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Vicki December 14th, 2001 04:20 PM

Hi, this is my first cruise and I want to find out policies on alcohol....

Can I bring my own alcohol in my luggage (plastic, unopened bottles) on-board?

Can I purchase Alcohol at ports of call and bring back with me???


Donna December 14th, 2001 05:23 PM

Re: Alcohol?
Hi Vicki,
Seems lately most of the cruiselines have strickter policies concerning bring alcohol onboard, best to check with the cruiseline you are cruising on. Have heard a lot of conflicting stories about bring it onboard, in the past we've had no problem with having some in our carry-on, good luck and happy cruising.

So, what ship will you be on?

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Valerie December 15th, 2001 07:14 AM

Re: Alcohol?
Depends on the Cruise Line. We had no problems with Princess in November but did have with RCCL in October. RCCL kept all the "booze" that you bought on shore and gave it back to you the last night. Princess let you carry it on even after scanning it. Pack your plastic bottles in your non-carry on just to be on the safe side.

george December 15th, 2001 12:10 PM

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I believe if you pack it in your suitcase you can get alcohol in your cabin. Now depending on the specfic cruise line you may or may not bring it to your cabin. Worst case the cruise lines will hold it for you until you get off the ship.

pamda December 15th, 2001 01:39 PM

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Hi, Vicki ...

The rules are that there don't seem to be any rules.

It depends on the ship, the people working and, maybe, the day of the week or the phase of the moon.

In absolute violation of the rules of one cruise line I hopped off the ship in Cozumel (that wasn't the violation part), bought a bottle of rum, walked back ON the ship with the bag and announced, "Don't break the bottle, it's my husband's favorite rum."

How clear is THAT?

They rolled it through the x-ray, handed me the bag, and said, "Have a nice day."

Same cruise, same cruise line, same "rule" I put a bottle of wine in my carryon, just to see what would happen. Nothing. Not at the airport, not at the ship.

I submit that a bottle of wine, once slammed into a hard surface, is a far more dangerous weapon than a corkscrew to open the wine. Flight attendants are now being taught to break wine bottles to use to subdue those who would do bad things.

As a hard-working journalist with high professional standards, I have spent the better part of a year researching this important question on several cruises. So far, I have no good answer and even have photos of the supposedly STRICTEST cruise line boarding people with DFS liquor in one port.

I'm not sure that the cruise lines X-ray anything other than carry-ons. It's the airlines who do the heavy lifting and they couldn't care less if you are toting hooch.

From what I can determine, anything in your non-carry-on bags gets a free trip. What you may have with you in a carry-on or purchase in port OR in the on-board DFS MAY be a different deal, but not always.

My rant on this subject will appear in a well-known cruise travel magazine.

Pamda -- CM First-Time Cruisers Editor and Seasoned Rantess

Vicki December 16th, 2001 01:53 PM

Re: Alcohol?
Thanks for the advice! Though some have accused me of being tacky or cheap by bringing my own...the idea was to have my own supply of my favorites for my cabin after hours, Not to mix and take out to the lounge!

I also had hoped to bring some souveigners home with us from Mexico! That I wouldn't mind having held til our return.

So Basically, from what I have heard it's worth a shot trying, but it may or may not work the way we want.

Thanks to all who replied!


Carole Dunham December 18th, 2001 06:53 PM

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Hi Vicki,

Don't worry about anyone thinking you're tacky. From the large amounts of questions about taking alcohol onboard I would guess that many more than half the passengers do that. And personally, who cares why they want to do it. Let's face it, it's your vacation and the only person you need to keep happy is you. Have a wonderful first cruise and many more.


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