Royal Caribbean - New Wine Policy

| Thursday, 08 Nov 2012

Guests can now bring two bottles of wine on Royal Caribbean ships

In an important change in policy, Royal Caribbean now allows guests boarding its cruises to bring two bottles of wine or champagne onboard, as long as they do so during the initial cruise embarkation (not in a port of call).

The line now allows each stateroom to bring two 750 milliliter bottles of wine or champagne. Guests are not allowed to bring any other beverages onboard the ship, including beer, soda, water or hard liquor.

That distinction makes you wonder why the line would suddenly allow personal bottles of wine and champagne, but nothing else, to be brought onboard. The stated reason is that people may have a specific vintage in their personal possession that is not available onboard and that they may wish to bring that special bottle onboard for a very special occasion.

For the record, Carnival Corp-based cruise lines like Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Seabourn, Costa and Cunard have always allowed guests to bring one bottle of wine per person with them during embarkation, and Royal Caribbean was the sole holdout who did not allow any beverages to be carried onboard.

Norwegian Cruise Line allows bottles of wine to be brought on board, but no other alcoholic beverages. The wine is subject to a corkage fee that depends on the size of the bottle: $15/750ml, $20/1000 ML, $30/1500 ML. The line does allow guests to bring a six-pack of water or soda for each person sailing in the cruise party. The Carnival Corp.-based cruise lines have a similar policy.

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Here is the exact wording on the new Royal Caribbean policy:

Guests are not allowed to bring beer, hard liquor or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use. Guests wishing to bring personal wine and champagne onboard may do so only on boarding day, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom. When consumed in any public area, each bottle shall be subject to a corkage fee of $25.00. Additional bottles of wine beyond two (2) bottles that are brought onboard or any alcoholic beverages purchased in ports-of-call or from Shops On Board will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the sailing. Alcoholic beverages seized on embarkation day will not be returned.

Security may inspect containers (water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, luggage etc.) and will dispose of containers holding alcohol. Guests who violate any alcohol policies, (over consume, provide alcohol to people under age 21, demonstrate irresponsible behavior, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time), may be disembarked or not allowed to board, at their own expense, in accordance with our Guest Conduct Policy. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol returned to them.

Please Note: All guests must comply with TSA guidelines for transporting liquids.

More About the Corkage Fee

No beer or hard liquor may be brought onboard for consumption. Guests wishing to bring personal wine and champagne onboard may do so only on boarding day, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom. When consumed in any public area, each bottle shall be subject to a corkage fee of $25.00.

If a guest receives a bottle of wine that was purchased from Gift & Gear selection, no corkage fee will apply if the bottle is consumed in any public area. If a guest receives a bottle from an outside vendor and/or travel agent, and the bottle was not purchased through our Gift & Gear selection, then a $25.00 corkage fee per bottle will apply if they wish to consume the wine in the dining room or any other public area. The fee will be applied to the guest's onboard account.

Additional bottles of wine beyond two (2) bottles that are brought onboard or any alcoholic beverages purchased in ports of call or from onboard shops will be stored onboard and delivered to guest staterooms on the last day of the sailing.

Do you approve of the new policy, or do you think it should go further? Tell us here: Cruise Forum

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