Disney Cruise Alcohol: Tasting, Policies, and Tips

By Alisha Molen – Updated for 2021

When you’re in the midst of planning your Disney Cruise, one of the important topics of discussion will likely be the Disney Cruise Alcohol Policy.

There’s so many questions and, if you’re looking to make the most of your vacation, need to know all the tricks and tips to enjoy alcohol responsibly and save money while cruising.

I’ve pulled together the most comprehensive guide to alcohol rules on Disney cruises, including all you need to know about the Disney cruise alcohol package, Disney Cruise Beverage Tastings.

So, if you’re ready to learn what’s allowed in order to bring booze onto the cruise ship–and enjoy the booze they’ll bring you, well, let’s get started.

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Is Alcohol Included on a Disney Cruise?

No. Alcoholic drinks are not included in your cruise cost, so any purchases made would be added to your onboard account and then charged with any other costs you incur while cruising. 

Can I Bring Alcohol on a Disney Cruise?

Yes, but there is an alcohol limit. Any guest 21 years old and older may bring up to 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–they will be confiscated if you place them in your checked bag. However, bringing liquors and spirits (including powdered alcohol) on board is prohibited.

Let me repeat that: the wine or champagne you can bring MUST be in your carry-on bags.

Additionally, any alcohol you bring on the cruise can’t be enjoyed in any lounge or public areas. So, you need to plan to drink it in your stateroom or on your balcony. 

You can certainly bring your carry-on bottles of wine to dinner, but there’s a $25 corking fee.

Can you Sneak Alcohol onto a Disney Cruise?

Ok, so, let’s get real here. Sure, I’m sure you can do some super-smuggler action and hide your little tiny bottles of tequila or whiskey in some secret compartment in your luggage like some modern day 007. 

But, word to the wise: if they catch it, they’re not going to let you keep it. They store the forbidden alcohol items until the end of the trip and will not let you keep it. 

Plus, the likelihood of getting caught is pretty high. You’re one person going on a cruise. They’re professionals and they know all the hacks and tricks–so unless you’re just some genius spy, you’re going to lose your liquor.

How do you Save Money on Alcohol on a Disney Cruise?

Bring your own. If you plan to drink in your state room or on your balcony, you can save a substantial amount of money by having each adult over the age of 21 bring two bottles of wine or champagne with them in their carry-on bags. You can also bring this wine to meals, but you will not be allowed to drink this in public areas. 

Order the drink of the day. You may have to ask, but every day there is a drink of the day that is served on the Disney cruise that is much cheaper than the other drinks. There may also be unadvertised specials, but the drink of the day is a consistent. With gratuity, the cost of the drink of the day is about $6.25. 

Here are some of the drink of the day adult beverages that are served:

  • Bahama Mama
  • Bay Breeze
  • Caribbean Dream
  • Castaway Cay Breeze
  • Cool Breeze
  • High Tide
  • Key Lime Margarita
  • Mai Tai
  • Malibu Bay Breeze
  • Orange Cruiser
  • Oran-gita
  • Paradise Cocktail
  • Paradise Punch
  • Pineapple Mojito
  • Rum Runner
  • Stinger
  • Stingray
  • Sunken Treasure
  • Yellow Bird

Get a wine package. Although you’re going to save about 25% on what they normally charge, wine is priced on the cruise like you would pay at a restaurant. So, it’s a lot more than you’d expect to pay for the same bottle of wine at a store. And, a gratuity of 15% is automatically added to any wine package. So, there’s that additional cost. But, if you want a bottle of wine with more than one meal, you are definitely going to save by getting the wine package rather than buying one bottle at a time.

If you have already bought your tickets for your Disney Cruise, visit the onboard gifts and amenities site to see more details and pricing specific to your ship.

Get the Beer Mug. For $16.95 you can buy a 22 oz. Disney Cruise Line, glass beer mug with the beer of your choice. For the remainder of your cruise, you can have it refilled for the price of a 16 oz!

The bars will exchange the mug for a beer mug token when you are finished to take the weight and responsibility of the the glass mug off your hands until you are ready for a refill. It is also nice at the end of your cruise to exchange for a clean mug to pack in your luggage.

