Age, Children and Infants

What is Royal Caribbean International's Age Policy?
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.

Minors.

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.
What if I'm travelling with a minor and I'm not the parent or legal guardian?
Royal Caribbean International takes the security and safety of its guests very seriously.  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, 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 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.
 
What is a legal guardian?


In most cases, a legal guardian must be appointed by a court. There are some exceptions to this rule. Parents of a minor child are assumed to be the child's legal guardians, unless the court has taken parenting privileges away out of concern for the child's well-being. It is also possible for someone to designate a legal guardian in a will, as in the case of a single parent who specifies that an aunt will become the child's legal guardian in the event of the parent's death or incapacitation.

Legal guardians are in charge of ensuring that their wards (those persons placed under the care of a legal guardian) are given physical care and comfort, including food, medical attention, housing, and similar needs. They are also usually charged with ensuring that their wards have access to education and other benefits.

Adults who are not the parent or legal guardian of a minor travelling with them must present an original legally affirmed or notarised letter signed by the child's parent(s), authorising the adult to take the child on the specific cruise, supervise the child and allow emergency medical treatment to be administered. In addition parents travelling with minors who do not have the same surname must present proof of parentage which may include but is not limited to birth certificates, marriage certificates or divorce papers etc.

Please note: An individual's age on the date of sailing determines his or her status for the entire cruise holiday. Royal Caribbean International does not accept reservations for student groups. Please consult a travel agent for Royal Caribbean's group policies.

Please see below the attached template which can be used for all details required on the letter authorising a minor 17 or under to travel with an accompanying adult who is NOT their parent or legal guardian. This is required as per our terms and conditions. It must be signed by a Notary, Commissioner for Oaths or a Solicitor for it to be suitable to take to the pier for boarding. The letter can be downloaded here.
Are there special prices for children or infants?
Royal Caribbean cruise vacations offer many special activities for families, infants and children. Almost all of these facilities ‐ including all day kids clubs ‐ are included in the main cruise fare, therefore we do not usually offer discounted rates. However, anyone staying in the same stateroom with two full ‐ fare paying guests will pay a special third and/or fourth guest rate which applies to infants. Cots and small beds required for any infants are free of charge. In addition from time to time we carry special promotions that offer free child places.