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Cruise Line Alcohol Policies

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Can I bring alcohol on board my cruise? It’s no doubt one of the most common questions we get.

So we’ve found the alcohol policies for every cruise line in Florida — including those leaving the Port of Miami, Port Canaveral and Port Everglades.

Just click the link below to read up on your specific cruise.

Remember to always bring alcohol on the ship in your personal carry on. This way, there is no risk of it breaking and soaking your or another passenger’s bags. Also, if your cruise is sailing from and returning to a U.S. port, the drinking age on board is 21 years for the entire length of the cruise (unless parental permission is given for guests 18-20 years old). If you are traveling to South America or Europe, that age may be lowered to 18 once out of U.S. waters. However, guests under 21 can’t bring booze on board.

Note: All alcohol brought on board should be in unopened, untampered containers. Otherwise, it is likely to be confiscated.

Click your cruise line below for its specific policy:

Azamara |Carnival | Celebrity | Costa Cruises | Crystal Cruises | Cunard | Disney | Holland America | MSC Cruise Line | Norwegian | Oceania | P&O Cruises | Princess | Regent Seven Seas | Royal Caribbean |Seabourn | Silversea

Azamara Cruises

wine-on-cruise-shipAzamara’s has a liberal policy for alcohol. You can bring any sort of alcohol you like on board the ship — including liquor, beer, and wine. You can also pack as much as you like (up to a reasonable limit).

Alcohol you bring on board is expected for private consumption in your stateroom. If you want to drink it in a public area like a restaurant or bar, each bottle will be hit with a $10 corkage fee. Even with the fee, however, it is likely to be considerably cheaper than purchasing alcohol on board.

Carnival Cruises

Carnival allows you to bring just one 750 ml bottle of wine or champagne per passenger 21 or older at the time of boarding. The bottle must be unopened, and it must be packed in your carry-on luggage.

You can’t bring hard liquor or beer. You also can’t bring opened bottles of wine or champagne. If you bring prohibited items, they will be taken from you and stored for the length of your cruise. You will get them back on the day you leave.

If you do bring a bottle of wine or champagne on board, there is a $10 corkage fee (basically a fee to drink your own wine) in the main dining room. The charge bumps up to $14 if you drink your bottle in the steakhouse.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity allows guests to embark with two bottles of wine (no word on champagne) per stateroom. While the cruise line has no mention of size, it’s safe to assume they mean the traditional 750 ml bottles. Celebrity charges a $25 corkage fee for each bottle if consumed in a bar or restaurant.

Beer and hard liquor are a no-go. They will be confiscated from you and possibly not returned. (While the cruise line reserves the right to not allow you to board if you violate their policy, we think that’s a long shot.)

Costa Cruises

Costa’s alcohol rules are strict and straightforward. Its ticket contract states that “no alcohol purchased or obtained ashore may be brought onboard the Vessel.”

Well, that stinks.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises are all-inclusive. That means alcohol (in addition to non-alcoholic drinks) are included in your cruise price. That goes for wine, liquor, beer and everything else. In other words, there’s no real reason to bring booze on board.

If you have a special brand or a special bottle, you are allowed to bring that on board. There are no corkage fees.

Cunard Cruises

Guests on Cunard are allowed to bring one bottle of wine or champagne on board. While hard liquor and beer aren’t supposed to be brought on, Cunard’s website makes us think they may look the other way:

“We reserve the right to remove alcohol at the gangway should the need arise. 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 guests may otherwise be compromised.”

In other words, if you play it cool, they should let you board with it. If you are nervous, give the cruise line a call ahead of time.

It should be noted that Cunard charges a $20 corkage fee for wine or champagne that you bring on board and consume in a restaurant.

Disney Cruises

It’s somewhat surprising, but Disney Cruises actually has the most lenient alcohol policy of any cruise departing Florida. Guests may bring alcohol on board (it’s our understanding that it can be any sort of alcohol — beer and hard liquor included). The only rule is that the alcohol must be packed in your carry on, which cannot exceed 22 inches wide, 14 inches high, and 9 inches deep.

Now, there are rules about drinking on Disney ships. Namely, you can’t consume outside alcohol in any lounge or public area (we take this to mean restaurants). But if you want to drink wine or champagne in Disney’s restaurants Palo and Remy, there is a $20 corkage fee.

