Thought I would update what the wine policy is now and how it works. I had a chance to sit down yesterday with an officer on board the Diamond to clear up all possible questions about bringing wine on board at the ports and the day of embarkation.
Policy clearly states now that you can bring one bottle of wine or champagne per person per voyage. This wine must be brought on in your carry on bags.
When you arrive at the port on embarkation day when they scan your bag at security if they see a bottle of wine or other hard liquor they will ask you to go to the table at the side close to the security station.
Here they will ask you to show them the wine/champagne. They will ask for your cabin number and will document how many bottles you have brought on. If you have brought on more than the allotted one per person they will charge you the $15 corkage fee and they will put a stamp on your bottle showing you have paid the corkage for that bottle.
We brought on three bottles in Vancouver we were charged the $15 corkage fee and the bottle that was stamped we brought to Sabatinis one night and we were not charged the corkage. Now if we would of brought either of the other two bottles we would have been charged the $15 corkage fee.
If you bring the wine on in your suitcase when they xray the bag they will see the bottle and hold your bag and call you to the desk to show the bottle. If you have already brought your allotted one bottle of wine you will be charged the corkage. If you have not already brought on your one bottle you will be fine.
If you bring out other types of liquor they will confiscate that liquor and they dispose of it. It is not allowed period. Which is understandable they are a business. You don’t bring your own beer to a restaurant at home and try to drink it do you?
Now with regards to brining wine on at the ports.
If you bring wine on at the ports they will flag your bag at security and you will be directed to the table beside the security. Here they will check your account to see if you have already brought wine on and if you are in excess of your one bottle per person per cabin you will be charged corkage on that bottle. So for example you brought on the three bottles at embarkation, you were charged the $15 corkage initially. Then in port you brought on two more bottles you will be charged an extra $30 (2 x $15 corkage).
I hope this helps clear up some questions but if you have a question post below.
addition: Sept 2014 - Here is a podcast that I did all about bringing wine on board