Pre-cruise brochure information, affirms, Carnival does not want you bringing on your own liquor. But, many people still do. We had a bottle of special wine wrapped it in a thick t-shirt and put it inside a ziplock bag within the middle of our biggest suit case. Also, as my DH and I drink different liquors, I brought several little nips and put my favorite Rum and his Grand Marnier in small 8oz. Poland Springs water bottles. This worked out great and again, I put them in little zip baggies and in the checked luggage. Our wine and bar bill was still close to $500. I must have those drinks of the day!
I just came back from a three night on the Facination. I carried 6 bottles of wine onboard with me. The embarkation staff checked to make sure that it was wine and not liquor. If you want to bring wine or champagne they will let you bring as much as you like. They don't want liquor brought onboard though. Incidently, Carnival claims that they will charge a $10 cork fee for opening bottles of wine in the dining rooms but we carried wine in to every meal and never paid one cork fee. Maybe we got lucky. Enjoy.
I am going on the Fascination in April. I was just wondering if they checked through your bags for alcohol? You said that you brought wine in your checked luggage.. How did they know it was there? thanks for the help
I've read beer and wine are ok to bring onboard, but none of the hard stuff, including anything from a port of call. We sailed last year on Princess, they didn't even care. Some ideas of bringing your own onboard include: empty a water bottle, fill with rum, gin, etc. Same thing with a empty wine or lage beer bottle that has a twist-on cap. Also a bottle 1/4 full of coke add your favorite dark colored liquor. If they find it, you can't have it until the last day of the cruise.
I went on the Destiny in Feb, and brought a whole liquor cabinet in my suitcase. It went through the airport fine and at embarkment the suitcases do go through x-ray buy the Carnival staff, no problems at all.
We just got back 4/4. Meeting several other couples really made the trip.
Carnival is VERY tough on bringing aboard any alcohol. You can't even order it from room service. My advice is to bring onboard in a different container, especially one
that isn't clear. Otherwise, each drink is between $4-$6 each. When you get on at each port, all bags are x-rayed, and then you are directed to another table for a hand search of alcohol. One couple we were with was allowed a pint, but they kept the larger bottles until the end of the trip.
I took several pictures and wrote several pages about the trip, and I'll post a review soon when I get it all together. One piece of advice is figure out what shore excursions you want, and as soon as you board the ship, fill out the form for the excursions and bring it to the pursers desk. That way, you'll get all of the trips you