Holland America

Holland America allows guests to bring wine or champagne on their cruise, with few restrictions. There are no mentions of size or quantity restrictions (still, it’s best to use common sense). No hard liquor or beer is allowed to be brought aboard. If you want to drink your wine or champagne in a public area, then expect to pay an $18 corkage fee.

However, these rules change come January 31, 2014. After that time, there is a restriction to one bottle of wine or champagne per passenger over 21. A size restriction of 750 ml will also be enforced. The prohibition of beer and hard liquor will remain in place. Any alcohol not meeting these rules will be confiscated and returned to you at the end of your trip. The corkage fee will also increase to $20 per bottle.

MSC Cruise Lines

MSC has a strict “no alcohol” rule for its embarking guests. To put it plainly, you can see what they say on their website:

“Passengers are not permitted to bring onboard any such drinks for use during the voyage, whether for consumption in their own cabins or otherwise.”

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian passengers aren’t allowed to bring any alcohol on board the ship except for bottles of wine and/or champagne. Currently, there are no stated restrictions on the amount of wine/champagne you can bring. Hard liquor and beer aren’t allowed.

If you bring a bottle of the bubbly, you will be charged a corkage fee to drink it — even if in their stateroom. The charge is $15 for a traditional 750 ml bottle or $30 for the 1,500 ml “Magnum” bottles.

While Norwegian observes a strict 21 drinking policy, guests 18-20 years old can purchase alcohol once the ship is in international waters if a parent or guardian is on the ship as well and signs a consent form. Even then, these underage guests can only drink wine or beer.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania guests are allowed to bring three bottles of wine or champagne onboard the cruise with them. No hard liquor or beer is allowed.

Guests bringing wine or champagne on the ship should expect a $25 per bottle corkage fee if they want to drink it in public areas like bars or restaurants.

P&O Cruises

Like some other cruise lines, P&O Cruises has a somewhat vague policy that seems to allow some leeway in the alcohol you bring on board. Their policy makes no hard restrictions about what you can bring on board:

“There are a variety of bars on board each of our ships, offering a range of drinks at competitive prices, and drinks can also be purchased in our restaurants. We reserve the right to take alcohol at the gangway, if brought on board, to return to passengers at the end of their cruise. It is not our intention to invoke this policy as a matter of course and we will implement it only when we consider it is likely that the health, comfort, safety and enjoyment of passenger may otherwise be compromised.

“Should you wish to take wine or Champagne on board to consume in a restaurant, you will be charged a corkage fee per item (any size) per occasion.

“Should you wish to take wine or champagne on board to celebrate an event, the number of bottles you may take on will be at the port authorities discretion and you will be charged a corkage fee.”

We take this to mean you have a green light to bring any alcohol on board as long as it is a reasonable quantity and you don’t appear drunk to begin with. If you are nervous, contact the cruise line beforehand.

Princess Cruises

Princess offers a policy that’s similar to the majority of cruise lines — no hard liquor or beer, but a bottle of champagne or wine is ok. More specifically:

“Passengers 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

Regent Seven Seas is an all-inclusive cruise line. Therefore, there is unlimited alcoholic beverage service on board the ship — that includes champagne, wine, and spirits. It also includes a restocking of your mini-bar every day.

If you have the urge to bring something else on board, Regent allows you to bring wine and champagne on board. As well, alcohol purchased while in port is allowed to your room instead of waiting until the end of the trip. There are no corkage fees.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean allows you to bring two 750 ml bottles of wine or champagne per stateroom at the time of boarding. The bottles should not be opened. Note: This policy is per stateroom, not passenger.

Just like its main competitor, Carnival, you can’t bring any beer or hard liquor. And if you bring prohibited alcohol, it will be taken from you and stored for the length of your cruise. You will get it back on the day you leave.

Royal Caribbean charges a $25 corkage fee for any alcohol consumed in public areas of the ship, such as restaurants.

Seabourn Cruises

No need to worry about bringing alcohol on a Seabourn cruise. This line is all-inclusive, so wine, liquor, and beer are included in your fare. If you wish to bring something special or a particular brand, you are allowed to do so. There is no corkage fee.

Silversea Cruises

You can bring anything you like aboard a Silversea cruise, but it’s unlikely you will need to do so. Because the cruises are all-inclusive, all beverages including wine, beer, and hard liquor are included in your fare. Guests wishing to bring a particular brand or a special bottle of wine may do so without incurring a corkage fee.