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Old March 31st, 2004, 10:28 AM
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Everyone goes on and on about how alcohol/liquor has to be put in your checked luggage.

BUT - is wine/champagne okay for your carry-on, since it's "legal" aboard the ship? I'm assuming the illicit alcohol is what needs to go in the checked baggage.

We're taking several nice ($100+) bottles of wine and champagne with us, and I'd be heartrbroken if they were in our checked baggage and broken. I'd rather keep them with me in my carry-on so I can ensure their safe arrival in our cabin.

Is this going to be a problem?

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Old March 31st, 2004, 10:45 AM
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We each took 2 bottles of fine wine in our carry-ons. It will say you can in the booklet that comes with your cruise documentation.


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Old March 31st, 2004, 10:46 AM
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Jennifer,
Earlier this year, we carried on 3 bottles ourselves. There was no comment at security nor at the dining room table. Although Carnival do not employ sommeliers, our staff was knowledgeable and afforded the bottles the care they deserved. The brochure reserves the right to charge corkage, but chose not to.
A la bonne votre.

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Old March 31st, 2004, 10:47 AM
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Thanks a ton!

I was really worried about that one. I'd hate to open my checked luggage and see my Perrier Jouet Flower Bottle shattered into a million pieces...ugh!

If it's with me, I'll feel so much better. Especially since we're flying down with it...no way I'd want my nice bottles tossed around by airline baggage handlers. I've seen the way those bags get treated - no thank you! :op

Et merci Mike, vous aussi!



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Old March 31st, 2004, 12:15 PM
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Default Re: wine okay in carry-on?

what constitutes "fine" wine? Do they care how expensive it might be or do they know? what if you carry on "just ok" wine?
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We carried on a soft-sided cooler with 7 bottles of Wine in it, and had no problem. There is no limit to the amount of wine or champagne allowed. You can even carry on a small amount of soft drinks.

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Old March 31st, 2004, 04:12 PM
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How do you know if you will be chaged a corkage fee?
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Old March 31st, 2004, 04:30 PM
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Terry, "Fine wine" or "Okay wine" is merely a case of semantics. The cruise line indicates in their brochure that they reserve the right to charge a corkage fee of $10. Per bottle, should you choose to consume it in the dining room. Enjoying a Chassagne Montrachet with your crab entrée, or a Haut Lafitte with the rack of lamb is delightful. Paying several hundred $$ per bottle from the wine list, a little less so. You can perhaps look at this as the perfect opportunity to indulge in fine dining with a fabulous bottle of vintage plonk at a reasonable cost. Just a thought and have a great cruise.

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Old March 31st, 2004, 04:35 PM
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I second Mike's comments - that's why we're taking our best bottles with us!

Going to a four or five star retaurant at home is all well and good, but throw in a great bottle of wine at 300% markup and it becomes cost prohibitive.

But buy a fine wine at home - I've found Costco to be a GREAT source of decent (not fanstatic, but decent) wines at a very reasonable price - and take it along.

Now, you've got your four star dining on the ship with the wine you paid maybe $40 for (that a restaurant would charge $120 for). Can't get much better than that! :o)

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Old March 31st, 2004, 04:45 PM
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OK, I understand about the corkage fee, but what if you drink it in your room - you can still bring it on carryon and no fee?
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Old March 31st, 2004, 07:16 PM
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Yes, you can. Just don't forget to pack the corkscrew in your checked luggage. I like mine at dinner, though. Having lived in northern CA, we routinely brought our own wine to restaurants for dinner, and the corkage fee was an understood and very acceptable thing.
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I don't know if this is a silly question, but if you bring wine into your room and open it in your room with your own corkscrew, can you walk around with it in a glass? Or do you have to drink it only in your room, otherwise they can charge you?

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Old March 31st, 2004, 09:13 PM
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Yes, we carried on two bottles of wine when we sailed the Pride last week. I don't drink but my husband does. Our waiter in the dining room opened them. We'd expected a corkage fee but when we received our final statement we were surprised to find we hadn't been charged.
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Will wine make it through the security checkpoints at the air port ???
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Old April 1st, 2004, 05:48 PM
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Yes, our 'carry on" wine went through the secuirity checks at the airport. My husband had them in his backpack & they were bubble wrapped. No problem
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The wine will make it through just fine, but the corkscrew won't, so pack that in your checked luggage.
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Old April 1st, 2004, 08:31 PM
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Can you only drink the wine (that you bring from home) in your cabin?
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