Ask them to cork it. If you ordered a bottle of wine on the wine package or just got one bottle for dinner, but didn’t drink it all, ask your server to cork it. They will happily do so and either let you take the bottle back to your state room to enjoy later or save it for you next meal. 

Is there a Disney Cruise Drink Package?

Beverages of the non-alcohol variety are included in your cruise package. However, alcohol is not. You can get a wine package, as discussed above, but there is not a Disney Cruise drink package that is all-inclusive.

Does Security Check for Alcohol?

Yes. They will confiscate anything in your checked bags and any alcohol you bring in from the ports of call. This alcohol will be stored until the end of the cruise and returned to you, but you will have to pay duty on any you brought from the ports of call.

Can You Bring our own Alcohol into Your Rooms?

Yes! Any guest 21 years old and older may bring up to 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–they will be confiscated if you place them in your checked bag. However, bringing liquors and spirits (including powdered alcohol) on board is prohibited.

Can you Bring Alcohol onto the Ship at each Port of Call?

Yes. However, security will confiscate any alcohol you bring in from the ports of call. This alcohol will be stored until the end of the cruise and returned to you, but you will have to pay duty on any you brought from the ports of call.

Can you give Alcohol as a Fish Extender Gift?

No. If you don’t know what a Fish Extender gift is, you should learn! It’s one of the lesser-known aspects of a Disney Cruise but it is a ton of fun. Read our Fish Extender guide here to get the full scoop.

The thing is, you can’t give alcohol. You don’t know that the person receiving is 21 years of age, nor is the gift bag attended–it’s just hung on the door, so anyone could stumble across it. So, let’s be safe and just go with “no.”

Disney Cruise Beverage Tastings

Each cruise hosts a variety of adult beverage tastings that you can sign-up for online at booking or even on the ship (note, however, that they are often sold out months prior, but you might be able to score a spot if someone cancels onboard).

Below are a few of the most popular beverage tastings:

Champagne Tasting
  • What: Get a chance to taste a wide variety of champagnes from Europe to the US. 
  • Cost: $35
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.
Whiskey Tasting
  • What: Learn all the history and how to taste this beverage from nose and palate to length of finish.
  • Cost: $25
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.
Martini Tasting:
  • What: Learn about the history of the martini, why it’s served in such a thin glass, and enjoy getting to know this iconic drink.
  • Cost: $20
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.
Mixology Class:
  • What: Spend an hour learning how to make 5 different drinks from scratch with instruction from cast members in the upscale Skyline Lounge.
  • Cost: $20
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.
Chocolate and Liquor Tasting:
  • What: Get a lesson in how chocolate (and cheeses) can affect the palette and combine with different liquors to bring out amazing flavors.
  • Cost: $35
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.
Cognac Tasting: 
  • What: Get your curiosity sated about the varying flavors of this most treasured drink.
  • Cost: $35
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.
Mojito and Caipirinha Tasting:
  • What: Learn how to make these classic Caribbean drinks and learn the history of this alternative treat.
  • Cost: $35
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.
Rum Tasting: 
  • What: Learn how to drink rum, mix rum, and generally enjoy this Caribbean drink.
  • Cost: $35
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.
Bourbon Tasting:
  • What: Explore the history, flavor and styles of this American classic.
  • Cost: $25
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.
Beer Tasting:
  • What: Sample the world’s oldest drink it all of it’s varieties including ales and lagers to stouts, wheats and more.
  • Cost: $20
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.
Tequila & Margarita Tasting
  • What: Learn the history, culture and region that brought us this beloved beverage.
  • Cost: $35
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.
Stem to Stern Wine Tasting: 
  • What: Pop a cork on multiple styles of veritals and learn the history of the world’s second oldest adult beverage. 
  • Cost: $20
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Do you get to keep any alcohol: Yes, if you want to take a to-go cup and have your drinks for later, you are allowed.

If you’re looking to enjoy an adult beverage on your Disney Cruise, this guide is the basic starting-point for making that happen. Definitely be sure to check for changes to this policy when you book your cruise.

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