Royal Caribbean change their corkage and alcohol policies

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From the beginning of this month (Nov 1st) guests wishing to bring their favourite bottle of wine, or a special vintage champagne to commemorate a celebratory event will now be limited to two bottles per stateroom on any Royal Caribbean Cruise.  If they want to share it at the bar, or enjoy it with a meal in one of the fantastic dining facilities on-board, they’ll have to pay a further $25 corkage fee.
Further, any fluid containers, such as water bottles, mouthwash, soft drinks bottles are subject to inspection by Security and if any are found to contain alcohol, they will be disposed of.

However, if guests are lucky enough to receive bottles as part of their package, such as TA Reduced Rate Menu, Gifts and Gear, GAP etc, they will be allowed to drink it in staterooms.  They can also consume it in public areas on-board without having to pay the corkage fee – including dining rooms, restaurants and bars or lounges.

Any bottles received by guests on-board from non RCI sales, such as publicity from travel agents, then a $25 corkage fee will be applied to consume it within public areas or the dining room.  These fees will be added to the relevant guest’s on-board account.

Apart from these 2 allowed bottles, guests will not be able to bring any other alcoholic or even non-alcoholic drinks on-board for consumption.  Anything purchased whilst in ports-of-call or from the on-board shops will be put into safekeeping and delivered to relevant guests staterooms on the last sailing day.  For those lucky enough to be taking a consecutive cruise, these purchases will be sent to stateroom at the end of their final cruise.

Any guests under the permitted drinking age will not be served any alcohol and will not have alcohol returned to them if they are apprehended with it.

Any alcoholic beverages that are seized on embarkation shall not be returned.

Open bottle of alcohol will not be allowed in the dining areas, or any public areas.

Any guests who violate alcohol policies listed in the Guest Conduct Policy for example over indulging, buying alcohol for people under age, demonstrating irresponsible behaviour, attempting to conceal alcohol at security and/or luggage check points or at any other time) may not be allowed to board, or may be disembarked at their own expense.

For RCI sailings that originate from Europe, Australia, South America and Asia, the minimum age for alcohol consumption will be 18 on board.

Those originating from North American remain at 21 in accordance with their drinking law.  Additionally, any cruise that include a US port adopts the 21 year minimum drinking age, even when they have originated in Europe, Australia, South America or Asia.

The Company can also raise the drinking age where local laws require it, or permit modifications.

RCI have the right to ask for proof of age.  The individual is considered to be the age they are on the date of sailing and this is valid for the whole of the cruise.  However, if a guest is celebrating their 21st birthday whilst on-board, they may request that the Guest Services Manager change ship’s records to allow them to consume alcohol for the remainder of the cruise.  In this case, the guest will be required to attend Guest Services with a parent or guardian to present an official government issued identification to prove their 21st birthday has been celebrated on the cruise.

Irrespective of the above, Royal Caribbean reserves their right to restrict or revoke the drinking privileges of any guest, regardless of age.

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