Ok, I know this topic has been discussed at length. But, I did a search, read many threads and have not really found a specific answer to my questions. I know you can bring wine aboard, subject to a corkage charge. While I think its nickel and dimey, I can accept it. So, here are my questions:
What is the corkage charge? And, is it applicable by the bottle or quantity? If I bring onboard a double magnum, will I be charged a 4x corkage charge? What about a boxed wine? After a glance of the NCL wine list, I've determined that there are some box wines available that are a lot better than some of the $60 bottles on NCL's list. So, even with a corkage fee, your far better off. Last question is what is the procedure? Carry it on? Where is the corkage charge assessed?
I certainly dont want this post to turn into an NCL policy debate or another "how to smuggle booze" thread. NCL's policy is what it is, and since I chose to book a cruise with them, I'll abide by it. I just need to know how to go about it.
The only corkage fee I am aware of is $15.00. I have not seen anything that levy's the fee according to the size of the bottle/box. I think it may be worthwhile to email NCL and ask that very question. If/when you get an answer, I would print it out and take it along just in case there is any miscommunication once on board.
We really dont have any intentions of bringing the wine to dinner. If we want wine with dinner, we'll buy a glass or bottle at the restaurant. We enjoy spending our evenings relaxing on our balcony with some wine or champagne. We're not really into going to the shows, hanging out in the bars or the casino. Its our way of relaxing on a cruise. So, it will be consumed only in our cabin. I know Holland America allows you to bring wine and champagne, with no fee assessed, for consumption in your cabin. They even provide glasses, a cork screw and ice bucket if you need one. I would assume NCL will provide the same.
Thanks for the advice on contacting NCL, I think I'll do that.
I beleive they work the honor system regarding liquor brought on at disembarkment. Remember at the airports no more carry-on liqour bottle/ boxes allowed so..... you take the chance in the luggage. All the carry-on items were x-rayed before the ship left too.... If you open it in your room for the wine you have "snuck" on from "home" then you beat that charge. From then on though at each port every package was checked so you won't be able to "sneak" by. Any wine or liquor they found was checked at the entrance and assigned to your room with the staff. I found that the prices and choices were pretty fair on the NCL Majesty so we took their choices.
I did the math and could not justify a $15 dollar a bottle cork-screwing charge!!! then lugging all that stuff around??????
Ok, what I was trying to address is the "when". To drink it in the cabin legally bringing it from home, I was told we would have to pay the $15 per bottle fee, which would mean declaring it to them as we boarded. Your question (unless I still misunderstand it) would only apply to that scenario since once you're on ship you can't buy it and get it aboard without it clearing and being tagged by the ships crew..I mentioned in an earlier post elsewhere that the bon voyage online basket of cheer was a very good value, the fruit and wine were well worth the 20$ I was charged. Again this was on the Majesty so...
Sorry bout that!