Liquor and Beverage Policy Q&A

Published 06/09/2015 12:23 PM   |    Updated 03/22/2019 03:32 PM

Liquor and Beverage Policy - Effective July 9, 2015
For safety reasons, guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board with the following exception: At the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day, guests (21 years of age and older) may carry on in their hand luggage, one 750 ml bottle of sealed/unopened wine or champagne per person.  A $15 USD corkage fee (a charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of wine served that was not bought on the premises), per 750 ml bottle, will be charged should guests wish to consume their wine or champagne in a main dining room,  steakhouse or bar.  

Guests are also prohibited from bringing water, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages on board that are packaged in bottles.  A small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought on board on embarkation day, only if carried on in guests’ hand luggage (not in checked luggage).  A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person.  Any hard liquor, beer, other forms of alcoholic beverage, and non-alcoholic beverages, outside of the exceptions referenced above, are strictly prohibited (in both carry-on and checked luggage) and such items will be confiscated and discarded and no compensation will be provided.


Q. What is the rationale behind this decision?   

A. Guests bringing bottled beverages on board are proving to be a source of multiple issues.   The first issue is the impact on the boarding process. Bottled beverages are the most common means by which guests attempt to smuggle alcohol on board which necessitates that bottles be individually examined by security personnel. This bogs down the embarkation process and requires security resources dedicated to checking bottled beverages.  Most importantly, when behavioral issues occur on board and are ultimately investigated, smuggled alcohol often appears to be a factor.  We sincerely apologize for any disappointment these changes may cause.  However, we firmly believe these changes will ultimately benefit all guests.

Therefore, to ensure an enjoyable experience for all guests and crew, we are modifying our beverage policy.  We will continue to allow up to 12 unopened cans or cartons of water, sodas and non-alcoholic beverages per person to be brought on board during embarkation. Guests can now purchase a 12-pack of (purified) bottled water from Carnival at a price of $4.50 USD (plus an 18% delivery fee) online prior to their cruise once on board through Room Service.

Q. Is this just a ploy to generate increased revenue on board?
A. No. In fact, we do not anticipate any increase in revenue as a result of this policy change, particularly given the significant reduction in price we have instituted for 12-packs of bottled water.

Q. You’ve allowed guests to take on bottled water for years.  Why change now?  
A. We are concerned over the potential for behavioral issues associated with the unmonitored consumption of alcohol that results from alcohol that has been smuggled on board as well as the excessive amount of beverages we are having to individually examine during embarkation and the associated impact it has on the embarkation process and our security resources.

Q. This makes no sense.  Hotels and resorts allow you to take unlimited amounts of bottled water (and even beer and wine for that matter) – why not Carnival?  
A. The primary basis for this decision is grounded in guest and crew safety. We are taking this action for the benefit of all concerned.

Q. Why punish everyone for the actions of a few people?  
A. The volume of bottled beverages being brought on board by guests is excessive and is causing multiple issues.  To ensure our guests are able to enjoy their favorite non-alcoholic beverages, we will continue to allow those to be brought on board in cans or cartons in a quantity of 12 per person.  So that our guests can enjoy bottled water at reasonable cost, we have reduced the price for a 12-pack of (purified) bottled water to $4.50 USD (plus an 18% delivery fee) if ordered online prior to the voyage or if ordered once on board through Room Service.

Q. Is this new policy permanent or just something you’re testing?  
A. We have been evaluating this new policy for many months and believe we have found a reasonable approach that will help foster our goal of providing an enjoyable vacation experience for all guests while still allowing guests to bring their preferred non-alcoholic beverages on board and to obtain bottled water at very reasonable cost.

Q. Why allow cans and cartons but not bottles?  
A. Bottled beverages are the most common source of attempted transport of alcohol on board.

Q. Does this apply to bringing bottled beverages on board in ports of call too?
A. Yes. In port, a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, and milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought onboard as well as Carnival branded bottled water previously purchased onboard. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person.

All alcohol purchased in ports will be stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. The retained items will be available for collection in a designated lounge on the morning of debarkation for cruise durations 5 days and less; for cruise durations 6 days and more, alcohol will be delivered to guest staterooms after 7:00pm, the evening prior to debarkation (some exceptions may apply).

Q. Do you allow any alcohol to be brought on board?
A. Each adult guest age 21 and over is allowed to bring one bottle of fine wine or champagne on board during embarkation.

Q. Do you allow any distilled water to be brought on board?
A. Yes. Guests may bring on board distilled water for use with a CPAP machine or nursery water for families with babies. For your convenience, Carnival carries distilled water which can be purchased either pre-cruise or once on board. For pre-purchase, you must contact our Fun Shops department at 1-800-522-7648 Ext. 70039 Monday-Sunday from 8:00am-10:00pm ET. For purchase on board, you can contact Room Service. Should you wish to bring your own distilled water with you, it must be hand carried along with your CPAP machine.

Q. Is the bottled water onboard spring water or purified?
A.  The water is purifed drinking water.

Q. Can I bring on board a box of wine or wine coolers?
A. A 1.5 liter box of wine is permitted as long as it is brought on board between two adult guests in the same stateroom.  Wine Coolers are permitted onboard as long as the guest does not exceed the limit of one 750ml bottle per adult.  Please see calculations for how many bottles of wine coolers are allowed: 1 - 750ml bottle of wine = 2 - 11.2oz bottles of wine coolers.

Q. Can I bring on board one bottle of wine or champagne as well as a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages?
A. Yes, you may bring on board both wine or champagne and non-alcoholic beverages as long as you follow the guidelines and do not exceed the limits stated in this policy.

Q. If I am cruising on back to back cruises, what quantity may I bring onboard?
A. Guests are entitled to bring onboard the same quantity as stated in this policy, per guest, per cruise. The additional quantities will be stored for safekeeping at the start of the first cruise and will be given to the guest as each following cruise begins.  

Q. What is the price of individual drinks on board?
A. Sample pricing for beverages found on board - prices and product availability are subject to change without notice: 

  • Beer: $5.00 - $7.95 (mostly 16 oz)
  • Wine by the glass: $5.95 - $12.50
  • Spirits: $6.25 - $17.00
  • Speciality Cocktails: $8.25 -$12.95
  • Soft Drinks: $2.50 
  • Specialty Drinks (Powerade, Iced Tea, Honest Tea and Ginger Beer): $1.95 - $4.00
  • Energy Drinks: $4.95 and up
  • Water (San Pellegrino, Perrier, Vitamin Water, Bottled Water and Coconut Water): $1.25 - $5.00
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