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Old 07-02-2007, 07:57 PM
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I have just booked on a cruise for April 2008 on FOS in the Caribbean. I will only be 20 years old so is it correct that I wont be able to purchase alcohol on the ship at the bars? I am from Australia and the legal drinking age is 18.

I have read the terms on the RC website, and it almost seems that since I am from Australia I can get my parents to sign a form to say I can drink...is this true? Does anyone have experience with this?

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Hmmm... Good question. Unfortunately, here's the answer. First of all, at your age, you are not supposed to be able to have a room unless your parents or legal guardians are booked on the same cruise in an adjacent room. This rule is waived if you are legally married and travelling with your spouse. As far as the alcohol rules are concerned see the sentences below copy and pasted from RCCL's official website...
ALCOHOL POLICY
Effective as of all sailings commencing on or after July 28, 2006, the minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on all Royal Caribbean International ships is 21.


However, 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.
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:54 PM
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Yeh apologies my parents are on the cruise also, not sure if the room is adjacent though...thankfully...

That is what I read on the website as well, and since the cruise is leaving from Miami I suppose that means I wont be able to legally purchase. Which is a real letdown. I know its the law but it just seems so unfair.

How strict are they on RC cruises? Do they ask to see ID if I ask for a drink from the bar? I may have to get myself a fake ID.
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Alas, mate, I am sorry for the Miami departure. Perhaps, your parents might share a few with you. And ports rarely check ID's. Normally, I wouldn't share such advice but I understand your predicament.
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A lot of trouble for a drink.....I suppose you could drink all Virgin drinks....Great taste less filling.....Have a Great Trip and there's a lot more to do than worrying about having a drink...

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A lot of trouble for a drink.....I suppose you could drink all Virgin drinks....Great taste less filling.....Have a Great Trip and there's a lot more to do than worrying about having a drink...

Bob E
Oh no, a fake ID is no big deal...I will just get an altered drivers liscense...not going to go get a fake passport or anything...

Being so young makes having a beer with mates important...i cant imagine us all sharing a coke or orange juice...I suppose this is just current pop culture
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RCI punches holes in the cruise cards of those under 21 - and this is done based on the ages presented in the booking. Therefore a fake ID will do you no good since the cruise card needs to be presented when ordering drinks. No bartender or bar waiter will serve you if your cruise card is punched, even if you show an ID, fake or real.

Enjoy a safe and sober cruise!
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Ouch!
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Please watch yourself....some of the mates that go overboard were just have a little nonsense...Be wiser....:-)
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Please watch yourself....some of the mates that go overboard were just have a little nonsense...Be wiser....:-)
The most dangerous thing I will be doing is losing my savings at the Blackjack table.
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