Cruise Line Alcohol Policies

Please find below the latest alcohol policies for many of the cruise lines. As I look around the many cruise forums on the internet, this is one of the most often asked questions. I have researched the cruise lines listed below for their latest policies and gathered them into one location.

I will try to keep this page updated every month or so. If you don’t see a cruise line listed, drop me a note and I will try to add it to the list.

This page last updated: Sept 3, 2012

Azamara Cruises Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21 for all North American Cruises, For European and South American sailings, parents may sign a waiver when traveling with their sons or daughters 18-21 allowing them to consume alcohol. 2 bottles of wine per state room All alcohol purchased either on board in duty free shop or in port will be held for passengers until disembarkation. $25 for wine opened in dining room or specialty restaurant
Enforcement Policy
Reserves the right to search luggage for any kind of container such as mouthwash or water bottles for alcohol. Alcohol will be disposed of and no compensation given to passengers. They also reserve the right to deny boarding or disembark passengers for alcohol violations.Online Chatter about Policy
Not much chatter as this is a brand new cruise line. Azamara’s site states they will follow the same policies as Celebrity
Carnival Cruise Line Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21 or older One bottle of wine or champagne per person All alcohol purchased either on board in duty free shop or in port will be held for passengers until disembarkation. $10 in Dining room, $14 in Supper club
Enforcement Policy
Any alcohol (other than wine) hidden in luggage or in carry-ons will be confiscated, disposed of, and passengers will receive no compensation. They also have a ban on bringing excessive amounts of  Non-Alcoholic drinks such as water, juice and soda.Online Chatter about Policy
Enforcements seems uneven. Some passengers report luggage being xrayed and when contraband was found they had to open the luggage and the item was confiscated. Others report stashing a plastic bottle of liquor or a bottle in bubble wrap that was not confiscated. Some report their electric iron being confiscated but not their alcohol.
Celebrity Cruises Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21 for all North American Cruises, For European and South American sailings, parents may sign a waiver when traveling with their sons or daughters 18-21 allowing them to consume alcohol. 21 for all North American Cruises. 2 bottles of wine per state room All alcohol purchased either on board in duty free shop or in port will be held for passengers until disembarkation. $25 for wine opened in dining room or specialty restaurant
Enforcement Policy
Reserves the right to search luggage for any kind of container such as mouthwash or water bottles for alcohol. Alcohol will be disposed of and no compensation given to passengers. They also reserve the right to deny boarding or disembark passengers for alcohol violations.Online Chatter about Policy
Actual enforcement seems some what uneven and may vary with itinerary, ship, or staff. For example, some passengers on a Pacific Northwest wine cruise reported purchasing wine ashore and consuming in dining room with corkage fee, others passengers on different cruises report wine or other alcohol being confiscated and held till disembarkation.
Costa Cruises Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21 years or older for all cruises departing from the US, 18 for any cruise departing from other ports. Costa website says no food or drink may be brought aboard, but some cruisers report bringing wine with prior authorization. All alcohol purchased either in on board duty free shop or in port will be held for passengers until disembarkation $10 per bottle for previously authorized wine.
Enforcement Policy
All bags are x-rayed and liquor is confiscated until disembarkation.Online Chatter about Policy
Enforcement seems be very uneven. Reports vary from “I just hid it in by beach bag wrapped in a towel and nothing was said” to “Security showed it to me right on the x-ray and it was so obvious. The kept it for me till the end of the cruise.” Others say they just hid it in their checked luggage and it was not a problem.
Crystal Cruises Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21or older for liquor, However depending on the departure location or itinerary, 18 -21 year olds may be permitted to consume beer or wine, while in US waters guest must be 21. Yes, for in state room consumption only. Wine may be brought to the dining rooms with a corkage fee. Alcohol purchased in ports or in t he duty free shop may be consumed in State Rooms $15 for wine opened in dining room or specialty restaurants
Enforcement Policy
NoneOnline Chatter about Policy
Most passengers feel that Crystals lenient BYOB policy is because they are an expensive luxury cruise line. Because the initial price is so expensive they don’t have to “make-up” the difference of a lower price through alcohol sales.
Cunard Line Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
18 years or older in Britain or International Waters, 21 while in US ports or waters. One bottle of wine or champagne per person over 18 All alcohol purchased either on board in duty free shop or in port will be held for passengers until disembarkation. $10 for wine consumed in dining room
Enforcement Policy
Will confiscate hold liquor bottles until disembarkation.Online Chatter about Policy
Many passengers report successfully smuggling both extra bottles of wine and liquor, while others have had it confiscated.
Disney Cruises Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21 years or older for all cruises Yes, for in state room consumption only. Wine may be brought to the dining rooms with a corkage fee. Alcohol purchased in ports may be consumed in State Rooms, items purchased in the duty free shop will be held until disembarkation $15
Enforcement Policy
Coolers are no longer permitted, and alcohol carried on board must be in a carry-on and may not exceed 22″ wide, 14″ high and 9″ deep.Online Chatter about Policy
