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?
Where would I be without my sage-like cruisemates???!!!
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.
Sovereign of the Seas12-97
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
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.
Sovereign of the Seas12-97
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.
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?
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.