One of the few things not included with your Disney Cruise is any type of alcohol, whether it is at dinner or at a bar, or hanging out by the pool. Not only is it not included, but it can be quite expensive. You can’t image the number of times I have been standing at the Guest Services desk in the lobby near the end of the cruise, while someone else is arguing their stateroom bill, unable to believe they spent an additional $1,000 just in alcohol in less than a week.
For those of us who do not drink, it isn’t an issue, but then again, we are in the minority for sure. The good news is that Disney does allow you to bring your own alcohol on board, to an extent. Make sure you know the rules before you try taking your local liquor store with you on the cruise.
All guests 21 and older can BYOB.
- Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area. It can be consumed in your room or in the dining rooms.
- Guests who arrive in the dining room with a bottle of champagne or wine that has been brought on board will be charged a corking fee of $20.00 per bottle.
- Beverages must be packed in your carry-on bag—which must not exceed 22 inches wide, 14 inches high and 9 inches deep in dimension. You may not pack any beverages in your checked luggage. Disney Cruise reserves the right to remove anything from your checked luggage that they deem fragile or dangerous. Beverage containers are considered fragile and have previously caused damage in checked luggage. All fragile items must be transported inside carry-on luggage.
- Coolers filled with personal items (e.g. soda, alcohol, chips, candy, etc.) may not be brought on board, and will be returned to you after the cruise
Technically, Disney Cruise has a few limits too, though they have never really enforced them. Officially, each person can bring on-board one unopened bottle (750ml) of wine or champagne, or six bottles/cans (12 oz.) of beer per person. All bag are subject to inspect too, but these rules seem to be in place just in case they need to enforce them, not that they are enforced all the time.
The drinking age onboard the Disney Cruise is 21, regardless of where the cruise ship may be located. This is enforced. If you happen to be in a country where the drinking age is lower than 21, Disney Cruise will allow you to purchase drinks if you are 18 – 20, but only with signed permission from your parents, and your parents must be with you each time you purchase a drink.
A few others notes you should know.
- Any drink purchased at a port can be brought onboard and consumed on the ship.
- Any bottles purchased at the Duty Free Shop on-board will be held until you are leaving the ship.
- There is such a think as a free lunch. At the Captain’s Cocktail Party or the Castaway Club Party, there are typically free drinks available to those who want them. Typically something fruity and light.
And there you go, some simple rules you have to follow, for the most part, and a great way to save a little money on your upcoming Disney Cruise.