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Alcohol Prices & Information
Carnival Bon Voyage / The Fun Shops
You can pre-order bottles of liquor, wine and beer to be delivered to your cabin.
Pre-ordering is done through The Fun Shops (previously known as Bon Voyage) either online or you can call.
See complete details and pricing below.
*** Prices and selections listed below are continually updated. ***
Call Carnival: 800-522-7648 Monday-Friday 9am-6pm EST
Customer Service Is Closed:
Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day,
- Most pre-ordered liquor bottles are 1 liter in size. A 1 liter bottle will yield just over 22 drinks using a standard 1.5oz alcohol pour per drink. The first price listed below is the price you would pay for a single drink ordered onboard (minus gratuity), the second price is for a bottle pre-ordered and delivered to your cabin.
Wine / Champagne
- This is not a complete list of all the wines available, it is just a sampling. Wine can be either be pre-ordered through The Fun Shops or purchased once onboard. The prices below will be nearly identical to the prices you see onboard in the Main Dining Room. The bottle prices listed below are inclusive of gratuities.
- Carnival also offers wine packages. Wine packages can save you up to 25% off the prices of buying the individual bottles. Wine packages can also either be ordered through The Fun Shops (you must call, not currently available online) or purchased once onboard. For further information and wine package options: Wine Package Details.
- Pre-ordered beer is sold in 4 packs. Prices are higher than you would pay at a bar onboard. First price listed below is the bar price you would pay for a single beer (minus gratuity), the second price is for a 4 pack pre-ordered and delivered to your cabin.
Soda / Mixer Prices
Soda / Mixers / Other
- Pre-ordered soda is sold in 6 packs and juices are sold in 4 packs. Fresh lemon and lime can also be ordered from Room Service.
- Carnival offers these Coke products fleetwide:
- Coke, Caffeine Free Coke, Diet Coke, Caffeine Free Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Barq's Root Beer, Fanta Orange, and Ginger Ale.
- Ships sailing out of the ports of Galveston & New Orleans will also offer Dr. Pepper and Diet Dr. Pepper.
- All other ports will offer Pibb Xtra instead of the Dr. Pepper products.
- Carnival offers these additional products fleetwide:
- Juices: Cranberry Juice, Grapefruit Juice, & Orange Juice.
- Energy Drinks: Rock Star, Rock Star Lemon, Rock Star Sugar Free.
- Sports Drinks: Powerade.
- If you are going to drink a lot of soda or juice (i.e. need a lot soda or juice for mixers, includes club soda and tonic water), you can purchase the "Bottomless Bubbles" Unlimited Soda Program.
"Cheers" Beverage Program (New)
Carnival is now offering the "Cheers" Beverage Program on select ships.
The "Cheers" Beverage Program is flat-rate daily pricing for alcoholic drinks, non-alcoholic frozen drinks, wine by the glass and soda.
The program, which started as a trial in August 2012 on the Carnival Victory, is still in "trial" but has expanded onto additional Carnival ships.
For full program details and a current list of the Carnival ships offering the program go here:
- Both Alcohol and Soda Drink coupons are available for purchase through Bon Voyage. You can purchase them through Bon Voyage by phone or through Bon Voyage Online. They are sold in groups of four coupons - $23.00 for 4 Bar Credits, $7.75 for 4 Soft Drink Credits. They do not save you anything other than the 15% added gratuity that is applied when paying for drinks with your Sail & Sign Card. This DOES NOT stop your waiter/bartender from getting a tip on your purchase with drink coupons. They still get a tip, it is automatically credited to them when the coupon is entered into the computer system.
- Any drinks valued over the face value of the drink coupon (over $5.75 for alcohol, and over $1.95 for soda) will have the difference in value charged to your Sail & Sign account, in most cases. Sometimes, when the value is close you will not be charged the difference, this is all dependent on your bartender. Carnival's policy is to charge any difference. On a $5.75 alcoholic drink the savings comes to $0.87 cents, on a $1.95 soda the savings comes to $0.30 cents.
- One of the few instances where drink coupons may save cruisers more is if you are a Guinness drinker. Guinness is priced at $5.95/beer onboard, which is only $0.20 cents over the coupon value, and in some instances cruisers have not been charged this difference. So, you are paying $5.75 for a Guinness instead of $5.95 + 15% gratuity = $6.85. The savings in this case is $1.10/beer by using a drink coupon.
