It seems that from spring 2012 Royal Caribbean have decided to lower their drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on international cruises. This means that ships sailing from ports like Australia, Europe and Asia will be able to sell alcohol to anyone over the age of 18 instead of 21, but saying this the drinking age on ships sailing from North America will stay at 21.
Royal Caribbean’s policy at the moment does allow 18 to 20 year-old’s to purchase alcohol on-board as long as they have a waiver that is signed by their parents saying its ok for them to do so. You can read more about Royal Caribbeans policy’s here.
The reason for this change seems to be because the legal drinking age in many countries around the world is lower than it is in the United States. Royal Caribbean have said that they want to be able to provide their guests with an enjoyable environment that respects the cultures from around the world. In many places it is ok to drink at 18 except in Italy where you can drink from the age of 16.
What do you think the drinking age should be on cruise ships?