How much wine is allowed while boarding HAL

We are going on a 3 week cruise on Holland America departing Feb 3. Their info states we may bring wine and champagne aboard but it does not specify how much is allowed. Any recent experience with bringing multiple bottles on board at Ft Lauderdale? Any good wine stores near the cruise terminal? I found some old posts on another site that indicated that we could bring as much as we want, but I wonder if that is still true. Thanks for any help with this.

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Hi, Good question. Except for wine and champagne, guests cannot bring hard alcohol on board for private consumption. Hard alcohol purchased on board in the duty free shops or in port will be collected, stored and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the voyage. However, guests can bring wine and/or champagne on board at embarkation or purchased in port. A corkage fee of $18.00 applies to wine and champagne brought to the shipboard restaurants and bars for consumption. Additionally, wine and/or champagne brought on board cannot be consumed in any public area. Beverage packages can also be purchased onboard. For more information check out the Holland America alcohol policy here: Have a great time!
My wife and I pre-ordered a case (12 bottles) of assorted good wines at Total Wine and took them on an 11-night cruise on the Noordam last November. We took the substantial amount of money we saved and spent it on a spa package on the ship - win-win! The taxi stop to pick up our wine was quick and simple - Although the wine was mostly intended for our balcony in the evenings, we took a bottle to dinner 3 times. The waiters always told us about the corkage but we were only actually charged once.
Good tip for using Total. We've sailed many times (4)on HL an brought case of wine abooard. I try to find late seating diners with similar wine interests to share-romancing the staff has often reduced any charges for corkage. obviously we don;t bring aboard wines already on HL inventory. I am a wine writer, certified educators and conducted many programs. I us my prof. card to give sommeliers or staff and offer to instruct, give tastes,etc. Works well and adds to our enjoyment, plus meeting new friends every cruise.
We're on your May 2 Noordam cruise to Rome and would like to invite you to join a free wine tasting I've set up through Sala Ogival de Lisboa at 2 PM on May 11. Contact for details.
Why I cruise HAL , you can bring your own wine on board , they have a good Happy Hour and the food is good

My experience with HAL says that 12 bottles unless there's a special offer or something going on, in which case you may take how many you want. I've only been part of one of these special offers (sponsored by so I don't know how often they are.

This question is over 2 years old. Holland America's current wine policy allows for unlimited wine and champagne to be brought aboard the ship, but all bottles after your first (brought aboard in your carry-on at embarkation and consumed in your cabin) are subject to an $18 per bottle corkage fee, regardless of where the wine is consumed.

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