Corkage fee ?

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  1. PrincessShmoo

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    Yes, I know that if you bring your own wine into the dining room you have a corkage fee.

    I've read a report elsewhere that the fee is $25 (at least on the Dream). Can anyone confirm this?

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  3. erionm

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    In Sept. on the Fantasy it was $20 plus they added gratuity to it...
     
  6. kcashner

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    It has been $20 forever...and yes, they do add the automatic bar gratuity of $3 to it (15%). The automatic gratuity is added to anything called a bar item (soda, the light up things on the glasses for kids, specialty coffee, smoothies,) in addition to what we commonly think of as bar stuff.
     
  7. pjacobi

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    Does a corkage fee apply to boxed wine? What about single serving "juice box" wines? In the U.K. and Europe, wine is now being sold in plastic wine glasses sealed with a foiled cover.

    I think the purpose of the fee is to keep cheap wines out of the dining room. Your bottle of wine should be worth more than the corkage fee!


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  8. kcashner

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    The purpose of the corkage fee it to make up some of the money that DCL loses by allowing you to bring your own wine on board. It does include the cost of recorking the wine and serving it to you the next night if desired.

    If you bring a glass of wine into the dining room, there is no charge. Any bar or your stateroom host will be happy to supply glasses. Any unopened container (glass, box, etc) is subject to the fee.
     
  9. woody73

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    I think the corkage fee is also for the additional service they provide in serving the wine (providing wine glasses, uncorking and pouring the wine, and keeping the wine chilled if required), just like at a land-based restaurant.

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  10. tvguy

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    Traveling cross country, and not wanting to stop on the way to the ship, we just bought our wine in the dining room. 4 bottles lasted us the week, so a wine package would have been too many bottles.

    I have posted this question before, but I know some fine land based restaurants will wave the corkage fee if you bring in a special wine they don't carry. Wonder if the ships would? Probably not since they understandably would have a limit selection.
    I had a friend who used to take great pride each year on his wedding anniversary in going to a very high end restaurant, and bringing a wine that the sommelier had heard of, but never tasted. The corkage fee was always waived......but he always invited the sommelier to sit down with them have a taste of the wine he brought.
     
  11. lufty

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    So if you bring a bottle of wine on board with you, and open and drink in your room, do they still charge you for bringing it on board? I haven't been on a Disney ship before so wasn't sure how that worked. Other lines will take any booze from you you bring on and not give it to you til you leave the ship after the cruise is over....
     
  12. erionm

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    Disney allows you to bring unopened alcohol on to the ship in your carry-on baggage. The corkage fee applies if you bring unopened wine into the dining room. If you open it in your room and pour yourself a glass there, there is no charge.
     
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  14. scrapbookmomma74

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    Be sure to remember to pack your corkscrew, or else you will be stuck paying the corkage fee, as you won't be able to open it in your cabin! (We accidently packed ours on the last day and sent it with the luggage. That evening, we wanted to open our last bottle with friends, and alas, NO corkscrew!!! Luckily, we had made some "friends" in the dining room who opened it for us and didn't charge us...it was after dinner and we were not drinking it there, so they were gracious enough to open it!)
    Now, I make sure that is one of the LAST things packed! lol
     
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    Also make sure it does not a knife on it. Some have a small knife on it to cut the foil on top. If the wine opener has a knife it will not make it through Airport Security if it is in your carry on bag.
     
  16. honeymo78

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    You can purchase a smaller wine package. On our recent 7 night cruise we opted for the 3 night package. The number really referred to the number of bottles you got, not number of nights you could drink them. Those 3 bottles covered 6 nights of dinner.
     
  17. OKW Lover

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    Actually you can get a corkscrew from room service. We were just on the Fantasy last week and brought two bottles of wine on board. We purposely bought screw top bottles. On the first day at sea we ordered the "all hands on deck" cheese plate and two wine glasses. The also brought a wine opener even though we hadn't asked for one.

    BTW, the "corkage fee" isn't actually about opening the bottle. You'll be charged this even if the bottle is already open when you bring it to the dining room.
     
  18. 2CME911

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    I've been reading these posts and thinking back to our first cruise, I carefully packed several bottles of nice wine...and forgot the corkscrew! Stateroom host got us one...Thanks Art!

    When we got back I thought to myself, there must be a way to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. Found this:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq7DBjCzSuE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    Love it! Just don't forget to bring a tree. :thumbsup2
     
  19. su_A_ve

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    I think that if you bring the open bottle to the dining room you'll be charged the fee. However, if you just bring a glass of wine you won't be. You could have gotten that the bar prior to dinner...
     
  20. PrincessShmoo

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    I guess it depends on how much you like to play by the rules - from the DCL website:

    Beverage Policy.


    QuestionWhat is the policy regarding bringing alcoholic beverages on board?
    AnswerAlcohol is permitted on board. However, any fragile items (including alcoholic beverages) must be hand-carried on board in the carry-on of an adult Guest – age 21 or older (dimensions can't exceed 22" wide, 14" high and 9" deep).

    Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.

    Guests who arrive in the dining room, including Palo and Remy, with a bottle of champagne or wine will be charged a corking fee of $20.00 per bottle.

    Please be advised: Disney Cruise Line reserves the right to remove fragile items (including beverages) from checked luggage. In such cases, items will be stored and returned at the end of the voyage. Beverage containers are considered fragile and have previously caused damage in checked luggage. All fragile items must be transported inside carry-on luggage.

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  21. dittymau

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    You can always ask for glasses at the bar (plastic if on pool deck) and bring your first glass with you to dinner. On the Magic recently we had late seating and would stop at Diversions for a snack and a drink before getting cleaned up for dinner, and when leaving ask for two wine glasses which they cheerfully provided. If we wanted a second glass of wine in the dining room they have several reasonably priced wines by the glass between $6 -$7 I recall...
     

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