Cruise Ship Alcohol Rules on Cruise Vacations

Cruise Ship Alcohol Rules

There Are Strict Cruise Ship Alcohol Rules and Policies

If you and your family members are planning to take a Cruise Vacation, then be sure to be aware of  your Cruise Ship Alcohol Rules on board.  When booking your cruise,  it’s very important to know just what the rules are regarding liquor, and what you may or may not bring on board ship.

On cruises that our family have taken in the past, we quickly discovered that each individual cruise line although similar, have their very own strict policies regarding alcohol.  In saying that, take a moment and read the rules regarding alcohol by reviewing the policies for the cruise line you will be sailing with.

Do not wait until you are on board and unexpectedly discover that you may have your liquor confiscated from you upon embarkation.

Here’s a great video on the alcohol restrictions coming straight from a travel professional.  Definitely some worthwhile cruise planning tips to review.

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Some great suggestions dealing with rules and liquor on ships and to be aware of when you and your family are about to set sail.  Again, be sure to check with your chosen cruise line on what is and what’s not allowed on board prior to your departure.

Cruise Ship Alcohol Rules – Bringing Alcohol On Board Ship

Carnival Valor Cruise Ship

It’s very important to be aware of what you may or may not bring on board ship, and this includes more than just liquor.  Your luggage is scanned in most cases and the liquor in your bags and any other prohibited item if discovered, is subject to being seized until the cruise is over.

Cruise lines do have these strict policies in place for a number of reasons!

Yes, they do want you to purchase your drinks on board as the video above mentions, but also, the cruise lines are taking the necessary steps to avoid any alcohol misuse or abuse.  There primary goal is to keep you and  your family safe at all times during your cruise vacation.

Check out this internet page as an example. The page shows Carnival Cruise Lines  alcohol policies in their FAQ section. It will give you a general idea on what is acceptable and what is not when on your cruise.  One of my favorite cruise travel websites of all is Cruise Critic.  The site is filled with cruise news, updates in the cruise industry, deals, passenger reviews and so much more.  I have listed a direct link below to their website for your convenience to check out.

As well, the site has links to various other cruise lines where you can access more detailed information on their own policies regarding bringing liquor on board and any other items you may be considering.

Cruise Ship Alcohol Rules – Important Facts

cruise line security staff

Here are a few facts for you to consider when planning your next cruise …

The legal drinking age on most cruises is 21 years for all alcoholic beverages;

Carrying liquor on board ship is strictly prohibited with the exception in most cases of a bottle of wine per passenger. ( check individual cruise lines liquor policies) Fees will be added should you wish to take your wine from your cabin;

All liquor purchased while in ports and as duty free will be held until you disembark.

Pretty straight forward and if you try to smuggle some liquor on board ship, be prepared to have it taken away! 🙁

Do Not Smuggle Liquor On Board!

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Cruise Ship Alcohol Rules – Cruise Lines Alcohol Policies

Fake Covers for Liquor

Fake Covers for Liquor

People come up with all kinds of  ideas in ways to hide their liquor from security staff. They do in fact get away with it quite often.  As a few examples, people will …

Hide vodka in water bottles;

Purchase fake covers for containers and fill them with alcohol;

Pour liquor into baby bottles.

You name it, people will try anything to get it on board!  Just remember, if you want to save embarrassment and additional screening, then I suggest you consume your liquor while on shore and purchase your alcoholic beverages on board.

Embarrased Person, Guess Who?

Embarrased Person

After all, isn’t it a part of the enjoyment of a cruise holiday anyway?  Treat yourself and enjoy that tropical drink served directly to your cabin or sit out on deck whole capturing that beautiful tropical sunset! 😀

Enjoying Beverages on Our Cruise Holiday!

Cruise Holiday Drinks

 On our voyages, there were always daily specials which most often included a souvenir glass as well.  We found in most cases, that drinks were priced reasonably and affordable for most. Cruises are excellent, but remember, the majority of cruise lines do not include alcoholic beverages for free, unless you are taking a more luxurious all inclusive cruise.

Update:

The Majority of Cruise Lines Have Now Introduced All  – You – Can – Drink Packages

The majority of cruise lines are now offering passengers drink packages for the duration of their cruise.  On our recent South Pacific Cruise, as soon as we stepped on board ship, we were escorted into the main foyer where tables were set up with staff promoting this package for sale.  If you purchased the drink package, you were given a souvenir gift of some sort as an added incentive.

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I was aware of these new drink additions prior to departing on our cruise.  I decided to do the math beforehand just to see what kind of deal you actually received.  In my opinion, if you plan on spending a great deal of time on board ship, staying up into the late hours partying and doing a heavy amount of drinking, then this option may be worth the cost.

But if you’re like my wife and I and enjoy an evening cocktail before dinner and/or the odd drink around the pool, then I don’t believe this package is worth spending your money on.  Again, it’s personal preference and your choice, but it is nice to have this option available to you if you choose.

There are also non-alcoholic drink packages available that are definitely worth considering, especially for those cruising with their children.

Cruise Critic recently wrote a great article on a guide to these all you can drink packages and what most of the major cruise lines offer and charge for the service.  A great informative article and definitely worth checking out.  I have included the website link below for your convenience.

Budget for Alcoholic Beverages On Board Ship

My suggestion and what we have always done, is include your added beverages into your Travel Budget  so you can enjoy those cocktails you would not otherwise have unless on such a holiday as this!

Treat Yourself to a Tropical Beverage On Board!

Tropical Drinks

So go ahead, enjoy that special cocktail on board ship, after all, you are on vacation!  There are always great incentives offered by each cruise line to entice you to book your vacation with them. Recently, many are including Paid Gratuities and / or Free Drink Packages as well.  So do your shopping and seek out the best deals around for your next cruise!

Update:

Norwegian Cruise Lines Banning Carry On Water and Other Beverages

It appears people are still not getting the message on what they can and cannot bring on board ship as far as alcohol goes. Now in an effort to curb those passengers trying to sneak their alcohol onto the ship, they are simply ruining it for the rest of us.  It looks like passengers may not even be able to bring their non-alcoholic beverages on board as a result.

I’m sure if this rule is implemented, all the other major cruise lines will certainly follow suit. Read their reasoning behind this decision below:

NCL Water Restrictions

Safe travels!

Did You Know …

“The first female Captain of a major cruise ship was Karin Janson on Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas.”

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