Bringing Alcohol Onboard Cruises

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Every cruise ship has a different alcohol policy on what you are and aren’t allowed to bring onboard with you on the day of embarkation. No one likes to be caught off guard with corkage fees and getting alcohol confiscated is never a fun way to start to your vacation. We’ve gathered the policies on bringing alcohol onboard from a few major cruise lines and put them in one place for you. Who do you think has the most lenient policy?

Azamara

You are welcome to bring your own liquor, beer, or wine for private consumption in your suite or stateroom. If consumed in any shipboard restaurant, bar, or dining venue, each bottle is subject to a corkage fee of $10.

Carnival

Guests are prohibited from bringing water, sodas, and other non-alcoholic beverages onboard that are packaged in bottles. A maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person of non-alcoholic beverages can be brought onboard the day of embarkation and must be in the guest’s carry-on luggage. One 750ml bottle of sealed/unopened wine or champagne can be brought onboard per person in their carry-on luggage. A $15 USD corkage fee will be charged per 750ml bottle if consumed in the main dining room, steakhouse, or bar. All liquor, beer, and other forms of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that don’t meet the requirements are strictly forbidden and will be confiscated and discarded. And beverages bought at a port-of-call or an onboard shop will be returned on day of debarkation.

Celebrity

Two 750ml bottles are allowed on embarkation day per stateroom, subject to a corkage fee of $25 per bottle when enjoyed in any shipboard restaurant, bar, or dining venue. No beer or hard liquor is allowed to be brought on.

Disney Cruises

Guests are allowed to bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (750ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 oz) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call. No liqueurs and spirits are allowed. A $25 corkage fee per bottle will be charged if consumed at any of the dining rooms. Bottles should be packed in carry-on luggage. Any beverages that exceed the maximum will be stored until the end of the cruise. Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.

MSC

No alcohol, including wines, spirits, beer, or other liqueurs are allowed to be brought on board.

Norwegian

Guests may bring wine and champagne onboard. When consumed in any restaurant, public room area, or in their stateroom, a corkage fee will be charged ($15 for 750ml bottle, $30 for 1,500ml magnum bottle). If any alcohol is purchased at any of the ports of call or onboard, it will be stored and will be returned on the final night of the cruise or the morning of debarkation. Guests are allowed to bring water and soda in their original sealed containers.

Princess

One bottle of wine or champagne (750ml) is allowed per adult per voyage. There is no corkage fee if consumed in stateroom. Additional bottles are welcome, but $15 corkage fee will apply no matter where it is consumed. Liquors, spirits, and beer is not permitted. Any alcohol purchased at ports-of-call or onboard, it will be stored and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the cruise.

RCCL

Only two 750ml bottles are allowed to be brought onboard on embarkation day. No beer, hard liquor, fortified wines, or non-alcoholic beverages are allowed. Additional bottles beyond 2 bottles brought on board or bought in ports of call or onboard will be stored and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of sailing. There is no corkage fee. If doing a consecutive cruise or a back-to-back sailing, only two bottles will be allowed on the first day of the first sailing, and the rest will be stored and 2 bottles will be delivered on the first day of the second sailing.