We are taking our first ever cruise this summer and we have read posts about bring our own wine aboard. Can anyone tell me if Celebrity stocks Franzia? If so great, we won't have to lug any aboard, otherwise we will make our purchases the day before we board after we get settled in our hotel.
Nita. I was being serious. We prefer the taste of Franzia versus anything else we have tried. Wine drinking is completely subjective and we have tried some very expensive bottles of wine that didn't agree with our palate.
As Thumpers mom said to him "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"!! Wow, I have been accused of being opinionated but downright mean and sarcastic is another thing all together. At one time I used to like Franzia also. My tastes have since developed. Newb, bring your own wine. Variety is the spice of life!
i think you children are missing my point.. its a dumb question... and it deserved a dumb answer... i wasnt saying that they are below me or anyone else for their taste in beverages... i personally drink pearl in a can and jack daniels black... but i would never ask if an cruiseline carried boones farm.... and i dont think any of you could agree that this is a sincere question to begin with.... and mr armani, we all know you are full of it, cause anyone with any class never talks about their material posessions, i should know.. have fun kids
"no one with any class ever talks about their material possessions - I should know". Give me a break. No one with any class ever calls people names because of their choice of wine, cabin assignment, beer, suit maker or anything else. You are a boor.
Wine is all a matter of taste. If you like the taste of it then it's good wine.
NOquestion is considered stupid on the boards. That's why we have these boards so we can ask openedly about anything and not feel bad about asking.
Thank you for the responses except those who do not need to be even acknowledged. Don't feed the trolls I always say. We happen to enjoy Franzia more than some fancy higher priced wines. I guess I will be bringing it on board with me. This will be our first Cruise and we always enjoy a glass or two with dinner. I was reading about a corkage fee, which I can pay if that is the rules.
Newbintocruisin, I don't want to fit into Brian's catagory and I wasn't making fun of you, I just never thought anyone would expect to get Franzia on a ship. AS I said we do drink it at home most of the time. I can tell a good wine from a really cheap one. I believe Frazia is ok for the occassional before dinner drink and we have taken it on a cruise once. (my daughter and I) However that being said I have a feeling you will someday enjoy a little better quality. I also agree with those who say wine does not have to be expensive to be very good. twtypy, I have never seen any Woodbridge wine for $2.49 or whatever. Here it's around $6.00. Doesn't really matter, wine, is like food, very subjective however no one would compare Micky Dee's with Outback.
Nita, I must have better prices in my neck of the woods..Woodbridge is 4.99 at my grocery store and I have seen and purchased it for 2.49 several times...Our store has half off on many items about once a month...
Hi Newb, try looking at cruise reviews or do a search for your ships wine list. Don't let briangreen faze you, I'm sure he isn't even old enough to drink. Have a great cruise and drink whatever you like.
First of all these forums are for questions such as yours. Use what is useful to you and ignore the rest. As for bringing your own bottle to the table, be aware that the corking fee on some ships run about $25.00. Remember we live in a country where we have the right to freely speak our mind. Unfortunantly for some people that means behaving like butt.
We have never paid $25 cockage fee, but have paid $12.00. I can't remember NCL's but Celebrity last November was $12.00 per bottle. I would suggest, if you are going to bring your own to the table you make certain it is a decent bottle. Again the bottle you buy at home for say, $5 will probably run about $25.00 on the ship. To many it wouldn't be worth the bother to lug bottles of wine onto the ship; for us, it was worth it.
On some itineraries you might be able to buy wine, etc portside. For instance, in Panama, the wine/liquor store was located 100 feet or so from the gangway. When I got to the store, many of the crew had already beaten me there and they were stocking up. Most purchases were placed in empty cardboard cases, usually sized to accommodate 3 bottles, and clearly marked. Celebrity didn't bat an eye as they went through security and you took them to your room. On our recent cruise, there were a group that had a cocktail party nightly before dinner on the balcony in the stern (Zenith). They brought their own snacks and wine and nobody said 'boo". (Note: The partygoers were housed in the biggest $$ cabins on ship yet still did their own thing.)
They may not bat an eye at wine, but hard liquor is a different story. Believe we had to give the bottles to the crew member upon boarding and it was returned after 9pm the lst night. We actually had trouble getting it back. Not that they didn't want to give it to us, they just took their own sweet time and we were not the only ones to wait until 10pm last night or later for our stash.
I purchased our liquors in that same shop at Colon (also on Zenith) in December. Security at the gangway directed me to the left, where a young guy (working at a table) was trying his best to receive, record, label, etc. the purchases of 5 or 6 other boarding pax. It looked like a losing battle for this kid, who had no help (and who also had to give the people a receipt for each package he took).
There was actually a line formed in front of his table and, as hard as he tried to speed up the process, it became obvious that I'd be standing there for 10 minutes or more waiting to give up our booze. So I did what any sensible person would do...I walked past him to an elevator and took my illicit goods up to our cabin. Nobody said a word. So much for trying to observe the rules!
Jack that was a very considerate thing for you to do, we would have done the same, but after grand daughter who had just come of age and could buy booze legally got busted and we were just behind her we thought we should relinquish our stash as well. I think the guy either got a cut for each bottle he convsicated or brownie points.
I was on the Zenith in January, and as I stated before, there was no liquor or wine check at security. I saw pax in front of me and behind me passing these obvious alcoholic purchases thru the xray machines, walk thru, and pick up their packages w/o a hitch. Maybe after the Dec. cruise, they "gave up" checking in the alcoholic purchases. Anyone else have a similar experience?