Going on a Cruise? Good News: Your Wine Can Come Too!

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If you’re planning a seaside getaway, you may be surprised to learn that you can pack your own Cabernet in your carry-on, to save on on-board expenses.

Beer and liquor are usually forbidden aboard, but many cruise lines will let you bring a bottle of wine (or a few) for your own consumption, as long as you abide by certain conditions. And while some impose corkage fees for drinking your own wine in restaurants and common areas, those fees are often still less than buying onboard bottles. Here’s a quick overview of the policies of several main cruise lines, to help you with your packing:

Carnival Cruises

One bottle of wine is permitted per person on embarkation. A $10 corkage fee applies for consumption in the main dining room; $14 corkage fee at the steakhouse (no fee if consumed in passengers’ quarters). No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption. (source)

Celebrity Cruises

Two bottles of wine are permitted per cabin at embarkation. A $25 corkage fee applies when consumed in public areas, but there is no fee if it is consumed in the passengers’ cabin. No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption. (source)

Disney Cruises

Alcohol is permitted onboard but must be hand-carried in a bag no larger than 22″ x 14″ x 9″. Outside alcohol cannot be consumed in public areas, except for wine and champagne at Palo and Remy (where a $20 corkage fee applies). (source)

Holland America

Wine is allowed onboard (it seems that HA may have recently revised its policy; whereas guests could previously bring an unlimited number of bottles, they are now restricted to one 750mL bottle per person). A corkage fee of $18 applies at onboard restaurants and bars, but consumption in guests’ rooms is free (of course). No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption. (source)

Norwegian

Wine and champagne are allowed onboard. When consumed in any restaurant, public area, or stateroom, corkage fees are: $15 for a standard 750mL bottle, $20 for 1L, $30 for 1.5L. No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption. (source)

Oceania

Guests are allowed up to three bottles per cabin of wine or champagne. When consuming wine in public areas, a corkage fee of $25 per bottle applies. No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption. (source)

Princess Cruises

At embarkation, passengers are allowed one bottle of wine or champagne per person, with a $15 corkage fee for additional bottles (regardless of where you drink them), and a $15 corkage fee for any bottles consumed in the dining room or restaurants. No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption. (source)

Royal Caribbean

Two bottles (750mL or less) of wine or champagne per cabin are allowed. A $25 corkage fee applies when consumed in public. No beer or spirits may be taken onboard for consumption. (source)

A helpful tip, regardless of your cruise line:

If you’ll be taking wine with you on your travels you can save space and reduce the risks associated with transporting liquids by packaging your wine in reusable mylar bags rather than bringing glass bottles. Because you can collapse them as you use them, they’ll take up less space as you drink from them (more room for souvenirs!), and keeping out all of the air will keep your wine fresher for longer. They’re a very practical choice if you’ll be enjoying your wine in your cabin rather than bringing it with you to dinner.

For the most up-to-date information,  confirm with your cruise line by visiting their website prior to travel.

Bon voyage!

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