We were going on the Miracle in May sailing out of Balitimore. My husband had brought a six pack of O'Doughls (Non-Alcoholic Beer) with him. We were giving a hard time trying to get on the ship with it. The lady kept saying it was beer and we had to keep telling her it is a non-alcoholic drink. Finally she let us bring it on the ship. Bringing on the six pack wasn't worth the aggravation.
So I would say don't try and bring beer. Of course you could get someone nice who would let it slide.
Since we flew into Houston the day before sailing, and had a rental car, we stopped at a Sam's Club on the way to Galveston and purchased the soda and bottled water, and then put it in a collapsible ice chest (which I think you can buy at either Sam's Club or Costco).
Once in our stateroom, we just asked the room steward to keep it filled with ice -- no problem!
We've done the same thing, we always drive to the port (hubby won't fly). We have one suitcase in which we put 2 cases of pepsi (can't stand coke) a case of water and a case of beer. We have a collapsable cooler which we also pack...room steward has always kept it full....Then we use the empty suitcase for extra stuff or dirty laundry on the way home... We also usually pack one or two bottles of wine in our suitcases...
We always check this luggage and have not once had a problem...6 cruises and counting...knock on wood....
I figure Carnival gets back that and more in the casino from us in the first day or two alone...:0)
www.wellwishers.com is a bon voyage place. They have a website and just call them. They do do beer - it wasn't on the site but it is no problem for them. They will deliver it to your cabin before you sail. We had them deliver a case (which was 24) Corona in a huge basket with limes (you should have seen it) we even met people that had been in line and were very envious of whoever was getting the basket! It cost $55 total. That is a little more than $2 a beer and it is about $4.50 on board I believe although you can get buckets of beer onboard at the pool bar only for buy 4 get 1 free. It is like $11 for regular beer and $15 for exotic - but if glass bottles they will pour all of them in plastic cups because it is the pool area so we thought it was nicer to have in our room when we wanted it. The wine is now limited to one bottle when you board but it really just matters who is at the X-ray if they say anything. If they confiscate anything they hold it and deliver it on the last day of the cruise. I did buy bottles on board this trip and it was $18 for Chateau St. Michelle Reisling which is about $9-11 here in the stores. That was not too bad a price for not having to carry it all the distance on board. Also you can call Carnival Bon Voyage and they have a deal like 10% off the second bottle and 20% off the third bottle. They will deliver to your cabin the first day if specified. MAKE SURE YOU BRING A CORK SCREW! They charge to uncork it - the bar I went to was very nice about it and did it even though I had one. Find a bar tender you like and they can get wine bottles from other bars for you. Debbie
Did you actually pack 2 cases of pepsi in a suitcase? It had to be heavy! I like caffeine free diet coke and would like to bring my own and bottled water but not sure how to pack it. Can I use a collapsable cooler and check it with the porter?
Only problem with bringing your own booze is that you spend too much time in your cabing trying to consume this stuff so you can save a few bucks and not have to bring anything back home.
Whereas, you're probably doing yourself an injustice by staying in your cabin to enjoy a cold beer as opposed to sitting poolside watching the people go by and enjoying the sights and sounds. Someone I know got so hammered from the booze in their cabin they missed dinner and most of the evenings festivities.
I know the drinks are somewhat expensive, but so what. You're on holidays. You control yourself a litte and you only purchase when necessary. And don't forget that you can get some great local drinks (beer) from the ports for consumption at great prices. In Antigua the local brewed beer was $3.