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Old July 6th, 2007, 07:21 PM
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Ok, this may sound like a silly question, but I am going to ask it anyway, because there is no such thing as a silly question right.

We are flying in to Puerto Rico to catch the DESTINY and we should be getting on the ship about 2:00 P.M. After we go to our cabin, check out the ship and eat something, are we allowed to get off the ship? The ship does not leave until 10:00 P.M., so we thought we would go and check out the stores. I heard that the liquor is cheap and duty free at one of the stores in Puerto Rico, so instead of bringing it with us on the plane, we thought we would just buy it there.

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Just keep in mind that any liquor you bring onboard from ashore will be kept by security until the night before you disembark at the end of your cruise.

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Yes you can get back off the ship. On the second floor of the terminal in San Juan is a wonderful liquor store with great prices and a huge selection of alcohol.

In San Juan, as long as the bottles are not in plain sight, you can take them back to your cabin. Put them in a totel bag or carry one and you will be fine.
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You can disembark the Destiny. You will go down the the 3rd floor,just to the right of where they take your picture for your sail and sign card is the disembarking station for San Juan. They will scan you off the ship with your S & S card then you will proceed back down the ramp to a door where a rep will let you go thru. There will be a set of stairs or an elevator around the corner to go down to the ground level where you'll head back to OSJ..... Don't forget to bring an ID along with your S & S card as you will need it to get back thru the gates to reboard.... The Destiny and San Juan have to be the ID checking kings of Carnival...

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Thanks, I wasn't sure if you can get off the ship or not.

So you can bring liquor back on the ship, as long as it is not in view? I have taken 5 cruises, and I never did bring liquor on the ship, because I thought they would confiscate it. I am still a little confused though, some people say yes you can, and some people say no you can't. So which is it, YES or NO. I guess if you are lucky enough to go past them, then it is YES.


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That's right!!!!!!!!
we brought on beer. and secuity shook a finger at my husband like no no, but never took it,
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YES. Yes you can tweety. This was the dangest site that I've ever seen..... Here we were in this nice air conditioned terminal moving along very smoothly and off to the left on the second level is this HUGE DUTY FREE liquor store..... swear that it has a sign in front of it that says that if Carnival takes your liquor from you they'll buy it back..... 8)

I had a back pack with me and loaded it down with "Samples" and went right threw the security scanners.... No problem.... Some folks that were traveling with us didn't have a back pack, so when they bought their "samples" the store gave them a back pack.....

All you need is your S & S card to prove that you are indeed on that sailing and cash or CC and your in business..... Turns out the security scanners work for TSA and not for Carnival, so if you don't have it in the wide open no one says a thing.....

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[quote=I believe that at the point that this passenger snuck liquor onboard the ship, which was a clear violation of the contract between passenger and the cruiseline, argument could be made that he voided his contract with the cruiseline. At the point the contract was voided, the cruiseline had no further obligation to this passenger.[/quote]

Is SJ an exception to this?

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Originally Posted by I believe that at the point that this passenger snuck liquor onboard the ship, which was a clear violation of the contract between passenger and the cruiseline, argument could be made that he voided his contract with the cruiseline. At the point the contract was voided, the cruiseline had no further obligation to this passenger.[/quote

Is SJ an exception to this?

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Yes, San Juan is an exception. The rule still applies but for whatever reason, they do not confiscate the liquor in San Juan. I believe it is because security at San Juan has more loyalty to the duty free shop than to Carnival. Who knows but they do not take it in San Juan.

As far as voiding the contract, give me a break.
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San Juan is the exception to the rule..... In no other Carnival terminal is there a Duty Free Liquor Store.... As far as sneaking liquor aboard, many passengers did not sneak anything, hell, they proudly carried it on board for anyone to see....

As far as voiding a contract between Carrier and passenger, even Carnival is not going to split hairs that fine..... They had a desk set up at the end of the gangway where you could let Carnival "keep" your liquor for you if you wanted but I believe the person that was manning the desk would have been just as happy if someone would have given him a deck of cards so that he would have something to do....

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San Juan is the exception to the rule..... In no other Carnival terminal is there a Duty Free Liquor Store.... As far as sneaking liquor aboard, many passengers did not sneak anything, hell, they proudly carried it on board for anyone to see....

As far as voiding a contract between Carrier and passenger, even Carnival is not going to split hairs that fine..... They had a desk set up at the end of the gangway where you could let Carnival "keep" your liquor for you if you wanted but I believe the person that was manning the desk would have been just as happy if someone would have given him a deck of cards so that he would have something to do....

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Very well put. The liquor is not "snuck" onboard. It is carried. In fact, on the Liberty when we stopped in San Juan, the liquor I brought onboard was in the liquor box that is given to you at the duty free shop. When I went through security, it was obvious what was in the box because the box said, "LIQUOR" . However, no one asked me to check it in. I carried it to my cabin. Did I ever drink any of it on the ship? No. Did it stop me from purchasing my foo-foo's? No.
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Thanks everyone for clearing that up for me. I heard so many different answers, Yes you can bring liquor back, no you can't, because they will take it from you. Well, now I know for sure that in PR you can bring liquor back on the ship.

Like I wrote before, since the ship doesn't sail until 10:00 p.m., we will go to our cabin, eat a little something and then get off the ship and explore and shop. Now I know they won't confiscate the liquore we buy.

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Joey,

I will let you know if you were seeing the sign right - "If Carnival Takes Your Liquor, Then We Will Buy It Back From You".

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You do that Tweety..... BTW The duty free store closes at 7:00 PM so do your shopping early.... Be sure to use the one on the second level, not the one on the right side where you check your luggage on the ground floor..... You won't have to carry your purchases as far.....
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Ok Joey, Thanks for the tip.
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