How much alcohol can you bring aboard cruise ships? It depends on which cruise and which type of alcohol. Some cruise lines don't allow any alcohol to be brought on board, while others allow a small amount. Many allow wine and champagne but not spirits, while others do not allow any.
Cruise lines have different policies about alcohol consumption as well. Some allow people 18-21 years old to consume beer and wine with a signed voucher.
Below find the alcohol rules and restrictions for many major cruise lines.
Carnival Cruise Lines
View alcohol policy here.
Updated on Alcademics on 9/1/13.
Bringing Alcohol On Board - Embarkation Day:
Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board. However, at the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day, guests (21 years of age and older) may bring on board one bottle (750ml) of wine or champagne, per person, only in their carry-on luggage. A $10 corkage fee per bottle will be charged should you wish to consume this wine in the main dining room; $14 corkage fee per bottle in the steakhouse. (A corkage fee is a charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of liquor served that was not bought on the premises)
On embarkation day, each guest may bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages on board and only in their carry-on luggage. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 bottles and/or cans, 20 ounces each or less.
All alcohol/hard liquor/beer (sealed, unopened bottles/cans), wine/champagne over the allowable 1-bottle per guest (sealed, unopened bottles) or excessive quantities of non-alcoholic beverages (over 12 per person, sealed, unopened bottles/cans) will be confiscated and stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. The retained item(s) will be available for collection onboard in a designated location on the morning of debarkation. Unsealed liquids that are prohibited will be discarded, as well as any unclaimed items left after the voyage, and no compensation will be given in either case.
Large cooler restrictions:
Carnival Cruise Lines does not allow guests to bring large coolers on board its ships. However small, personal-sized coolers, no larger than 12”H x 12”L x 12”W for the purpose of housing small quantities of non-alcoholic beverages and/or medications are permitted as carry-on luggage. Screening and movement of large coolers through embarkation is an impediment to the boarding and security screening process. Therefore, large coolers are not permitted as carry-on or checked luggage.
Alcoholic beverages of any kind purchased in any Port-of-Call will be retained at the gangway, stored on board and held by Carnival until the end of the voyage.
Gift Shops On Board:
Alcoholic beverages of any kind purchased in the ship's gift shop will be stored on board and be retained by Carnival until the end of the voyage.
The Fun Shops or Room Service:
This program is designed for in-cabin entertaining/consumption only. Liquor is not permitted to be taken out of the cabin for consumption in public areas
Drinking Alcohol On Board:
The minimum age for the purchase and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the bars, lounges and gift shops is 21 years of age. In the event that Bar/Restaurant/Gift Shop staff are in question that a guest is less than 21 years old, they shall request picture identification, prior to serving the drink or selling the bottle of liquor.
Carnival reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone.
Norwegian Cruise Lines
View alcohol policy here and here.
Updated on Alcademics 9/1/13.
Passengers must be 21 years of age or older to purchase or consume alcohol.With the exception of Alaska and Hawaii itineraries, Norwegian permits young adults to purchase and personally consume wine and beer only while onboard and with the consent of an accompanying parent. Authorization will be given only when the accompanying parent completes the Young Adult Alcoholic Beverage Waiver form. This form can be obtained and completed at the Guest Services Desk upon embarkation of the vessel. However, passengers 18 years of age or older are permitted to consume alcoholic beverages when sailing on round-trip European voyages without having to complete the Young Adult Alcoholic Beverage Waiver form.
Please note that with the exception of Wine and Champagne, all guests are prohibited from bringing alcohol on board our ships. If you purchase any alcohol at one of our ports-of-call or in our onboard shops, we will safely store your purchase(s) and either on the final night of the cruise or the morning of debarkation it will be available for pick up in a designated area.
Wine & Champagne Policy
Guests may bring bottles of wine and champagne on board. When bottles are brought on board and served or consumed in any restaurant, public room area or in their stateroom, a corkage fee will be charged according to bottle sizes noted below.750 ml Bottle: $15.001, 500 ml Magnum: $30.00
Wine or champagne sent directly to the ship by travel agents, friends, family, etc. or from another retail source, are subject to the same fees. Box wines are not allowed on board.*
Norwegian encourages the responsible use of alcohol and accordingly reserves the right to permanently or temporarily revoke the drinking privileges of any guest who violates Norwegian's Guest Code of Conduct or who is deemed a danger to himself, herself or others by vessel management. Continued abuse of alcohol while sailing and/or violation of Norwegian's alcohol policy may result in immediate disembarkation.
