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Old June 15th, 2005, 12:44 PM
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Default Does Celebrity "Confiscate" Your Liquor?

Hello and Good Morning!

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.

Have a great day,

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Old June 15th, 2005, 12:45 PM
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Default Re: Does Celebrity "Confiscate" Your Liquor?

If the catch it, they will hold it and deliver it to your room on the final night.
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Old June 15th, 2005, 02:49 PM
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all cruise lines have that policity when in the carribean and mexico. they do it so nthey you do not dirk it onboard and buy theirs
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Old June 15th, 2005, 02:55 PM
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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.
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Old June 15th, 2005, 04:43 PM
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Yes,they will take your liquor until the end of the cruise and will give you a receipt and have never had a problem with this.
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Old June 15th, 2005, 07:22 PM
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Depends:

Some ports have the local port authority do the security on boarding- and do not care about carry on liquor-in fact , San Juan has a liquor store in the boarding terminals!

If you are not blatant and put a bottle or two in your backpack-most of the time you can take it on board without "storage' altough it does pass through and Xray screening.

I have also seen passengers fill their water bottles with adult beverages before boarding.

If you are in a suite, passage is usually allowed discreetly by security.

Bring the large packing boxes filled with booze-it is stored requardless.

Bottled water and soft drinks are allowed requardless.
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Old June 16th, 2005, 03:48 PM
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Default Re: Does Celebrity "Confiscate" Your Liquor?

Thank you for all of your quick (and extremely helpful) responses!
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Old June 17th, 2005, 01:25 PM
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We have been on Norwegian Cruise Line last January and our bottle of Rhum that was in my husband luggage, was confiscated!
They gave us back the bottle on the last day.

Coming back from visiting Islands, we bought a few bottles and our friends brought back some Beer onboard! Norgwegian did not confiscate this booze upon boarding!!!

I do not understand this policy...i.e. when we go in a Hotel, we can bring our drinks in the room , even if there is a bar or restaurant on the premises.

I think that the same should apply on board Norwegian and other Cruise Line.

We went in a " All Inclusive Resort" the local beer and wine were free. We did buy a bollte of rhum and a Cognac, brought it to our room and nobody confiscated it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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 .

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Last summer on RCCL in COzumel my daughter bought 2 bottles of gray goose. Didn't hide it and they never took it. Oh well!
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