If you’re planning a booze cruise, check the ship’s rules first, writes Eli Orzessek.
I've heard that cruise passengers often end up spending heaps on alcohol. Am I allowed to take my own booze on board?

Travis Bell

It depends what line you're travelling with - some have stricter rules than others. I got in touch with the major cruise lines to find out what their policies are.

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruises allow guests to bring wine and champagne on board, but only on boarding day and limited to two 750ml bottles per room. Alcohol purchased in ports of call will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of sailing and of course, alcohol can be purchased on board.

Azamara Club Cruises offers a wide selection of complimentary liquor, beer and wine on board as part of the fare. As with the other lines, two bottles of wine may be brought on board on embarkation day, while alcohol purchased in ports of call will be stored by the ship.

On P&O and Carnival cruises, alcohol is not permitted to be brought on board and any alcohol purchased onshore will be collected and returned on the last day of your journey.


On Princess ships, guests are permitted to bring one 750ml bottle of wine or champagne per voyage, which will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in their stateroom.

Viking River itineraries include a complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage package, while Ocean itineraries include house wine and beer for lunch and dinner. Guests are also welcome to bring a bottle of wine.

If you're hitting the seas with Disney, guests 21 and older can bring a maximum of two bottles of unopened wine or champagne, or six beers on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port.

Readers respond

Recently, Brian Burton asked about getting around Dubai Airport during a three-hour stopover as an older couple ("Ask Away", September 20). Travel Editor Winston Aldworth said it was a "belter" of an airport and Brian and his wife would be fine. However, Kay Spence disagreed ("Ask Away", September 27) and described it as a "daunting experience". This led a concerned Mr Burton to write in again, hoping for a more positive anecdote.

Mr Burton, you're in luck. Sheila Goodley had this to say about her experience:

"As a nearly 80-year-old couple, we recently had two transfers at Dubai airport without any problems. It can be a long trek from arrivals to departures but after our previous flights - including the 17-hour one from Auckland - we were glad of the walk and the chance to stretch our legs before the next flight."

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