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Disney Cruise Line – Can You Really Take Alcohol Onboard?


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Disney Cruise Line has a relatively liberal policy that allows guests to bring a limited amount of their own alcohol onboard their ships.

It used to be even more flexible. Up until September 2015, there was no limit on how much alcohol you could bring on a Disney cruise.

It isn’t quite that generous now, but the Disney Cruise Line Alcohol Policy is still pretty generous compared to others.

Disney Cruise Line Alcohol Policy


However, those days are long gone and you need to be aware of the Disney cruise line rules about bringing alcohol on board the ship.

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.

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.

You can also bring on the same amount at each port-of-call for a Disney Cruise.

Disney Cruise Drink of the Day
Disney Cruise Line Drink of the Day

Note that this specifies only wine, champagne, or beer.

We are sure they won’t argue with you 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.

Don’t think that you can sneak alcohol onto a cruise.

They will find it!

Carry-on luggage and checked luggage g through an x-ray machine and it will be found.

The main reason that Disney doesn’t want you to put alcohol in checked baggage is that bottles can break and ruin not only your luggage but other passengers’ luggage.

If you are traveling by air to your Disney cruise port you may not have time to pick up some bottles of wine. If you want to bring wine you will have to put it in checked luggage on the airplane.

These Wine Bottle Protector Sleeves

are great for keeping wine safe in your suitcase.

Just remember to get them out and put them in hand luggage when you board your Disney cruise.


The rules have always said that you can only consume alcohol you 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.

If you want to drink wine or champagne that they have brought on board in one of the dining rooms will be charged a corkage fee of $25.00 per bottle.

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.

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Also please Disney don’t introduce a drinks package like some of the other cruise lines.

I know this is a controversial subject but I am just not a fan of all the all-inclusive alcohol drinks packages on some cruise lines.

This can create an all-you-can-drink mentality that 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.

You can also buy other alcohol on shore, but it will be held for you for the duration of the cruise.

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 the Disney Cruise Line must be aged 21 on over to be served alcohol.

The exception to this rule is on sailings that 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.

This is most likely what the policy will be for the Disney Cruises to Australia and New Zealand.

What Drinks are Included 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 a formal night.

Sometimes it is served at a Castaway Cay Club Members reception and at Disney Vacation Club presentations.

However, on the recent DVC presentations, we have gone to this seems to be a thing of the past. Now you get a bottle of water and sometimes not even that.

Here is a guide to explain the availability of free drinks on a Disney Cruise.


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