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DBXX May 1st, 2007 11:31 PM

Has anyone been caught sneaking alchoal in the boat?
 
OK, what happens? I have never cruised before and I am thinking this wouldnt be a good idea b/c I would be so embarrased if I were caught, but the cheap girl inside wants to do it so badly, lol... Please tell me your expericances on this one.

Thanks,
Danielle

mehawk May 2nd, 2007 12:30 AM

They would confiscate it and hold it until the end of the cruise.

mteague May 2nd, 2007 10:01 AM

So much luggage to check....so little time! Just put it in your checked luggage! Remember, they are going to toss your luggage around so pack it accordingly. Transfer to plastic bottles, bubble wrap, garbage bag, ziploc bag, etc. You'll be fine.

Melody

DBXX May 2nd, 2007 01:35 PM

The lady at the travel agancey told me that they put the dogs on the luggage to sniff out. And I guess they randomly check. Has anyone had that happen? That is what I was thinking I would put it in a mouthwash bottle or somthing and close it tightly and keep the bottle with my perfum and lotions to distract the puppys sniffing around, lol....

Danielle

janettekay May 2nd, 2007 01:56 PM

I do not think dogs sniff out booze-but rather explosives and drugs...
Xrays (when used) would pick up bottles...
(that said-I did bring one in checked luggage last time-no problem)

janette

DBXX May 2nd, 2007 02:03 PM

What do you mean by Checked luggage, is that the bag you are carrying with you? I have never been on a cruise so I dont know if they take your bags or what exactally is a checked luggage, arent all bags checked?

Danielle

Skeeter1602 May 2nd, 2007 02:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DBXX
What do you mean by Checked luggage, is that the bag you are carrying with you? I have never been on a cruise so I dont know if they take your bags or what exactally is a checked luggage, arent all bags checked?

Danielle

Danielle;

Checked luggage is what you drop off at the curb, not what you carry on with you.

Mark

DBXX May 2nd, 2007 02:40 PM

So let me ask you if I put it in that since I am dropping it off at the curb does that mean if they search it I wont be there since I am dropping it off? So if they find it I wont be embarrased, lol... They will just remove it. So I drop it off at the curb and then get on the boat and they bring it to our rooms is that how it works?

Sorry for so many questions I am a sailing virgin, lol..

Danielle

Skeeter1602 May 2nd, 2007 02:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DBXX
So let me ask you if I put it in that since I am dropping it off at the curb does that mean if they search it I wont be there since I am dropping it off? So if they find it I wont be embarrased, lol... They will just remove it. So I drop it off at the curb and then get on the boat and they bring it to our rooms is that how it works?

Sorry for so many questions I am a sailing virgin, lol..

Danielle

That would be correct. If it got searched, and confiscated you wouldn't be there to be embarrassed. I have not been here long and I have never heard of anybody having booze taken from their checked luggage. It may have happened. I just never heard of it. Some long time vets. should be able to answer that one.

Don't worry about asking too many questions. Thats what this is for :D .

I wish I found this place before my first cruise!!! I had a "Laundry list" of questions. LOL

ENJOY your cruise!!!

Mark

DBXX May 2nd, 2007 02:51 PM

OK, well that sounds better at least if they found it I wouldnt embarrass myself or all the other people with us, lol.... That would not be good. I guess I have to get my list of questions together now.



Danielle

Fern May 2nd, 2007 10:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skeeter1602
That would be correct. If it got searched, and confiscated you wouldn't be there to be embarrassed. I have not been here long and I have never heard of anybody having booze taken from their checked luggage.

Not quite...

Here's how it usually works! If you have a small amount of alcohol in your checked bags it will probably be delivered to you. If they x-ray your luggage and find something more "suspicious" (like a whole bag of booze!) you'll be asked to come unlock your luggage and they'll hold it until the end of the cruise. All of your checked luggage should be locked!

The cute little beagles aren't looking for booze :D !

LowPurr May 2nd, 2007 10:55 PM

I am not normally a beer drinker so I can only follow others' suggestions on here on how to sneak it onboard...I prefer hard liquor...it gets me "there" quicker. I went to WalMart and got some plastic travel type of bottles - over in the pharmacy area and little travel size bottles - I put my alcohol in those...in a few zip lock baggies and put that inside my checked luggage. Not to mention, if you are travelling with people that don't ordinarily imbibe, then this might help the embarrassment factor as well. 8) No problems. Sorry, just can't pay over $5.00 for a brand name shot....not happening. Plus I can mix up anything I want, whenever I want.

Happy cruising!

blowhard May 2nd, 2007 11:05 PM

buy vodka or white rum place it in water bottle and they will not know the difference.

