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What are the chances of bringing one bottle of rum with me. I don't mind having the bottle taken from me, but I can't imagine they check everyone's suitcase. Any tips on doing this.
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Hi beerbelly6219,

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Just pack your bottle in your checked luggage. Use a ziploc bag and cushion it with clothes.

You'll be fine on Carnival.

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we brought a couple of bottles with us, we always buy the plastic bottles of booze and wrap them in clothes , our room steward even kept our bottles on ice chilled the entire 7 days, you will have no problems what so ever.
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Bacardi Rum was on special for less than $10 a bottle on my last cruise, not worth smuggling for that price. Heck its $13 for the same bottle here in town. Of course there are restrictions to bringing it back to your room. Also alcohol is generally very cheap in ports so do some drinking there for us
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Bacardi Rum was on special for less than $10 a bottle on my last cruise, not worth smuggling for that price. Heck its $13 for the same bottle here in town. Of course there are restrictions to bringing it back to your room. Also alcohol is generally very cheap in ports so do some drinking there for us
All booze bought on the ship or from any island is to be held by Carnival until the last day of the cruise per their rules. My last cruise (Disney) we went on, we were allowed to keep any booze bought from ashore with us, but the booze from the ship's duty free shop was held.
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someone had mentioned that if you drink margaritis, get the pre mix make it up, pour it back in the bottle and pack it in your carry on....mmmm
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someone had mentioned that if you drink margaritis, get the pre mix make it up, pour it back in the bottle and pack it in your carry on....mmmm
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Wrap your booze in bubble wrap(glass),and place it in your check-in luggage....tip your porter two bucks per luggage......do not place it in your carry on,and you can enjoy it that same day....Happy Cruising

Just a reminder the booze on board the ship is not expensive,and even if you sneak it on board you will stll have a booze bill when you leave....just my two cents
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OK, so we've cruised 4 times (all with Carnival) and have smuggled booze every time. So far (hope they are not reading this) we've gotten away with it. We buy those 6-8 oz. plastic travel bottles from Wal Mart or wherever, fill them with our favorites, and pack them with all our other travel bottles of stuff such as shampoo, conditioner, and so on. That way, I hope if someone does look through our bags, it looks like alot of regular personal hygiene products. Since it is usually punch, lemonade, and orange juice that is complimentary on the ships (& you can help yourself) then be sure to pack whatever you might like to mix with them. Good luck and I hope it works for you if you try it (I hope I didn't jynx us either! )
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No offense intended,but please do not waste your time pouring your booze in other bottles....no need,just put it in your check in luggage,and tip your porter 2 bucks per bag,and you will enjoy it that evening.
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what does tipping the porter have to do with alcohol
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Steve, I tip them 2 bucks per bag to make sure they handle them gently.I usually tell them I have wine packed in some of them.Never had a broken bottle yet.
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For peeps that want to stay within the guidelines you can call the Carnival Bon Voyage department and order liquor to be in your cabin when you arrive. Rum, Whiskey, Tequilla, etc..... The prices are a little high but it saves the stress and the luggage space, and you don't have to worry about your room steward busting you.

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Huh? Most room stewards keep it iced for you....Never! have I had one to squeal on me....maybe I have been just lucky....just my two cents
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I just tend to lean towards following guidelines. Guess it's the former military in me. I don't know that your steward would bust you or not because I've never done it. My thoughts on it, I do like booze in my cabin but if I can't afford the "legal" way than I probably can't afford the vacation. I also don't leave towels on my deck chairs either.

This may be kinda dumb to say but the more money Carnival brings in on their cruises, the less their cruises will cost. If you take all of the peeps that bring booze on board and have them buy their booze from Carnival what kind of economical impact would that have? Could be nothing, could be huge.

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I've hecked the "gifts" section and don't see any alcohol other than wines. Is there another spot on the carnival site to buy bourbon, rum, etc and have THAT in your stateroom?

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I've hecked the "gifts" section and don't see any alcohol other than wines. Is there another spot on the carnival site to buy bourbon, rum, etc and have THAT in your stateroom?

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For some reason they don't advertise the alcohol on the web site, the pvp's don't even know you can do it. You have to call the Bon Voyage department, give them you booking number and tell them what you want.
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Thanks for all the tips. We sailed last year and this was the first time we actually purchased alcohol in port and on the ship.

Before we left, I purchased a large insullated travel type mug for my husband who enjoys ice water. Thinking this mug would be great for our warm days on the ship, it came in very handy.

While in one of our ports, we discovererd strawberry flavored rum. My husband purchased 2 small bottles and was able to get them on the ship. Walked past the table and right onto the elevator.

