Disney Cruise Line - NEW Guest Alcohol Policy

 

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There has been a lot of uproar in regards to Disney Cruise Line's new policy when it comes to guests bringing alcohol onboard. The previous policy had no set limits as to how much a guest could bring onboard when checking-in. The new policy has set a limit of two bottles of wine or champagne OR 6 bottles of beer p/adult (21 years or older). This is valid for each port of call the ship stops at.

Here is my take on the new policy. Don't vilify me if you don't agree, this is a personal opinion afterall.

Having sailed with Disney Cruise Line on several occasions, I have brought alcohol onboard. This is particularly true for the Trans-Atlantic cruises that see fewer ports of call, and more days at sea. My days at sea translate to more downtime, and more time spent on the verandah of my stateroom. I loved it, as it kept bar-related costs lower. Like any policy that is abused by guests, an organization has to re-evaluate it for the safety of guests, and the protection of their crew & serving teams.

I've seen abuse, neglect, and lack of common sense because of the old policy. I've seen guests bring a cooler filled with alcohol to the pool area. I've watched guests ask the serving team to bring them ice so that they can pour themselves their own drink before filling their glass with soda at the free soda machines. I've been in disbelief at guests that would walk into the nightclubs with their own drinks.

Some of you may think "What's the big deal with bringing your own alcohol to the pool or clubs?". Well, the big deal, in my opinion, is that the serving team work their behinds off to bring guests the most enjoyable experience possible. I've never heard them complain. They have always provided service with a smile, and this knowing that the glass of ice or bucket for a guests beer comes without a gratuity or recognition of a job-well-done. Some of these crew members sacrifiice a life away from their wives, children and friends so that they can provide a better life for family. Gratuities are the lifeblood of their onboard career.

Disney Crusie Line hasn't disallowed bringing alcohol onboard as per the new policy. It is a reduction in permission, nothing more. I welcome this change with open arms, and the knowledge that my Disney Cruise Line crew friends will be receiving the gratuity that they deserve. 

Below is the new policy as written by Disney Cruise Line.

  • Each Guest 21 years and older may bring two bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750ml) or six beers (no larger than 12oz) onboard in carry-on luggage at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call.
  • All alcoholic beverages packed in checked luggage will be removed and stored until the completion of the cruise.
  • Wine or champagne in excess of the two allowable bottles or beer in excess of the six beers will be stored and Guests may retrieve them at the end of the voyage.
  • All liquors and spirits (including powdered alcohol) are prohibited and will be stored until the completion of the cruise.
  • Guests must retrieve any stored alcohol at the end of the cruise. Uncollected alcohol will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.
  • Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.
  • Effective Sept. 30, 2015, the corkage fee charged to Guests who bring their own wine or champagne into one of our restaurants will be $25 per bottle.

 

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