Major Change in Beverage Policy on Cruise Line

E ffective as of Friday, July 1, 2016, for sailings as of Friday, July 15, 2016 and beyond, the bringing of any beverages — including liquor, beer and non-alcoholic drinks such as water, soda and juices — by guests of cruises operated by Norwegian Cruise Line aboard vessels either as carry-on or checked luggage is prohibited.

Major Change in Beverage Policy on Cruise Line

According to the liquor and beverages section of the official Internet web site of Norwegian Cruise Line, “Open beverages of any kind must be consumed or discarded at the security check-point, on embarkation day and at any port of call.”

Exceptions to the new policy include:

  • Purified or distilled water in factory-sealed containers for use in conjunction with medical devices or for the reconstitution of infant formula
  • Fully sealed or corked wine bottles for personal consumption aboard the vessel which is subject to screening and a corkage fee — which applies to guests who are 21 years of age or older


“This is ridiculous.” This was the response posted by FlyerTalk member Clipper801.

“NCL is said to be the worst example of money grabbing (not much included in the base are anymore) so why not go all the way?”, FlyerTalk member YVR Cockroach sarcastically asked. “Hasn’t hurt their bottom line, it seem.”

FlyerTalk member BamaVol feels that “This is a minor disappointment. We usually bring our own bottled water. It’s not a huge expense, but just another of NCL’s changes designed to drive me elsewhere.”


I would have to agree with the aforementioned members of FlyerTalk. This new liquor and beverage policy from Norwegian Cruise Line seems petty at best; and although it may not be significant enough for some guests to first consider other cruise for their trips, the policy can potentially be an irritant.

I will not drink to that…

Photograph ©2010 by Brian Cohen.

4 thoughts on “Major Change in Beverage Policy on Cruise Line”

  1. This policy stinks. I wonder if consumers will actually take business elsewhere or just whine and stick with NCL. I have not been on an NCL cruise and this pettiness is not endearing.

  2. Lively says:

    I can’t believe they won’t let you bring bottled water on. So wrong.

    1. Dan Ditzel says:

      Spend thousands on a cruise and cheap out on water? They have to deal with the trash.

  3. DaninMCI says:

    It’s about time, I’d say. I know water, soda and beer are expensive on-board but the last couple NCL cruises included beverage packages anyway. It just slows down security screening, loading and unloading, etc. It’s also a security risk.
    It also takes the pressure off of coming in the night before the cruise and trying to find a grocery store to buy a bunch of beverages to haul all over. Why not just make a trip to Costco, stay home and drink beer out by the baby pool in the lawn chair. Too much work for a vacation.
    Sorry I know many won’t agree with my opinion but I’ve been on a lot of cruises with Carnival corp, NCL and MSC all over the world and this just doesn’t seem like a big loss to me in the big picture. It’s like spending $3,000 on a cruise to turn around and try to save $50 by hauling your own Pepsi on-board.

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