wine corkage service

I am going on my first cruise in April. We will be on the Carnival Freedom cruise ship. My wife has gone on a cruise with my daughter, but did not know the answer to my question. I have read and understand the corkage fee charged for personal bottles of wine. My question is if the bottle is not consumed during the meal do you take it back to the room with you or can you leave it with the dining staff for use during the next meal? My wife does not drink alcohol so it is unlikely I will be consuming a whole bottle during one meal.

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8 Answers

if drinking wine in the MDR and not polishing off the bottle, they will cork it and hold it for you so you can have them bring it to you the next night.

I have also poured myself a glass of wine in my cabin and walked into the MDR with it. If I take a bottle of good red with me to dinner, it will be finished with dinner or I carry it into a lounge and finish it off that night.

Thank you, JusMe. I thought that might be the case. In looking over the wine selections it appears to me bringing my own bottle and paying the corkage is better for me. I am considering having my wife pack a bottle in her carry-on, too, so I can have a choice of a red or white wine.

I take a glass of wine to dinner , keep my bottle in cabin

Thank you, GTVCRUISER. That is an option I will consider. Our cabin is on the second deck and not too far from the dining area. I will take a big glass with me. Happy

You probably already know that corkage is not charged on the first two bottles you bring on board, so GTV's idea works well if you only want 1 glass with dinner (or aren't afraid to get up in the middle of the meal to grab a second glass). If you take the bottle in, they will charge the corkage.

If you have paid corkage, just take the bottle in with you, and if any is left either have them store it overnight (have heard some bad things on this -- bottles going missing, but have never experienced it) or take it with you at the end of the meal.

Off topic -- looking forward to your review -- I'm on the same itinerary and ship in April 18Big Smile

I have heard that this can be an option. But make sure and check before you go. When my wife and her sisters took their fist girls cruise, they got their wine and spirits taken away until the cruise was over. But for us, since we have to fly everywhere, it's not worth the hassle. And Princess has a good wine cellar. I don't know if Carnival ships do.

Carnival allows one bottle of wine per person 21 years or older. We leave the wine in our cabin and take a glass with us to dinner, we also bring a corkscrew in our checked luggage, avoiding a corkage charge. We often buy the vineyard package that gives us 5 bottles of wine during the cruise. I often drink only one small glass and the DH has 2 (maybe 3) at dinner. They recap it and bring it the next night. Both options are reasonable.

For us a lot depends upon the MDR service and quality. If we use the MDR a lot I order a bottle of red, wife orders a bottle of white. Often then we have them hold the open bottles for us. If I've pretty much polished off my red or even if it is half full, then I take it back to the cabin with me. It takes my wife multiple dinners to go through a bottle of white. Sometimes I have to help her out before it gets mold on it. However, if we find the MDR on a particular voyage not up to par then we use other venues for dinner, like the speicalties and the buffet. If we are jumping from dining area to dining area every other evening it never works out very well to have them hold a bottle over, as they lose it or it takes forever for them to find it. I've never taken a bottle of wine from the cabin to the dining room so never paid the corkage fee. I understand we have to pay that with our free bottles but if we pay the $15.00 surcharge for a bottle we bring on board then we don't have to pay the corkage fee in the dining room but have to have evidence that we did pay the surcharge. Anyway, haven't did that. Often times we take a drink from the bar to the dining room, but it is usually a cocktail, like when we go to dinner directly from the Elite lounge where we get half price cocktails.


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