Q. Can I take a bottle of wine/champagne on board to drink in a restaurant and would a corkage fee apply?

Each guest aged 18 years (21 years in US ports and the United Arab Emirates) and older may bring one litre of the following; wine, Champagne, beer, spirit or liqueur on board as they embark the ship for the first time only. Alcohol over the 1 litre limit will be stored and returned to the guest prior to the end of the cruise. If this alcohol is consumed in the dining rooms, bars, restaurants, pool or lounge areas, it will be subject to a corkage fee of £20* per bottle, per occasion which will be charged to the guest's on-board account. 

‭Any alcoholic beverages purchased mid-cruise in ports of call cannot be consumed on board. Guests will need to declare and ‭hand over any alcohol bought in port at the gangway. It will be stored and returned to the guest ‭prior to the end of the cruise, at no charge.

‭‭If a bottle of wine/Champagne has been bought for a guest through P&O Cruises gifts, guests will ‭need to ensure they carry the gift card with them to avoid having the corkage charge applied to their ‭on-board account.

‭‭On eligible cruises, guests are welcome to buy duty free alcohol to take home via the on-board ‭shops. It will be stored until the end of their cruise.

Please also refer to the question 'What are the duty free limits set by customs when travelling outside the EU?'

Should you wish to enjoy a drink in your cabin, please refer to the in cabin directory which has a selection of spirits and wines which can be purchased by the bottle, as well as our extensively stocked mini bars in all cabins. 

Guests are expected to drink responsibly. This applies at the terminal, on board and on shore excursions. We reserve the right to deny access to the ship to anyone who appears to be heavily under the influence of alcohol.‬‬

We encourage you to read our Code of Conduct: pocruises.com/code-of-conduct

*Subject to change


Travelling to the United Arab Emirates

You must be over the age of 21 to bring alcohol into UAE. Dubai Customs allow up to 4 litre of alcohol to be brought into the country at the airport. Please see Dubai Customs Duty Exemptions for more information. However please refer to our alcohol policy which allows 1 litre of alcohol to be brought on board per person, any alcohol over the 1 litre limit will be stored and returned to guests prior to the end of the cruise. 

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