Age Requirements

Families with Children

Antarctica cruises are not generally considered kid-friendly vacations due to the destination's harsh weather conditions and lack of youth facilities onboard ships. However, most cruise companies will allow children of a certain age to travel as long as they meet the minimum fitness and mobility requirements.

Families booking more than one cabin may be subject to minimum age requirements for kids staying in a separate cabin.

Guests Under 25 Years of Age

All cruise lines require that at least one person in each cabin meet a minimum age requirement. The lowest minimum age requirement for any cruise line is 18. The information that follows was provided by the cruise lines at the time of this writing, is subject to change and should be verified with your Vacations To Go cruise counselor prior to booking.

The following cruise lines require that at least one person in each cabin is 18 or older:

Ponant and Quark

The following cruise lines require that all passengers in a cabin are 18 or older or that at least one person in the cabin is 21 or older:

Crystal and Silversea

The following cruise lines require that at least one person in each cabin is 21 or older:

Azamara, Celebrity, Holland America, Hurtigruten, Princess and Seabourn

An exception may be made for underage married couples, as long as they are both 18. These couples may be asked to show proof of their marriage. This exception is based on individual cruise line policy and should be confirmed prior to booking.

Your age on the date of sailing is generally considered your age for the length of the cruise.

Consumption of Alcohol

The minimum drinking age onboard most expedition ships is 21 years of age. The only exception is Hurtigruten, which allows passengers to consume beer and wine at 18 years of age, and 21 years of age for all other alcohol. Additionally, 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 be able to sign a waiver allowing the 18 to 20 year old to consume alcoholic beverages.

Gambling Onboard

Gambling, a popular form of entertainment on some cruise ships, also has age restrictions that differ between cruise lines. Azamara, Celebrity and Holland America require passengers to be 18 or older to play in casinos. Crystal, Princess, Seabourn and Silversea restrict the casinos to travelers 21 and older.

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