Most cruise lines require passengers to be aged at least 18 to sail alone, with others stipulating over 21. The minimum age restriction may depend on the itinerary and destination. For example, Royal Caribbean stipulates a minimum age of 21 for sailing in the USA, whilst itineraries in Europe, Australia, New Zealand or Asia require the passenger to be over 18 years of age.
Minimum age requirements will be waivered if young passengers are travelling in their own cabin but are accompanied by a nearby parent or guardian.
Travelling with infants
Most cruise lines require infants to be aged at least 6 months old on the first day of your cruise, with this extending to 12 months old for transatlantic voyages.
Guests travelling with an infant who does not meet the minimum age policy will be denied boarding. No refunds or other compensation will be due from the cruise line or travel agent to anyone as a result of the denial of boarding to an underage infant and accompanying guests.
Age restrictions regarding alcohol consumption vary between cruise lines. British cruise lines such as P&O Cruises permit anyone aged 18 or over to drink on board, with most American lines requiring passengers to be aged 21 in order to purchase alcohol on board.
Your cruise card will indicate that you are under the required age restriction for alcohol if you try to make a purchase on board and do not meet the minimum age requirements.
Gambling policies vary between cruise lines. An age limit of 18 years old is most common throughout the industry, though some cruise lines do require guests to be aged 21 or over to play. For specific information on your operator’s gambling policy please speak to your sales consultant.
There are no age restrictions in place for passengers utilising upper pullman berths in shared 3 or 4 bed cabins, with the exception of very young children. Weight restrictions will apply to the use of the upper berths for safety reasons.