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The Ultimate Guide to Alcohol on Cruise Ships

Welcome to Cruise Critic's guide to (responsible) drinking at sea. On this page, you'll find information on cruise line alcohol policies, ways to score free drinks and information about special cruises for wine enthusiasts. If any of your drink-related queries remain unanswered, shoot us an e-mail. And if you find this info helpful, share it!

Tippling Points: Info for the Drinker

Cruise Line Alcohol Policies
So that you might know the rules before you're seeing double, take a look at our comprehensive list of cruise line alcohol policies.

A Guide to Cruise Line All-You-Can-Drink Packages
Find out who's offering all-inclusive beverages for a price, and learn about the pesky fine print before you buy.

The 9 Best Bars on Cruise Ships
Opinions about cruising's best bars vary like the color of cocktails. One passenger's top shelf may be another's dive. But we have our favorites.

Poll Position: The Alcohol Smuggler
We asked: Have you ever tried to smuggle alcohol onboard? See how 2,500 readers responded.

All-You-Can-Drink Packages: Cheers or Jeers?
We examine whether all-you-can-drink packages are worth the money. Plus, see how one reader made the most of the offer.

3 Cruise Lines That Let You BYOB
When it comes to bringing your own liquor onboard, most cruise lines have a clear policy: you can't do it. But there are exceptions.

7 Ways to Score Free Drinks at Sea
Savvy cruisers know how to keep from drowning in their bar bill. Find out seven easy ways to score free drinks on a cruise.

9 More Ways to Score Free (or Cheaper) Drinks at Sea
You loved the first round of money-saving tips. This one's on you. Check out nine more ways to score free drinks at sea.

Best Bets for Cruise Ship Happy Hours
From sports bars to martini-makers, and from Champagne chic to leather-laden cigar lounges, we've compiled a primer of best bets for happy hour.

Wine & Food Theme Cruises
Combine two passions -- wine and travel by sea -- by embarking on a wine theme cruise. Read more here.

Happy Hour Special: Cruise Drink Recipes

Teetotaling Points: Info for the Non-Drinker

Best Tea at Sea
Just about every major cruise line offers afternoon tea in one form or another, from elaborate gourmet affairs to unpretentious snacks.

Searching for Good Cruise Coffee
How committed are cruise lines to serving good coffee, be it free or for fee? Join us as we seek out good cruise coffee.

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