1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royal Carribean is a horrible cruise line now, I will now never cruise with Royal Carribean again and I will continue to bad mouth the company for as long as im living. It is because of them I cannot bring my 2 sons on their graduation cruise from high school. Thank you Royal Carribean for nothing you hacks.

1/30/2007 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bad move Royal Carribean your gonna lose all of your college cruisers along with your graduating seniors. I know I'm choosing someone or somewhere else.

3/20/2007 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, I guess if you had the responsibility of everyone's safety then you may be thinking differently. I have sailed RCCL many times and I do feel they had to limit those drinking especially after what we saw last summer with a young male passenger threatening his own mother and assaulting his sister while intoxicated. This was the last cruise before this new law went into effect. This young man was made to stay in his room with an armed guard posted outside, beginning in the early evening of sail away day until we arrived into port the next morning at which time he was escorted off the ship and back to the States where he would face charges. Now I have a problem in that I had to experience this just across the hall from me with two young children. I have to say "Hurray for RCCL and for raising the drinking age to our own "Legal" age. I have a lack of respect for parents who wants to reward their high school graduating sons by allowing them to drink on a cruise ship! What, isn't the wonderful trip enough without the alcohol (setting a good example) enough? Makes one realize what is wrong with our society these days! What happened to our values? Parents like you are the problem!

4/05/2007 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is ridiculous. Im 20 years old and I've never been anywhere out of state before. My family is going on a RCCL for this summer and I was sooo excited to kick back and relax for ten days. Now that the drinking age has changed Im very dissapionted and disgusted because i work 65hrs. a week and would like to have fun. Now im going to have to try and sneak beers to have a good time. THANKS FOR NOTHING RCCL!

4/08/2007 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad I looked at this, I'm about to go on one with my family... I'm 20 years old and i'll be damned if they try and stop me from drinking...Now I just have to bring bottles with me on the trip...

4/12/2007 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love how 20 year old americans are old enough to die for their country, but not considered responsible enough to pop open a beer. A legislation double-standard?

I'm glad to see cruise ships enforcing the states version of morality upon these poor children. of course - RCC dont pay taxes and arent even registered in the states (in liberia), but they are all about american values.

5/08/2007 1:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Canada it's 19. We don't have the problems that the US has mostly because we have a sensible and reasonable age.

What I don't get is why on earth they would want to lose all that revenue when it's legal to serve.

Although I do wonder, in Canadian waters, what is with their stupidity.

Oh well, thanks for saving me from buying your overpriced drinks. Well, actually, you won't even take my money for a stateroom, your loss, I'll spend my vacation dollar somewhere that wants my business.

6/02/2007 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if America lowered the age to drink, children wouldnt try so hard to sneak around and drink. I'm 18 and I have never drank before. I am going on a graduation cruise with friends and we were all excited, that we would be trusted to drink. It's all about self control. Major dissapointment.

8/12/2007 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I turn 21 in 2 months and can finally drink legally. I know that all my friends and I have waited so long, that now It feels like we should play catch-up. One of the early loopholes was to go on a cruise...and now...kids are going to turn 21 and kill themselves from alcohol poisoning.

8/21/2007 11:15 PM  
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10/01/2007 9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well damn.
I will be going on cruise in December...i just turned 18 and i was almost positive that you could drink if you wetr 18. The past cruises I've been on, that was the rule! But oh now suddenly I see it's not like that! oooomg
Lame RCCL.
reallly lame.

11/26/2007 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note the exception if parents sign waivers. All you have to do is fly to a country where the drinking age is lower and start your cruise there. This is too big of a loophole when lives are at stake. And what policy do they have for crew members to keep them sober and safe? See the posting from yesterday.

Newsflash: if you go to almost any other country in the world, your eighteen year old "kids" (they're legal adults, of course) can drink.

It is sad to see many parents must have let their kids abuse this policy.

6/06/2008 9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. You hate Royal Carribean because they are concerned with the safety of people under 21? Just because you feel that your underage CHILDREN should be drinking, don't get mad at a cruise line for looking out for them. I am 19 years old and I find your comment ridiculous. Boo hoo, your kids can't drink for graduation.

9/04/2008 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you believe the drinking age should be raised, you are a fucking moron. Why should an 18 year be able to drive a fucking tank in Iraq, but not have a beer, especially on a cruise.

11/05/2008 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just have to say I love the comment from the idiot saying alcohol was the reason the kid was threatening his mother..etc..way to use an event obviously caused by a mental illness to justify not allowing drinking on the ships..and to the dumbass 19 year old who says it is about safety..what is your problem? Any other 18-20 year old I know would love to be able to drink legally..your definitely a loser..I really don't care if anyone talks trash back at this..but I just thought you guys are really hillarious so keep them coming

12/15/2008 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its bullshit, I'm 18 I'm considered an adult, I vote, I work,I pay taxes, Hell i was a fire fighter for 4 years but I'm not old enough to drink.I think that is a really stupid choice, Like whoever that said a kids got in a fight yeah, Go to a bar theirs fights all the time and NOT every is a 21 year old,Maybe if our government didn't have there head stuck up there ass, kids would handle drinking better,I also think that hurts the ships. I think the rules should apply to the country your in.

2/23/2009 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im in the army and 18 years of age and witht he war going on today i dont see why when i go on a cruise i cant share a beer with my father and freinds before i leave. this is a retarted rule nd i think it should end otherwise noone should use royal carribean.

3/19/2009 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you're able to DIE for america, why can't you drink in america.

12/22/2009 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judging by the 'mature' behaviour in some of these comments because of a 'rule' imposed on a cruise line it makes no wonder they imposed the rule, just add alcohol to those attitudes and viola, recipe for disaster. I especially love the threats that your going to take your money 'elsewhere' cause you know that's gonna hurt RCCL....NOT! If you don't like the rules, cruise with another cruise line!! It is unfair that they paint everyone with the same black paintbrush but the ones that truly know how to act responsibly are the ones NOT whining on here about the fact they can't drink!

12/28/2009 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer is very simple as others have stated. If you are old enough to join the army and die for your country, then you are old enough to drink. Either raise the age of entry to the armed forces or lower the drinking age. Call your politicians and let them know how you feel. ( but they will not do anything about it because they only do what they think will get themvotes, not what they think is right. )

3/14/2010 5:52 PM  

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