What Food and Drinks Can You Bring on a Cruise? (snacks, water bottles, wine & more)

What Food and Drinks Can You Bring on a Cruise

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Have you wondered what food and drinks you can bring on a cruise? There’s a lot of delicious food and amazing drinks available on a cruise, so you probably don’t have to bring any extras onboard at all.

However, if you have a picky eater, will miss your favorite snacks, or want to bring drinks onboard to save a little money, I’ve got you covered!

In this post, I answer several common questions and share the cruise line policies on bringing snacks, water, soda, wine and more onboard a cruise. 

Can You Bring Snacks on a Cruise?

Can you bring snacks on a cruise

Have you wondered if you can bring some of your favorite snacks on a cruise? While there’s a lot of great food included on a cruise, there may be times when you crave your favorite chocolate bars, chips or candy. 

Yes, cruise lines allow you to bring snacks on board, provided they are non-perishable. In other words, you’re welcome to bring pre-packaged snacks and treats for you or your kids to eat onboard your cruise.

Please note that you can’t bring can’t bring any homemade foods, meats, fruits or cheeses on a cruise.

Cruise Tip: Bring along some small ziplock baggies and make your own “kid’s snack bags” from the buffet to eat later in your cabin. You’ll find crackers, nacho chips, cookies, cut up fruits and cheese and other food options your kids will love.

Can You Bring Baby Food on a Cruise?

If you’re cruising with a baby, make sure to check your specific cruise line for their policies as well as what food they will provide. In some cases, cruise lines may provide baby food free of charge, while other cruise lines require you to bring your own.

When bringing your own baby food and formula, make sure it’s pre-packaged and sealed. Homemade food is prohibited on cruise ships. You can bring it in your checked luggage or carry on bag.

What Drinks You Can Bring on a Cruise

What Drinks Can You Bring on a Cruise

Many cruise lines will allow you to bring small quantities of non-alcoholic drinks and wine onboard. Hard alcohol and liqueurs are not permitted.

Water Bottles

Always check your cruise line policy on bringing water bottles onboard, as this has been changing in recent years. Most cruise lines have water packages that you can purchase before your cruise, so that water bottles or cartons can be delivered to your cabin.

If you bring water bottles on board, it must be done on embarkation day and should be brought on as carry on luggage.

At this time, the following cruise lines allow you to bring water bottles on your cruise:

Cruise lines that don’t allow you to bring water bottles on a cruise:

Cruise Tip: Bring along a refillable water bottle to use onboard and take on shore excursions and port days.

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Soda and Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Most cruise lines allow you to bring small quantities of soda and non-alcoholic beverages in cans or cartons and in some cases, sealed plastic bottles.

If you’d like to bring your favorite soda or energy drink onboard, make sure to put it in your cruise carry on luggage on boarding day.

Exception

Norwegian Cruise Line does not permit any non-alcoholic beverages to be brought onboard.

Can I Bring Wine on a Cruise?

Cruise Dining Room Couple Bring Wine Onboard a Cruise

While cruise lines don’t allow you to bring alcohol onboard, wine is often an exception. Most cruise lines allow you to bring one bottle of wine per adult on embarkation day only. If you pick up a bottle while in a port of call, the cruise line will collect it and return it to you on disembarkation day.

You can expect a corkage fee if bring the bottle to the dining room, restaurants or bars.

Bringing Wine on a Cruise Ship
Bring wine on your cruise – there may be a corkage fee

Here are the policies by cruise line:

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival allows guests aged 21 and over to bring 1 750 ml bottle of wine or champagne on embarkation day. 

Royal Caribbean

On boarding day, each stateroom may bring up to two 750 ml bottles of wine or champagne, as long as one guest is of legal drinking age.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises allows guests to bring 1 bottle of wine up per adult on embarkation day. Additional bottles can be brought onboard, however a corkage fee of $15 per bottle will be added to your onboard account.

Holland America

A bottle of wine per guest can be brought on board on embarkation day. Bottles consumed outside of the stateroom are subject to a corkage fee. Additional bottles can be brought on board but will be charged an $18 corkage fee upon embarkation.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruise passengers can bring bottles of wine and champagne on board, but are subject to a corkage fee whether you drink in your cabin, restaurant, bar or lounge. The price is $15 for a 750 ml bottle of wine and $30 for a 1500 ml bottle of champagne.

Celebrity Cruises

Guests of legal drinking age can bring up to 2 bottles of wine per stateroom, which is subject to a corkage fee.

Disney Cruise Line

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. These beverages must be packed in carry-on (not checked) bags or luggage.

Guests wishing to consume 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.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises does not permit wine of any other alcoholic beverages to be brought onboard.

Food & Drinks You Can Bring on a Cruise
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Sneaking Alcohol on a Cruise

Thinking about sneaking alcohol onto a cruise ship? Cruise lines are quite strict about bringing alcohol onto a cruise, and will confiscate if it’s found.

What happens if you’re caught?

What happens if you get caught sneaking alcohol onto your cruise ship? Mostly, we hear stories of being being called down to the “naughty room” to verify what was found in their luggage. At that point, the alcohol is confiscated. An embarrassing story to tell for sure!

Keep in mind that cruise lines will scan your luggage looking for full bottles of liquor and may as inspect any bottles of liquid (ie. mouthwash). If you think you’ll be drinking alcohol, consider the cruise line beverage package or even one of the “free drink package” perks.

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Final Thoughts: What Food and Drinks Can You Bring on a Cruise?

In this post we went over the cruise line policies on bringing food and drinks onboard a cruise ship. While each cruise line is different, several policies are similar. Things you can’t bring on a cruise include homemade food, perishable items and alcohol (other than wine).

Do you have questions about bringing food, snacks and drinks on a cruise? Please share your experiences, questions and tips in the comments below.

Happy Cruising!

Ilana

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