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luckyfamilyof3
02-26-2010, 10:26 AM
I know you can bring your own alcohol onboard. I prefer to drink my wine with my dinner. Does anyone have any suggestions of how to enjoy your own wine in the restaurants? Is it possible to bring your own glass of wine in with you? Thanks.

calmpets
02-26-2010, 10:28 AM
You can bring a glass of wine to dinner with you for free. If you bring the bottle they charge a corking fee of $15 plus gratuity.

DVCconvert
02-26-2010, 10:28 AM
well...it maynot be completely 'for free'.
If you bring a bottle into the dinning rooms, don't be shocked to see a $15 (I believe) corkage fee....you may well escape this charge if it's only a glass.

MassDisLovers
02-26-2010, 10:33 AM
You WILL NOT be charged anything if you walk in to dinner with a glass. While that practice seems to be a bit controversial with some folks on these boards, it is done and it is not a problem. I purposely watched last week to see how many people arrived at dinner glass-in-hand, (after reading recent pro and con posts on this board) and there were many each night. Now - those glasses may have come from a ship's bar or from a stateroom, I certainly don't know, but people can and do arrive at dinner with their drinks.

Mrsjvb
02-26-2010, 11:18 AM
you can walk into the dining room with glass in hand, we did it a few times but ours were purchased prior to entering at a bar while waiting for our seating.

if you bring in your own glass that your poured, you will only get that one glass for free. if you bring the bottle in with you, you CAN be charged the corking fee even if the bottle is already open when you sit down. that happened to us once ( but the next night when we finish the bottle there was no additional charge) now maybe it was because we let our servers pour that we were charged, I dunno. the other time we did it we had poured already by the time they came around.

we are (Monterey County) wine snobs and I found all the choices to be excellent and was never disappointed in anything. of course we had also done the wine tasting so got to sample a few up front so we knew ahead of time what we were getting.

kcashner
02-26-2010, 11:27 AM
You will be charged the "corking fee" the first time you bring a bottle of wine into the dining room that was not purchased on the ship. You should not be charged for the same bottle more than once. It makes no difference whether they actually open it or not, pour it or not or anything else. It is really a charge for bringing in an outside wine.

You can bring in a glass of wine at no charge.

sparty7798
02-26-2010, 01:29 PM
Hi,
So if you do bring a bottle in and pay the corking fee and you don't finish it, will they keep it for the next night?

karibritt01
02-26-2010, 01:47 PM
Hi,
So if you do bring a bottle in and pay the corking fee and you don't finish it, will they keep it for the next night?

Yes. You will get it back the next night at dinner.

~Piglet~
02-26-2010, 02:30 PM
Out of interest, how much does a bottle of 'house' wine cost on board? :)

pugmom626
02-26-2010, 03:22 PM
I did 3 different things on 3 different cruises:
1) Buy the wine package and purchase mixed drinks and wines by the glass at the bars.
2) Carry-on wine (purchased in Key West) for the dining room and stateroom, plus buy drinks at the bars.
3) Buy the wine package and mixed drinks/wine at the bars. Have carry-on wine (purchased in Key West) in the stateroom to enjoy on the veranda.
Out of the afformentioned 3 options, I felt most comfortable with #3. Saved a little money by not buying as many drinks at the bar, but also didn't feel that little pang of uncomfortableness that happens when you bring your own wine into the dining rooms. When people do this, they are taking advantage of a loophole. It's not a classy thing to do and if too many people start doing it, DCL will be inclined to close the loophole.

disney 2010
02-26-2010, 06:36 PM
I don't understand why there would be controversy? :confused3 DCL allows you to bring drinks on board and allows you to move around the ship with your beverages regardless of their place of origin....
Now if you are running back and forth to your stateroom refilling during your meal or carrying a "flask" around that may just be tacky :rotfl:

kcashner
02-26-2010, 06:47 PM
I'm sorry...I don't understand why it is "tacky" to bring a glass into the dining room. If I have purchased something from a bar before dinner and have not finished it, I take it into the dining room. Ditto if I have a glass from the Captain's reception.

