When it comes to bringing liquor onboard, most cruise line alcohol policies are cut and dry. With the exception of wine, you cannot bring your own bottle. Caught by security with a liter of Grey Goose? You'll be embarrassed in front of your peers -- and lose the booze until the end of the cruise. But there are a few exceptions: lines that know they have a captive drinking audience, but still let us tipple on the cheap. Omitting true luxury operators like Seabourn and Regent Seven Seas, which include drinks in the fare, check out three lines that let you BYOB.
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The Mouse lets passengers 21 years of age and older bring their own beer and liquor onboard for in-cabin consumption. It makes no difference whether you schlep it on at embarkation or from a port of call. Liquor purchased at the duty-free shop onboard a Disney Cruise Line ship is, however, held until the last night of the cruise. It's rare to see a big-ship line with such a liberal policy, but, then again, passengers are paying a premium to cruise with Disney. Beverages must be packed in carry-on and not checked luggage; however, coolers filled with drinks are not allowed. The line reserves the right to remove fragile items (including beverages) from passengers' luggage, and those items will be stored until the end of the voyage.
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Azamara Club Cruises
Two-ship luxe-lite line Azamara Club Cruises now includes wine, beer and select call-brand liquors in its fares, but liquor can still be brought aboard and consumed in-cabin without issue. There is a $10 corkage fee for consumption of personal alcohol outside the cabin, and liquor purchased in an onboard duty-free shop will be delivered to the cabin the night before disembarkation.
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According to British line P&O Cruises, passengers are welcome to bring a small amount of alcohol with them. There is no restriction to the amount. P&O does, however, reserve the right to remove alcohol at the gangway should the need arise, if, quoting the policy, it's "likely that the health, comfort, safety and enjoyment of passengers may otherwise be compromised."
Just for Fun
When it comes to its alcohol policies, Norwegian is no different from any other big-ship line. You cannot bring liquor. Period. End of story. But, as with most other lines, you can bring wine. You just have to pay a corkage fee if you consume it in an onboard restaurant (or even to take it onboard). That fee is where Norwegian Cruise Line stands out. Those who bring bottles onboard must pay a corkage fee of $15 for 750ml bottles, $20 for 1,000ml and $30 for 1,500ml. Ah, the novelty-sized 1,500ml magnum of wine.
--by Dan Askin, Cruise Critic contributor