We will be leaving for Bermuda this sunday on the Majesty out of Boston. My TA says we can bring unlimited wine onboard, and if we want to drink it at dinner, there will be a $15 corkage fee per bottle. There are 7 wine drinkers in our party, so that adds up to alot of bottles if we have it with dinner each night! We are tempted to bring our own, and are wondering if they really consistently charge a corkage fee for every bottle? - we could realistically consume 2-3 per dinner. Does anyone have any experience with this? If we slipped the wine steward a good tip the first night, would he be inclined to overlook the charge? We're debating whether to bother to carry it onboard. Thanks for your help!!
Unlimited wine is a myth. You can bring "some" for a special occassion; they don't really define how many "some" is. My cabin mate & I were able to bring 5 bottles total between us on the last cruise. We were charged the corkage fee each time. Still $10 (the fee then) for a $35 bottle of wine that they were charging $65 for wasn't so bad.
I just spoke to NCL because I had a similar question. I was told that a fee of $15.00 per bottle would be charged to my cabin at embarktion. I would then be able to bring the wine to the table from my room. They do not chill it for you and present it upon request. Still, $15.00 per bottle is better than what you would pay from the wine list, although I have never found the ships price to be outrageous.
Between us, we only brought 5 bottles on board, 2 red, 2 white & 1 champagne. They didn't say anything about the # of bottles. They took them from me, put stickers on them w/ the cabin # & then brought them to the dining room when we ordered them. It was really very easy.
The corkage fee is almost always charged. They have it figured pretty well to cover the difference between what you might pay for a bottle ashore and what they would charge for a comparable (or identical) bottle from their list. It really is not worth the nuisance of carrying your bottles on board -- it is not as though you get the wine free from home - you are still depleting your "cellar" - suck it up -- buy from their list - if you are such an extreme wine expert as to disdain their list, you are unlikely to be sailing NCL in the first place.
I look at it this way: if you drink really cheap wine and I admit we usually do and pay only $5 per bottle and then $15 cockage fee that come to $20. You get about 4 glasses out of a bottle. I don't think I would bother. It is nice to have a glass in your room before dinner but you can go to a bar, get a glass for about $5 and bring it back. Now, if you are talking about $10 to $20 bottles which will run close to twice that much on board, bring your own. NMNita