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#1
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Looking at Carnival splendor cruise and had question over age. It says "All must be 21 or older or one must be 25 or older" does that mean one older adult per family or per cabin, I may need 2 cabins? Im single father looking to book three teens with me, oldest being 18 years old, confused!thanks
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SoCal
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Originally posted by bones774
Looking at Carnival splendor cruise and had question over age. It says "All must be 21 or older or one must be 25 or older" does that mean one older adult per family or per cabin, I may need 2 cabins? Im single father looking to book three teens with me, oldest being 18 years old, confused!thanks
I believe it means that you will only be able to book one room for 4 of you.

A 21 year old can be in a room by himself. But if there are more than one unrelated persons in a room, one of them must be 25 years old.
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#3
Northern Colorado
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Originally posted by bones774
Looking at Carnival splendor cruise and had question over age. It says "All must be 21 or older or one must be 25 or older" does that mean one older adult per family or per cabin, I may need 2 cabins? Im single father looking to book three teens with me, oldest being 18 years old, confused!thanks
Exceptions made with family groups. You can either all share 1 cabin, or book 2 cabins close to each other.
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Originally posted by Colorado Kat
Exceptions made with family groups. You can either all share 1 cabin, or book 2 cabins close to each other.
Is this a Carnival exception? I know that some other cruiselines hold fast to the interpretation I said. OP doesn't say whether all the teens are his kids, or friends.
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#5
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Originally posted by Colorado Kat
Exceptions made with family groups. You can either all share 1 cabin, or book 2 cabins close to each other.

This sounds reasonable and doable, can anyone confirm? I have been reading the website and it can be interpreted different ways.
#6
Tacoma, Wa, USA
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Originally posted by Shmoo here
Is this a Carnival exception? I know that some other cruiselines hold fast to the interpretation I said. OP doesn't say whether all the teens are his kids, or friends.
Yes, this has been a Carnival exception for a few years now
#7
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Originally posted by klfrodo
Yes, this has been a Carnival exception for a few years now

all my kids, 15,16 and 18 years old.
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If you want 2 rooms, you should be able to book 2. They will have to be close, ideally you should get adjoining. But you will probably have to book you & either the 15/16 yo in 1 room & the other with the 18yo in the other room (hope that makes sense)
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#9
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Originally posted by bones774
Looking at Carnival splendor cruise and had question over age. It says "All must be 21 or older or one must be 25 or older" does that mean one older adult per family or per cabin, I may need 2 cabins? Im single father looking to book three teens with me, oldest being 18 years old, confused!thanks
Our teen DD's were booked in their own cabin on Carnival and RCCL. They needed to be close to us though. NCL booked DH in one cabin and myself in the other. They did however have one cabin set up with a king bed and the other with twins and a bunk so they knew what the sleeping arrangements were going to be.
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In the Valley, CA
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Make sure that your TA (or Carnival, if you're booking through them) absolutely marks your booking for two cabins close to each other because the other cabin will have minors. This would be very important if there's a late night emergency (it's rare, but has happened), and also because you'll be responsible for your kids' actions.
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Book 2 very close(or adjoining) cabins with 2 kids in one, and you and another child in the other. When you get on the ship you can exchange s&s cards if all the kids are planning to be in a room together.
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Call the cruise line for absolute confimation of this issue. Although many folks here are quite knowledgeable, many are not. Call for yourself and write down the name of the person you talked with.

Also, single Dad, you will need a letter for your two minor children (under 18) from their Mother allowing you to take them out of the country. Samples can be found on Cruise Critic.
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Originally posted by MedicKen
Call the cruise line for absolute confimation of this issue. Although many folks here are quite knowledgeable, many are not. Call for yourself and write down the name of the person you talked with.

Also, single Dad, you will need a letter for your two minor children (under 18) from their Mother allowing you to take them out of the country. Samples can be found on Cruise Critic.
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#16
New Mexico
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Carnival has already posted the rules on their website; this is from the Ticket Contract:
(f) Carnival shall refuse boarding to any Guest under the age of twenty-one unless: (1) the Guest is traveling in the same stateroom with an individual twenty-five years or older; (2) traveling in the same stateroom with their spouse; or (3) traveling with a parent or guardian in an accompanying stateroom. Proof of age and/or proof of marriage are required. Carnival shall not be liable to make any refunds or for any damages with respect to any Guest’s failure to provide proper proof of age or marriage or otherwise comply with this provision

OP falls under the bolded section. This is a common booking requirement that any TA should be well familiar with.
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#18
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Originally posted by MedicKen
Call the cruise line for absolute confimation of this issue. Although many folks here are quite knowledgeable, many are not. Call for yourself and write down the name of the person you talked with.

Also, single Dad, you will need a letter for your two minor children (under 18) from their Mother allowing you to take them out of the country. Samples can be found on Cruise Critic.
Good advice but I have a question. If the other parent is deceased do you need to bring a copy of the death certificate? What if the other parent was never involved, what then? Thanks.
#19
Pittsburgh, PA
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Originally posted by Karysa
Good advice but I have a question. If the other parent is deceased do you need to bring a copy of the death certificate? What if the other parent was never involved, what then? Thanks.
This is a federal thing, you can call probably the TSA or again, contact the cruise line as they administer the program as far as cruising goes. You may have to provide a copy of the CoD (Certificate of Death) as a "Bridging Document" which would negate the parental permission letter.
#20
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Originally posted by MedicKen
This is a federal thing, you can call probably the TSA or again, contact the cruise line as they administer the program as far as cruising goes. You may have to provide a copy of the CoD (Certificate of Death) as a "Bridging Document" which would negate the parental permission letter.
Interesting. Thank you.