There are plenty of reasons why guests would want to bring their own alcohol aboard when setting sail on a cruise holiday. Whether they don’t trust their cruise line to provide their favourite tipple on-board, or they happen to find the perfect bottle of red whilst ashore in their favourite wine region and feel compelled to bring some back to their stateroom to sample.
So how do cruise lines feel about you bringing your own alcohol on-board with you? Well that depends entirely on the cruise line.
Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara are happy for guest to take their own favourite beer, spirit or wine on-board for private consumption from within your stateroom. However, if you wish to consume your own alchohol in any on-board restaurant, bar or dining venue, each bottle is subject to a corkage fee of $10.
For cruises from North America, the minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages is 21, whereas sailings from South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand the minimum age is 18. Alcoholic purchases made on-board will be stored by the ship and delivered to guest staterooms on the last day of sailing.
Carnival Cruise Line
Guests are prohibited from taking alcohol on-board with the following exception – on embarkation day, guests may bring one 750ml bottle of sealed/unopened wine or champagne per person in their carry-on luggage.
All beer, wine or spirits outside of this exception will be confiscated and discarded. For guests wishing to consume their wine or champagne in the main dining room, speciality restaurant or bar, they will be charged $15 corkage fee per bottle. The minimum age for the purchase and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the bars, lounges and gift shops is 21.