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Old July 26th, 2007, 06:20 PM
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I don't want to pay the rediculous prices for drinks onboard carnival, so I plan on buying some alcohol and bringing it with me. I have read stories of just stashing water bottles or the actual alcohol bottle in your suitcase, but I'm a bit nervous about that.

Seeing you can once again take soda and water onboard, I planned on putting vodka in water bottles and putting those water bottles in the packwith the rest of the waters and putting it on the security machine.

Can this be detected at all by the machines or would this work all right? Thanks.


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Old July 26th, 2007, 06:24 PM
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That would probably work for you! Happy cruising!
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Old July 26th, 2007, 06:25 PM
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Yep that should work, no machine yet to detect alcohol from water! Have a great cruise and think of those of us that can't be there.
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Old July 26th, 2007, 06:27 PM
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I have read on this site, that the vodka can be identified because of the difference in the size of the bubbles???? I don't know if this is true or not. You might fill a bottle with vodka, and then take a close look at it yourself, to see if there is, in fact, a difference in the way the liquid looks when you shake it or ????? Let us know what you find.

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It certainly won't be something they haven't seen before. So it will depend on their mood that day. They may look the other way, they may confisacte it.

I was in the bar business for over 30 years, and I am still amazed at how much liquor means to people.
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Regarding the alcohol...we sailed last week on Miracle. I brought Pepsi, wine, scotch, vodka, et al. Pack your "personal" cosmetic bottles in your carry-on or suitcase, and don't fret. I think Carnival would have a serious P.R. problem if they confronted a boarding passenger with small amounts of any alcohol. Who would do the taste test? My 12 pack of Pepsi bottles in my carry-on flew through the x-ray. Moderation, moderation.
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Old July 26th, 2007, 09:17 PM
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Pleaseeeee let me know the truth...

When I spoke to Royal Caribbean about taking liquor on the ship, I was told that if they found it, I would be denied boarding and get absolutely no refund of my cruise fare.

What gives...too many differing opinions!

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Taken things onboard that you shouldn't happens everyday.Doesn't make it right IMO.You take it with you,you maybe asking for problems.
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Now if you put vodka in the water bottles and mix those water bottles with the real water bottles, aren't you going to be in for a surprise when you are on an excursion, it is 90 degrees outside, you have been hiking/swimming/snorkelling/climbing for two hours and open your bottle of water, take a big swig and. . . . . . hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You will be fine. Just do it in moderation.

and, yes, sooner or later the cruiselines will pick some poor saps and make an example of them a few times and deny them boarding privileges because of the contraband liquor.

If you drink in moderation, the booze on board is not really all that expensive. Add it to the cruise budget, skip an excursion, leave the casino 15 minutes earlier every evening and it will all balance out.

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I put my bottle of captain in my suitcase and was like if they take it oh well, if I get it on great. When it took a while for my suitcase to come I was a little worried but I did end up getting it on I plan on doing the same thing for my next cruise in Nov.
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Not to be overly judgemental or too gloom and doom, but I think sneaking it on board, if it really becomes the popular thing to do, is going to be something everyone pays for eventually.

If every tenth passenger (as just an example) is sneaking on a significant amount of their own alcohol, the cruise lines are going to get fed up with it. You don't have to be an accountant to realize this is taking thousands away from their profits on each cruise. I don't really look forward to the day when the lines are even longer and slower getting on board because they will want to inspect the contents of nearly every bag that comes on board by hand. While I know drink prices have gone up some (like everything does eventually) get ready for them to get really out of sight if they really start thinking they are losing major profits from the sneak on board folks.

Bottom line is you're not supposed to do it so why mess with it? To me, if you are on such a tight budget that you can't pay for the booze on board, then you really can't afford to be cruising in the first place. Sort of cracks me up that so many on here will dress up and pretend to be so classy at a formal dinner on board but are, in reality, so cheap and classless that they sneak their own booze on board and offer endless advice on how to do so...Some real class acts!
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I think sneaking it on board, if it really becomes the popular thing to do, is going to be something everyone pays for eventually.
Sort of cracks me up that so many on here will dress up and pretend to be so classy at a formal dinner on board but are, in reality, so cheap and classless that they sneak their own booze on board and offer endless advice on how to do so...Some real class acts!

I agree, I loved the part about "pretend to be so classy at a formal dinner"! Also, I wouldn't be a happy camper if they raised the cruise rates to make up the difference in revenue.
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I don't know about Carnival, but I saw liquor being confiscated by RCI at embarkation in Miami. I don't know if those passengers were denied boarding, but it does say that in effect on your cruise docs.
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Unless this is for in cabin consumption Id say it isnt worth the trouble and is a little crass.

In all honesty its not very practical to do it for public area consumption. You really dont want to spend all your time running back to the cabin to spike your $2 coke with rum. That will get old after about five trips. Then you'll just say to hell with all this walking and belly up to the bar with all the rest of us. The drinks cost about the same as at any land locked bar unless your used to drinking in dives or legion halls.

But yes it can be done. Just dont be blatant about it and ruin it for all the rest of us.
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take a large bottle of Scope mouth wash ( 32 oz) , discard&and wash very well..
take a bottle of grey goose fill the clean bottle.. go to the supermarket and buy food coloring... add 7 drops of green color.. shake well , re-seal by applying a small even bead of parofin wax ( so it dont leak)...
or you could do what I did.. BUY the Drink of the day and have them keep comming!
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If you need to drink really bad and can't afford to purchase alcohol you could do the following.

You could take small bottles of shampoo and empty them out and fill with booze. You could then walked around the deck late at night and find key locations to hide the small bottles. I am thinking places like the cushions in the lounge. Maybe behind the ice cream machine.

You could then sneak drinks around the ship without running back to your cabin.

The only issue might be if someone sitting on the lounge cushion wonders why you are digging around there.

Hope that helps.

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