I'm not violating any DCL policy when I bring a glass into the dining room. DCL allows me to bring alcohol on board, unlike most lines. They do not specify that I can't bring it into the dining room.

Sneaking about or trying to avoid a rule is a totally different matter, and I wouldn't run back and forth to my cabin for "refills." However, I'm not violating a rule and no matter what they say, no one can tell whether I've purchased the glass of wine at a bar or poured it in my room.

Mtopher4
02-26-2010, 07:09 PM
My book says the corking fee is now $18

Orlando Momma
02-26-2010, 07:37 PM
I am bringing wine with me for two dinners...quick question, can we carry wine with us (the bottle) to Palo's? And if we hand carry a glass of wine to dinner, where do you get the glasses? I don't feel bad carrying a bottle in, because two mixed drinks for us will be the same price as the $15-18 dollar corking fee. Gotta save every dollar we can!!:thumbsup2

madancer
02-26-2010, 07:52 PM
This is very informative reading this. How would it apply to a bottle of beer? No fee for that I assume?

pugmom626
02-26-2010, 08:02 PM
The dining rooms are dining rooms, not BYOBs. The corking fees are in place to discourage the masses from schlepping their own bottles of wine into the dining rooms. Obviosly this does not apply to carrying in a partially consumed drink that was purchased at the bar. Now, in addition to encouraging others that it is "perfectly Ok" to BYOB, there have also been comments and suggestions regarding how to avoid the corking fee. The sneaky, cheap-out tactics are what's going to cause a change in policy. Does DCL really have to put it in writing that "Yes, you may bring alcoholic beverages onboard; however, outside beverages will not be permitted in the dining rooms." ?!?!?

disney 2010
02-26-2010, 08:09 PM
To clarify as I made the "tacky" comment I carried my "drink of the day glass" to dinner every night with my "cabin made" cocktail inside ( We had our drink of the day in the sun by the pool) I don't understand why this would create controversy:confused:
As for glasses for wine. Your stateroom host(ess) will bring you glasses. I have also read of people buying large plastic wine glasses so they can bring in a "big" glass of wine and not look "tacky" running back to the room in the middle of dinner for a refill
As for beer.... I guess you can also carry this from place to place. Personally if I was walking into the dining room I would be more comfortable if i had it in a glass/mug. :woohoo:
We drank a pretty even amount of BYOB and DCL beverages on our trip and I doubt dcl really cared which I drank where. If they know I brought it on I'm sure they knew I would drink it::yes:::rotfl:

Baseball-Mom
02-26-2010, 08:41 PM
My husband and I both ordered just one glass,of two different kinds of a wine in Palo. They were suggested to us by our server. They were good, to just ok. We are not wine connisours by any means. We were very suprised that one glass was $15.00 and the other was $18 :eek: We could have gotten a decent white zinfindale or martini and Rossi Asti for less than that. That was one time I wish we had our own wine with us and came in with our own glass.

Orlando Momma
02-26-2010, 10:16 PM
The dining rooms are dining rooms, not BYOBs. The corking fees are in place to discourage the masses from schlepping their own bottles of wine into the dining rooms. Obviosly this does not apply to carrying in a partially consumed drink that was purchased at the bar. Now, in addition to encouraging others that it is "perfectly Ok" to BYOB, there have also been comments and suggestions regarding how to avoid the corking fee. The sneaky, cheap-out tactics are what's going to cause a change in policy. Does DCL really have to put it in writing that "Yes, you may bring alcoholic beverages onboard; however, outside beverages will not be permitted in the dining rooms." ?!?!?

If DCL didn't want you to bring wine to dinner, they would not allow alcohol onboard. Since I am paying five grand for a cruise, I feel have zero guilt about bringing a bottle of wine to dinner. I am also a great tipper, so I think it is safe to assume that the waitstaff does not mind either.