Disney now publishes their alcohol policy on their website, and it is one of the most lenient in the industry. Online chatter at the cruise boards confirms this.
Holland America Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21 years or older for all cruises Wine and Champagne, no specified limits All alcohol purchased either on board in duty free shop or in port will be held for passengers until disembarkation, except for wine and champagne $15 for wine consumed in dining room.
Enforcement Policy
Will confiscate hold liquor bottles until disembarkation.Online Chatter about Policy
Enforcement seems uneven. Some passengers report that not only were they permitted to bring onboard their wines and champagne, but also an occasional liquor bottle.
Hurtigruten
(Norwegian Coastal Voyage)
Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
Not specified Yes, for in state room consumption only. Allowed for in room consumption Not Permitted
Enforcement Policy
None, other than it must be consumed in roomOnline Chatter about Policy
Not much chatter.
Oceania Cruises Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21 for all destinations 21 for all destinations Yes, beer and liquor for in room consumption only. Wine and champagne may be brought to restaurants for corkage fee Allowed for in room consumption $20
Enforcement Policy
None, other than beer and liquor must be consumed in roomOnline Chatter about Policy
Lots of happy passengers report no hassles and even getting tips from security on where to get great wines in port.
MSC Cruises Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21 years or older None All alcohol purchased either on board in duty free shop or in port will be held for passengers until disembarkation. Not Permitted
Enforcement Policy
In order to ensure our health and security standards, starting November 1st2008, it will be strictly forbidden to bring food and beverage onboard the vessels of our fleet.In compliance with this regulation and in order to guarantee the above standards, during embarkation a careful check control will be carried out through all passengers luggage.Online Chatter about Policy
Online chatter states that enforcement is uneven. Some passengers packed liquor or wine in check bags upon embarkation, some just brought it onboard from ports in not so obvious bags. Consistently there seems to be no corkage policy, so even wine must be consumed in cabin and not in the dining room. However one passenger even reported that their waiter did uncork the bottle they brought in the dining room. Another reported knowing someone who brought aboard 30 bottles of wine.
NCL Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
Alaska and Hawaii, minimum age is 21, on other destination, parents of 18 to 20 year old may sign a waiver allowing their son or daughter to consume wine and beer. All cruises 21 years old is minimum for liquor.  Waiver is not required for young adults on Round Trip Europe Cruises Wine and champagne only if they are not on the NCL wine list, Corkage fee is applied to all bottle brought on board, not just those consumed in the dining rooms. Wine and Champagne purchased in port can be brought on board for consumption in dining rooms and $15 corkage fee is applied, liquor purchases held until disembarkation $15 for 750 ml, $20 for 1000 ml, and $30 for a magnum , applied at the time wine is brought onboard
Enforcement Policy
Luggage and packages searched. Liquor confiscated and held, Corkage fee applied to all wine.Online Chatter about Policy
Actual enforcement seems some what uneven and may vary with itinerary, ship, or staff. Some passengers report packing wine and liquor in their suit case, delivered to their room and nothing ever being said. Others with two bottles of wine had to pay corkage upon embarkation when it was discovered in packed luggage.
Princess Cruises Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21 on all ships except Sea Princess, where it is 18 due to largely British passengers None Wine and Champagne can be brought on board for consumption during port visits, liquor will be held until disembarkation $15 in dining room
Enforcement Policy
No enforcement measures mentioned by Princess, other than security to help you store your shore purchases until the end of the cruiseOnline Chatter about Policy
Passengers report bringing liquor and wine aboard during embarkation and port visits
Regent Seven Seas Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21 all cruises Allowed, but why bother, Regent included a 2 bottle bar set up in room and complementary wine with some meals Allowed for in room consumption $10
Enforcement Policy
None, other than it must be consumed in roomOnline Chatter about Policy
Regent has an inclusive alcohol policy so it is rare that passengers bring their own wine or liquor on board.
Royal Caribbean International Drinking Age BYOB at Embarkation In Port Purchases Corkage Fee
21 for all North American Cruises, For European and South American sailings, parents may sign a waiver when traveling with their sons or daughters 18-21 allowing them to consume alcohol. None All alcohol purchased either on board in duty free shop or in port will be held for passengers until disembarkation. Not Permitted
Enforcement Policy
Reserves the right to search luggage for any kind of container such as mouthwash or water bottles for alcohol. Alcohol will be disposed of and no compensation given to passengers. RC also prohibits passengers from bringing any non-alcoholic beverages onboard, unless medically required with doctors note. They also reserve the right to deny boarding or disembark passengers for alcohol violations.Online Chatter about Policy
Online Chatter seems to be all over the board for this one. Some passengers report that if you try to smuggle you have to go to the pursers office and open you luggage and turn over liquor to security. Others report stashing it in luggage and it arriving with no problems. Many say that they just put it in a less obvious container in order to smuggle it on. Some report security letting liquor go on with a wink and a smile while others report their water bottles being opened and sniffed for alcohol. Even the rule on non-alcoholic beverages seems to be unevenly enforced.