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Can I bring alcohol on my cruise?

On some lines, you can buy a local favorite in port, and drink it with dinner. - Photo by Thinkstock

You’re cruising through the Mediterranean, and you stop in Nice. In a wine shop, you see a gorgeous bottle of French rosé, and immediately picture yourself sipping some on your veranda while the ship pulls out of port later that evening. As you reach for your credit card, you wonder — are you even allowed to bring alcohol on cruise ships? The answer: It depends. Alcohol policies vary widely from line to line. In addition, many lines charge so-called corkage fees if you want to drink your purchase in a public space, including dining rooms, specialty restaurants, or lounges. There is always the option of sneaking alcohol onboard to get around these policies, but if you want to play by the rules, here’s our handy line-by-line cheat sheet:

Cruise Line Alcohol Policy & Extra Fees

Azamara Club Cruises

Policy – Spirits, beer, and wine are allowed for private consumption in suites or cabins (with a limit of two bottles per cabin), as well as in any shipboard restaurant, bar, or dining venue.

Extra fees – Consuming alcohol in any shipboard restaurant, bar, or dining venue is subject to a corkage fee of $10 per bottle.

Carnival Cruise Line

Policy – One bottle of wine or champagne per person is allowed on embarkation. No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of call will be held by the ship and delivered to the guest’s cabin on the last day of the sailing.

Extra fees – A $10 corkage fee per bottle applies for consumption in the main dining room; $14 at the steakhouse.

Celebrity Cruises

Policy – Two bottles of wine per cabin are allowed on embarkation. No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption. Alcoholic beverages purchased in ports of call or onboard shops will be held by the ship and delivered to the guest’s cabin on the last day of the sailing.

Extra fees – Wine is subject to a $25 corkage fee per bottle when consumed in public areas.

Costa Cruises

Policy – No alcohol may be taken aboard at embarkation, and alcohol purchased in port or at the ship’s duty-free shop will be held and returned at the end of the cruise.

Extra fees – N/A

Cunard Line

Policy – One bottle of wine or champagne per person is allowed during embarkation. No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption. When purchased at ports of call, however, there is no restriction on wine, spirits, or beer being carried aboard.

Extra fees – A corkage fee of $20 per bottle applies when consumed in restaurants onboard.

Disney Cruise Line

Policy – Alcohol is permitted onboard but must be hand-carried on in a bag no larger than 22″ wide, 14″ high, and 9″ deep. Outside alcohol cannot be consumed in any lounge or public area except for wine and champagne at Palo and Remy.

Extra fees – A corkage fee of $20 per bottle applies at Palo and Remy.

Holland America Line

Policy – Wine and champagne are allowed onboard. Beer or spirits purchased on the ship or otherwise taken on the ship cannot be consumed onboard; bottles will be held for the duration of the cruise and delivered to the guest’s cabin on the last day of the sailing.

Extra fees – A corkage fee of $18 applies at onboard restaurants and bars.

MSC Cruises

Policy – No alcohol may be taken aboard at embarkation, and alcohol purchased in port or at the ship’s duty-free shop will be held and returned at the end of the cruise.

Extra fees – N/A

Norwegian Cruise Line

Policy – Wine and champagne are allowed onboard. No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption.

Extra fees – Corkage fees of $15 for 750 mL, $20 for 1,000 mL, and $30 for 1,500 mL bottles apply when consumed in any restaurant, public area, or stateroom.

Oceania Cruises

Policy – Guests may not take beer and spirits onboard at embarkation. Guests are allowed to take up to three bottles (per cabin) of wine or champagne onboard.

Extra fees – A corkage fee of $25 per bottle applies for consuming wine in public areas.

Princess Cruises

Policy – Passengers are permitted one bottle of wine or champagne per person at embarkation; additional bottles will incur a $15 corkage fee, regardless of where you drink them. Alcoholic beverages purchased onboard or at ports of call will be held during the cruise and delivered to the cabin on the last day. No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption.

Extra fees – A $15 corkage fee per bottle applies for consuming in the dining room or restaurants.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Policy – Guests are allowed to take spirits, wine, and champagne onboard, though most alcohol is included in the price of the cruise.

Extra fees – N/A

Royal Caribbean International

Policy – Two bottles (750ml each or smaller) of wine or champagne per cabin are allowed. No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption.

Extra fees – A $25 corkage fee per bottle is applied when consumed in public.

Seabourn

Policy – Guests are allowed to take spirits, wine, and champagne onboard, though most alcohol is included in the price of the cruise.

Extra fees – N/A

Silversea

Policy – Guests are allowed to take spirits, wine, and champagne onboard, though most alcohol is included in the price of the cruise.

Extra fees – N/A


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3 Comments

Nautilus's Avatar

Posted by Nautilus 4 months ago

This entire subject is mute when you do NOT drink any alcohol in the first place!

Plus is saves a hell of a lot of Money!

billlee60's Avatar

Posted by billlee60 5 months ago

Yep, that's that the legal way to do it. I gift wrap a box of wine and put it in the suitcase, put the "booze" in different containers, like a thermos. Just ask for a wine glass, at the bar. Have not bought a drink on board in years. If the thermos runs dry, just refill it in port. Forget about those over the top prices for shore excursions, plenty of locals to give you the same thing, at a much better price.

mgribov's Avatar

Posted by mgribov 1 year ago

Hmm why would some cruiselines allow wine but not beer?

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