Taking Drinks on to your Cruise

Thinking that drinks on board the ship are too expensive and you want to save some money by taking your own drinks on board.  We have compiled a list of what you are able to take on board your cruise.

Let’s face it the cruise lines do not want you to take alcohol on board as it will limit their profits.  Most do however allow you to take a bottle of two when embarking for the first time on your cruise.

Here is a list of the amount of Alcohol allowed to be taken on board the cruise lines:

1 x Bottle of Wine or Champagne per person (max. 2 bottles per cabin)

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise Lines, Holland America Cruise Lines and Cunard Cruise Lines.

Liquor, Beer or Wine for Private Consumption

  • Azamara Cruise Lines

1 x Litre of Alcohol per person can be taken on board upon embarkation

  • P&O World Voyages

No Alcohol taken on board

  • P&O Australia Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines and MSC Cruise Lines

These drinks can be consumed in your room, on your balcony, or on a deck outside of the bars and restaurants.  However, if you choose to consume the alcohol in a restaurant, or bar on board, a corkage fee will be charged.  The fee is approximately $10 to $25 per bottle.

For those who don’t drink alcohol and want to take drinks on board, each cruise line is different.  Generally you can bring:

  • 12 x 600ml bottles or cans of soft drink/water. These must be loose and in your luggage and sealed cans or bottles.

As the rules differ from cruise line to cruise line it is best to check with us before you go.  There is no real need to take water on board the ship, water stations can be found inside and out on deck.

If you want to take water on shore with you, we recommend packing your own water bottle and filling it on board.  This is a far better solution for the environment, who wants more than 2000 plastic water bottles left behind on land around the world each day.

Queen Mary 2 in Melbourne

While the Queen Mary 2 was in Melbourne I was lucky enough to enjoy lunch and a walk around on this lovely ship. The first impression is the size of the ship. At 151,400 tons and  nearly four football fields in length it is an imposing ship. When walking onboard it is like stepping back in time. Cunard, the owner of Queen Mary 2, is aiming to bring back the classic age of cruising back. Highlights of a cruise onboard include afternoon tea served in the Queens Room, the Royal Court Theatre, where you can enjoy nightly Broadway style shows and dining in one of the restaurants onboard. Each cruise includes a number of formal nights when you get to dress up in black tie.

Queen Mary 2‘s facilities include fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea. There are also kennels on board, as well as a nursery.

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Queen Elizabeth Maiden Voyage

Sandra and I have just returned to the new Cunard liner, Queen Elizabeth, after attending the naming ceremony at Ocean Terminal in Southampton, UK.

The new Queen Elizabeth was named by HRH Queen Elizabeth in an impressive ceremony late on a sunny Monday afternoon. Almost 2000 guests from all over the world cheered as the Queen released a bottle of champagne which hit the ship with a loud bang and set of fireworks and a celebratory display of streamers. During the ceremony we were entertained by the massed bands of the Coldstream Guards and Scots Guards with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. Lesley Garrett, Britain’s most popular soprano sang, had everybody on their feet as she sang Amazing Grace. It was a great British event!

Queen Elizabeth is sister ship to Cunard’s Queen Victoria with gross tonnage of 90,000 tons, passenger capacity of 2068 and 1005 crew. The decoration is more subdued that Queen Victoria with a concentration on mellow timber colours. The aft sun deck and pool area has been enlarged, a Midships bar has been added on Deck 3, and the popular Cafe Carinthia has been extended. The Queen’s Room remains the central focus of the ship. The Queen checked out a gold bust of herself and a specially commissioned portrait in the Queen’ Room this afternoon Queen Elizabeth sets sail tomorrow on her maiden cruise to the Canary Islands. She will land in Australian ports in February 2011 during her first world cruise. She will deliver a wonderfully elegant travel experience to everybody who loves the Cunard style of cruising.

Filed by Travelrite International’s Neville Walliss from Queen Elizabeth in port at Southampton, Monday 11 October 2010.

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