Minimum Age for Sailing.
Infants sailing on a cruise must be at least 6 months old as of the first day of the cruise and/or Cruisetour. However for transatlantic, transpacific, Hawaii, select South American and other cruises and/or Cruisetours, the infant must be at least 12 months old as of the first day of the cruise/Cruisetour.
For the purposes of this policy, any cruise that has three or more consecutive days at sea will require infants to be 12 months old on the first day of the cruise/Cruisetour.
Please be aware that guests travelling with a young infant that does not meet this infant policy will be denied boarding. No refunds or other compensation shall be due from the cruise line to anyone as a result of the denial of boarding to an underage infant or other accompanying guests.
Minimum Age to Occupy a Stateroom*
For sailings that depart a port in Europe, Asia, South America, New Zealand or Australia then no Guest younger than age eighteen (18) will be assigned to a stateroom unless accompanied in the same stateroom by an adult of eighteen (18) years old or older. A guest's age is established as their age upon the first day of sailing. Please note, that for sailings which depart from a port in the US or Canada, the above age limit is twenty-one (21).
This policy will be waived for an underage guest (minor) sailing with their parent(s) or official Legal Guardian, when the minor is in a stateroom which is directly next door or opposite the stateroom of the parent/Legal Guardian. Under this waiver, we can allow an equal number of unrelated minors in the same stateroom, so a child in the stateroom next door to their parent, can bring one friend/family member with them, two children could bring 2 friends/family members etc.
There are no exceptions to this policy, except for married couples aged 16 and above who are allowed to sail together in a stateroom without anyone over the age of 18/21 being required. Documentary proof of marriage will be required in advance.
Royal Caribbean International takes the security and safety of its guests very seriously. We consider a minor to be any guest under the age of 21 (18*), although for some rules we consider it to be 17 and under. Our 'Travelling with Minors' policy was incepted primarily to safeguard children and to ensure that the responsible adult with whom they are travelling has the appropriate authority and the legal right to do so throughout the duration of their cruise holiday with us. The reasoning for this is two-fold:-
In the event that a child requires medical attention at any time during their cruise holiday, Royal Caribbean International needs to ensure that the responsible adult with whom the child is travelling has the legal right to authorise that any medical treatment be administered.
In the event that a child is travelling without their custodial parent/legal guardian, Royal Caribbean International needs to ensure that the child's custodial parent/legal guardian has authorised the responsible adult to take their child on holiday; particularly as in the majority of cases, this will be out of their primary country of residence. This applies even when the responsible adult is a member of the child's extended family (i.e. Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles etc.).
Additionally, when a child does not share the same surname as their custodial parent/legal guardian, Royal Caribbean International requires that the custodial parent/legal guardian produce legal documented evidence that the child is in their primary care; this includes, but is not limited to: birth, marriage, divorce, adoption certificates, local government authority, as appropriate.
These measures are in place to protect children and to ensure no child is taken on board a Royal Caribbean International vessel without the knowledge and consent of their custodial parent/legal guardian. We want you to have a happy and healthy cruise holiday experience with us and this is just one of the ways we ensure this is possible.