If I saw someone bring a Big Gulp Cup of Boone's Farm or Mad Dog 20/20 to dinner, I wouldn't blink an eye. Who am I to judge? They are probably fun people to hang with!!:goodvibes

I don't think anyone on the Disney cruises is "cheap". If they were cheap, they would be vacationing on a more affordable cruise line.

pugmom626
02-27-2010, 10:40 AM
Orlando Momma:
No, I wouldn't say that you "hit a nerve" and I'm not singling anyone out either. Apparently this is another one of those topics (like "Can I sneak my kids into the adult areas if I pretend that the sign is off to the side?" and "Can we get away with dressing like slobs for dinner if we have have seen others do so?") that will bring out all sorts of strong differences of opinion. I think people know what is appropriate and what is not and some are just looking for permission to bend the rules or guidelines.

disney 2010
02-27-2010, 11:04 AM
Wow....to the OP I'm sure you got your question answered. I guess what's important to know is DCL wants you to enjoy your vacation and will treat you to excellent customer service all over the ship including the dining room. :thumbsup2

If you show up with a beer in one hand a glass of wine in the other wearing denim shorts and your hard rock cafe t-shirt they will welcome you and serve you.....it's the other passengers that may take issue:rotfl2:

It's your expensive holiday...enjoy:hippie:

orlandothebeagle
02-27-2010, 12:06 PM
I am bringing wine with me for two dinners...quick question, can we carry wine with us (the bottle) to Palo's? And if we hand carry a glass of wine to dinner, where do you get the glasses? I don't feel bad carrying a bottle in, because two mixed drinks for us will be the same price as the $15-18 dollar corking fee. Gotta save every dollar we can!!:thumbsup2

Thats why I would pay a cork fee, even if it was the same price, at least if its something you know you really enjoy..
You know how they let you taste a little from a bottle, sometimes ( and on disney with expensive bottles) I dont particulary like( I will drink it though;)) I could never have the bottle to say I dont like it, I just smile and say thats fine.
Our person who looks after our room always brough us ice and glasses for night time, Havier, he was amazing!

Tinkerkell123
02-27-2010, 12:40 PM
I had no problem carrying in a glass of wine, but who on earth wants to keep going to and from your cabin to refill?!?! :confused3

The DH and I each brought 4 bottles of wine onboard (he is red, and I am white) but we still spent WAY too much at the bars and ordered a bottle at dinner a couple of times. Most nights we would take a glass from our cabin to the show (we had late dinner) after having a glass in the cabin. And for the corkage fee, I would rather use that money to try something new. I KNOW I like what I brought on board...

We are both LOVE wine and are semi-picky about what we like, but if you know enough about wine, you can certainly find something as good if not better than what you brought with you. We ordered a bottle of the Fairy Tale champagne one night at dinner which I loved! And off subject, if anyone remembers who bottles that for Disney, please let me know!!

Anyway, our theory is that we did not book this cruise to save money, but if they will allow us to bring wine on board, we will certainly do so! STILL can't believe how much we spent on "adult" beverages anyway!! :headache: But it was worth it!!

Andrew DEREK UK
02-27-2010, 01:11 PM
Different things are important to different people and also our interpretation of what is deemed fair and just and bending the rules is also different person to person.

Personally I enjoy wine, I like the fact DCL is one of the very few cruise lines that allow you to bring drink onboard and respect them and their rules for that. It allows me to enjoy a drink in my stateroom or on deck. That doesn’t affect anyone.

Now on other cruise lines this debate wouldn’t even start as you couldn’t take any wine to dinner as it’s confiscated at port.

To my first point, respect for the flexibility given to us, I wouldn’t like the option to bring on booze taken away.

Now, we know there is a corking fee for a full bottle of wine, so to me and quite a few people, (not all) taking a glass to dinner from your room is getting around that rule. Now to each of us we have to decide, if as a decent honest traveller, knowing you have not purchased that at a bar, are you bending the rules too much.

