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—it’s a good idea to read up on the carry-on 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 each guest to carry on up to 12 cans or cartons of non-alcoholic beverages (maximum of 12 ounces / 354 ml per can) on embarkation day.
The cruise line doesn’t allow passengers to carry on non-alcoholic drinks that are packaged in glass or plastic bottles.
Guests over 21 can also carry on 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 Requirements 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 each 750 ml bottle, and $30 for each 1500 ml bottle. NCL assesses this fee regardless of where you consume the wine. The cruise line waives the corkage fee for guests who’ve purchased an Open Bar or Premium Plus Beverage Package.
Royal Caribbean International
Guests may bring up to twelve 17 oz. cans, bottles, or cartons of non-alcoholic beverages per stateroom as carry-on items on embarkation day. Milk and distilled water brought on for infant, medical, or dietary use are permitted.
Each Royal Caribbean guest of legal drinking age can carry on one 750 ml bottle of wine or Champagne at embarkation, to drink in the stateroom or in any public venue.
For those sailing on consecutive cruises, RCI allows guests to carry on one bottle of wine per cruise at the initial embarkation. Additional bottles will be stored by the ship and delivered, one bottle at a time, to the stateroom on the first day of each new voyage.
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Premium cruise lines: You can bring most beverages, but watch out for fees.
Celebrity allows guests of legal drinking age to carry on up to two 750 ml bottles of wine per person at embarkation, subject to a $25 corkage fee per bottle in bars and restaurants.
The corkage fee doesn’t apply to guests who have purchased the Classic Beverage Package or Premium Beverage Package.
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 each guest 21 years or older (18+ for cruises from Australia) to carry on two 750 ml bottles of wine or Champagne OR six 12 oz. beers at embarkation, and at each port of call.
The cruise line will assess a $26 corkage fee per bottle of wine and Champagne, when consumed in restaurants.
DCL also permits guests to bring a reasonable amount of water and/or soda as carry-on items in original sealed containers.
Soft drinks must be carried onto the ship in a day bag no larger than 22″ wide by 14″ high by 9″ deep.
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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. The cruise line doesn’t specify what a reasonable quantity is, but they say that “wine brought in quantities deemed to be excessive by the vessel or security will be refused”.
HAL assesses a $20 corkage fee on all bottles of wine. The cruise line used to only apply this fee to wine consumed in bars and restaurants, but the most recent verbiage doesn’t make a distinction between bottles that cruisers drink in staterooms and in public areas of the ship.
Wine purchased during company-sponsored shore excursions that visit local wineries is exempt from the onboard corkage fee.
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 to be carried aboard.
The water allowance per stateroom on HAL is now six liters per stateroom, so either twelve 500 ml containers or six one-liter containers.
Princess permits passengers of legal drinking age to carry on one 750 ml bottle of wine per guest at embarkation without a fee if you consume the wine in your stateroom. The company will assess a $20 corkage fee if you drink the wine in public areas.
The cruise line permits guests to carry on additional bottles—but will charge the $20 fee regardless of where guests drink that wine, including in the stateroom.
Princess historically didn’t restrict guests from carrying on non-alcoholic beverages, as long as those drinks were in a small carry-on bag or cooler.
However, the cruise line has recently updated its carry-on soft drink policy. Princess guests are now prohibited from bringing water, sodas, or other non-alcoholic beverages on board that are packaged in bottles.
Princess currently lets guests carry on a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (including sparkling water, sodas, juice, or milk) packaged in cans or cartons. Soft drinks must be carried on in hand luggage (not in checked luggage).
According to Princess, a “small quantity” is a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans or cartons of 12 oz each or less per person.
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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 permits guests to bring spirits, wine, or beer with a $10 corkage fee in bars and restaurants.
Although Azamara’s website doesn’t specify rules about carrying on soft drinks, 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 (like Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas, or Silversea), your beverages are complimentary. None of these lines prohibit carrying on any beverages at embarkation or in 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 around carrying drinks on a cruise 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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Wednesday 18th of January 2023
Can I bring my own bottled water on the ship? If so, how many bottles?
Thursday 19th of January 2023
Hi Oletha, without knowing which cruise line you're sailing on, it's hard to answer your question. But if you look back through my post, I've listed the specific rules for each cruise line, including if you can bring water and how much. If your cruise line doesn't let you carry on bottled water, you can usually preorder water to be delivered to your cabin at a significant discount compared to the per-bottle price at bars and restaurants on board. Happy cruising!
Wednesday 12th of February 2020
Do you know about carnival policy for water with a baby on formula? I noticed it on one of the others. Or do we have to buy all our water from them?
Tuesday 18th of February 2020
Hi Hayley, Carnival's only exception to their water policy is for passengers with a CPAP machine - they can bring on distilled water. For baby formula, you could either pre-order bottled water through Carnival to be delivered to your room, or use the ship's water. If you use the ship's water, I'd recommend getting it from the buffet or at a restaurant, because it's often filtered more than the tap water in your room. Have a great cruise!
Monday 9th of December 2019
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Tuesday 10th of December 2019
Thanks so much for your kind comment, Kyle!
Monday 18th of March 2019
Just curious, for the cruise lines you can't bring bottle water do they offer free, unlimited bottled or filtered water?
Monday 18th of March 2019
Hi Elizabeth, if you're on a mainstream cruise line you'll have to pay for bottled water. The tap water is perfectly safe to drink (cruise lines are meticulous about treating their water). Personally, I don't love the taste of the tap water, but I might just be picky :D One way to get around the high cost of buying individual bottles on board is to order a case of water to be delivered to your stateroom. Many lines are offering this now, and the price per bottle is very reasonable.