Good Morning -
I am hoping I can get some advice on this topic. I have read where some people have taken bottles of wine on board and paid a corkage fee. I am sailing again on Caribbean Princess and am looking to bring on my own alcohol. Is this allowed? This is terrible, I know, but has anyone 'snuck' alcohol on? Do you recommend this? (Dont preach at me about it, I am just asking! ) I am just tired of the sky-high alcohol prices. We don't want to get smashed daily or anything (not that there is anything wrong with that 8) ), but if I can bring on my own bottle of wine to enjoy on my balcony, that would make me a very happy person.
Princess does allow you bring aboard a bottle of wine of champagne for your personal consumption. If you plan on drinking it with dinner expect to pay the corkage fee. If you want to enjoy your wine on your balcony by all means do so, you won't have to pay the corkage fee, either pack your corkscrew or ask your room steward for one.
Other alcoholic beverages, no you can't carry them onto the ship.
The drink prices are not sky-high on a cruise, expect to pay on a ship what you would pay back home for a good quality bar drink at a good restaurant. Save the frou-frou fancy drinks for the drink of the day specials. If you drink beer, buy it by the bucket.
On our last Princess cruise on the Golden we were able to order bottles of alcohol off the bar menu that was left in the room, the prices were reasonable.
You can also send yourself a bon-voyage gift to your stateroom.
A few years back (but after the new booze rules) we disembarked in St. Thomas, went to the liquor store and brought back a bottle of champagne to the Dawn Princess. Not even a sideways glance from Security. We enjoyed the bottle at midnight in one of the hot tubs.
Just 1 month to go until the "Cruise Cynic Mystery Cruise" ... January 2008
Ordering pre-cruise from the Bon Voyage online gift choices is a good idea, and not that expensive. We have always enjoyed a bottle of wine or champagne on our balcony to celebrate being on vacation!
By the way, you are so lucky to be sailing on Caribbean Princess! We were just on her in May/June and had the best time ever!
Thanks guys - had I taken the time to search around the message boards I would have found that this question has been asked (and answered) many times already So, thanks for taking the time to answer the question again.
Also - Donna - I read your review of the CP and was amazed at your detail! that was quite possibly the best vacation review I have ever read! This will be our second sailing on CP (third with Princess) and we want to do things different this time. I took notes from your review of things you mentioned you enjoyed. I look forward to less casino time and more chill time!