In the Know: Carnival Cruise Line Beverage Policy

You’ve booked your Carnival Cruise. Packed your bags. You know the food is included. But what is the policy regarding beverages you can bring on board, or purchase while on board?

We went right to the source to bring you the details on Carnival’s beverage policy:

  • Carnival Cruise Line will allow each guest 21 and over to bring ONE 750L bottle of wine or champagne on board during embarkation day, the 1st day of your cruise.  If you plan to drink the wine or champagne in the dining room they will charge a corkage fee of $10.00.  If you would like to enjoy it in the specialty restaurant the corkage fee will increase to $14.00.

  • Each guest is also allowed to bring onboard a small amount of bottled water or soda (no more than a 12 pack).  Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages should only be brought aboard in your carry-on luggage.  Any beverages that exceed the allowed amount will be held until after the cruise.  Large coolers are not permitted, but small coolers that are under 12’H X 12”L X 12” are allowed.
  • Guest that purchase alcoholic beverages while in port will need to check the beverages when they return to the gangway. You may collect your purchases on  last  day of the cruise.
  • If you are like me and consume way to much soda, you may want to purchase an unlimited soda sticker. This is a sticker that they will add to your Sail & Sign card letting staff know you have purchased the soda package. It allows you one 16oz glass per guest at one time. The price of the soda sticker includes the 15% service charge that is usually added each time you purchase a beverage at the bar.  You can purchase this sticker from the Casino bar, Lobby bar, or Pool bar on the ship. The card can also be used while in port on the private island.
The cost for the unlimited soda sticker is as follows:
For guest 17 years old and younger $5.17 per person, per day.
For guest 18 years old and over $6.90 per person, per day
You must purchase the sticker for the duration of the cruise, even if you purchase it on your 2nd or 3rd day at sea.

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