Cruising with Minors
What to expect when cruising with a child
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.
¹Guests under 21 MUST travel with a relative or guardian 25 years of age or older
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.
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.)
Can be separated by up to 3 staterooms from a relative or guardian (25 years old or older)
Do not have any restrictions and may book whatever location they prefer.
¹Exceptions: 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
Qualified Military Personnel