Hi Bub. Check here for the policies of the various cruise lines. At the time this was put together, NCL had not updated its Web site -- but we have heard from other cruisers, and I have witnessed personally, that you may bring wine onboard so long as you pay a corkage fee upon embarkation. Just be sure to have it in your carry-on luggage.
I was curious about this and just looked at the NCL website. It seems they have updated the policy regarding alcohol. Under "what can't I bring aboard" - "...Passenger is not allowed to bring on board the vessel any intoxicating liquors, or beverages..."
Note the comma between liquors and beverages. It is their comma. Does this mean no personal bottled water or soda too, or is it a typo?
I was just advised that it *is* a typo and the intent is a ban on hard liquor. Soda and water is fine, as is wine with the previously mentioned corkage fee paid at embarkation. They put a sticker on the wine bottles to show the fee was paid.
NCL continues to have perhaps the most pathetic website out there for a big cruise line.
We brought wine in our luggage (small bottles onto the Jewel in October 2008 and put them right into the fridge in the cabin. No problem at all. ALso, we brought on board a whole case load of water bottles. I am very particular about my water and again put it right into the fridge as I needed it and got off the ship at each port with my old water and did not have to spend the $3.00 buying ship bottled water all the time. We like the NCL policy where you buy a bottle of wine in the bars or the dining room and they put the rest away for you so that you can have it the next time you dine. Great idea. Sometimes you do not want to finish the bottle at one sitting and it works out cheaper than buying individual glasses all the time.