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Spring Break Cruises

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Without a doubt Spring Break is one of the most popular times to take a vacation during the year, particularly for families (because their children are off from school) and groups of college students. Because of this, cruise prices tend to go up during those particular weeks (usually during March and April). The price isn't typically as high as the peak summer (July & August) or holiday sailings, but it's still a noticeable increase from the weeks before and after.

Spring Break Destinations
The Caribbean and Mexico are (by far) the most popular cruise destinations for Spring Break. Why? Because both are exotic, affordable and hot, and offer a ton of bars, nightclubs and beautiful white-sand beaches, along with a ton of water-related activities (such as snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving and jet-skiing). Plus, Limbo on Cruise Shipthe drinking age in most Caribbean countries and Mexico is only 18, so the college students that can't drink in the US or Canada yet are able to do so while on vacation in these countries.

Rules to Know
General Age Policies: It's important to know that many cruise lines have raised their minimum age requirement for people to travel alone. Years ago you only had to be 18 to travel on a cruise, but nowadays most cruise lines require you to be at least 21 years of age to travel without a parent or legal guardian. If you are under 21, you must have someone traveling with you that is at least 21 or 25 years old, depending on the cruise line. For example, Carnival Cruise Lines happens to have the strictest age policy. If you're under 18 years of age you must have someone that is at least 25 years old traveling with you. Your best bet, to avoid any problems, is to make sure that the cruise you're interested in booking has an age requirement policy that is condusive to your party's ages.

Alcoholic Beverages:
Keep in mind that even though you can legally drink in Mexico and many Caribbean countries at only 18, the cruise ships still follow US laws, only allowing you to drink if you're at least 21 years of age. An exception to this rule is Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises, who will allow a 18 to 20 year old drink alcoholic beverages if a parent or legal guardian is traveling with them (only on select cruises departing from a European or South American country, where the legal drinking age is under 21) and signs a waiver. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will allow a 18 to 20 year old drink beer and wine if a parent or legal guardian signs a waiver (as long as it's not on a Hawaii or Alaska cruise). Costa Cruises' drinking age is only 18 if your ship initially departs on its cruise from a non-US port. Cunard Line, not very popular among spring breakers, has a minimum drinking age of only 18, since they're a British cruise line.

Gambling: The minimum age requirement to gamble on most cruises is 18. However, certain cruise lines require its passengers to be 21 to gamble (or to even enter the casino). If you are underage and win money (and the cruise line finds out) you'll be required to give back all winnings.Jeep at the Beach

Youth Programs
Most of the world's major cruise lines have nice age-based onboad youth programs, usually for kids 2 to 17 years of age. Nowadays most cruise lines (such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line and Princess Cruises) even have dedicated teen clubs and kids clubs, where your children are supervised by responsible staff members throughout the day. Many cruise lines also offer extended children supervision (at an additional cost, usually by the hour). For more information about a specific cruise line's children's and/or teen program please click here to go to our main cruise line page, where you should click the cruise line you're interested in for more details.

All cruise line rules and regulations listed on this page were accurate when posted online. They are subject to change and should be verified prior to purchasing a cruise.

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