One of the most attractive benefits of going on a Disney cruise is that you can bring your own alcohol on board! There is no limit regarding what you choose to bring onboard as long as you bring it with you in your carry on baggage. Alcohol is not permitted in checked baggage. So whether you want to bring a flat of beer, several bottles of wine or your choice of whiskey, vodka and/or other hard liqueurs, the choice is absolutely yours to choose! (But remember that you do have to carry it with you in your carry on baggage!) Wine packages are available for purchase onboard so I wouldn't suggest wine unless you are very particular about your wine choices, but the onboard options are usually pretty good. Beer packages are also available onboard and are really heavy to bring on board so it wouldn't be my first choice to bring onboard either. Where you can get the most "bang" for your buck is to bring a bottle of whiskey or vodka onboard. The drink station on the top deck offers unlimited pop, coffee and tea so it's easy to get your mix from the beverage station and add your own choice of alcoholic beverage to create your own beverage of choice!
Though you can bring alcohol onboard to enjoy, please note that you can only enjoy the beverages in your stateroom. You are not permitted to drink in public areas unless they are purchased directly from the lounge or restaurant where you are hanging out. So, you can only enjoy your beverages in the comfort of your stateroom. But who says you can't have a little party in your cabin?
Throughout your cruise days, there are several classes you can sign up for with a nominal fee (anywhere between $15 to $35 to help cover the beverage cost) - wine tastings, champagne tastings, beer tastings, chocolate and liquer tastings, mixology classes, port tastings, etc....the choices are pretty numerous and they offer them several times during the duration of the cruise. Beverage experts run the classes and offer some first hand knowledge with the beverages and you get to learn about drinks, and enjoy them too! Make sure you are properly prepared before these classes as you do walk way from them pretty tipsy! The nominal fee is that - nominal....and you get your money's worth in the class! There are a limited number of spots available in each class and they do fill up quickly! So if you are interested in signing up for any of these classes, go to Guest Services when you first board to sign up!
We enjoyed the wine tasting and the mixology class! I took notes during the mixology class of the drinks we made and just found them on my phone! So here are my notes from the class - though, I didn't include all the measurements so if you do decide to try them, you'll have to use your own judgement as to the amount to use but that's part of the fun, isn't it?!
Signature cocktail (Pomo Passions)
Pomegranate liquer, splash of passion fruit juice (orange, guava, passion fruit), prosecco or champagne, Garnish with fresh raspberries.
Martini (El Diablo)
Fill glass with ice, 1 oz tequila, splash triple sec, splash of Grand Marnier, splash sugar syrup, splash sweet lime juice, splash of orange juice. Garnish with lime.
Three slices of lime and mint leaves, sugar syrup, rum, ice, club soda, stir and garnish with lime wedge or mint.
Yellow Bird (Chicken)
Fill with ice, 1 oz rum, splash of creme de banana, Galliano, pineapple juice, equal amounts of orange juice.
Shake well without ice. Pour over ice. Garnish with lime, orange or cherry.
Cast Away (Melon ball)
Fill with ice, Malibu pineapple, splash of midori on top. It's a build up drink so no garnish is needed.
Vodka, gin, tequila, rum, triple sec. Tp with lime juice or sour juice with sugar syrup. Splash of Coca Cola. Garnish with lemon or lime.
If drink is made with Coke = Long Island
If drink is made with cranberry = Long Beach
If drink is made with Curacao = Blue Lagoon
1 oz rum, 1 oz creme de banana, equal parts orange juice and pineapple juice, splash of grenadine. Shake well, garnish with orange or cherry.
Grenadine splash, tequila, orange juice
Fill with ice, 1 oz vodka, equal parts cranberry juice, pineapple juice
Grand Marnier, Baileys, Kahlua (pour backwards)
If made with Grand Marnier = Baby Guiness
So as you are going through the list....yes, we enjoyed every single one of these drinks in our mixology class!! It was a lot of fun!! Lots of laughs, lots of great company, and lots of great information!
Who would have thought that going on a Disney cruise would be so educational??!! Just another reason to go on a Disney cruise!