How is the wine list on the NOS or other RCI ships?
Quality, selection, price, value?
What is the house wine?
I like good wine, is it best to bring my own on board?
What is the corkage fee and is it always charged?
There is a wine bar aboard the Navigator called Vintages. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Your able to taste many different wines there (of course for a price) but you can expand your knowledge of wine.
Here'e RCI's new policy on wine:
"We apologize for any inconvenience but due to our regulatory and licensing requirements guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages of any kind onboard for consumption or any other use. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty-free from the Shops On Board or at ports of call will be stored by us and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of your voyage. A member of our staff will be at the gangway to assist with the storage of your purchases. Should you choose to consume alcoholic beverages purchased from the Shops On Board, a $9.50 consumption fee will apply at the time of purchase. Note that no open liquor bottles will be permitted to be brought into dining areas or public areas.
For guests who have a unique request for wine, and Royal Caribbean is unable to accommodate their selection, we will, with prior approval from Royal Caribbean, allow a maximum of two bottles of wine to be brought by the guest or group. A corkage fee in the amount of $12.00 per bottle will be charged. This policy may not apply to every ship or itinerary depending on local laws, customs, or license requirements but Royal Caribbean will try and accommodate requests. Royal Caribbean is not responsible for fines imposed or items confiscated by local authorities. Please request prior approval from Royal Caribbean and we will work to honor your request whenever possible. "
Having said all that sometimes the policy is inforced sometimes not. Search our main board on how to bring alcohol aboard.
The house wine is about $25.00 a bottle. Sorry can't remember the name offhand. Beringer costs about $30.00.
We were just on Navigator for Jan. 17th sailing and corkage fee has gone up from $8 (on VOS a year ago) to $12 per bottle. Yes, it was charged. We enjoyed doing it this way, worked well. We picked up wine in Miami prior to going to the pier.