By Jennifer Stuart
If you are planning a Disney Cruise you may have questions about Disney Cruise Line's alcohol policy and what you can bring onboard. Read on to find out what is and isn't allowed and more of our Disney Cruise tips.
The first thing that you need to know is that the legal minimum age for drinking on a Disney Cruise is 21. That may be the same of different than where you live but you cannot legally drink alcohol of any kind if you are under 21.
Disney Cruise Line has a generous alcohol policy by cruise standards and will allow guests 21 years and older to bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) OR 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage. These beverages must be packed in carry-on (not checked) bags or luggage. No hard liquor or spirits is allowed to be brought onboard.
There are several other stipulations such as it needs to be in original unopened containers. No partly consumed bottles or even bottles where the seal has been broken.
Any alcohol brought on board can't be consumed in any of the public areas of the ship. In other words you can drink it in your stateroom on on your stateroom balcony. (if you have one) The exception to this is that you can drink your own wine or champagne in the dining room can do so but you will be charged a $25 corkage fee per bottle.
The extra bonus is that these limits apply to each port of call. For example each adult in your party could bring 2 bottles of wine onboard at embarkation and then an additional 2 bottles of wine at each port that the ship docks at. In practical terms most 4 day Bahamian Cruises you would be able to bring on 2 bottle at Port Canaveral when you depart and another 2 in Nassau, Bahamas as one day is at sea and one day at Castaway Cay which doesn't have a liquor store. Or on a 7 day Alaskan Cruise with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway you would be able to bring 2 bottles on in Vancouver at embarkation and 2 bottles at each of the 3 other ports.
What you choose to drink onboard will depend on what you like to drink. We have brought our own champagne onboard for an in-stateroom celebration of my parent's 50th anniversary and we have split the alcohol where one of us brought wine and one brought beer. You just need to think about what works best for your situation. You will find a fridge as well as an ice bucket and glasses in your room. You can read our posts on Oceanview Staterooms on the Disney Dream and the Disney Wonder for more information on what you will find in your Disney Cruise Staterooms.
You should also know that any alcohol packed in checked luggage will be removed and stored until the end of the cruise. This also applies to any wine, champagne or beer in excess of your limit. You must remember to pick up your stored alcohol at the end of the cruise and of course consider that there may be duties and limits involved for the country you are entering.
Here is a link to the Disney Cruise Line Alcohol Policy. As it can change without notice it is always best to double check the official policy before you cruise.
If you would like to watch this post as a video with examples of how the policy works - you can watch this on our YouTube Channel.
If you enjoyed this post you may be interested in some of our other Disney Cruise Line posts.
Photos by Jennifer Stuart
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