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Generally, most cruise lines will dispose of open spirit bottles and store closed bottles which will be returned at the end of your cruise. Take a look below at what policies a variety of cruise lines have when it comes to taking your own alcohol onboard a cruise ship.

Royal Caribbean

If passengers wish to enjoy a bottle of their own wine on-board, the bottles will be inspected for tampering upon arrival. Guests are allowed to bring up to 2 bottles of wine per stateroom on-board.


P&O generally allow a small amount of alcohol to be taken on-board for passengers to enjoy in their cabin. However, if you wish to take this into a restaurant or lounge, a corkage fee of £15 will be charged.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises do not allow any spirits or beer to be brought on-board. If you decide to bring any alcohol on-board it will be stored for collection at the end of the cruise. Passengers are allowed to bring two bottles of wine per stateroom on-board – a corkage fee will apply if drank in restaurants, bars or dining areas.

Norwegian Cruise Line

No spirits are allowed to be brought on-board and if found it will be held until disembarkation. From July 15th 2016, all beverages, bottled or in cans, are prohibited onboard as to speed up the embarkation process. Sealed or corked wine bottles will be permitted for personal consumption however a corkage fee is applied.

Carnival Cruises

No spirits or beer can be brought on-board. If you do decide to bring some it will be stored and can be collected at the end of your cruise. Passengers are allowed to bring one bottle of wine or champagne however there is a corking fee applied in the dining areas.

Fred Olsen

No alcohol is permitted to be taken on-board. However if you purchase alcohol in the on-board duty-free shop, you can enjoy your purchases throughout your cruise.


MSC prohibit any alcohol or beverage being brought on-board the ship, with the exception of those needed for medical reasons. Any alcohol bought at a port or within the duty-free shop will be held until the last day of voyage and then distributed accordingly.

Princess Cruises

Each passenger of legal drinking age is permitted to bring one bottle of wine or champagne no larger than 750ml on-board. If consumed in the cabin, no corkage charge applies – however if consumed in a restaurant a $15 fee applies. They do not allow any spirits or beer to be brought on-board.

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