While excitedly packing up for a cruise vacation, most of us have asked ourselves, “Can I take wine or alcohol on a cruise?” For years the answer has been no, but increasingly that is changing. We’ve found 13 major cruise lines that now say, yes you can.
Half the charm of booking a balcony cabin on a cruise ship is relaxing at day’s end, sipping a glass of your favorite wine and watching the ship prepare to leave port, so this is definitely a move in the right direction.
In November, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line announced that their long-standing no alcohol by passengers policy was coming to an end. Their new policy allows passengers (over 21 of course) to bring two 750 ml bottles of wine on board when they check in. The wine can be consumed in the guest’s cabin or on their balcony. If brought to the dining room or public area, there will be a $25 corkage fee.
Here’s a run down of major cruise lines that allow passengers over 21 years of age to bring wine (and sometimes liquor) on board during embarkation, for consumption in staterooms
- Azamara Cruise Line – 2 bottles of wine per cabin, Alcohol may also be brought on board
- Carnival Cruise Line – 1 bottle of wine per cabin
- Celebrity Cruise Line – 2 bottles of wine per cabin
- Crystal Cruises – Wine and Alcohol are permitted to be brought on board and consumed in cabins or restaurants without a corkage fee. Crystal also allows passengers to purchase alcohol in port and bring it onto the ship
- Cunard Cruise Line – 1 bottle of wine per cabin – wine and alcohol purchased in port may be allowed on board
- Disney Cruise Line – 1 bottle of wine or 6 cans or bottles of beer per person in carry on luggage
- Holland America Cruise Line – Wine may be brought on board
- Oceania Cruises – 3 bottles of wine per cabin are allowed. Alcohol is also permitted
- P & O Cruise Line – Wine and alcohol are permitted to be brought on board in reasonable quantities. It is also permissible to bring aboard beverages purchased in port
- Princess Cruise Line – 1 bottle of wine per person allowed at embarkation or purchased in port
- Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – 2 bottles of wine per cabin are allowed
- Seabourn Cruise Line – Allows both wine and alcohol to be brought on board
- Silversea Cruise Line – Allows both wine and alcohol with no corkage fees
*Please note – unless otherwise indicated all cruise lines administer a corkage fee for wine or alcohol consumed outside of your stateroom that typically run between $10-25 per bottle. Check your embarkation documents for further clarifications of your cruise line’s wine and alcohol policies.