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Old 12-09-2004, 11:57 AM
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Hey everyone ,
I am going on a PRINCESS cruise with one of my friends and her parents. I really think it is going to be a lot of fun.. I just wanted to know if PRINCESS appealed to younger adults (19-21)? And if anyone could give me any pointers on things that would be fun considering we can't gamble.. or drink on the cruise! Also I didn't know how strict they were on drinking on cruises.. because I know a lot of my friends have went on cruises and they did even if they weren't "aloud". Anyway drinking isn't a top priority, but it would be nice to have some tips on everything else.. Thanks!
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Hey everyone ,
I am going on a PRINCESS cruise with one of my friends and her parents. I really think it is going to be a lot of fun.. I just wanted to know if PRINCESS appealed to younger adults (19-21)? And if anyone could give me any pointers on things that would be fun considering we can't gamble.. or drink on the cruise! Also I didn't know how strict they were on drinking on cruises.. because I know a lot of my friends have went on cruises and they did even if they weren't "aloud". Anyway drinking isn't a top priority, but it would be nice to have some tips on everything else.. Thanks!
Brit
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Old 12-09-2004, 03:22 PM
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Hi Brit,

I was 16 when I took my first cruise (and I have taken cruises regularly since then), so I know what you are talking about.

In regards to drinking, yes, the cruise lines usually do enforce the rules - but then as a non-drinker that didn't bother me. There are so many things you can do particularly on the new, big ships - it's amazing. What's great for you of course depends on what you like and enjoy.

While Princess is not considered a "party cruise line", they are a great company with fine ships which should offer more than enough choices for you to have a great time. Also, let's don't forget that there are usually great ports of call to be visited. And by checking portreviews.com, you will probably discover some extraordinary shore adventures that will appeal to you, as well.

Make sure to post a review once you've returned from your cruise - but remember: cruising is addictive!
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Old 12-09-2004, 03:45 PM
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Hey! Thank you so much for all of your input..
One more question..
I am going to Tortola, San Juan, St.Thomas, and Princess Cays on the Cruise..
I was just wondering what the drinking age at those places are?
I know this makes me sound like I really want to drink But it's not that.. it's just I think it would be really different to actually be able to order a drink and be of legal age
I know I'm going to have a great time, and being able to order a drink is one of my last priorities.. but still.. it would be fun haha

Anyway thank you so much for the site.. portreviews.com. I found out a lot of information that I am really excited about! And don't worry I will definitely let everyone know how it goes!

Seeya!
Brit
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Old 12-10-2004, 03:32 AM
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Hi Brit,

as mentioned above, I'm not an expert when it comes to drinking.

However, I suppose the drinking age will be 21 in all ports of call with the possible exception of Tortola (San Juan and St. Thomas are American, while at Princess Cays the cruise line's policy will apply). Tortola is British so you might be able to drink "legally" there.
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Old 12-10-2004, 07:34 AM
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Too bad you are not stopping in Mexico. It seems as if it would be the kind of place you would enjoy. In Mexico if you are old enough to walk up to the bar you are old enough to drink.

Just to make you feel better about not be able to drink when I was 19 when they changed the law back to 21 as the legal age. On the bright side when I became 21 I had to make up for the lost time and have been trying to catch up ever since.
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Old 01-08-2005, 10:56 PM
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I saw this thread and just had to post a reply. Visit this website for legal drinking ages world wide: http://www2.potsdam.edu/alcohol-info...lddrinkingages

The United States is the only country that requires the patron to be 21 to consume or purchse alcohol. The cruiselines that travel out of the U.S. do participate in the 21 required age but once you are off the ship in various ports of call you are under that country's age restrictions.
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Old 01-09-2005, 03:06 AM
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Jagator88,

interesting list, many thanks.

However, Germany has been put into the "Age 16" category, which is somewhat misleading, even though it is noted that there are "exceptions". The truth is that you are allowed to drink beer and (I think) also wine, but everything else is only allowed for somebody 18 or over. I guess "Age 18 with exceptions" would have been more correct.
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Old 01-09-2005, 04:54 AM
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Brittany:
I'm not sure if this was the type of information you were requesting.. but here is some info., in case you have never cruised. My son, who is 20, went to the bar areas some, watched people @ Karaoke (he got a kick out of that and went to that a couple of nights), rock climbed, went to shows and listened to comedians. You can also watch movies on some ships in theatre like settings, enjoy exercise/spa benefits, might be able to go to casino, in addition to usual sitting around pool areas, going to spa, participating in other fun group activities hosted by cruise-line.
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Old 01-09-2005, 05:46 AM
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Brittany,
When will you be going on your Princess cruise? If it is during a school break or holiday, there will be a number of young adults (19-21) like yourself on board. When my daughter was that age (now 22) she always managed to hook up with the others of her ge that were too old for the youth program, but too young to drink. I know they spent numerous late night hours in the disco and they seemed to gather at various spots during the day and make their own fun. Even though you cannot legally drink, you are allowed to frequent all the lounges and enjoy the entertainment.
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