- Drink Coupon Facts:
- Drink coupons are nonrefundable.
- Drink coupons do not expire and can be used on future cruises.
- Drink coupons do not stop your waiter/bartender from getting a tip.
- Drink coupons cannot be used for room service or drinks in the mini-fridge in your cabin.
- Drink coupons are delivered to you in the Main Dining Room by the Maître d' on the first night you choose to dine there. If you do not plan on dining in the Main Dining Room but still want your coupons just stop by and pick them up from the Maître d' any night.
- Carnival's policy is to charge your Sail & Sign Card for the difference in price from the face value of the drink coupon to a higher priced drink. You may get lucky and not be charged.
- If you use a drink coupon for a drink of lesser value than the face value of the drink coupon you will lose that money.
Complete menus of the drinks and prices available at the onboard bars:
(Prices on the menus above do NOT include the additional 15% gratuity that is charged to your Sail & Sign Card.)
The "Official" Carnival Alcohol Policy
(Bringing Alcohol On Board On Embarkation Day)
- Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board. However, at the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day, guests (21 years of age and older) may bring on board one bottle (max of 750ml) of wine or champagne, per person, only in their carry-on luggage.
- A $10 corkage fee per bottle will be charged should you wish to consume this wine in the main dining room.
- A corkage fee is a charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of liquor served that was not bought on the premises.
- Bringing the bottle to the table already opened can sometimes avoid this fee.
- On embarkation day, each guest may bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages on board only in their carry-on luggage. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 bottles and/or cans, 20 ounces each or less.
- All alcohol/hard liquor/beer (sealed, unopened bottles/cans), wine/champagne over the allowable 1-bottle per guest (sealed, unopened bottles) or excessive quantities of non-alcoholic beverages (over 12 per person, sealed, unopened bottles/cans) will be confiscated and stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. The retained item(s) will be available for collection onboard in a designated location on the morning of debarkation. Unsealed liquids that are prohibited will be discarded, as well as any unclaimed items left after the voyage, and no compensation will be given in either case.
- You may bring on more than one bottle of wine or champagne per person as long as the total quantity per person does not exceed 750ml. The typical 4 pack of small wine bottles are 187ml each, for a total of 748ml.
- If you buy alcohol in any port during your cruise you will be instructed to turn it in when you are screened during reboarding. You will then be allowed to pick it up on the last night of the cruise.
- Alcohol purchased from the Duty Free Shop onboard the ship is held and delivered to your cabin on the last night of the cruise.
- You will be allowed to keep any non-alcoholic beverages purchased in ports as long as they are sealed and they fit in the same size and quantity limits as when you first boarded. They do not track how many non-alcoholic beverages you initially brought onboard on embarkation day. Even if you brought your limit, you are still allowed to bring on additional non-alcoholic items from the ports.
If you want to bring a cooler onboard the max size is 12"x12"x12".
(They also work well as another ice bucket in the room.)
Smuggling Alcohol On Board
Smuggle at your own risk!
- There are no retributions other than the alcohol being confiscated if you get caught. The confiscated alcohol will even be returned to you at the end of the cruise if it is confiscated in the original manufacturer sealed container. All other containers will not be returned (this includes RumRunners).
- Carnival confiscates dozens of water/soda/wine bottles that have been refilled with liquor prior to almost every cruise. It’s been this way for a long time. You have a VERY LOW chance of getting smuggled liquor on this way.
- RumRunners in checked baggage on the other hand do not give off the same x-ray signatures as liquor bottles do, they will tend to blend in with your clothes and will be almost undetectable. If security does go in your checked bags for another reason and sees the RumRunners, they will typically be taken and not returned.
- Your best chances are to use RumRunners and place them in your checked bags that do not have any other items in them that security may want to look at like any electrical / metallic items. Also, if you can spread the RumRunners between multiple bags you increase your chances of getting them through.
- People tend to smuggle because purchasing liquor through Bon Voyage is 2-3 times more expensive than buying it at their local liquor store. You also need to weigh in the convenience of having it waiting in your room versus having to go to the store to purchase it, repackage it to smuggle (RumRunners cost $$), transport it, and hoping it doesn't get caught. When you weigh in all these factors purchasing through Bon Voyage is a pretty good option. Also, don't forget to check out the new "Cheers" Beverage Program that Carnival is beginning to offer across the fleet.
Rum Runners work almost every time. If found these will NOT be returned.
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