I don't think any of us know what will happen. Carnival has rules that they tend to not in force, so who knows until one of you comes back to tell us how it was.
I just don't want one of you who has planned so long for your cruise, only to have things go wrong. Also remember if they are checking, it will make the lines take longer. It is best to follow the rules, but the best rule is to have fun!!
I talked to a friend today who says it is not only for real, but that all employees are getting prepared. She said they realized that drinking, and the lack of support of the coke products was out of hand.
I just hope that the people in front of us in line are not trying to break the rules. It sure will make the lines long and slow.
4-4-07: Carnival Changes its Policy on Packing Liquids
Carnival Cruise Lines yesterday announced that it has changed its beverage policies. Passengers are no longer allowed to take nonalcoholic beverages onboard, including water. And they will now be limited to one bottle of wine per adult upon embarkation only. The new policy also warns that ship personnel will confiscate and discard any outlawed beverages. Carnival will continue to charge a $10 corkage fee per bottle for personal wine consumed in the dining room ($14 for the Supper Clubs). Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said the rule was changed because security and embarkation personnel were reporting that passengers were "abusing" the previous guidelines, which allowed cruise-goers to carry on board a "small quantity" of nonalcoholic beverages, wine and champagne, both at embarkation and while in port. Asked whether the abuse related to passengers carting cases of bottled water aboard, or toting suitcases full of wine, or smuggling vodka disguised as water (hard liquor has never been permitted as a carry-on), Gulliksen said the issue related to "excessive amounts of nonalcoholic beverages being brought on board."
I am on the other side am glad they carry Coke products, I can't stand Pepsi. It' all what you are used to, and like. I won't bother with carry on of beverages. Just not worth the hassle anymore. We'll just have to see how it all plays out.
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I am not much for taking anything on other than my clothes; who wants the hassle of heavy luggage and "sneaking" back and forth to your room, etc.; vacations are supposed to be hassle free
Luanne: you are right, if everyone follows the rules the lines will go much faster. I wonder if the new procedure will affect how long it takes the luggage to get to your room -
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OK - this is the funny thing. I called and was told that because we are both diabetic we can ask for special accomodations and they sent me a form to fill out. He said "we understand you can't get dehydrated and need your water" and I said "and, I want to bring on sugar free sodas because you don't have the ones I drink" - he said "shouldn't be a problem."
I asked what would be a reasonable amount and should I carry it on vs packing in my luggage - or would they send me a special tag or something to say that I had filled out the form?
They had no answers.
Didn't know how they would enforce the policy or how the exceptions will be handled.
We sail on the 15th out of Galveston.
Makes me think it will either be not a big deal (and you can still bring anything packed in your luggage) - or that they intend to not make exceptions.
And, have they ever checked your carry-on before? I have never had mine checked - do you think they're actually having you open it up - or will open the checked luggage?
Anyone been on a Carnival ship since the new policy????
I too am a diabetic who only likes diet pepsi, but I will abide by the new rules and leave it behind. I didn't carry around a bottle of diet pepsi in public places. I had 1 per night in my cabin. I did find that I can make a pretty good lemonade at the drink station. I mixed a splash of their lemonade and a couple of lemon wedges into some water and ice and added some Splenda which Carnival now carries. ( I had to bring that from home on several cruises) NOW if they would just have salsa at the breakfast buffet, I'd be in business!!
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This is directly from Carnival's website, and I believe it was just revised yesterday.
Liquor and Beverage Policy
Bringing Alcohol On Board - Embarkation
Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages onboard. However, guests (21 years and older only) may bring one bottle of wine or champagne per person on board only during embarkation at the beginning of the cruise. A $10 corkage fee per bottle will be charged should you wish to consume this wine in the dining room or a $14 corkage fee per bottle in the Supper Club. Guests may bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages.
All alcohol, additional quantities of wine/champagne or excessive quantities of non-alcoholic beverages will be confiscated and discarded without compensation. Guests may purchase a variety of beverages on board the ship. Alcoholic beverages will not be sold or served to anyone under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Alcoholic beverages purchased in the ship’s gift shops or in ports of call will be retained by Carnival until the end of the voyage.
Asyouwish says the cite says, "Guests may bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages".
If this is the case, Carnival needs to give us a number, and not say a small quantity. This has been part of the problem. They need to say "exactly" how much is allowed. Then, I hope people follow the rules. I have seen people carrying cases of bottled water, and even hard liquor in before, and as far as I could tell, it wasn't confiscated.
I might be wrong, (I often am!), but I think these "strict" rules were put in place for Spring Break and will fall back to the "normal" rules now. I think you will be able to bring a "reasonable" amount of soda (perhaps 2 six packs) or water onboard.
BTW, I've never understood why people would bring water onboard. The ship's water is better than any bottled water ! We bring two bottles and refill them for shore excursions.
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