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Old March 30th, 2006, 09:24 AM
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I will be cruising on the Norwegian Spirit in June 2006. On other Cruise Lines we were allowed to bring one bottle of Champagne on board for first day sailing only. Is this still allowed. I did see it on another Cruise website that it is allowed but I want to make sure it is allowed on Norwegian.

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You wont have any problems bringing on a bottle or two of champagne.
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NCL is extremely vigilant about anyone bringing any alcohol on board these days. They are confiscating liquor and wine and leaving letters on peoples door to come and claim the luggage they found the contraband items in. I do believe that you may keep your wine and Champagne if you are willing to pay a $15 per bottle corkage fee. They went through all of our stuff when we boarded even opening our water bottles and smelling the contents. Its a little extreme in my opinion. If it were any other cruiseline you wouldn't have a problem, but you may with NCL. If it were me and I wanted to avoid an embarrassing situation. I'd bring my Champagne in my carry on and tell security its there and you wish to pay the corkage fee up front. Or you could order the Honeymoon/Anniversary package which entitles you to a bottle of sparkling wine,a bottle of red or white wine, chocolate covered strawberries, canapes, a photo, and a champagne and cake party, plus dinner for two at Le Bistro (be sure to order the fruit fondue) all this for around $70 We did it and it was great.
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Even if we consume it in our Cabin it would still be a problem and I would have to pay a Corkage Fee???
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If they catch it you would have to pay a corkage fee.
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I will be cruising on the Norwegian Spirit in June 2006. On other Cruise Lines we were allowed to bring one bottle of Champagne on board for first day sailing only. Is this still allowed. I did see it on another Cruise website that it is allowed but I want to make sure it is allowed on Norwegian.

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On Princess and Celebrity is considered (correctly) a wine -
so we have never had any enforsed restrictions Just had to
pay corkage at the dinner table
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Keith,
NCL is very aggressive in enforcement of their ban on passengers bringing their own alcohol on board. It is the only cruise line I know of that takes such a hard line, but if the OP gets caught bringing the bottle on board they will have to pay the corkage fee regardless of where it is consumed.
It was a bit comical to see letters being put on peoples stateroom doors instructing them to come down to unlock their bags for security because xrays detected a bottle of something in their luggage.
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Kuki:

Is this true???

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did you go to NCL's web site? That information should be there for you to see.
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Pay particular attention to the last sentence:
"What about smoking, drinking and gambling on the ship?

Smoking is permitted in designated areas in the bars and outside on open decks. All other areas on board ship are non-smoking. Guests must be age 21 to purchase or drink alcohol** however ages 18 years to 20 years may purchase and consume beer and wine only with a completed parental consent form. This policy is not applicable to the NCLA vessels or Hawaii and Alaska itineraries. This form must be given to the reception desk on board the vessel by the parent or guardian accompanied by the young adult with proof of age and relationship. Guests must be age 18 to gamble on the ship. If a guest under age 18 wins in the casino and cannot provide proof of age, he or she will not be paid the winnings. There is no casino aboard Pride of Aloha, Pride of America and Norwegian Wind. Guests are not allowed to bring on board the vessel any alcoholic beverages of any kind."
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Hi Ronnie,

I'm not Kuki, but yes, this is true on NCL. They X-ray the checked bags and if they see a bottle will hold your luggage until you claim it and hand over the alcohol!

I agree with beenie weenie, put it in your carry on and pay the fee if it's a special champagne you can't do without!

Or, you can pre-order champagne. Here's the link to what's available:

http://www.ncl.com/more/bon_voyage_list.htm#vintage

The only problem with pre-ordering is that you don't know when it will be delivered!

If you're using a TA, ask about your options.

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