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Old October 10th, 2006, 11:32 AM
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In the brochure it states that you can not bring alcoholic beverages with you on board the ship. Is that strictly inforced? Do they inspect your baggage, even your carry on? What about bringing something for personal use in your room?
They say for a corking fee of $10 you can bring bottles of wine for dinner, how do they keep everyones seperate, or do you have to drink the whole bottle at the dinner seating? Can you bring wine for use in your cabin?
How much are drinks on cruises?
They also stated that you can bring on board non-alcholic drinks, so they are okay with you bringing on a few cans of coke, and bottled water (or can you get bottled water on the cruise - how much?)
Are coffee, and juice free at breakfast?
Sorry to bore you with all the questions - first time cruiser, going Dec '07 Carnival Victory. Counting down the days!
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Sharkfin,

In the "old days" you could buy liquor on board and take it to your cabin. They now use liquor as a profit center.

I have been on many (25+) cruises and have taken liquor on each and every one. I also always take wine from my personal cellar. I have never had a problem with either. They may or may not charge you the corkage fee. They will keep your bottle for you if you don't finish the bottle and you can drink it the following day.

On my most recent cruise (due to new TSA rules) we stopped at the liquor store and supermarket on the way to the pier. We purchased bottled water and soda and liquor. We checked the water and soda at the pier using our extra luggage tags and all arrived in our cabin. I put some liquor in my "checked" luggage and some in a shoulder bag I carry through security. Again, I have never had a problem. Not once.

We ask our steward for wine glasses and any other supplies we need.

Does that help ?
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Yes, that is very helpfull, thanks Freddy!
You said that you put it in your "checked" luggage - this is all new to me, do they check your luggage, like an airport check through security before you board the ship? And I guess the carry on, and you go through a similar security check???
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Yes.. they run all of your bags through security machines just like at the airport. So I suggest you pack your stuff carefully in case of breakage.
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Hmmmm....Wonder if I could smuggle Dina aboard this sunday in my checked Baggage? I cruise alone and the next best thing to booze is a pretty woman
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HAHAHA Thank you for the compliment but I don't think my DH would approve.
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Whoop's...now back the the original topic
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Thats ok.. no harm. I guess its not easy to tell on this board.
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I pack a seperate luggage bag with about 6 bottles of wine and champagne and pack it very carefully with foam. I've been lucky each time but both those times, I carried this bag with me on the plan since I did not trust the airlines to "handle with care". My next cruise (24 days and counting) on the Liberty, I will be flying to Rome and will not have the option of carring this valuable piece of luggage with me and not sure what to do. My wife and I usually choose the longer cruises and really like having wine in our cabin. Does anyone know of luggage designed to carry wine/champagne? I would think with the new TSA restrictions, someone would be jumping on some design to transport bottles in a safe suitcase.
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Hi sharkfin,

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In the brochure it states that you can not bring alcoholic beverages with you on board the ship. Is that strictly inforced? Do they inspect your baggage, even your carry on? What about bringing something for personal use in your room?
Pack your liquor in your checked bag. As of today, they still allow wine in your carry on bag.

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They say for a corking fee of $10 you can bring bottles of wine for dinner, how do they keep everyones seperate, or do you have to drink the whole bottle at the dinner seating? Can you bring wine for use in your cabin?
Yes, you can bring wine. If you take it to the dining room you'll be charged the corkage fee. If you want what's left saved for the next night, they'll mark it and bring it to you.

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How much are drinks on cruises?
They usually run between $4.00 and $8.00.

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They also stated that you can bring on board non-alcholic drinks, so they are okay with you bringing on a few cans of coke, and bottled water
Yes, you can bring on soft drinks and bottled water if you want. You can bring a case of each if you want and put a luggage tag on them. They'll be delivered to your cabin with your luggage.

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(or can you get bottled water on the cruise - how much?)
Yes, you can buy bottled water on the ship at a premium price. The ship's water is actually better than bottled water, so I'd suggest you bring an insulated cup and refill it at the buffet.

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Are coffee, and juice free at breakfast?
Yes.

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Sorry to bore you with all the questions - first time cruiser, going Dec '07 Carnival Victory. Counting down the days
Not bored at all-we all love to help new cruisers !

P.S., I haven't cruised Carnival in a while, so if I'm wrong, someone else please speak up !
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LISTENT TO THIS! My Personal Carnival Vacation Planner informed me that you could bring up to a CASE of wine (champagne?) on the ship. I don't know if this was a general statement for all Carnival ships or the 16 day cruise that we are going on. Anyone ever hear of this?
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Mr. Bill,

Many years ago I purchased a "wine case" from bountyhunterwine.com that is designed to be checked. It is made of heavy aluminum and holds 12 bottles and I have NEVER had one break. I always check a case on the plane and then on the ship. Your luggage will be taken at the pier and you will find it later in your cabin.

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Thanks everyone for all your advise, so the books says you "can't", but everyone does a little bit of smuggling, and it is just "winked" at! Got to practice my poker face when crossing security - Ha, ha, ha!
Will be on the board with more questions soon! You guys are the best!
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Freddie,

I checked out the luggage you mentioned. It looks like it would do the job ! Question ? You did say you checked this at the pier....so it went through security, no questions asked, and arrived intact at your room? On a Carnival ship? If so, I've been smuggling for no reason!
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TO: MSTILL and Freddy,

I also checked out this case and it does look great! I doubt that I would need 12 bottles of wine for this cruise, but I think I will pack 12 anyways. Thanks for the web address!

I would feel comfortable with checking it at the airlines and the cruise ship since the staff checking luggage (at the pier) is looking for anything suspecious (no alcohol). Twice, I've packed a regular suitcase with about 6 bottles of wine and worried about if it would make it to my cabin and both times it did. This case gives you (at least me) piece of mind that you can carry up to a case and NOT WORRY.
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What about taking some beers on board, maybe a 6 pack for my hubby? Would that be considered okay, like the wine, or does that have to be on the down low and snuck in too????
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What about taking some beers on board, maybe a 6 pack for my hubby? Would that be considered okay, like the wine, or does that have to be on the down low and snuck in too????
You would have to smuggle it. Beer is not wine. Why in the world would you even bother for a lousy 6 beers, though?
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You would have to smuggle it. Beer is not wine. Why in the world would you even bother for a lousy 6 beers, though?
Maybe they don't have the kind he likes?
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Some people are beer snobs who wouldn't think of touching something like Coors, Miller or Budweiser. Besides, I brew my own beer and not only is it superior to anything you could buy but let me see, $3.00 to $5.50 for a bottle of beer as opposed to $1.00 or less a bottle for home brew that I'll enjoy more! Simple economics combined with good taste!

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