I know they don't let you walk in with open bottles of "ice tea" I had a bottle of "ice tea" that was open and the lady said I couldn't take it through the security checkpoint. She said I had to drink it or pitch it, so I tried to drink it...it was straight Jack...I failed.
As long as you don't bring enough booze to host an animal house party, you can usually get your personal stash on board. Use plastic bottles with padding around them and pack it in your CHECKED baggage. Anything you have in your carry-on luggage will probably get confiscated.
They still check checked luggage too. On one of our cruises my bags weren't delivered to our cabin because "something" in a bottle was seen by the x-ray machine. They thought I was "smuggling" alcohol in my bags. I went down to security and they asked permission to search my bag and I said yes. Turned out to be a bottle of hair conditioner my wife had packed.
This thread was posted 6 years ago. Things are much tighter than the old days. I went many years without getting caught smuggling. Last year I finally was busted. Now I don't want the hassle. Order the booze pre cruise or buy single drinks on board. The hassle isn't worth it.
2008-Valor and Glory
2009-Spirit and Splendor
2010-Freedom of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas
2012-Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas
Another ancient thread brought back to life by a new member not realizing the age of the original post.
Indeed, things are tighter these days. Just the other day Princess started rigorous enforcement by not only confiscating liquor but also disposing of it by pouring down a drain and returning the empty bottles to the guests on embarkation day. This was on Golden Princess. Lots of upset people.
On the bright side, It will cost a little more but there is plenty of booze aboard the ship.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
I used to always put a 12 pack of beer in my checked bags, and for maybe 30 cruises I never had a problem. Last Dec. on Princess and again on Carnival last month I was asked to come down to security to open my bags. They x-ray everything now and all I was asked to do was open and empty out the cans. Oh well, Its back to buying ther $5.00 beer again.