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bgrieve November 4th, 2012 12:31 PM

Wine on Royal Caribbean
Other boards say that we are now allowed 2 bottles of wine per stateroom when boarding. Any other info out there? November 4th, 2012 01:11 PM

Royal Caribbean changed their policy about 2 years ago. You use to be able to bring one bottle of wine or champagne per adult onboard. However, now you cannot bring any alcohol onboard at all.

Here's their official policy (note that liquor is further define as any alcoholic beverage not just hard liquor).


Onboard Policies

Q: Can I bring liquor or non-alcoholic beverages (from home or from a port) onboard? A: Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports-of-call or from Shops On Board will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the sailing. Alcoholic beverages seized on embarkation day will not be returned.

Security may inspect containers (water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, luggage etc.) and will dispose of containers holding alcohol. Guests who violate any alcohol policies, (over consume, provide alcohol to people under age 21, demonstrate irresponsible behavior, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time), may be disembarked or not allowed to board, at their own expense, in accordance with our Guest Conduct Policy. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol returned to them.

Dave Beers November 4th, 2012 01:31 PM

As noted on other forums, people are saying it is true and was changed on November 1, but they haven't updated the U.S. RCI website. The UK website has been updated as follows:

"From 1st November 2012, guests are now allowed to bring 2 bottles of wine or champagne on board at embarkation. These are for consumption in the stateroom. If a guest wishes to consume these in any dining venue or bar/lounge, there is a corkage fee of 25USD per bottle. No other drink than wine or champagne will be allowed. "

Several claim they have called RCI and it was confirmed to be true fleet-wide and not just in Europe. I guess we'll see.

Trackypup November 4th, 2012 01:43 PM

Policy changed November 1st. You are now allowed 2 bottles per stateroom

valtime November 4th, 2012 02:05 PM


Originally Posted by Trackypup (Post 1453646)
Policy changed November 1st. You are now allowed 2 bottles per stateroom

Cool. They are getting grown up. If Disney can allow a very liberal policy and they are "family oriented" the others should follow suit. November 4th, 2012 03:09 PM

That's great to hear!

Wish they would update their website with the most current information. Oh wait, that would make sense!

Thanks for the news!!


Trackypup November 4th, 2012 03:14 PM


Originally Posted by cruise planner (Post 1453657)
That's great to hear!

Wish they would update their website with the most current information. Oh wait, that would make sense!

Thanks for the news!!


Get real ;) rofl

It's RCL after all, same company that is responsible for the debacle that is Celebrity's website.

Dave Beers November 5th, 2012 06:06 PM

I contacted the communications manager for Royal Caribbean and he provided the following reply, which I received literally minutes ago:

Royal Caribbean International Statement
November 5, 2012

Royal Caribbean International understands that vacationers may have a particular bottle of wine or champagne that they would like bring on board to commemorate a special day or event while on their cruise. Effective immediately, guests may bring on board a maximum of two (2) bottles of wine per stateroom, up to 750 ml each, on embarkation day to enjoy during their Royal Caribbean International cruise. Each bottle must retain the original manufacturer’s seals and exhibit no signs of tampering. Guests wishing to consume their wine or champagne, which were not purchased from the onboard wine list or through the Gifts and Gear Program, in public spaces will be subject to a Corkage Fee of US$25 per bottle.

In accordance with Royal Caribbean International’s Guest Conduct Policy, guests who choose to consume alcohol must do so responsibly. Ship security reserves the right to inspect containers (including water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, canteens, etc.) at any time and will dispose of alcohol concealed in such containers. Additional bottles of wine beyond two (2) bottles that are brought on board on embarkation day, or any alcoholic beverages that are purchased from onboard shops and in ports-of-call (which must be presented to security upon re-boarding), will be secured by ship’s personnel and returned to guests just prior to the conclusion of their cruise vacation. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol return to them.

earl November 6th, 2012 06:34 PM

Thats good news, My next cruise is with RCL!!!!

Dave Beers November 7th, 2012 03:41 PM

They finally updated their website with the new information. Of course, a question I have is how do they enforce the two bottles of wine per cabin rule? Is security at the embarkation screening going to be comparing each person with wine in their carry-on to the passenger manifest? I doubt it.

I also doubt that a lot of bar or dining room personnel will actively enforce the corkage fee unless management forces the issue.

jdmac March 20th, 2013 02:36 AM

wine in stateroom
For what it's worth, on my last cruise on RCL in 2009 I had heard that you could order wine from RCL and have it delivered to your cabin prior to departure. Upon checking with my TA,who then confirmed with RCL I was informed that a house wine could be in my cabin for half price (12.50). I ordered 10 reds and white ,paid the TA with Visa and the wine was waiting in the cabin. I was also told that it could be taken anywhere on the ship except the dining room where a corkage charge would have to apply. Sat in the observation bar on the top deck every eve prior to dinner and enjoyed. I also noticed a few other cruisers doing the same thing. I also gave my dining stewards a nice tip the first eve and that took care of any corkage charges.

shahram72 May 20th, 2013 09:56 AM

OK, I don't do as much drinking as I used to but wine is a must. Last time they had nice inexpensive Chilean reds for the $20-$25 range. Do they still have this? I get one each night at dinner, sorry but the others at $50 each are just too much. As it is the $25 bottles are really $6 bottles of wine. I'm not going to bring wine for the room I think, as we are not going to sit in there much and I don't want to sit in there with the kids and drink. I guess what I am asking is, are they only going to rip me off as much as I am used to, or do I need to pay more this cruise, or go without? (Perish the thought!)

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