Are You Legal?
The minimum drinking age for all alcoholic beverages on all Royal Caribbean ships is 21. On cruises departing from a country where the legal drinking age is younger than 21 (South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand), the drinking age is typically 18. For any cruise that visits a U.S. port, the drinking age is 21 no matter where the cruise embarks.
Bringing Booze Onboard
Bringing liquor onboard at embarkation: It's not allowed. If spirits or beer are found, they will be confiscated and destroyed.
Bringing wine or Champagne onboard: Passengers can bring onboard a maximum of two bottles of wine per cabin during embarkation. Bottles must be 750ml each or smaller. Each bottle must retain the original manufacturer's seal and exhibit no signs of tampering. A $15 per bottle corkage fee will be charged for the opening of each bottle outside of the cabin.
Purchasing liquor in port: It will be retained until the end of the cruise.
Purchasing liquor in ships' duty-free shop: Items purchased in the shops onboard are held until the end of the voyage.
Free Drink Caveat
Diamond-plus members of RCI's Crown & Anchor loyalty program (175-plus cruise points with RCI) or those booked in a Grand Suite or higher suite category have nightly access to a self-service, no-fee bar (found on Enchantment of the Seas and all Radiance-, Voyager-, Freedom- and Oasis-class ships). On Freedom- and Oasis-class ships, Diamond members (80-plus cruise points) have access to a similar lounge, called the Diamond Lounge. Other free drinks might be available at art auctions and other past-passenger gatherings.
Draft: You'll find Amstel Light, Miller Lite, Heineken, Budweiser and Bass Ale, depending on the ship and itinerary.
Bottled: Budweiser, Michelob Ultra, Corona, Heineken, Stella Artois and more.
At the Wig & Gavel and similar bars fleetwide, specialty beers such as Murphy's Stout are offered. Typical offerings are Newcastle Brown Ale, Boddingtons and Strongbow Hard Cider.