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DVCNuts
04-12-2012, 12:38 PM
I just read this under Planning Tools for DCL here on the DISboard:

Disney Cruise Line - Bringing Alcohol aboard the ship

Alcohol is permitted on board. Any fragile items (including bottles of alcohol) must be brought aboard in a carry-on bag not to exceed 22" wide, 14" high and 9" deep. All fragile items must be transported inside carry-on luggage. Guests can have a bottle of their own champagne, wine or liquor that has been brought onboard opened and served by a Wine Steward. There will be a corking fee of $20.00 per bottle.

So, does that mean I can buy a bottle of good Tequila, bring it on board in a carry on, bring it to dinner and our waiter will serve it to us for just a $20 corkage fee? And would they keep it for me if we don't finish it in one sitting?

I knew you could do this with wine, but it never occurred to me that we could bring a bottle of booze. Because as they say, wine is fine but liquor is quicker! :rotfl:

I hope this is true. It will make our 4/22 Mexican Riviera cruise even more fun, if only to see the looks on others faces! :eek:

HyperionDreamer
04-12-2012, 01:36 PM
Yes - my parents did, when I cruised with them during their 25th anniversary. They brought a bottle of champagne they had bought in France, and the waiters happily uncorked and poured the wine for them. To my knowledge, there was no corking fee, but that may have been in honor of the occasion.

TinkBell10
04-12-2012, 01:44 PM
I think it's pretty routine for people to bring their own bottles of wine to dinner, but I can't recall ever seeing anyone bring an entire bottle of liquor. Why not make yourself a cocktail in your stateroom and carry it with you to dinner? You can get a glass from any bar or have your room steward bring you one. You'll save on the corkage fee that way.

disneynme
04-12-2012, 01:50 PM
I think it's pretty routine for people to bring their own bottles of wine to dinner, but I can't recall ever seeing anyone bring an entire bottle of liquor. Why not make yourself a cocktail in your stateroom and carry it with you to dinner? You can get a glass from any bar or have your room steward bring you one. You'll save on the corkage fee that way.

Do you think it would be okay to bring a REALLY full glass of wine to dinner?:rolleyes1

TinkBell10
04-12-2012, 01:54 PM
Do you think it would be okay to bring a REALLY full glass of wine to dinner?:rolleyes1

I fill mine to the top. :cool1:

LemonPie
04-12-2012, 03:02 PM
:rolleyes1 We took a bottle of pomagranite vodka and a box of wine and every morning filled up a mug with oj and then got some sprite from deck 9 and made cocktails and got empty wine glasses from the nightclub or a coffee up from deck 9 and took a glass of wine to dinner every night (no corkage fee). Sooooo much cheaper than buying drinks on board :rolleyes1

Patrickprincess
04-12-2012, 03:19 PM
:rolleyes1 We took a bottle of pomagranite vodka and a box of wine and every morning filled up a mug with oj and then got some sprite from deck 9 and made cocktails and got empty wine glasses from the nightclub or a coffee up from deck 9 and took a glass of wine to dinner every night (no corkage fee). Sooooo much cheaper than buying drinks on board :rolleyes1

I was wondering if it would okay to share my wine with my table mates? I didn't mean to hijack this thread. It's just that where i live we have a wine store that makes their own wine and i would love to share it.

PrincessShmoo
04-12-2012, 03:25 PM
I was wondering if it would okay to share my wine with my table mates? I didn't mean to hijack this thread. It's just that where i live we have a wine store that makes their own wine and i would love to share it.

You certainly can ask them if they would care to have some. We've been at tables that others have offered to share their wine with us. We don't drink, so we've always said no, but I think that it was a nice gesture.

:cutie:

TinkBell10
04-12-2012, 03:35 PM
You certainly can ask them if they would care to have some. We've been at tables that others have offered to share their wine with us. We don't drink, so we've always said no, but I think that it was a nice gesture.

:cutie:

Yes, if you bring your own bottle and pay the corkage fee, your server will bring as many glasses as you need. If there is any wine left over, they'll store it for you until the next dinner.

skoi
04-12-2012, 03:36 PM
I was wondering if it would okay to share my wine with my table mates? I didn't mean to hijack this thread. It's just that where i live we have a wine store that makes their own wine and i would love to share it.

I'd think this would be okay.

We always end up at our own table as there are at least six of us, so it's never come up.

IndyDisneyFan
04-12-2012, 03:52 PM
Your cabin steward will also bring you a bucket of ice and wine glasses if you ask. We always bring our own, then open it in our cabin and put the bottle on ice. He/she will keep re-icing it until it is gone :)

Laura

com_op_2000
04-12-2012, 04:50 PM
I just make my drink in the room and take it with me, instead of paying the $20 fee.

Bronxgirl
04-12-2012, 06:23 PM
So to clarify, I can bring my own alcohol on board and drink it in my room? If so I'll bring a couple bottles of Skinnygirl Margarita and be a very happy girl.

TinkBell10
04-12-2012, 06:29 PM
So to clarify, I can bring my own alcohol on board and drink it in my room? If so I'll bring a couple bottles of Skinnygirl Margarita and be a very happy girl.

