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How to Bring Your Own Drinks on a Cruise

How to Bring Your Own Drinks on a Cruise

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.

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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 Cruises

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 Cruises

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 Cruises

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

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 Line

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 Cruises

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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Hayley

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?

Carrie Ann

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!

Kyle Crays

Monday 9th of December 2019

Hey there! I've been reading your site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from New Caney Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the excellent job!

Carrie Ann

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Thanks so much for your kind comment, Kyle!

Elizabeth Aslakson

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?

Carrie Ann

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.