We all know that one of the reasons cruises offer such great value is because the cruise line simply wants to get passengers on board. Once they are a “captive audience.” then the cruise lines can sell them all sorts of things — from excursions to souvenirs to alcohol.
And have now doubt; selling drinks is a big business for the ships. With literally thousands of people ready to let loose in the warm sun, the booze flows like water. It’s not an accident that Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas mega-ship has no fewer than 11 bars… and several other restaurants to grab a drink.
But that doesn’t mean the cruise lines are only after your wallet. While nearly every cruise line prohibits your bringing beer or liquor aboard the ship to drink, many will let you bring some wine or champagne.
It likely won’t quench your thirst for the entire cruise, but it’s good to know that if you want to save a few bucks, then you can bring at least some alcohol aboard on your own.
To help you sort out what you can and can’t bring, we’ve gone through the trouble of rounding up each cruise line’s alcohol policy. The language below comes straight from each cruise line’s website.
Azamara Club Cruises Alcohol Policy
Note: Azamara offers all-inclusive cruises with alcohol included.
Azamara Club Cruises offers a wide selection of international liquors, beer and fine wines onboard. You may bring your own favorite liquor, beer or wine for private consumption in your suite or stateroom. If you wish to consume your liquor, beer or wine in any shipboard restaurant, bar or dining venue, each bottle is subject to a corkage fee of $10.
If you are given a bottle of wine that was purchased from Azamara’s Bon Voyage Gift selection, then no corkage fee will apply. If you are given a bottle of wine from an outside vendor and/or travel professional, and the bottle was not purchased through Azamara’s Bon Voyage selection, then a $10 corkage fee will apply if the wine is consumed in the dining room or other public area. All corkage fees will be added to your onboard account.
Alcoholic beverages purchased from onboard shops will be stored by the ship and delivered to guest staterooms on the last day of the sailing. Alcohol will not be delivered to any guest under the age of 21.
Carnival Alcohol Policy
At the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day, guests (21 years of age and older) may carry on in their hand luggage, one 750 ml bottle of sealed/unopened wine or champagne per person. A $15 USD corkage fee (a charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of wine served that was not bought on the premises), per 750 ml bottle, will be charged should guests wish to consume their wine or champagne in a main dining room, steakhouse or bar.
Celebrity Cruises Alcohol Policy
Guests are not allowed to bring beer or hard liquor onboard for consumption or any other
use. Guests wishing to bring personal wine onboard with them at the beginning of the
cruise may do so, limited to two (2) bottles per stateroom, but when consumed in any
shipboard restaurant, bar, or dining venue, each bottle shall be subject to a corkage fee of
$25.00. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of calls or from the onboard shops
will be stored by the ship and delivered to guest’s staterooms on the last day of the sailing.
Costa Cruises Alcohol Policy
No food or drink purchased on land may be brought aboard. Any local products purchased during excursions can be handed to Security Costa staff for safekeeping and collected before disembarking at the end of the cruise.
Crystal Cruises Alcohol Policy
Note: Crystal Cruises offers all-inclusive cruises with alcohol included.
Cunard Alcohol Policy
You may bring wine or champagne on board (over the age of 21) to celebrate special occasions. However if it is consumed in any of the dining rooms, alternative restaurants or bars then each bottle will be subject to a corkage fee.
We reserve the right to remove alcohol at the gangway if brought on board, either at embarkation or when in a port of call and will be returned to you at the end of your voyage. It is not our intention to invoke this policy as a matter of course and we will only implement on occasions where we consider it likely that the health, comfort, safety and enjoyment of passengers may otherwise be compromised.
Should you wish to take wine or Champagne on board to consume in a restaurant, each bottle will be subject to a US$20.00 corkage charge. This fee is subject to change.
Disney Cruises Alcohol Policy
Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port of call. These beverages must be packed in carry-on (not checked) bags or luggage.
Guests wishing to consume wine or champagne that they have brought on board in one of the dining rooms will be charged a corking fee of $25.00 per bottle.
Please note: Any alcohol packed in checked luggage will be removed and stored until the end of the cruise.
Any wine or champagne in excess of 2 bottles or beer in excess of 6 beers will be stored until the end of the cruise.
Bringing liquors and spirits (including powdered alcohol) on board is prohibited. These items will be stored until the end of the cruise.
Guest MUST retrieve any stored alcohol at the end of the cruise. Items not retrieved will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.
Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.
Holland America Alcohol Policy
Each guest 21 years and older may bring one bottle of wine or champagne (no larger than 750ml) onboard in carry-on luggage at the beginning of the voyage. This bottle will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in the stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles (no larger than 750ml) in carry-on luggage are welcome, but will incur a US$18.00 (subject to change) corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Guests are not allowed to bring beer, boxed wine, or other liquors and spirits onboard. Holland America Line reserves the right to remove all alcoholic beverages from any guest luggage that violates this policy.
MSC Alcohol Policy
Passengers are not permitted to bring onboard any such drinks for use during the voyage, whether for consumption in their own cabins or otherwise. Alcoholic drinks in any form will not be sold to Minors during the cruise. When the itinerary includes a port located in the U.S.A the same conditions will apply for any passengers under the age 21.
Norwegian Cruise Line Alcohol Policy
Effective for sailings July 15, 2016 and beyond, guests are prohibited from bringing any beverages — including liquor, beer and non-alcoholic drinks such as water, soda and juices — on board either as carry-on or checked luggage, with the exception of purified or distilled water in factory-sealed containers for use in conjunction with medical devices or for the reconstitution of infant formula; and fully sealed and/or corked wine bottles for personal consumption onboard that is subject to screening and a corkage fee (for guests 21 years of age or older). Open beverages of any kind must be consumed or discarded at the security check-point, on embarkation day and at any port of call. This revised policy brings the company in line with other best practice travel security protocols and reduces the need for individual time consuming screening and package inspection of large volumes of beverages.
Oceania Alcohol Policy
Beer or hard liquor cannot be brought onboard (but can be ordered through Special Services prior to voyage)
3 bottles of wine or champagne are allowed per cabin (including embarkation and at port), corkage fee: $25
Alcohol purchased at port will be stored until end of cruise
Princess Cruises Alcohol Policy
As provided in the Passage Contract, guests agree not to bring alcoholic beverages of any kind onboard for consumption, except one bottle of wine or champagne per adult of drinking age (no larger than 750 ml) per voyage, which will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in the stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles are welcome, but will incur a $15 corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Liquor, spirits or beers are not permitted. Please remember that luggage will be scanned and alcohol outside of our policy will be removed and discarded.
Regent Seven Seas Alcohol Policy
The minimum drinking age across Regent Seven Seas’ fleet is twenty-one (21) years of age or older. On embarkation day, you are permitted to bring unsealed and unopened bottles of wine or champagne to be enjoyed onboard. Alcohol purchased in ports-of-call may be stored and consumed in your suite.
Royal Caribbean Alcohol Policy
Guests are not allowed to bring beer, hard liquor, fortified wines or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use on boarding day or while in port. Alcoholic beverages seized on boarding day will not be returned.
Guests wishing to bring personal wine and champagne onboard may do so only on boarding day, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom. Additional bottles of wine beyond two (2) bottles that are brought onboard or any alcoholic beverages purchased in ports of call or from Shops On Board will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the sailing. Wine may be consumed in any shipboard restaurant, dining venue, or within the guests’ stateroom. Wine brought onboard may not be shared for consumption in private group events, and/or in lounges made private for the exclusive use of a group.