YUP! Just be sure to put it in your carry on and not your checked luggage.:yay:

DVCNuts
04-12-2012, 07:52 PM
Why not make yourself a cocktail in your stateroom and carry it with you to dinner?

Oh, we will be doing that for sure. This was more about the novelty of pouring up icy shots of Patron Anejo at dinner. Pretty sure that would raise some eyebrows. It's how we do.

mmouse37
04-12-2012, 08:33 PM
Oh, we will be doing that for sure. This was more about the novelty of pouring up icy shots of Patron Anejo at dinner. Pretty sure that would raise some eyebrows. It's how we do.

You certainly can bring your bottle of Patron to the dining room...you may or may not be charged the "corking fee" even if you open the bottle yourself. It is really a service charge and seems to be hit or miss if they charge it. Servers are supposed to charge the corking fee but sometimes they do not...I believe for fear of a reduced tip.

Not sure why you would think it would raise eyebrows about the Patron, though....I have seen it for sale from $62 to $99 per bottle (online)...many spend more than that for a good bottle of wine.

Now what raised some eyebrows a few weeks ago was when the Cake Boss (from the Food Network show) was in Palo and ordered a few $1700 shots of scotch (I think it was Scotch).

MJ

disneynme
04-12-2012, 09:09 PM
Is cranberry juice available onboard? I love Cosmos and can bring the Vodka and Triple Sec.

Evi
04-12-2012, 09:31 PM
You know I was thinking about bringing a bottle of blue label or an aged middleton for my fiancÚ and the guys to enjoy. But I wondered if they could only enjoy it in our room or pour a glass and go somewhere else with it. I just don't see the value in paying 1/3 of the bottle cost in a 2oz pour. I'd rather just bring the entire bottle and let them enjoy it.

mamahemingway
04-13-2012, 01:14 AM
We were just on the MR Wonder and would bring a very full glass of wine to dinner each night. I would also make a bay breeze to bring up to the pool in our travel mugs. I would ask for cranberry / pineapple at breakfast in a to go cup or order and pour into my travel cup at the table before we left. You can not find cranberry or pinapple at buffet. You can ask room service for wine glasses ( no charge ) or any bar for 2 empty glasses to go !
Have fun

abbyar
04-13-2012, 02:05 AM
Has anyone actually paid the corkage fee? I keep hearing stories about it being waived.

DVCNuts
04-13-2012, 07:13 AM
Now what raised some eyebrows a few weeks ago was when the Cake Boss (from the Food Network show) was in Palo and ordered a few $1700 shots of scotch (I think it was Scotch).

MJ

Wow! I am thinking it may have been Louis XIV Cognac at that price. Who does that??!! Oh yeah, LOUD guys with a cake show on Food Network.

designertravels
04-13-2012, 07:42 AM
I usually bring one of the small "airplane" size liquors to dinner in my purse or pocket. Never a problem. Just make sure when you order your soda, ect as a mixer the server does not whisk away your drink to give you a new cup for a refill. I would tell my assistant waiter at dinner that it had something "special in it".

Jill

spectrum-turbo
04-13-2012, 07:53 AM
Has anyone actually paid the corkage fee? I keep hearing stories about it being waived.

Yes we have. My DH usually brings 3-4 bottles of wine per cruise and typically he has been charged the corkage fee (and happily paid) on every other bottle. YMMV

GoofyTwinDad
04-13-2012, 08:04 AM
Thank you for this thread! I will be taking ingredients for making conch coolers. I will be enjoying at least one per dinner.:thumbsup2

shmoogrrrl
04-13-2012, 08:42 AM
Now what raised some eyebrows a few weeks ago was when the Cake Boss (from the Food Network show) was in Palo and ordered a few $1700 shots of scotch (I think it was Scotch).

MJ

Totally off topic, but I am curious. Do you mean Buddy Valastro, of the show Cake Boss, on TLC? I'm an avid Food Network fan, and can't figure out who it would be if it is a Food Network show personality.

No matter who it is, if they have the money, I don't care how they blow it, but I would be staring so hard that my food would get cold. Yikes. That is a HECK of a lot of money for some alcohol. I'd imagine that it would have to be the best scotch that I've ever had. :) I can't even imagine!

Buckeye218
04-13-2012, 08:58 AM
I never really thought about it before, but I suppose it would be a good idea, especially if you enjoy a good sipping tequila. From what I understand, Patron is the highest quality tequila the ships stocks. And Patron is high end in price only, it is a actually a very average quality tequila.

Due to space and cost limitations, I imagine DCL is somewhat limited in the variety of liquors they offer. If anyone knows what tequila DCL stocks, I'd be interested to know. I know they serve Patron in their tequila tastings.

Too bad DCL doesn't have some Mexican-themed entrees on the Western itinerary that a fine tequila would go nicely with!

mmouse37
04-13-2012, 09:11 AM
Totally off topic, but I am curious. Do you mean Buddy Valastro, of the show Cake Boss, on TLC? I'm an avid Food Network fan, and can't figure out who it would be if it is a Food Network show personality.

