Bringing your own alcohol on a trip is a great way to save money, but cruises have a reputation for strict BYOB rules. Before you try to sneak your own liquor on-board, this rundown from Map Happy can help you check what your cruise line's alcohol policy is.
- Azmara: Bring your own alcohol on-board and drink it at the ship's restaurants and bars for a $10 fee. Any alcohol you buy at port stops or in the duty-free shop must be stored until disembarkation.
- Crystal: Enjoy alcohol you bring on at the start of the trip or buy in-port, but only in your cabin. Alcohol purchased at the ship's duty-free shop must be stored.
- Disney: The same as Crystal's, but you're limited to two bottles of wine or champagne or six bottles or cans of beer per person. They have a corkage fee of $US25. (Disney has altered its policy since MapHappy's last update.)
- Regent: Bring your own alcohol and consume booze bought at ports in your cabin. Bonus, alcohol at the ship's restaurants, bars, and in-room bars is complimentary!
- Carnival: You can't BYOB beyond one 750mL bottle of wine or champagne. All alcohol you buy in-port or at the ship's duty-free shop will be stored for the trip. Corkage is $US15.
- Costa: Absolutely no alcohol can be brought on-board, plus anything you buy must be stored until you disembark.
- MSC: Even stricter than Costa's policy since you can't bring any food or drinks on-board unless it is for medical reasons.
If your cruise does let you bring your own booze, it's important to know where and when you're allowed to drink it. You'll also want to know if there are corkage fees for cruise lines that do allow you to bring your own booze and drink it during your on-board meals. Even if you only plan to buy alcohol during your trip as a souvenir from a duty-free shop, the cruise line might require you to hand it over to be stored until you disembark. Luckily, all of this information is in the chart, linked below.
The Official Boozing Policies for the High Seas [Map Happy]