What is the real deal on 18-20 year olds drinking and gambling aboard a celebrity century cruise that goes from miami to key west, cozumel and back to miami - I am getting conflicting answers. (I'm not talking about what the "official policy" states.
My daughter was 19 last year when we went on a cruise. She could not get a drink by herself. I would buy two drinks and give her one. They turn their heads to that. Although, when we would go to the parties, no one ever carded her and she drank freely.
If you're under 21, you get a pass card that is a different color (our son's was dark blue, ours were white). Obviously you can't use the "under 21" card to buy a cocktail. At dinner, the staff would ask his age before serving wine, etc. If we said he was 21, nobody asked for ID.
Casinos are very tightly controlled. Case in point: on many ships you have to walk through the casino to get someplace else. That is fine as long as the minors keep walking. My son was with me once and I stopped to put a quarter in a slot on our way through to a show. Before the slot machine stopped spinning I was approached by an employee and reminded that minors were not allowed.
The bar staff can lose their jobs by serving minors and all it takes is one violation. They have always been quite strict in my observations.
Great post Dave. It's obvoiusly none of my business if some here want their under 21 children to be able to consume alcahol on a cruise. As Dave points out, it is the business of the crew and they have rules and consequence for the staff. At many ports of call the drinking age is 18. That would be the best place to allow them a drink or two with you if you feel you need to allow them to drink with you.
Honestly, what is the big deal about a 19 year old young man having wine at a dinner that includes his parents? It is hardly about violating some taboo - certainly nothing he would brag about to his friends.