Cruise NewsRoyal Caribbean Updates Carry-on Beverage Policy on Their Cruise Ships

Royal Caribbean Updates Carry-on Beverage Policy on Their Cruise Ships

Royal Caribbean has updated their non-alcoholic beverage policy and what passengers are allowed to bring on board their 25 cruise ships.

Passengers will now only be allowed to bring non-alcoholic drinks on board on embarkation day. Beverages can not be checked and must be brought on board using hand luggage. The cruise line posted the following update that will go into effect on the 1st of September:

“We will have an update to our non-alcoholic beverage policy for guests, beginning on September 1st, 2018.  

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Our guest policy will change so that guests be able to bring small quantities of non-alcoholic beverages in a carry-on or hand luggage onboard only on boarding day.

Checking in non-alcoholic beverages will no longer be permitted.

  • Non-alcoholic beverages brought onboard may not exceed 12 standard (17 oz) cans, bottles or cartons per stateroom.
  • Distilled water or specialized beverages such as, milk for medical purposes, dietary or infant use, are permitted.
  • Our policy regarding alcoholic beverages remains the same.”

Royal Caribbean sent out the memo to travel agents informing them of the upcoming change.

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Cruise NewsRoyal Caribbean Updates Carry-on Beverage Policy on Their Cruise Ships


  1. Grocery stores now sell smaller cans at 5.5 oz. Can I bring 24 cans at 5.5 oz each and still be under the required 12 cans at 17 oz. each ? There are always some loop holes! Thanks for your answers !

  2. I am glad they are stopping people bringing booze onboard ships i have seen on numerous times these cheapskates bringing there own and then expecting the bar staff to provide them with a glass full of ice and lemon

  3. I think Royal Caribbean is missing the boat when it comes to the beverage package. take a lesson from Norwegian cruises on the best policies, you will get a lot more customers for your line.
    Wake up!!!!

  4. thank you so much for this update, we’re going Summer of 2019 and trying to economizer tremendously..

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