In my prior Disney Cruise Line ship reviews, I commented on Disney’s liberal the policies regarding carry aboard alcoholic beverages. I was not alone in thinking Disney offered the most liberal policies, and wondered at the same time if it would stay or ultimately be changed. Although many adults are responsible with consumption of booze, some aren’t which is why many others wondered the same, how long before change comes? Now we know; Disney recently announced that they are moving their policies on this matter more in line with other cruise lines.
Disney Cruise Line will continue a more liberal policy regarding bringing booze aboard the ships both at the embarkation port as well as during ports of call. Many lines only allow wine to come aboard at embarkation and not at ports of call. Thus the more generous overall allowance retains the more liberal position. The new policy goes into effect on September 30th.
Disney’s new alcohol policy will now only allow wine or beer to be brought aboard for consumption while on the ship. Hard liquor will be stored until the end of the cruise as is the typical way of dealing with such beverages by most other cruise lines. Disney allows two bottles of wine to come aboard per adult passenger or a six pack of twelve ounce cans or bottles of beer. This applies to the embarkation port and each of the ports of call, so on a typical sailing, the passengers can remain well stocked on beer and wine with what they bring aboard.
Disney is all about family and great family experiences. As such I never saw a hard push of alcohol sales on the ships. It’s clearly there for the asking (paying for it by the drink of course) but not in your face everywhere you walk like it is on other cruise lines that also claim to be family friendly. Thus, one can deduce that alcohol sales are not the big profit center that they are on other cruise lines. Of course the shops on Disney ships are filled with high priced Disney souvenirs much like one would find in the theme parks around the world.
As a reminder those who bring their wine into a dining room will pay a $25 per bottle corkage fee, as of September 30th. Also, it’s important to remember the allowed wine and beer must be in a carry-on bag not in checked luggage. Alcohol found in checked luggage may be removed and stored until the end of the cruise. Be sure to wrap the bottles in the carry-on bag to ensure they don’t break from banging together or into other carry-on items. One last reminder, powered alcohol (some would say the perfect thing to smuggle onto a ship) is also not allowed under the new Disney alcohol policy.
The change to Disney Cruise Line’s carry aboard alcohol policy does not change my view that Disney is still one of the most family friendly cruise lines. Actually being more restrictive and possibly cutting back on intoxicated passenger related issues only serves to enhance the family friendly environment. I still highly recommend Disney, just with the caveat that now one can’t bring aboard unlimited alcohol to save on a bar tab. Disney will remain a highly enjoyable cruise experience.
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