OK, so I'll admit to taking a blender on my first cruise back in 2000. I read that article someone else posted & thought what the heck?! I wanted to avoid having a gigantic bar bill, so we packed the blender, crystal light & some liquor. We also brought along a small cooler. Our cabin steward brought us ice & never mentioned the blender. I'm sure I saved a ton of money!
On my second cruise, last year, we packed vodka & wine. Saved a bit of money again. I thought about the blender, but worried about the new restrictions. I'm sure we'll pack some liquor & wine on our next cruise as well.
For whoever said if you have to bring a blender perhaps you can't afford a cruise...nah, that's not it at all. I just choose not to pay $8 for every drink!