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Lakers Fan April 22nd, 2013 08:52 PM

Bringing wine onboard
My family and I will be taking a Norwegian cruise in June .One of our children plans to bring wine on board .A friend of ours who cruises only NCL told me today that NCL will not allow wine to be brought on board .

My daughter was told by friends that they have brought wine aboard but that beer and whiskey are forbidden . Does anyone here know if wine can be brought on board ?

Dave Beers April 22nd, 2013 09:35 PM

Look here for the current Norwegian policy on wine. It is allowed but they reserve the right to charge a corkage fee, although I wonder how they do that if you drink the wine in your cabin.

Lakers Fan April 22nd, 2013 09:50 PM

Thank you for the info.

Manuel April 22nd, 2013 10:45 PM

I think that bringing wine on board is more trouble than it's worth.


Lakers Fan April 22nd, 2013 11:58 PM

That is my opinion too,Manuel.

cruiseclues April 24th, 2013 06:06 PM

They probably just send a waiter to your room to pull the cork so they can validate the corkage fee. :rolleyes:

Dave Beers April 24th, 2013 07:33 PM

Hey Buil, nice to run in to you again on the cruise forums.

Yeah, I can see someone calling room service "we are ready to open our wine so please send us the bill for the corkage fee". :shock:

zactak April 28th, 2013 12:35 AM

I was on the Norwegian EPIC last month. Inside the terminal, there's a place to "register" your wine bottles. It is here that you are charged the corkage fee. If you do not want to pay the corkage fee, they can confiscate your wine bottle and on the last evening of your cruise you can get it back. You aren't charged a fee for it after you get it back and you will have a few hours to drink it, if you stay up for a while. I think it was available after 7 or 8PM.

Manuel April 28th, 2013 06:38 AM

I have never sailed on Norwegian, but their price for wine must be about the same as other cruiselines.

I find that the wine on board is priced fairly reasonable and it sure beats having to carry it onboard.


Lakers Fan April 28th, 2013 11:19 PM

I believe my SIL said it is $49 per day . My daughter and SIL who are cruising with us live 5 minutes away from the Manhattan cruise port and it will not be a problem for them to carry their wine.

thecruisequeen April 29th, 2013 05:44 PM


Originally Posted by Manuel (Post 1470975)
I think that bringing wine on board is more trouble than it's worth.


Agree! :cool:

ALR120112 June 21st, 2013 10:32 AM

I agree with PP's. We just cruised the Dawn in December and we actually had friends who had pre-ordered wine and liquor to their room. Much easier then trying to bring it through. June 21st, 2013 02:00 PM

What irritates me about NCL is that they charge you a 'corkage' fee for all wine brought onboard at the embarkation port, even if you only plan to drink it in the privacy of your own cabin. Makes no sense except for another way to make more profit. Other cruise lines don't charge you any corkage fee unless you plan to drink it in the dining room. One of the reasons why we like Holland America is we can bring all the wine we want without being charged anything (unless we bring it to the dining room). I see people on a regular basis bring cases of wine onboard.

But as others have mentioned, because of the corkage fee, it's just easier to pre-order something for your cabin or buy something once you get onboard. While the prices are higher, when you add in the initial cost of your wine plus the corkage fee, it'll come out about the same amount as buying something onboard.


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