Are You Legal?
No person younger than 18 years of age is allowed to purchase or consume alcohol on a Cunard cruise. When in U.S. territorial waters where the legal drinking age is 21, no one under the age of 21 may purchase or drink alcohol.
Bringing Booze Onboard
Bringing liquor onboard at embarkation: Liquor may not be brought onboard.
Bringing wine or Champagne onboard: Allowed. Passengers (over 21) are allowed to bring one bottle of wine or Champagne onboard. Larger amounts of wine have to be approved by Cunard prior to the voyage. A $20-per-bottle corkage fee applies.
Purchasing liquor in port: Currently, the line does not collect liquor and wine purchased ashore; however, Cunard has said this policy is under review.
Purchasing liquor in ships' duty-free shop: Alcoholic beverages purchased from the duty-free shop onboard can be collected on the last day of the cruise. This policy is also under review, and the line is testing a new policy in which liquor (and tobacco) purchased onboard can be consumed in guest cabins. Onboard shops would match the best prices available onshore. In common with all cruise lines, there may be tax due on alcohol depending on the cruise itinerary.
Free Drink Caveat
Complimentary drinks may be found at the captain's, senior officers' and Cunard World Club parties (by invitation), and occasionally, within the spa.
Draft: Beck's, Stella Artois, Aspall Cyder, Bass, Guinness and Boddingtons.
Bottled: Budweiser, Carlsberg, Heineken, Guinness, Boddingtons, Amstel Light, Grolsch, Corona, John Smith's, Strongbow, Magners, Magners Pear, Old Speckled Hen, Spitfire, Penoi Nastro Azzuro, Konig Pilsner, Hoegaarden, Staropramen, Bass Pale Ale, Ringwood Brewery Old Thumper, Fuller's London Pride, Marston Pedigree, Bass Pale Ale, John Smith's Bitter. Ciders are Magners Golden Draught, Magners Pear, Strongbow.
The English-themed Golden Lion Pub exclusively serves Guinness and Boddingtons on draught. Sir Samuels on QM2 has a premium range of wines by the glass, including Chablis Premier Cru, Sancerre, St. Supery Merlot, Nicolas Catena Alta Malbec, among others. The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar serves the brand's entire range by the bottle and by the glass. Tastings are held regularly.