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Sarah on Sep 08, 2015

Can you bring your bevvies onboard?

Cruising is without a doubt a cost-effective holiday, but the extras can begin to add up just as they would on shore. Drinks are one of the bigger added costs for most passengers - a cocktail before dinner, a beer by the pool and perhaps some wine with dinner can definitely have a noticeable effect on your onboard account.

Did you know that some lines will allow you to bring limited amounts of alcohol onboard when you embark? We've put together a quick guide to the different policies, so you can BYO and save wherever possible.

The majority of cruise ships have a minimum drinking age (and bringing-alcohol-onboard age) of 18 when sailing in the South Pacific on cruises departing Australia. However, if you are cruising in North American waters, it will likely be 21, and if you are sailing on a ship which is usually based out of the States, it pays to double check with your cruise agent.

P&O Australia
P&O do not allow passengers to bring any alcohol onboard. You may take advantage of duty-free deals and buy alcohol before boarding or at a port stop, but this must be surrendered to staff and will be returned to you at disembarkation.

You may bring up to 12 cans of soft drink, packed separately and not in a slab.

Carnival Australia
Carnival Cruise Line Australia does not allow any alcohol to be brought onboard its Australian sailings. Sailings in the US allow one bottle of wine or champagne per person at embarkation.

You may, however, bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages onboard, only in their carry-on luggage. This is defined as a maximum of 12 bottles and/or cans of no more than 600mls. Unsealed liquids will be discarded.

Royal Caribbean
While beer, liquor and non-alcoholic beverages are not permitted, you may bring aboard two 750ml bottles of wine or champagne per stateroom on Royal Caribbean cruises.

Any additional bottles of wine or any other beverages purchased duty free onboard or onshore at ports of call will be stored and returned on the day of disembarkation.

Princess does not allow liquor or beer, but permits one 750ml bottle of wine or champagne to be brought onboard and this will not incur a corkage fee if you drink it in your room. Any additional bottles will incur a $15 corkage fee, regardless of where they are consumed.

Duty free alcohol purchases from the ship's boutiques or from any ports of call can be kept by the crew and returned to you upon disembarkation. You may bring non-alcoholic beverages onboard.

Celebrity Cruises
Passengers may bring up to two 750ml bottles of wine per stateroom, and these are not subject to a corkage fee providing you drink them in your stateroom. Beer or liquor may not be brought onboard Celebrity cruises.

Alcohol purchased during port calls  or from the shops onboard will be held and returned to you at the end of the cruise.

Celebrity cruise dining

Every Cunard passenger may bring one bottle of wine or champagne onboard at embarkation, and any non-alcoholic beverages, but no liquor or beer. The line is generally relaxed about passengers bringing onboard alcohol purchased at port stops, however they do reserve the right to remove and hold it if they feel it is excessive.

Onboard duty-free purchases are held and returned upon disembarkation.

Holland America
Each Holland America guest is permitted to bring onboard one 750ml bottle of wine or champagne in their carry-on luggage, not subjected to a corkage fee if consumed in your cabin. Additional bottles are allowed but will be subject to a US$18 fee. Beer and liquor can not be brought onboard.

Wine and champagne in bottles 750ml or less purchased in port can be taken back to your cabin subject to the same fee. Alternatively, it can be held and returned to you when you leave the ship.

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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