I'd really like to know the inside details that led to this change. Most Royal Caribbean loyalists had long since accepted the line's zero tolerance policy on personal beverages so this news was a bit surprising to me.
I imagine the bottom line is that most people still won't bother with bringing wine, and thus the impact on bar sales is negligible. I've rarely seen a corkage fee imposed on anyone on the other cruise lines, and so I wonder how strict Royal will be about it.
Personally I am not interested in lugging around bottles of wine just to save a buck, but then I am not a big wine drinker either.