Are You Legal?
The drinking age on all cruises is 21 for all alcoholic beverages.
Bringing Booze Onboard
Bringing liquor onboard at embarkation: It's not allowed. All liquor and beer brought onboard will be confiscated and stored until the end of the voyage.
Bringing wine or Champagne onboard: During embarkation only, each passenger may bring one bottle of wine or Champagne (750ml) onboard in their carry-on luggage. The corkage fee is $15, and bottles may be consumed in the main dining room, steakhouse or bars.
Purchasing liquor in port: It will be retained until the last night of the cruise.
Purchasing liquor in ships' duty-free shop: It will be retained until the last night of the cruise.
Free Drink Caveat
Pick up your free drinks at the farewell cocktail party, art auctions and past-passenger receptions.
Draft: Bud Light and Carnival's private-label beer, ThirstyFrog Red, are available on the following ships: Carnival Imagination, Carnival Elation, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Victory, Carnival Pride, Carnival Legend, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Glory, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Valor, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Dream, Carnival Magic, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Sunshine.
Other draft beers vary by ship and include Heineken, Stella Artois, Presidente, Modelo Especial, Dos Equis and Newcastle. Ships sailing in Australia carry ThirstyFrog Summer Ale, Tooheys New, Tooheys Extra Dry, Carlton Draught, XXXX Gold and Victoria Bitter.
Note: Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Fascination don't serve draft beer.
Bottled: Bottled beer available includes Bud Light Lime, Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Blue Moon, Foster's Lager, Boddingtons, Grolsch, Guinness Pub Draught, Bass Ale, Corona, Corona Light, Stella Artois, Heineken, Heineken Light, Dos Equis, Pilsner Urquell, Amstel Light, Beck's and Molson.
Carnival has a few signature bars, a handful of which were added across the majority of the line's fleet under its recent FunShip 2.0 upgrades. The RedFrog Rum Bar -- which is found outside on Breeze, Conquest, Dream, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Sunshine and Triumph -- features Carnival's own ThirstyFrog Red microbrew, as well as several other bottled beers and specialty mixed drinks. Its rival, the BlueIguana Tequila Bar -- available on the same ships as RedFrog -- stands adjacent, and there's a bit of friendly competition between the two. The Alchemy Bar, where bartenders in white lab coats concoct "prescription" drinks for various "ailments," has a neat vibe. You'll find it on Conquest, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Sunshine and Triumph. Sports bars are present on all ships; several were revamped and now have an affiliation with EA Sports, providing large-screen TVs for watching sports and checking out the latest video games. Passengers can also enjoy cocktails at the sing-along piano bars.