So. you’ve finally gotten aboard the ship. You’re in your (balcony) stateroom perusing the various envelopes left by your cabin steward (who has already introduced himself/herself with a great big smile). Ah, a gift from your travel agent. A “free” bottle of wine. All you need to do to get your “free” bottle of wine is present the enclosed card to your waiter at dinner. Seasoned cruisers know that you must pay a corkage fee for this “free” wine, but new cruisers may be a bit surprised. For a very interesting article on corkage fees, and liquor aboard cruise ships in general check out the followng article on the Cruise Critic web site.
The Question of the Corkage Fee
Should there — or shouldn’t there — be a corkage fee? Over 50 percent felt it’s fair, when bringing your own wine to dinner, to pay a corkage fee.
And for the 120 voters (1.5 percent) who chose, “What’s a corkage fee?” a corkage fee is an additional surcharge, from $10 to $25, that you must pay if you’d like to drink your own wine onboard during dinner, instead of a selection from the restaurant’s wine list.
And as far as price for corkage, that vast majority of voters, 77.9 percent (5,486 members), felt that $5 was a fair surcharge for drinking your own red or white.
So, what do you think? Is the (usually) small corkage fee reasonable? Any personal experiences?