To my second point, many posters here post strong statements and opinions, you can do this you can’t do this. DCL to my knowledge hasn’t made any statement that you can do this; circumstantial evidence of providing glasses in room is ‘good service’ by DCL. Not evidence its ok. So those of you who are unsure of the rule, my advice is take a print of this thread to the restaurant and show it to the staff ,saying these people posted that it is fine to do so.

Third point, many people are on tight a budget, that’s understandable, and consider a cruise a major cost. Therefore how to save money is always going to be a popular conversation. A few weeks back there were a few who were posting, we have cruised 5/6 times and never purchased trip insurance and encouraging people this was a good saving. With recent issues on the Magic, those vocal posters encouraging people to save and skip on insurance have gone a bit quite.

My Next point, There are posters here who have encouraged, organising people to use as a team unlimited internet package, it was stopped due to misuse. Where is the line? Also people encouraged, booking REAS, (Romantic escape at sea0 package because of a loophole that you could book shore trips at 105 days. That wasn’t part of the package, and the ‘misuse’ was a reason why REAS stopped. These actions caused other cruisers upset.

Now que at this point, a response saying, some posters can force the future. No I cannot, I am saying in my humble opinion my personal view.
My view is respect for rules (as I read them), and the normal principles of good manners. I would not walk into any good quality restaurant with a glass of wine in my hand. There wine is expensive, I decide if I will pay that, or drink water and, then go to the pub later for a drink.

I consider the views of my servers; I wouldn’t put them in a difficult position. They do not know if that glass came from a bar, or came from the captain’s cocktail party, and if they upset you, you may reduce their tip. No win position. I wouldn’t place anyone in that position.
I have seen a few people take glasses into dinner, when the captains cocktail party isn’t on, normally they hold it low in there hand behind them. Also I have seen hip flasks used, when the server is collecting food, to me this behaviour suggests people are not fully comfortable if it’s allowed or not.

Que anther normal response, well there isn’t a rule you can’t do it. Correct/ true, there isn’t, exactly the same as it isn’t public or written down that you can do it, but a few posters will give you the impression it’s fully ok.

I post this not to flame, not to impact my values on others, not to say what is right or wrong but to try in a balanced way to put my views and those of others into context.

Now, normally a cruise line will make 75% (ish) profit on cruise fare, and 25 %(ish) on the ship, a major part of this for any cruise lines is booze. IMHO, if this is encouraged here and we continue to bend the rules, the line will snap and the freedom to take booze on ‘’for security reasons’ stopped.

I like to bring wine onboard for personal use; I would like to continue to do that.

We all need to make a judgemental call, where we feel, a rule is being observed, and respected, or bent a little bit too much. Large glass/small glass, buying DCL wine, or taking a glass in, it’s up to you!
Everyone is different, everyone a different perspective....

Positive suggestions: By a wine package, or pre buy some wine as gifts pre cruise, or tell people you are on a cruise and for birthdays etc get a gift of wine for the cruise as a nice thoughful present, it tastes better knowing its paid for, and you dont need to carry it from your room.

dylan'smom
02-27-2010, 01:14 PM
OMGosh...I can't believe anyone thinks bringing your drink with you to dinner is the same as pretending to ignore a posted sign at the pool or sneakily breaking another rule/request. Puleeez!!!

There is NO rule against bringing your drink with you. If you choose to have them serve you, by means of buying a bottle or paying a corkage fee (which we did), then that is acceptable as well...and more convenient!!

But it is not showing a tackiness or lack of respect or sneaky behavior to carry your drink w/ you from the bar, your room, or the captain's gala. Sorry, just likening this to rude, rule breaking pushed my buttons....LOL

disney 2010
02-27-2010, 01:40 PM
You and me both tinkerell123. :rotfl::rotfl:

It was stunning how many adult beverages we purchased given that we brought on board. This provided tips to the CMs around the pool and at CC I harbor no guilt nor do I feel I was breaking any rules by choosing to drink a drink I poured during my dinner. :thumbsup2

Bottom line is we "dressed" for dinner every night and pour a drink while we were in our room getting ready to go:banana::banana:

And in 2011 we will do it again:cheer2: