Posted August 11th, 2018, 11:53 AM
I can't speak to when the $25 corkage fee will be implemented if it hasn't been implemented already, but it sure seems that it is Cunard's intention to increase the corkage fee from $20 to $25.
Here is what the Cuanrd UK FAQ says about the corkage charge.
"Can I bring alcohol on board to consume in my cabin or in restaurants?
You may bring wine or champagne on board (over the age of 21) to celebrate special occasions. However if it is consumed in any of the dining rooms, alternative restaurants or bars then each bottle will be subject to a corkage fee of $25 (fee subject to change). Wine and champagne gifts purchased via the Cunard Gift Collection are exempt from the corkage fee, please show your gift card to your waiter."
And here is what the US Voyage Personaliser states.
Duty- and tax-free alcohol is available for purchase and will be delivered to your stateroom on the last day of your voyage. You may bring one bottle of wine or champagne per person on board to celebrate special occasions. If consumed in restaurants or bars, each bottle will be subjected to a $25 corkage fee. This fee is subject to change. Guests who are under 18 years of age are not permitted to purchase or consume alcohol on board. In U.S. waters, Cunard abides by the U.S. legal drinking age of 21 years.
Any wines purchased via the Little Luxuries Collection are not subject to the on board $25 corkage fee."
Interestingly, the US "Cunard Line Passage Contract" has not been updated yet, although it does contain a "subject to change without notice" clause. Here is what that US contract states.
"A corkage fee of $20.00 U.S.D. per bottle (which is subject to change without notice) will be applied to wine and champagne brought aboard by You and consumed in the ship’s public areas. Any wine(s) or champagne(s) supplied by the Carrier to You as a gift are not subject to a corkage fee."
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