Are You Legal?
Passengers younger than 18 will not be served alcohol; however, 16- and 17-year-olds who are accompanied by adults may be bought beer, cider or wine to drink with meals in the restaurants.
Bringing Booze Onboard
Bringing liquor onboard at embarkation: According to the line, passengers are welcome to bring a small amount of alcohol with them onboard. There is no restriction to the amount. P&O does, however, reserve the right to remove alcohol at the gangway if, quoting the policy, it's "likely that the health, comfort, safety and enjoyment of passengers may otherwise be compromised."
Bringing wine or Champagne onboard: Allowed. Champagne or wine consumed in a restaurant is subject to a £15 corkage charge.
Purchasing liquor in port: Allowed.
Purchasing liquor in ships' duty-free shop: It will be retained until the last night of the cruise.
Free Drink Caveat
At the Captain's Welcome, complimentary drinks are served, including sparkling wine, Buck's Fizz, sherry and martinis, as well as a selection of soft drinks.
Draft: Stella Artois and John Smith's Extra Smooth are available in all bars. Peroni Nastro Azzuro, Carling and Old Speckled Hen are available in select bars.
Bottled: Peroni Nastro Azzuro, Corona, Beck's, Heineken, Tiger Beer, Stella Artois, Budweiser, Carlsberg, Beck's nonalcoholic, Old Speckled Hen, Ringwood Brewery Old Thumper, Fuller's London Pride, Marston Pedigree, Wychwood Brewery Hobgoblin, Bass Pale Ale, Newcastle Brown Ale, John Smith's Extra Smooth, Boddingtons Draft, and Guinness Draft (in a can). There's also Magners Original and Magners Pear Ciders, Strongbow Cider and Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer.
The Anderson Bar (Oriana & Aurora), Intermezzo (Arcardia), Magnums (Oceana), Red Bar (Ventura) and Blue Bar (Azura) offer a selection of drinks that are only available in those bars. At those venues, you'll find treats like Champagne Lanson White Label, Hendrick's Gin, Laphroaig QA Cask, Ron Zacapa 23 years old and others.