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Answered: Can I Bring Alcohol on Board a Galveston Cruise?

It’s by far the most popular question about taking a cruise — can I bring alcohol on board? And the reason it’s so frequently asked is obvious. First, people love to drink on cruises. Second, the alcohol policy of every line is different, meaning there isn’t one definitive answer.

So to clear things up, we’ve researched the policies of every line departing Galveston regarding bringing booze on board.

Please note 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 other passenger’s bags. Also, since the cruise is sailing from a U.S. port, the drinking age on board is 21 years for the entire length of the cruise.

Carnival’s Policy on Alcohol — Carnival allows you to bring just one 750 ml bottle of wine or champagne per passenger 21 or older at the time of boarding. The bottle must be unopened, and it must be packed in your carry-on luggage.

You can’t bring hard liquor or beer. You also can’t bring opened bottles of wine or champagne. If you bring prohibited items, they will be taken from you and stored for the length of your cruise. You will get them back on the day you leave.

If you do bring a bottle of wine or champagne on board, there is a $10 corkage fee (basically a fee to drink your own wine) in the main dining room. The charge bumps up to $14 if you drink your bottle in the steakhouse.

Royal Caribbean’s Policy on Alcohol — Royal Caribbean allows you to bring two 750 ml bottles of wine or champagne per stateroom at the time of boarding. The bottles should not be opened. Note: This policy is per stateroom, not passenger.

Just like Carnival, you can’t bring any beer or hard liquor. And if you bring prohibited alcohol, it will be taken from you and stored for the length of your cruise. You will get it back on the day you leave.

Royal Caribbean charges a $25 corkage fee for any alcohol consumed in public areas of the ship, such as restaurants.

Disney Cruises’ Policy on Alcohol — It’s somewhat surprising, but Disney Cruises actually has the most lenient alcohol policy of any cruise departing Galveston. Guests may bring alcohol on board (it’s our understanding that it can be any sort of alcohol — beer and hard liquor included). The only rule is that the alcohol must be packed in your carry on, which cannot exceed 22 inches wide, 14 inches high, and 9 inches deep.

Now, there are rules about drinking on Disney ships. Namely, you can’t consume outside alcohol in any lounge or public area (we take this to mean restaurants). But if you want to drink wine or champagne in Disney’s restaurants Palo and Remy, there is a $20 corkage fee.

Princess Cruises’ Policy on Alcohol — Princess allows you to bring just one 750 ml bottle of wine or champagne per passenger 21 or older at the time of boarding. No liquor or beer is allowed. Prohibited items will be confiscated and returned to you at the end of your cruise.

Princess charges a $15 corkage fee for consuming your wine or champagne in the ship’s public areas.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Cheryl Martin says:

    Can we bring cans of soda on board for use in our room?

  2. Galveston Cruise Tips says:

    Check out our post here, as the answer depends on your cruise line:

  3. My Boss is interested in us getting information for a large group
    we would like to have a meeting room one of the cruise days to
    conduct training which we do ongoing at our company.

    please tell me who I should contact for that information.

    Kind regards,
    Mary Cardwell

  4. Galveston Cruise Tips says:


    I would contact the cruise line and let them know the situation. There should be plenty of places on the ship that they can let you use.

  5. Wilson says:

    Royal Caribbean no longer charges a corkage fee. You are still allowed to bring two bottles of wine or champagne per stateroom.

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