We'll be cruising on the Summit to the Mexican Riviera this fall! This is our first cruise on Celebrity, and we'd love the advice of any fellow cruisers who've been on this line before.
The last time we sailed to Mexico, we traveled on Royal Caribbean. While in port, we purchased several sipping tequilas (NOT something you would crack open and make margaritas onboard) to add to our personal collection. Of course, at the gangway, Royal Caribbean took our tequilas for "safe keeping." We were a little uneasy just handing over $600 worth of tequila but we had no choice. We had a total of 3 bottles.
Does Celebrity have this policy as well, or do they allow us to bring our liquor purchases back to our stateroom so we can keep a watchful eye on it at all times?
Thank you for your responses. I'm sure I'll have many more questions to post here.
the main reason they do that for liquor purchased in the stores is that the shops are not run by the cruise lines, rather an outside agency (like starboard cruise services). so the cruise lines recieve very little from sales of that merchandise. so to ensure nobody conflicts with the sale of onboard liquor, most cruise lines will confiscate and deliver at the last possible moment (ensuring they can get every cent out of you they can from liquor sales). as fuel costs and other costs rise, cruise lines are looking more and more to sales of other items (like massages, towels, drinks, etc..) to boost their bottom line.
Re: Re: Re: Does Celebrity "Confiscate" Your Liquo
The liquor that you buy in most ports is duty free. By confiscating it and returning it the last night, you have to bring them home and declare them.
In some ports, we have had to turn our liquor in for return on the last night and in others we were allowed to bring it aboard ourselves and keep it in our room. I think it has more to do the arrangements between the US and the foreign port .