No matter who it is, if they have the money, I don't care how they blow it, but I would be staring so hard that my food would get cold. Yikes. That is a HECK of a lot of money for some alcohol. I'd imagine that it would have to be the best scotch that I've ever had. :) I can't even imagine!

Yes, his whole family was onboard with him....they had prepared a beautiful "Dream" cake for the Dream's 1 year anniversary. It was aired on the Cake Boss show. He and his wife were also renewing their vows on the cruise.

There are some threads on the board about it as well.

I am sure there is a Youtube video of the cake out there....I also think it may have been on Disney Parks Blog as well.

The cake was pretty cool looking...

Ok...here is a link to the Disney Food Blog where there are some pics and article.

http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/10/21/cake-boss-buddy-valastro-creates-a-disney-dream-cake-literally/

I also don't care how someone spends their money.....booze is not that big a deal to me so I could never spend it on that but hey, to each their own!!!

MJ

dvcbrad
04-13-2012, 10:24 AM
Yes we have. My DH usually brings 3-4 bottles of wine per cruise and typically he has been charged the corkage fee (and happily paid) on every other bottle. YMMV

We did the same. We brought on a case of wine between the four adults in our group and paid the corkage on the ones we had in the dining room (a couple were prosecco for the sail away party). We figured that by the time we paid the corkage fee and added that to the cost of the wine we were bringing, we would be having much better wine than those in the packages on board at essentially the same price. We packaged them up in wine shipping boxes, checked them at the airline (we had first class mileage tickets that trip so that was free), retrieved the boxes from baggage and carried them over to DME for the ride over to OKW. There we had to break them down into smaller amounts to put in our ship carry-ons, since boxes are not allowed to be brought on board (I had checked on that in advance).

Our servers didn't mind at all. As a matter of fact, after the first night or two, they were all curious to see what we had brought that evening! As a result, we established a fun relationship with not only our servers, but with others in the area as well. We knew the program on the corkage fee, gladly paid it, and may have even added in a few extra bucks for our servers, which they appreciated as well. It seemed to be a win/win for everyone.

DVCNuts
04-13-2012, 12:40 PM
From what I understand, Patron is the highest quality tequila the ships stocks. And Patron is high end in price only, it is a actually a very average quality tequila.

I suppose that is a matter of opinion. We like to drink it straight up with no training wheels, preferably straight out of the freezer but room temperature will do. Anjeo is the smoothest, and Patron is aged 2 years. I have had some pretty expensive Tequila that didn't taste as good.

DVCNuts
04-13-2012, 12:51 PM
I will let you know how this works out. I placed an order with a liquor merchant on the Internet which is based in Southern California, and the booze will be delivered to the hotel where we will be staying prior to our MR cruise on 4/22.

Prices were very reasonable, which more than made up for the $25 delivery fee. It's more about convenience than anything, since we are flying in and won't have a rental car.

Just Google "buy liquor on the internet in (city where you want it delivered)" and you will get a list to choose from. Keep in mind that delivery of alcohol is not legal in all states-- but it is in CA! Heck, everything is legal there. :thumbsup2

LemonPie
04-13-2012, 01:27 PM
I know boxed wine has a bad rap but it has come a long way. I packed a box of Black Box. It was really pretty good and 1 box has the equal volume of 4 bottles but is much lighter and very much less breakable. I put it in a giant zip lock baggie just in case and it lasted almost the whole 7 days. Will do this again for sure on our cruise next year.

abbyar
04-13-2012, 04:04 PM
I'm also a fan of Black Box, it is a good table wine. I hope to bring something a little nicer on our cruise - and there are higher end boxed wines. Wineberry is very good for the price point.

CoryB2679
04-26-2012, 01:25 PM
Yes, his whole family was onboard with him....they had prepared a beautiful "Dream" cake for the Dream's 1 year anniversary. It was aired on the Cake Boss show. He and his wife were also renewing their vows on the cruise.

There are some threads on the board about it as well.

I am sure there is a Youtube video of the cake out there....I also think it may have been on Disney Parks Blog as well.

The cake was pretty cool looking...

Ok...here is a link to the Disney Food Blog where there are some pics and article.

http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/10/21/cake-boss-buddy-valastro-creates-a-disney-dream-cake-literally/

I also don't care how someone spends their money.....booze is not that big a deal to me so I could never spend it on that but hey, to each their own!!!

MJ

I'm sure he didn't pay anything for the scotch. There was probably a deal between DCL and TLC for providing the cake, the cruise and everything else that they did. TLC got a "cool show idea" and DCL got extra advertising.

Tonka's Skipper
04-26-2012, 03:20 PM
I know boxed wine has a bad rap but it has come a long way. I packed a box of Black Box. It was really pretty good and 1 box has the equal volume of 4 bottles but is much lighter and very much less breakable. I put it in a giant zip lock baggie just in case and it lasted almost the whole 7 days. Will do this again for sure on our cruise next year.

Just as long as its in your Carry on.....ENJOY!:cool1:


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