Sorry for asking guys, I know there's a lot of posts on here about this but I'm still confused. A few years ago while I was boarding the Elation, they confiscated all of our bottled water and gatorade. They said absolutely no beverages brought on board. Judging by the quantity of confiscations sitting around, I assumed lots of people had the same experience. I'm leaving in two weeks on Ecstasy and wanted to bring some wine and soda but am a bit gunshy. What is the "real" procedure and what is the "sneaky" procedure. Thanks guys....Sail On!!!
You are absolutely allowed to bring one bottle of wine per adult passenger. I guess it depends on who is checking for the other but I have not heard of anyone being told lately that they could not take water/gatorade on board.
The quote below is from Carnival’s FAQ on their website. For a group of 4 I frequently board with about 12 plastic bottles of soda and water in our carryon bags. No one has made any comments at all. I’ve have also seen families take on a 24 case of cans with no questions asked.
I don’t know if you hit the port at a time when security was a bit tighter or just a screener having a bad day but in my experience it would be unusual to see the port personnel have any problem with water or soda as long as it wasn’t multiple cases or in a large cooler.
Can I Bring Liquor On Board?
A liquor and beverage consumption policy was created in order for Carnival to be able to control the liquor consumption of minors and the quantities consumed that lead to the disruptive behavior of others on board.
Liquor and Beverage Policy
Bringing Alcohol On Board - Embarkation
Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages onboard. However, guests 21 years of age and older only may bring one bottle (750ml) of wine or champagne, per person, on board only during embarkation at the beginning of the cruise. A $10 corkage fee per bottle will be charged should you wish to consume this wine in the main dining room; $14 corkage fee per bottle in the Supper Club. Guests may bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages. All prohibited alcohol, additional quantities of wine/champagne or excessive quantities of non-alcoholic beverages will be confiscated and discarded without compensation.
Large cooler restrictions:
Carnival Cruise Lines does not allow guests to bring large coolers on board its ships. However for purposes of housing small, personal-sized coolers no larger than 12” x 12” x 12” for the purpose of housing small quantities of non-alcoholic beverages and/or medications are permitted as carry-on luggage. Screening and movement of large coolers through embarkation is an impediment to the boarding and security screening process. Therefore, large coolers are not permitted as carry-on or checked luggage.