View alcohol policy here.
Updated on Alcademics 10/8/13.
Guests are not allowed to bring beer, hard liquor or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use. Guests may bring personal wine and champagne onboard only on boarding day, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom. When consumed in any public area, each bottle shall be subject to a corkage fee of $25.00. 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. Alcoholic beverages seized on embarkation day will not be returned.
Security may inspect containers (water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, luggage etc.) and will dispose of containers holding alcohol. Guests who violate any alcohol policies, (over consume, provide alcohol to people under age 21, demonstrate irresponsible behavior, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time), may be disembarked or not allowed to board, at their own expense, in accordance with our Guest Conduct Policy. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol returned to them.
See also: Corkage fee info.
View alcohol policy here.
Updated on Alcademics 10/8/13.
No beer or hard liquor may be brought onboard for consumption. If you wish to bring personal wine onboard with you on the day you board your cruise, you may do so, limited to two (2) 750ml bottles per stateroom. When enjoyed in any shipboard restaurant, bar or dining venue, each bottle shall be subject to a corkage fee of $25. The only exception to this policy is on our "Wine Cruises," which depart on the following dates:
• Celebrity Century: April 27, 2013, and Sept. 26, 2013
• Celebrity Infinity: Sept. 6, 2013 – Oct. 12, 2013
• Celebrity Millennium: Sept. 13, 2013
• Celebrity Solstice: Sept. 13, 2013
On the sail dates above, those who book a company-sponsored winery tour are permitted to bring two bottles of wine from the winery onboard per stateroom on the day of the tour. When enjoyed in any shipboard restaurant, bar or dining venue, each bottle will be subject to a $25 corkage fee.
If you receive a bottle of wine that was purchased from our Bon Voyage Gift selection, no corkage fee will apply if the bottle is enjoyed in the dining room or any public area. If you receive a bottle from an outside vendor and/or travel agent, and the bottle was not purchased through our Bon Voyage selection, then a $25 corkage fee per bottle will apply if you wish to enjoy the wine in the dining room or any other public area. The fee will be applied to your onboard account.
Alcoholic beverages purchased in ports of call or from onboard shops will be stored onboard and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the sailing.
View Alcohol policy here and for info on drinks packages here.
Updated on Alcademics on 10/8/13.
Please note that in line with Company Health and Safety standards for Guests and Crew Members, it is strictly forbidden to bring any kind of drink or food on board in hand or cabin luggage. Personal care products (such as shampoo, suntan lotion, etc.) baby care products, products certified by a doctor and liquid medicines are not subject to this rule. Any food or drink, including items purchased during excursions and visits during the call, will not be admitted on board. Local regional products eventually purchased will be kept in custody by ship officers upon arrival and released at disembarkation.
All Inclusive beverages*: includes a selection of alcoholic (including draft beer and wine) and soft drinks by the glass and coffee, with the exception of Mini Bar products and premium brands.
- Adults only (18 years and older): € 19.50 per day, including service charges.
All Inclusive Young beverages*:
All Inclusive Young beverages*: ffor the kids, includes a selection of soft drinks by the glass, with the exception of Mini Bar Products.
- Children/teenagers (from 4 to 17 years): € 11 per day including service charges. Must be booked in combination with the All Inclusive package for adults.
View Alcohol policy here (pdf).
Updated on Alcademics on 10/9/13.
Alcoholic beverages will not be served to guests under age 21.
Customs Information: Generally, one liter of alcohol per person may be entered into the U.S. duty-free by travelers who are 21 or older, although travelers coming from the U.S. Virgin Islands or other Caribbean countries are entitled to more. Additional quantities may be entered, although they will be subject to duty and IRS taxes.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES BROUGHT ON BOARD
Current Policy effective through sailings departing
before January 31, 2014:
Except for wine and champagne, guests may not bring hard alcohol on board for private consumption. Hard alcohol purchased on board in the duty free shops or in port will be collected, stored for safekeeping and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the voyage.
