I always sneak a few bottles of vodka on board. Although someone made the good point of you don't run a multi million dollar cruise line by being stupid. Carnival knows we sneak liquor on board and just turns a blind eye in most cases... However, it is my small victory over the huge corporation... (even though I probably blow all the money I saved in the casino anyway)
Is there a way you feel like you beat the system.. save a small amount of cash.. win some victory or just some money saving tip? Do share! (and if anyone has a way to get to platinum faster, do tell! haha)
Adventure Of The Seas 06/06
I don't sneak anything on. I guess I figure if I can afford to cruise in the first place, I can afford to buy what I want on the ship. But I don't begrudge anyone who does. They'll spend it somewhere.
I wish there were some other secret to getting to platinum also.
Imperial Maj 2001
There is a secret to getting to platinum............cruise 10 times!
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Isn't beating the system the same as bragging about breaking the law? I out grew those feelings years ago. Now I go about my life, trusting that following the rules is to protect me, and also keeps me from worrying about being found out.
Yes, you can be denied boarding if you break the rules.
I too don't bother to smuggle anything aboard. It just doesn't seem worth the effort, or the stress of wondering if the bottles will be broken in my luggage, or if I'll be asked to leave something behind at embarkation, or worse yet, denied boarding.
The only way to get to Platinum quicker, is to take a whole bunch of 2 or 3 day cruises. They all count as "1" in Carnivals countdown to Platinum.
Vip check in ( bypassing the lines )
Guaranteed dining times.
Guaranteed reservations in the specialty restaurant if you want to dine there.
Separate section at the pursers desk for platinum members.
Gift item such as a totebag in your cabin.
Snacks delivered to your cabin two evenings.
Free wash and fold laundry service.
Last and most important to me--- priority disembarking the last morning with your luggage set aside in a separate area.
These are most of them -- I probably left out one or two.
I think you've pretty well summed them up Ron. Since becoming Platinum, I've been able to pack lighter, because of the free "wash n fold" laundry service. (Of course, priority embarkation/debarkation is the BEST)
By the way,,,,if you're really in a hurry to Platinum,, instead of a seven day cruise, just take a back-to-back 3day/4day. Counts as two, or get a suite for these cruises, and I guess it will count as 4!
I know the cruiselines are a business and want a profit like anyone else, but would it really kill them to sell drinks at a more reasonable price or maybe give you the option of pre-paying extra and including alcohol as part of your cruise?
I too, snuck in 1 bottle of vodka (generic) it cost maybe $8.00. Still had a little leftover... I still spent plenty of money on board buying beer and margarita's.
They allow a whole bottle of wine/champange per person, I don't see the harm in 1 bottle of liguor between 2 or 3 people.
By the way, had a great time on the cruise, and even if they do inforce the rule... I will still book another cruise.
Since we fly most of the time to get to the ports, it is not condusive to bring bottles in our luggage. However, I drink mostly wine and bottles of wine on the ship are not terribly expensive.
PS - On our last two cruises with the Celebrity Mercury, we were invited to the Captain's table. At least for those nights we beat the system, as we did not pay for any drinks or wine and it "flows freely".
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
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Allure 1/16/ 2011
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