Royal Caribbean Reinstates Corkage Fee for Wine Brought Onboard

June 5, 2017
Wine bottle and corkscrew

(4:23 p.m. EDT) -- Royal Caribbean has reinstated its corkage fee for wine brought onboard by passengers.

The $15 per bottle fee will be charged for the opening of any bottle brought onboard by passengers on embarkation day. Wine purchased from the onboard menus or through the line's Gifts and Gear program and consumed in a public space does not bear an extra charge.

Passengers are permitted to bring onto their cruise ship, on embarkation day only, two bottles of wine or Champagne per cabin, up to 750 ml each for consumption during the cruise. Any bottles brought onboard during the length of the sailing will be stored for the duration of the cruise and returned to passengers the night before disembarkation.

Royal Caribbean declined to comment on why the line brought back the fee, which it had removed back in 2014.

--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor