July 16, 2020
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Cruising with minors

Cruise lines can be very strict when it comes to young people on their ships. Guests must be 21 years old on embarkation day to travel on their own. The age will be verified at embarkation. If a guest is not 21 years old, they will be denied boarding. No compensation will be provided either. 

Guests under 21 MUST travel with a relative or guardian 25 years old or older.

  • The guardian does not need to be a legal guardian.
  • The bookings must be cross-referenced with the relative or guardian's stateroom and documented properly.
  • Guests who are 21 to 24 years of age may travel with their minor children.
  • Minors traveling together must have 1 chaperone for every 8 minors.
  • Minors traveling together, prepaid gratuities per minor are due at final payment
  • Minors traveling together, 8 or more staterooms must be booked through the group department and a $100 damage deposit PER MINOR will be charged.

When traveling with a minor where one parent or both parents or legal guardians are not cruising, it’s strongly recommend bringing an original signed letter from the absent parent/guardian authorizing the minor to travel with you.

If there is no second parent with legal claims to the minor due to sole custody, deceased, etc., other relevant paperwork such as a court decision, death certificate, birth certificate naming only one parent would be useful to bring. This will expedite processing by the Department of Homeland Security.

 

Where minors can be booked in relation to the relative or guardian:

Guests 12 and younger

If the relative or guardian insists on booking separate staterooms, minors must either be directly across the hall or next door.  Guess 12 and under may not be assigned to a balcony stateroom without a relative or guardian (25 years or older) traveling in the balcony stateroom with them.)

Guests 13-17 years of age

Can be separated by up to 3 staterooms from a relative or guardian (25 years old or older)

Guests 18-20 years of age

Do not have any restrictions and may book whatever location they prefer. 

Exceptions: Guests under 21 years old may travel without a relative or guardian that’s 25 years old or older under the following conditions:

Legally married couples

  • Proper documentation must be provided at embarkation. Failure to provide documentation or not conforming to this policy will result in denied boarding and no compensation will be provided.
  • Documentation includes: Marriage license application or certificate signed by the official that performed the ceremony. 

Qualified Military Personnel

  • Applies to United States Military Personnel and Canadian National Defense personnel (and their traveling companions in the same stateroom 18-20 years of age.)
  • Copy of proof of service must be provided at embarkation. Failure to provide documentation or not conforming to this policy will result in denied boarding and no compensation will be provided.