Can you bring your own drinks on a cruise? To save money or to ensure access to your favorite drinks at sea, carrying on beverages can be a great idea. Many cruise lines allow guests to carry on some non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, but the rules vary by company.
Before you drag that case of water or bottle of Hendrick’s to the port, only to have it confiscated by security, you need to read up on the beverage rules for your cruise line.
Here are the carry-on drinks rules for all the major cruise lines, from mainstream lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean to high end ultra-luxury cruise companies.
Mainstream cruise lines: Beverage rules and fees vary.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival allows up to 12 cans or cartons (not bottles) of non-alcoholic beverages, and one 750 ml bottle of wine or champagne per person on embarkation day. A $15 corkage fee applies if you want to consume that wine in a restaurant or bar.
MSC doesn’t permit passengers to bring any alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages on board. Exceptions may be made to this policy for medical reasons, but you’ll need to submit a Special Needs Form prior to embarkation.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian doesn’t allow any bottled water or soda to be brought aboard, with the exception of sealed, purified/distilled water for medical devices or baby formula. Bottles of wine and champagne are allowed, subject to a $15 corkage fee for a 750 ml bottle, and $30 for a 1500 ml bottle. NCL assesses this fee regardless of where you consume the wine.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean guests can carry on two 750 ml bottles of wine or champagne per stateroom at embarkation, to drink in the stateroom or in any public venue. RCL does charge a corkage fee of $15 per bottle for all wine consumed in public areas.
Guests may also carry on a limited amount of non-alcoholic beverages on embarkation day. Beverages may not exceed 12 standard-size (17 oz.) cans, bottles, or cartons per stateroom. Milk and distilled water for infant, medical, or dietary use are also permitted.
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Premium cruise lines: You can bring most beverages, but watch out for fees.
Celebrity allows up to two bottles of wine per stateroom at embarkation, subject to a $25 corkage fee in bars and restaurants. The cruise line doesn’t specify a policy on non-alcoholic beverages, but many cruisers report that there are no restrictions.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney allows two 750 ml bottles of wine or champagne per guest OR six 12 oz. beers. The $25 corkage fee applies to the wine and champagne only, when consumed in restaurants. Disney permits water and soda as carry-on items in original sealed containers.
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Holland America Line
Holland America lets each passenger carry on a reasonable quantity of wine and/or champagne, in bottles no larger than 750ml each. HAL assesses an $18 corkage fee on all bottles consumed in bars and restaurants. Although there is no corkage fee if you consume the first bottle in your stateroom, the fee applies to all other bottles regardless of where you drink them.
In the past, Holland America allowed guests to carry on bottled water and soda at embarkation. This has now changed, and the only non-alcoholic beverage allowed at embarkation is water in sealed cans or cartons—plastic water bottles are no longer allowed.
The water allowance per stateroom is six liters, so either twelve 500ml containers or six one-liter containers.
Princess permits one 750 ml bottle of wine per guest, with no fee if consumed in the stateroom. The company will assess a $15 corkage fee if you drink the wine in a bar or restaurant. They permit additional bottles, but will charge the $15 fee regardless of where guests drink that wine, including in the stateroom.
Princess doesn’t restrict carrying on non-alcoholic beverages, but they do restrict the size of any cooler used to transport beverages to a maximum of 12″x 12″x 12″.
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Virgin Voyages lets passengers (or Sailors as they say) carry on up to two 750ml bottles of wine per stateroom, packed in your carry-on bags.
You can also carry on unlimited water or soft drinks in cans or boxes. They have a fleet-wide ban on single-use plastic bottles, so bottled water or sodas aren’t allowed.
Ultra-premium cruise lines: Some allow spirits, but fees may apply.
Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara permits guests to bring spirits, wine, or beer with a $10 corkage fee in bars and restaurants. Although Azamara’s website does not specify, recent cruisers have reported carrying on non-alcoholic beverages with no problem.
Cunard permits wine and champagne, subject to a corkage fee in restaurants and bars. Cunard’s website does not list the current corkage fee, but recent travelers have noted that it is $20. Cunard doesn’t prohibit guests from bringing soft drinks.
Oceania allows three bottles of wine per stateroom. Any wine consumed in a public area is subject to a $25 corkage fee. Oceania does not specifically prohibit non-alcoholic drinks from being brought aboard.
Viking Ocean Cruises
Viking Ocean also does not specifically prohibit carrying on any beverages at embarkation, or from ports of call. Recent guests confirm this to be true and also confirm that Viking does not have any corkage fees.
Luxury cruise lines: You can bring beverages on your cruise!
If you are traveling on one of the luxury cruise lines, which are all-inclusive (Crystal, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea), your beverages are complimentary. None of these lines prohibit carrying on any beverages at embarkation or at port. Plus, they don’t have any corkage fees!
Some luxury lines may also attempt to stock a requested beverage if it’s available for your specific port. If you’re going to travel on a luxury line, try calling their guest services number to check. It never hurts to ask!
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These rules and restrictions are accurate as of the date of publication. I’ll update them whenever I notice policy changes. Please leave a comment below if you notice that any cruise line has changed its policy and I’ll update the post. Thanks!
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