November 6, 2012
Bottles must be 750 ml each or smaller, and passengers who want to drink their wine in public spaces such as bars or restaurants must pay a $25 corkage fee per bottle. Additionally, each bottle must retain the original manufacturer's seal and exhibit no signs of tampering.
"Royal Caribbean International understands that vacationers may have a particular bottle of wine or champagne that they would like to bring on board to commemorate a special day or event while on their cruise," the line said in a statement.
Royal joins sister company Celebrity Cruises, as well as other lines including Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, in allowing passengers to bring a limited number of wine or champagne bottles onboard with them.
Loyal to Royal Cruise Critic readers were unanimously enthusiastic about the policy change.
"This is great news," wrote member meatlessinca. "The ability to bring on a bottle or two of my personal favorites to enjoy within my cabin is a wonderful perk."
But perhaps member dgirl63 summed up the general feeling best with her response. "Woo hoo!"
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor