(1:10 p.m. EDT) -- Princess Cruises has extended its Captain's Circle Loyalty program to cruisers of all ages, the first time the line has let cruisers under 18 attain status or enjoy benefits.

"We know travel enriches our guests by inspiring them to connect with new people in far off destinations while immersing themselves in new cultures," said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises' president. "By extending the benefits of our Captain's Circle Loyalty Program to our youth guests, they will remain more connected than ever to their friends and family and continue to share their joy of cruising with the world."

Previous to this move, cruises under 18 didn't get cruise cards of different colors or have access to perks, like free Wi-Fi for anyone with Elite status or free laundry.