DBXX May 3rd, 2007 12:02 AM

The water bottle is a good idea, and that is my drink vodka but can I even bring water on the cruise? Should I put that in my checked bag like they say or put it in my purse? Also the travel bottles from Walmart sound good to. I might do either one of those.

Danielle

CarleneCruises May 3rd, 2007 12:46 AM

Well you have to remember the workers here know the game. They know what you're up to!...With that said I will be taking a gatorade bottle with some good ole' rum or vodka just to top off my drinks the probably will already have liquor in it! I think a small amount is fine its the people who bring their liquor cabinet that have problems. a 500lbs case of bottles is noticable..Do what you got to do and don't take to much therefore if it gets taken you are not at much of a loss.

Kuki May 3rd, 2007 01:17 AM

Actually, if you just HAVE to bring some liquor onboard, all these "ruses" with transferring booze into all these odd containers is totally unnecessary!!

Pack it in your suitcases, and hand the bags to the porters, and they'll arrive in your cabin safe and sound.

The cruise line's know this goes on, and if they really wanted to put to a total stop to it, they'd simply insist the cabin stewards report any bottles seen in cabins..... so you really don't have to fool anyone!!!

I (and the cruise lines.. from their actions) believe there's nothing wrong wtih drinking your own alcohol in your cabin. BUT.. on land you wouldn't walk into a bar, or a lounge with drinks you mixed in your car. DON'T do it on a ship either. Enjoy the booze in your cabin, but if you want to enjoy drinking in the ship's public areas, bars, disco etc, pay the price!!!
The price isn't different than most bars and lounges on land.

AlaskanGrown May 3rd, 2007 01:28 AM

I brought a 12 bottle case of beer on in my checked luggage and had no problems. The room steward even removed all of the stocked liquor from the fridge so I would have room for my beer! Happy sailing!

LowPurr May 3rd, 2007 03:21 PM

I do agree that if you are going into a lounge/bar you should partake of the onboard facilities....that really is fair. I had planned on just bringing the original container, but my travelling companion was psyching me out about them taking it. (Was on a very limited budget at the time.)

Just my $.02 worth...
LowPurr

Luanne Russo May 3rd, 2007 03:48 PM

Please, Don't drink so much out of the Gatorade bottle, that you forget that the Exlax bottle is not in fact rum, but exlax. LOL LOL

reefisher May 5th, 2007 10:00 AM

Our last Carnival cruise (Spirit 2/07) was before the "new" one bottle of wine/person policy. I packed a 3 liter box of drinkable Australian wine and 3 750ml bottles of selected wines in my checked luggage, and 2 bottles in my carry on bags. My wife packed 2 bottles in her checked bags and 2 in the carry on, one of which was actually vodka she colored to look like white wine in a screw cap wine bottle. We don't always care for the ship's cellar and prefer to bring our own. I don't mind paying the $15 dollar corkage fee. The Spirit had no sommelier, so we just tipped our waiter and were not charged the corkage fee. We also ordered from the ships cellar so the cocktail waiters got their "tips" too.

linuxpm May 5th, 2007 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by reefisher
Our last Carnival cruise (Spirit 2/07) was before the "new" one bottle of wine/person policy. I packed a 3 liter box of drinkable Australian wine and 3 750ml bottles of selected wines in my checked luggage, and 2 bottles in my carry on bags. My wife packed 2 bottles in her checked bags and 2 in the carry on, one of which was actually vodka she colored to look like white wine in a screw cap wine bottle. We don't always care for the ship's cellar and prefer to bring our own. I don't mind paying the $15 dollar corkage fee. The Spirit had no sommelier, so we just tipped our waiter and were not charged the corkage fee. We also ordered from the ships cellar so the cocktail waiters got their "tips" too.

I know everyone is going to flame me, but if you find yourself throwing out your back carrying on booze to a cruise ship, you might have a drinking problem> :D

Brian

Jaxine May 5th, 2007 08:57 PM

booze on board
 
thought of the same but didnt take any.. the way the luggage is thrown around.. also the drinks arent too bad.. was happy I never took any along..one less thing to worry about.and we all did just fine.. I too was worried about the luggage check

Lou 123 May 6th, 2007 12:45 AM

People I have cruised with have filling an empty scope bottle with the booze and placed it in there suitcase.
They have never had any problems...

