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Food and Drinks on a Disney Cruise – Bring or Purchase?

Disney Cruise Line Drink

At Disney Addicts, we get a lot of questions about bringing drinks and food on board your Disney Cruise. First thing, Disney Cruise Line does not have an “all you can drink” alcohol beverage package. They do offer alcoholic drinks, bottled water, and bottles of beer on board, but you must pay for them individually, or you can buy a wine or beer package (see details below). So if you want to save a little money or have something specific, you can bring on your own.





Disney Cruise Line Alcohol Policy

If you are 21 years or older you can bring a maximum of 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 your carry-on (not checked) bags. All alcohol brought onboard must be in an original unopened container. Partially used bottles and those in which the seal has been broken will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.

Any alcohol packed in checked luggage will be removed and stored until the end of the cruise. Along with any wine or champagne in excess of 2 bottles or beer in excess of 6 beers will be stored until the end of the cruise. You MUST retrieve any stored alcohol at the end of the cruise. If not, they will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.





You can not bring on liquors and spirits (gin, vodka, etc. including powdered alcohol). These items will be stored until the end of the cruise. If you purchase liquors in a port to enjoy when you get home, you check them in with cruise staff when you get back on board and pick them up at the end of the cruise.

If you want to drink the wine or champagne that you brought on board in one of the dining rooms you will be charged a corking fee of $25.00 per bottle. Alcohol that you bring on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area. Drink it in your stateroom.

Wine and Beer Packages

You can purchase individual glasses of wine, bottles of wine, champagne and sparkling wines or glass/bottle of beer. Disney also has a variety of packages you can purchase, not necessarily at a discount.





Beer

There are 2 beer packages available on board: 6 pack of domestic or imported beers. You get 6 chilled beers for the price of 5 versus if you bought them individually. For example, you can purchase a 6 pack of Heineken beers for $33.75. Prices do not include 15% gratuity for beer packages. So a savings from what is on board, but not for what you could buy them for at home.

Also, on the first couple of days of the cruise, there will be tables set up throughout the ship where you can buy a 6 pack of beer in a collectible soft-sided cooler.

Disney does have a Beer Mug Package for $15.25 (gratuity and tax not included). You get a Disney Cruise Line-branded beer mug to bring to any onboard bar and get a 20 oz. refill of beer for the price of a 16 oz. size! There is no need to carry the mug around the entire cruise. You will get a token you can trade for a mug at any time. You give the token to your server and get a mug of beer, and when you’re done you can give them the mug and ask for the token back. At the end of the cruise, just stop by any bar to get a nice clean mug to take home.

Wine

Disney offers 3, 4, 5, & 7 bottles of wine packages. They have a classic wine package or premium. You will save up to 25% when purchasing one of their wine packages instead of buying the same wine bottles separately. Choose a bottle from the wine list selected by their onboard sommeliers to pair with your food each night. The wine of your choice will be served at your table. So if you are a wine drinker this might be a good option for you.

If you don’t finish all of your wine you can take it home with you. You are allowed to carry up to 2 bottles of wine off the ship. You can also drink more than one bottle per evening. And if you don’t finish a bottle in one evening you can take it back to your stateroom with you or your server team can rotate it to your next Dining Experience.

Disney Cruise Line Beverage Policy

You can bring on sealed bottles or cans of non-alcoholic beverages like water and soda. These must be in your carry on bag and must be able to fit through an x-ray machine (remember you have to carry it all! Bring a roller bag to save your back and arms!). A 6 pack of Dasani water on board costs $10. If you are staying on concierge level on the Dream or Fantasy, bottled water is provided in the lounge without cost.

Also, in addition to the beer, there will be tables set up throughout the ship where you can buy packs of water in a collectible soft-sided cooler.

You can not bring on ice chests or coolers, except for coolers no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 12″ (like a soft-sided cooler), as carry-on luggage only for storing medications, baby food or items related to dietary restrictions only. Breast milk must be in carry-on luggage only.

If you are a coffee drinker, there are machines that serve drip coffee and there are milk and creamer available, but if you like specialty coffees, those espresso drinks cost extra, generally about the same price as on land. If you are a regular coffee drinker, be sure to get a coffee card. Each time you buy a latte, cappuccino, etc. they will mark the card. Your sixth one is FREE! If you don’t fill your card during the cruise, hold onto it you can use it on a future cruise, even on a different Disney ship!

Disney Cruise Line Food Policy

You can pack nonperishable snack foods in sealed, original packaging (yes to crackers, no to bananas). All items must either be consumed prior to returning to your home port or remain unopened.

Do not bring homemade, precooked or perishable foods or open food containers. You also can not bring electrical appliances such as rice cookers, hot plates, coffee makers, blenders, bottle sterilizers, and bottle warmers. Disney does have a limited number of approved bottle warmers and bottle sterilizers available upon request through Guest Services. In addition, you can have hot water delivered to your stateroom at any time from room service.

Disney Cruise Line Gifts & Amenities

If you want to add on any of the beer, wine, or packages to your next cruise you can pre-order online through their Gifts and Amenities page: https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/gifts-and-amenities/

In addition to beer, wine, and water, you can also preorder cakes and other specialty gifts. Selections can vary based on your port and itinerary, so you will need to see what is available ahead of time.

Effective Friday, March 15, 2019, all Disney Cruise Line Gifts and Amenities, including onboard credits, food & wine, spa, and pre-purchased merchandise or beverages, will follow the order deadlines below: 

In addition, a consistent cancellation policy has been established for specialty cake orders. Effective Friday, March 15, 2019,  specialty cake orders may be canceled up to 7 days prior to the Guests’ sail date for a full refund.

All prices are as of article published date.

Happy Travels!

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