I will be taking my first cruise in May, and I've been told several different stories about bringing liquor on board the ship. Has anyone ever brought it to drink in their rooms (how about outside their rooms)? Is this normal, or should I take an extra hundred doallrs for casual drinking?
A liquor and beverage consumption policy was created in order for Carnival to be able to control the liquor consumption of minors and the quantities consumed that lead to the disruptive behavior of others on board.
Liquor and Beverage Policy
Bringing Alcohol On Board - Embarkation
Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board.
Fine wine or champagne may be brought on board during embarkation only. If the wine and/or champagne is brought to the Dining room for consumption, a $10 corkage fee per bottle will be charged to the guest; otherwise, the guest may only drink the wine and/or champagne in the privacy of a stateroom. The wine and/or champagne may NOT be brought into any other public lounge or area.
Guests may bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages. Excessive quantities, to be determined at the discretion of security and/or the embarkation personnel, will be confiscated and retained by Carnival until the cruise is completed.
Alcoholic beverages of any kind purchased in any Port-of-Call will be confiscated at the gangway, stored on board and retained by Carnival until the end of the voyage.
Ship Gift Shops
Alcoholic beverages of any kind purchased in the ship's gift shop will be stored on board and be retained by Carnival until the end of the voyage.
Drinking Alcohol On Board -
The minimum age for the purchase and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the bars, lounges and gift shops is 21 years of age. Carnival reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. In the event that Bar/Restaurant/Gift Shop Staff are in question that a guest is less than 21 years old, they shall request picture identification, prior to serving the drink or selling the bottle of liquor.
I'm not sure what you mean by casual drinking and depending on how long your cruise is, $100.00 won't go very far. Drinks of the day were $6.25, domestic beer $3.25 and mixed drinks were around $5.95. An automatic gratuitidy gets added to every drink order you place.
The $6 drinks of the day are the ones in the big glasses - you can order a "regular" drink of the day for $2.95. Very reasonable.
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We took our own Vodka in Aquafina bottles in our suitcase which saved us some money . However I am more of a beer drinker and everyone is right money doesn't go far with your bar bill. One night we spent $110....of course we dranks lots and didn't get to our room until 2am. But even during the day...the sun is hot and they are out in full force trying to sell you the "drink of the day"
We boarded for the Destiny in San Juan, and there was a Bacardi rum shop right outside the entrance. They convinced us it was okay to bring a bottle aboard, they even guaranteed that we would not be stopped as long as it was in our carry-on. We sailed right on through at check-in (in fact, nobody even opened our bags), and let me tell you, that raspberry rum makes some tasty cocktails!
Because packed bags can be opened if anything "fishy" shows up on the scanner. I've seen it happen, and I saw three bottles of Chivas Regal confiscated from a very unhappy passenger, but he was also reminded about the "no alcohol" policy. I ...I mean my best friend....always uses plastic bottles.
Just got back from Triumph last weekend. Bubblewrap and ziplocks, checked luggage. Even then - bring LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of money and even buy the coupons if you like spendier drinks or foo-foo drinks. We had a few drinks in our cabin but mostly used our coupons (pre-bought from Carnival website). But be careful how you use them and make sure it is worth your while.
tadpole71.. are you saying you got busted?
I read about the coupons.. where you get 4 for like 19.50. You can buy ANY bar drink with those? Of course I would use them on the $5.00 or more drinks.. but just checking. It may be worth my while to purchase those. I like Hummingbirds & Pina Colodas to name a few.
My groups always put all the alcohol in their checked luggage. Where the airlines only let you take 2 pieces of luggage, Carnival will let you have more. Often in our groups, there are many people who only need one piece for their personal belongings so we load up empty suitcases with alcohol to include cases of beer, mixers, hard liquor, and soda. (although I easily carried on water and soda on the Pride a few weeks ago). For those who are not particular about their wine, I have also had friends check boxes of wine. We buy the liquor that comes in the plastic bottles for cruises. This can pose a problem for some as the best Vodka I could buy in our state that came in a plastic bottle was Smirnoffs, however Smirnoffs is not a bad vodka, it just depends on one's personal preference. My sister likes Captain Morgan's Rum and I asked our liquor store if they could get it in plastic before our cruise and they did- so we were able to take that as well. The beer and pop etc we did not buy until we arrived in the port city so as not to have it explode or weigh to much in our suitcases. We also had locks on our suitcases-a Carnival suggestion. We realize that we are taking a risk that it could be taken away however we feel that it is worth the risk. The alcohol that we bring on board does not take away from the money that Carnival would make off us as we only drink it in our rooms while we are getting ready to go to dinner etc and would not go out of our way to go buy a drink from Carnival to bring back to our rooms nor would we have room service bring us any, so we have never felt guilty for bringing it with us. Bottom line-It is worth a try if you are willing to risk it being taken away.