We enjoyed our strawberry flavored lemonade the rest of the trip from that insullated mug.

Guess who's purchasing more mugs before this years trip??????

PS - Carnival definately didn't loose any bar business from this group, even with the extra beverages in our cabin
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OK, so I've read tons and tons of posts about booze smuggling (which I intend to do). But a different type question spurned from the post above. Once aboard and once your luggage arrives to your cabin and once you have your liquor that you have smuggled in your cabin, can you just walk about the ship or lounge by the pool or in the sun with a glass in hand and no one (cruise ship employee) knows the difference? I mean a cup or glass that you would buy empty or bring from home and fill in your room.
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I've hecked the "gifts" section and don't see any alcohol other than wines. Is there another spot on the carnival site to buy bourbon, rum, etc and have THAT in your stateroom?

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For some reason they don't advertise the alcohol on the web site, the pvp's don't even know you can do it. You have to call the Bon Voyage department, give them you booking number and tell them what you want.
Does anyone have a price list or an Idea the of prices??
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Strawberry rum.......where?
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Guess I tried to take toooooo much onboard!!! Packed bottles in my checked luggage.....before sailing....they called me off the ship to pay a visit to customs.....talk about scared!!! Turns out they were very nice about it....told me I couldnt take it with me but they would hold it until my ship returned, which they did!!! I thought for sure they were going to arrest me or kick me off the ship!!! Guess I was lucky!!!
By the way....this was on NCL....may be different with other cruiselines.
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I've hecked the "gifts" section and don't see any alcohol other than wines. Is there another spot on the carnival site to buy bourbon, rum, etc and have THAT in your stateroom?

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For some reason they don't advertise the alcohol on the web site, the pvp's don't even know you can do it. You have to call the Bon Voyage department, give them you booking number and tell them what you want.
Does anyone have a price list or an Idea the of prices??
I just learned about this not to long ago. I called the Bon Voyage department, not your PVP, and asked them to fax a price list to me. They do not have one, once you are booked you call them with your booking number and let them know what you want and they will tell you if it is available and how much.
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dhornick,Welcome Aboard....as for your question...you can take your "Take on Booze" anywhere you want to on board the ship in your own personal glass,cup,bottle,mug,or ask your steward to bring you a bar glass(es) and they will be happy to do so.No staff will ever question you about your drink....happy cruising
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On both of my cruises I purchased travel size filled Run and Vodka bottles and bought them with me in the packed suitcase. My fiance' also purchased a travel size scotch bottle. My bottles cost 10.00 each filled and were sealed. They were brand names. I just bought them just in case I wanted a drink or to spike one up more that I bought on the deck when I was in my cabin I still used all my drink coupons that I had purchased ahead of time and I also bought daily specials so I didn't feel like I was cheating anyone by bringing my travel sized bottles purchased in a liquor store at home. Most of the time the travel sized weren't even opened. Ro
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This may be kinda dumb to say but the more money Carnival brings in on their cruises, the less their cruises will cost. If you take all of the peeps that bring booze on board and have them buy their booze from Carnival what kind of economical impact would that have? Could be nothing, could be huge.

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That is sort of how I feel with respect to Gambling - it subsidizes the trip. I have brought alcohol on board, but that doesn't seem to keep me away from the bar all that much.
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I have taken rum or vodka on cruises before with no problem. But I don't any more. It is heavy and takes up a lot of space in my luggage. I also prefer drinking at the bars instead of in the cabin.
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What are the chances of bringing one bottle of rum with me. I don't mind having the bottle taken from me, but I can't imagine they check everyone's suitcase. Any tips on doing this.
Hi all - 1st post. My new cruise friend Trinidad Big Joe filled his large water bottle with Coconut Run in Ocho Rios and carried it on in his Carnival Water Bottle sleeve - man, that stuff was STOUT!

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No one said a word. There are many who bring mugs and such from home, etc. We planned on using the mug for iced tea. It was just bonus to have found the rum and added the lemonade.

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Found the strawberry rum in St. Marteen. There are many liquor stores there that have free samples. Husband and friend found the store and after sampling many flavors, decided the strawberry would be a nice surprise for me (strawberry daquri's are my beverage of choice in the nice weather). Was awesome and still have some that we enjoyed over the holidays.

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I like a drink in the evening in my room before dinner, or on the balcony.
besides i don't like people telling me I CAN"T bring a bottle on board.
don't get me wrong I buy drinks in the ships bars and during shows.
I think its more out of convinence than anything .
so I don't smuggle ,I just pack wisely.

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