BennieDimas May 6th, 2007 08:28 AM

Hey there Danielle, thought I'd put my 2 cents in here since I have a little experience on the subject. I've been on 7 cruises, all with other friends and the only time I've ever seen liquor taken by port authorities is when people try to carry it on themselves. If you pack it carefully in your luggage and then check it with the porters it WILL safely make it to your cabin door. I personally know of a friend that took (2) 24 packs of beer AND a 1.75L of Crown Royal on the last cruise we went on back in Sept of last year. As long as you put the "booz" in your luggage and check it with the porters- you will not have any problems, works every time!
Good Luck, have fun cruising!

-Ben

IBCRUZIN' May 6th, 2007 10:11 AM

From my Observations
 
It depends on the ship, the port and the time of the year.

In San Juan, there is a duty free shop inside the terminal and steps from entering the ship. The powers that be at this port allow you to purchase all you want, stick it in your carry one and walk on the ship -- no questions asked. In the island ports like St. Thomas, you can purchase the alcohol and many times, walk right on the ship with it and no one stops you. I have done this in St. Thomas, Barbados and Cozumel.

In mainland embarkation ports, I would suggest you pack it in your checked luggage. They do not, I repeat DO NOT open your luggage without you being present. They are handling upwards of over 6,000 pieces of luggage and are not going to bother with one litre of alcohol. However, if you check a piece of luggage that weighs 80 pounds and upon xray examination shows several full sized bottles of alcohol, you will not receive that bag along with the others, you will instead receive a message to come down and open your bag for inspection. This is only done when the amount of alcohol is excessive (more than one, maybe two bottle is my guess).

Now, all of the above goes out the window during spring break time. As we all know, the young but legally able to drink crowd still believe pouring liquor down their throats until they are "falling off the ship" drunk is a great way to enjoy the evening. The cruiselines have to be able to control the amount of liquid problematic passengers can consume. If, after a day or two, any particular passenger(s) are shown to be alcohol-challenged in their demeanor or behavior, the cruiseline can code their sail and sign cards to limit or ban their purchase of alcoholic beverages.

Therefore, during spring break and senior trip times of the year, the cruiselines will become more vigilant. Have you ever seen a young college (or younger) girl falling down drunk on these ships. Sexual assault (or worse) waiting to happen. The cruiselines know that even if they aren't responsible, they will be sued so they have to have some level of control.

At other times of the year, they will usually overlook a small amount. However, if you need 2-3 full-sized bottles of alcohol to bring with you, perhaps cruising is not the most cost effective vacation for you. I would suggest an all inclusive resort.

vickyt May 6th, 2007 08:44 PM

My husband accidently left a small knife in his shaving kit when we cruised with Disney a few years ago. The security office simply called our room and he had to go sign a hold slip for the knife. They held the knife until the end of the cruise and he was given the bag. No embarrassement except between us and security!

Jokadah May 7th, 2007 01:40 AM

My husband and I have been on several cruises and this is what we did. We both love wine but the wine list on the ships we sailed on were way too expense for the kind of wine it was. We have a insulated cellar on wheels. The original use I think is to transport picnic goods easier. It does not look like an ice chest, more like a curved carryon bag. It holds six bottles of wine or whatever your drink of choice is. We use the dividers that you would find in a case of wine and put bubble pack on the outside. We roll it right on to the ship, it's gone through the xray machine and it's never been confiscated. (We do this when we first come on board, not an any of the ports) Keep in mind that since they changed the laws on what can be in the carryons, we purchase the wine after the plane lands. We're going to Rome in September and will ship the wine over to the Hotel we are staying at so prior to boarding the ship, we will load up our carryon. If you google "cellar on wheels" it will come up with a number of different styles and prices.

Cyndy May 7th, 2007 04:58 PM

Bringing Liquor
 
We just returned from our cruise two weeks ago and I know how you feel. I'm cheap too when it comes to paying the liquor bill. We packed 3 bottles of wine and one bottle of scotch in our luggage (the luggage you give to the porter). We had no problem at all and I was glad we did it. I even brought a glass of wine with me from my cabin each night for dinner and nobody questioned me. I say go for it!!!

Paul Motter May 7th, 2007 08:06 PM

Bottom line - no one here reported ever "getting caught," so while I cannot officially condone it here in writing, it does appear that as long as you use good judgement they are not going to "sniff you out."

That being said, if you start chugging straight from a bottle of "Jack" with a WalMart price tag on it while you are sitting by the pool, they will probably take it away. And I don't think putting an umbrella in it will fool anyone!

I don't smuggle booze on board, because i don't care to drink alone in my room. So, if I were to drink it would be in public and I would buy it from the bar.

I do think the majority of people who get "plowed" and obnoxious probably also are the ones sneaking the most booze on board, so I don't really disagree with the policy.

If there was a way for carnival to say, "Hey man, it's cool, just keep it real" they would. But some people always want to push a good thing too far, so they can't.


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