As luxury cruisers skew younger and multigenerational travel continues to gain traction, it's important to know the age policies of the cruise lines you're considering. Cruise lines have rules about how old you must be to occupy a cabin without a parent or other adult, so pay attention if you want to kick your kids across the hall. Plus, certain onboard venues -- bars and nightclubs, the casino, spa and gym -- may stop minors who wish to come inside.
Here are age policies from the major luxury cruise lines -- including minimum age to sail, rules for traveling alone, minimum age to leave the ship and shipboard venues with age restrictions. You can find drinking age restrictions in our story on Cruise Line Alcohol Policies; we also have a separate story on mainstream cruise line age policies.
Editor's note: Children younger than 18 who are traveling out of the country accompanied by one parent (or neither parent) may be required to obtain a notarized letter of consent signed by the parents who are not traveling. Rules vary by country and are worth investigating.
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