Disney Cruise Line has a very liberal policy which allows guests to bring their own alcohol on board their ships. Unfortunately this is going to change on September 20th 2015 as they have just announced a new policy.
Most cruise lines do not allow this as of course they want to sell you their, usually highly priced, alcohol.
Most cruise lines will confiscate any alcohol found in your bags at embarkation.
If you are sailing prior to 30th September you can bring whatever alcohol that you want in your hand luggage.
The rules are very different from 30th September onwards.
So What Is The Disney Cruise Line Alcohol Policy?
Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call.
Note that this specifies only wine, champagne or beer (we are sure they won’t argue with your if you bring sparkling wine and not champagne).
The previous rules allowed you to bring any type of alcohol. In reading comments online many are upset that they won’t be allowed to bring other liquor on board. Some guests were bringing their own alcohol as mixers. According to the new rules this now won’t be allowed.
Any alcohol found in checked baggage will be removed, stored and given back to you at disembarkation. The main reason that Disney don’t want you to put alcohol in checked baggage is that bottles can break and ruin not only your luggage but other passengers luggage.
The rules have always said that you can only consume alcohol your bring onto a Disney cruise yourself in your stateroom. This will not change. There always have been, and probably always will be those who take alcohol into bars and restaurants. Yes of course all you need to do is get a glass from the bar on a purchased drink and then put your own wine in it. But really? Do you want to cheat the system like that? There will always be those who will and perhaps Disney will now start enforcing this policy.
If you want to drink wine or champagne that they have brought on board in one of the dining rooms will be charged a corking fee of $25.00 per bottle. This is an increase from $20.
A Disney cruise really just doesn’t have the emphasis on drinking that some other cruise lines have. We have sailed on many Disney cruises and can’t remember having ever seen anyone intoxicated. But many are upset that this is just an example of Disney taking away previously enjoyed privileges. Let’s just hope that the free soda is not next on the list – this is a rare deal for a cruise line.
Also please Disney don’t introduce a drinks package like some of the other cruise lines. This creates an all your can drink mentality which you really don’t want on a Disney cruise.
Disney Cruise Line Alcohol Policy – Duty Free On Board And Alcohol Purchased In Port
It would seem that if you buy alcohol on a shore excursion Disney will also allow you to bring this on board,but only beer and wine subject to the general rules. If you really want to search out 2 bottles of wine or some beer on your port time then it doesn’t seem like Disney wants to stop you.
If you buy alcohol in the duty free store on board you will not be allowed to take it to your stateroom but it will be given to you on disembarkation.
All of this of course applies only to guests aged over 21. All guests on Disney cruise line much be aged 21 on over to be served alcohol. The exception to this rule is on sailings which embark and disembark in a port in Europe. On these sailings you can be served alcohol if aged 18 and over and a beverage consumption form was completed when you checked in.
Is There Such A Thing As A Free Drink On A Disney Cruise?
Never say nothing in life is free. Well it really isn’t free as you have paid for your cruise but you will get free drinks at the Captain’s Reception held on formal night, a Castaway Cay Club Members reception and often at Disney Vacation Club presentations.