This is what I felt like doing when I learned of Royal Caribbean’s recent liquor policy change.
Why the excitement? The cruise line is now consistent with their sister brand, Celebrity Cruises, allowing guests at embarkation to bring two 750 ml bottles of wine or champagne per stateroom. Great news for wine lovers such as myself. You couldn’t bring any sort of liquor onboard before, hence the happy dance.
Like other cruise lines that permit bringing wine at embarkation, any liquor that isn’t wine or champagne is banned. In fact, Royal Caribbean is so strict about this, their official policy at the time of publishing is they won’t even be returned to you at the end of the cruise.
However, any alcohol bought at ports or the ship’s duty free stores will be confiscated until the end of the cruise. If you try to bring a third bottle at embarkation, that will be taken away and returned at the end of the trip as well. I don’t see the reasoning behind why they would NOT return hard liquor or beer when you try to bring it on at embarkation, but they do return it if you purchase at port or from their duty free. May be as simple as an oversight?
What we know for sure though: two bottles of wine at embarkation only. Also remember, wine in your stateroom only, or you’ll be charged a $25 corkage fee. Mind the minimum drinking age onboard as well, which is 21 for Alaska cruises.
As reported by Travel Weekly, Royal Caribbean said that it recognized “vacationers may have a particular bottle of wine or champagne that they would like to bring on board to commemorate a special day or event while on their cruise.”
Are you doing your happy dance, too? Will you take advantage of the recent policy change on your next Royal Caribbean cruise?