I am in college and I am wanting to go on a cruise for spring break however I know some cruise lines let you cruise at 18 w/o someone in your room or adjoining room being 21. What are those cruise lines? Also do any of those let people who are 18 + consume beer and wine?
There are two major cruise lines that supposedly allow a guest as young as 18-years-old travel solo. They are Disney, and Cunnard. These cruises are rather pricey, and often booked well in advance. Not all of their cruises offer this, either. It’s unlikely they’ll allow this during Spring Break.
Your best bet is to travel with a friend or family member who IS 21 years or older, (or if sailing with Carnival, 25 years old or older). It’s also MUCH cheaper that way. You’ve probably heard of the term "Double-Occupancy", have you not? In a nutshell, when you book a cruise, the cruise line expects a minimum of TWO people per room. If you are the only person going, you will most likely be expected to make up the difference in price for that second person they are expecting. This means you’re likely to be paying for TWO people.
There are a few tour groups out there that offer chaperoned trips for teens. These programs can be rather expensive though, and there is an application process. They’re not for the partying, spring break crowd, however. They’re more like a program, aimed at giving Teens people and leadership skills.
There is a group called www.singlescruise.com that pairs solo travelers up with roommates. This allows them to avoid having to pay the double-occupancy price. You would room with another person of the same sex, and when possible, same general age as you. I’ve sailed with this group on 3 occasions and had a lot of fun. I don’t know what their minimum age requirements are though. You’d have to call them and ask them.
The drinking thing seems to be very important to you. I don’t get it, but whatever; It’s your choice. You will most likely NOT be able to legally drink at your age on any cruise that departs from the United States. You "might" be able to legally drink on land, at one of the ports the ship visits, depending on their local laws. While on-board the ship however, the laws of where that ship departed from are in place for the duration of the cruise.
As an alternative to cruising, have you considered going to an all-inclusive resort instead? Several of them in and around the Cancun area will allow guests as young as 18 to book. (Some of them have rules against spring breakers, so you’d want to check around.) With the right resort, you could probably have just as much fun. AND….. at an all-inclusive resort, (assuming the local laws there will allow drinking at your age) drinks are usually included in the price. On a cruise ship they are not.
Don’t forget the needed travel documentation. If you don’t have a passport, you’ll want to get one.
Good luck with your travel plans. Hope you have a great time, where ever you decide to go.