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Royal Caribbean Changes Booze on Cruise Policy to Allow BYO Wine Bottles

January 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM | by | ()

Friends, we have good news: Your days of sneaking booze past cruise ship security are over.

Sort of.

Royal Caribbean announced a new policy that allows for two 750-milliliter bottles of wine per cabin to be brought on board free of charge so long as it is consumed in the uber-cozy confines of your guest cabin. If you choose to consume it in a public space—aka a restaurant, lounge, or poolside—they’ll ding you $25 for the corking fee. Note once again that it is two bottles per cabin, not per person.

Royal Caribbean’s new two-bottle policy should excite well-behaved, special-occasion-celebrating cruisers looking to wet their whistles, but those planning to party shouldn’t be fooled into thinking they’re out of the woods when it comes to that bulky booze bill at the end of the journey.

Still, we must raise a glass to this news. We love the direction this step steers the ships, and we never pass up a reason to celebrate. After all, two bottles is better than no bottles, for sure.

Royal Caribbean told TravelWeekly it recognized 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." Mediterranean sailings calling at Italian cities just got a whole lot more appealing.

If you didn’t have a special occasion before, now you do. Cheers.

[Photo: icruise.com]

Archived Comments:

All you can drink!!!!

Starting 1/19/13, they are introducing all you can drink packages. You can't find any info on this yet, but I am cruising next weekend and my travel agent informed me of the following: $45 per guest / per day. Includes: Beer brands (up to and including $6.25) house wine by the glass fountain soda non-alcoholic cocktails The Premium Package: The ultimate in convenience and value! Pay one set price and enjoy nearly our entire selection of liquors, beers and wines, plus non-alcoholic beverages. $55 per guest / per day. Includes: All well, call and premium cocktails Frozen Drinks All Beers (bottle, can and draft house wine by the glass Non-alcoholic cocktails Fountain soda and juice CHEERS!!!!


Merciful geezus! That's an excellent deal considering you can spend that amount on, what, three drinks in most bars? This would be great to confirm for sure.