Guests can bring wine and/or champagne on board at embarkation or purchased in port. A corkage fee of US$18.00 applies to wine and champagne brought to the shipboard restaurants or bars for consumption. Wine and/or champagne brought on board cannot be consumed in any public venue.
If a guest is drinking a beverage carried on board and
in a public venue, they will be asked to return it to their stateroom.
Room Service offers reduced-price stateroom beverage packages for in-stateroom consumption of alcoholic beverages. A 15% Service Charge on all beverage items and packages with beverages will be added.
New Policy effective January 31, 2014:
Each guest 21 years and older may bring one bottle of wine or champagne (no larger than 750ml) onboard in their carry- on luggage at the beginning of the voyage. Guests are not allowed to bring beer, boxed wine, or other liquors and spirits onboard. Holland America Line screens luggage as part of our standard security process and reserves the right to remove all alcoholic beverages from guest luggage that violates this policy. Any alcoholic beverage found will be removed and returned on the last evening of the voyage. Guests will not receive any monetary compensation for alcoholic beverages that were removed from luggage. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports of calls or from onboard shops will be stored and returned on the last evening of the voyage.
A corkage fee of US$20.00 (subject to change) applies to
wine and champagne brought to the restaurants or bars
for consumption. In-Room Dining offers reduced-price stateroom beverage packages for in-stateroom consumption of alcoholic beverages (a 15% Service Charge on all beverage items and packages with beverages will be added).
View Alcohol policy here.
Updated on Alcademics on 10/9/13.
As provided in the Passage Contract, 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.*
Alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty free from the ship's gift shop, or at ports of call, will be collected for safekeeping and delivered to the passenger's stateroom on the last day of the cruise. A member of the ship's staff will be at the gangway to assist passengers with the storage of their shoreside alcoholic purchases while our Boutiques staff will assist passengers with shipboard alcoholic purchases.
*Princess Cruises is not responsible for any alcoholic beverages removed and discarded by shoreside security staff.
Such items are not eligible for monetary refund or replacement.
The legal drinking age of 21 years is always observed onboard and proof of age may be required. All onboard staff are trained to take their responsibility to not serve alcohol to underage passengers seriously. The age restrictions are clearly posted in the bars.
Entry into the disco is limited to passengers 18 years and older. However, be sure to check with the child and teen centers for special disco events designed just for kids. Children under the age of 18 are welcome in the gymnasium, spa and jacuzzi; and also in the evening entertainment show lounges when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
In line with domestic age limits, as well as Princess' company policy, the casino is reserved for passengers 21 years and older. Additionally, only those passengers 21 years and older will be allowed to purchase or consume alcohol. For those whose age is questionable, picture identification may be requested.
Princess Cruises Drink Menus, March 2015
Thanks to reader Warren for sending along the menu and pricing for Princess cruises. Below is the all-inclusive drink package pricing as well as a few menus from the onboard bars.
Disney basically lets you bring on whatever you can hand-carry onto the ship. Of course, the price of the cruise is accordingly higher than a cruise on an otherwise comparable line. http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=143
Posted by: Greg Schwartz | October 13, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Thanks! I wouldn't have guessed Disney would have a liberal alcohol policy, but then again with all those kids around the adults probably need it the most!
Posted by: Camper English | October 13, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I've read that Seabourn allows liquor to be brought on board both at embarcation and at visited ports. But since wine, beer, and liquor are complimentary onboard Seabourn ships I'd only bring special or expensive booze. I've never been able to find out just how much they really do allow the passengers to drink.
Posted by: The_warthog | October 21, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I just search the heck out of their website and couldn't find any info for Seabourne. Maybe it's in the individual ship's rules.
Posted by: Camper English | October 22, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Having worked in several cruise lines I can be almost certain that most small scale cruise lines with open bar policies have very few restrictions regarding alcohol. The one I worked with was Ponant (a french small size cruise line) wich has virtually no policies for passengers. Im quite sure that lines like Seabourn, Silversea, Residences at Sea, Regent, Azamara, Paul Gaugain, etc. don't really have alcohol policies for passengers (most of them include open bar programs) except in the event that there is a charter cruise in wich some group has chartered the ship. There is usually some special policy in that case.
Posted by: Nicolas Constantin | May 30, 2017 at 09:51 PM