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Answered: Can I Bring Alcohol on a Houston Cruise?

It’s one of the most popular questions for any cruise passenger — can I bring alcohol on board my ship? And while we’ve already answered this question for cruises departing Galveston, there are other cruise lines that leave from the Houston (Bayport) Cruise Terminal that have different policies.

So to make things clear, we’ve listed the alcohol policies of the cruise lines embarking at the Bayport Cruise Terminal below…

Please remember that alcohol always needs to be brought on the ship in your personal carry on. This way, there is no risk of it breaking and soaking your or other passengers’ bags.

Princess Cruises’ Alcohol Policy — Passengers may bring on one 750 ml (standard bottle) of wine or champagne per passenger 21 years or older. No other alcohol — including beer or hard liquor — may be brought on board.

Any alcohol that doesn’t meet these guidelines will be confiscated and stored on the ship during the cruise. It will be returned to you on the last day of the cruise.

Drinking your wine or champagne in a public place will bring a $15 corkage fee. There is no fee for drinking it in your stateroom.

Any alcohol purchased at ports of call will be collected when you board the ship and returned to you at the end of the cruise.

Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Alcohol Policy — Guests may only bring bottles of wine or champagne on board. Unlike other cruise lines, however, Norwegian sets no (reasonable) limits on the amount or size you can bring. Other alcohol can’t be brought on board.

Any alcohol that doesn’t meet these rules or is bought at a port of call will be stored and returned the last day of the cruise.

Every traditional-sized wine or champagne bottle brought on board will be charged a $15 corkage fee, even if you only plan to drink in your stateroom. Larger bottles (magnum-sized) are charged a $30 fee.

Norwegian is a little lenient on drinking age. On cruises that leave U.S. territory, passengers over 18 years but under 21 can drink on board if their parent signs a “Young Adult Alcoholic Beverage Waiver Form.”

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