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Old September 2nd, 2004, 12:23 PM
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we are scheduled to leave on the Grandeur of the Seas on Sept 24th, 04.
Was it possible to purchase alcohol on the boat store and take it to your room for consumption. We have a mini-fridge and thought this would be the way to go. Rather than sneaking it in. What is your suggestion.
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We brought a couple of bottles of wine on the Carnival Fascination (they allow this), and brought it to the dining room. I think it depends on your server- they are supposed to charge you a corkage fee but we got along well with our table staff and they did not charge us. I handed the waiter my sign and sail card with the bottle of wine to pay the corkage fee and he waved it away and returned with a corkscrew and served our wine.

We didn't finish our bottle of wine as our tablemates were non-drinkers, and the next night at dinner they brought us back the recorked bottle and served it to us, again, no corkage fee. I think if you're nice to your serving staff, they probably won't charge you.
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Old September 7th, 2004, 12:44 PM
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I have the same question...what did you so far find out about "sneaking booze" on the ship. It's got to be possible...right?
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Old September 10th, 2004, 11:58 AM
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Hottie, I don't believe you are an Idiot. i think you are a responsible adult who reads the guide lines and obeys the rules. Some people just don't understand that rules are made to be obeyed not broken. If the alcohol is that important to you on a cruise. be prepared to pay for it. Its a vacation after all. You have paid for the cruise and now be an adult and pay for the drinks if you want them that badly. I drink what ever I want on my cruises and I pay for them all. Never carry any smuggling with me. I have plenty of clothes to pack dont want to worry about other packing or breakage either in my luggage. When we go camping I take our drinks with me. Guess thats the difference in vacations. To each his own. But dont call anyone an idiot for thinking they like to follow the rules. Happy cruising.. with or without the smuggling!
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Old September 10th, 2004, 02:45 PM
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Dixie - you should find an in-cabin menu in your stateroom. It will list the liquors that you can purchase for consumption in your stateroom. If you buy your liquor from the duty-free shop on board the ship will hold your purchase until the end of the cruise.
If you want a bottle in your room when you arrive then order yourself a bon-voyage gift package off the web site.

Alex - yes it is possible to "smuggle" alcohol aboard, but what is the point of putting it into separate bottles, putting it in ziploc bags and bubble wrap, having it take up precious space and Weight in your luggage, when you can purchase your liquor from your stateroom for less than what you would purchase it from home!!
Wine and Champagne are allowed to be brought aboard in your carry-on with no problems.
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Old September 10th, 2004, 07:40 PM
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Lisa K
I am so relieved to read that wine and champagne are allowed on board - my husband and don;t drink hard liquor but I love a certain red wine that is not on the list of wines for the ship we will be on. I thought we would have to make due with terrible wine as we have when we go to all inclusive resorts, but you have made our day! Thank you!
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Old September 11th, 2004, 09:00 AM
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I would be more worried about a drinking problem than spending the extra money in the bars. To take the time to put liquor in water bottles and I even heard mouthwash bottles.
Did you ever think these bottles might break in your luggage. Won't you smell nice for the week. And to attack someone that follows the rules is rude. You smugglers are in the wrong!
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Old September 13th, 2004, 11:17 AM
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Sirena - you are very welcome, the cruise lines try to accomodate discerning wine drinkers by allowing you bring aboard a reasonable amount for consumption. The ships do have a good selection of quality wine, not like the inclusive you went to. Be prepared to pay a $10.00 corking fee to have your wine served with your dinner. Sometimes your waiter will and sometimes he won't charge you the corking fee.
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Old September 13th, 2004, 07:19 PM
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Lisa K,
Thanks again for the information regarding bringing our own wine. We don't drink that much, but as I wrote, prefer this one wine and will bring two bottles for formal night now that we now we won't be breaking any rules. The $10.00 corking fee is worth it instead of settling for some other wine we might not like. We have been to several very nice and all-inclusive resorts which were beautiful with private beaches and fabulous food, but their wines were horrible (sorry to say). You are an angel!
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Old September 14th, 2004, 09:54 AM
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Sirena - glad to help. Just pack your special wine every so carefully in your carry-on bag for the trip on the airplane. Bubbble wrap it and enjoy your cruise!
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Old September 14th, 2004, 09:56 AM
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P.S. Sirena - if you can get your wine in port at a local liquor store before you board the ship that would be so much easier than having to lug it on the airplane.
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Old September 16th, 2004, 10:49 PM
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We have smuggled alcohol on board every time..and never been caught. All we do is stick it in our luggage..the checked bags that is. Once we put it in Listerine bottles, but the dark rum tasted like mouthwash. And yes I washed them first. Personally I dont drink that much..but my husbad uses the alcohol as a sea sick deterent. It works wonders. His remedy: booze aspirin and a motion sick pill. Of course we will take booze on our upcoming cruise ( we will be the drunk couple.) Happy cruising folks!
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My DH likes a certain brand of coffee brandy that they have not carried on our past 3 RCI cruises and 1 Princess. For our upcoming RCI in November and Princess in January, we plan on bringing 1 bottle in the plastic bottle it comes in for him. I checked the web sites to have it "delivered as a present" and they don't carry it either, and neither one offered to get it. It's his vacation too, so if that is the only way he can get what he likes, that is what we will do. Don't like to do it but, cannot see any other choice.
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Old September 28th, 2004, 03:10 PM
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What about sneaking a box of wine in your suitcase? Do you think it would be possible?I love red wine mixed with squirt while I lay in the sun.

I don't sail until April 05
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Old October 14th, 2004, 01:43 PM
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The best way is to wait until you get to your first port, and then buy your beverages there. They are not nearly as careful checking bags when you come back on the ship from a post than they are when first embarking.

On my last cruise we bought a bottle of brandy and some soda and just onboard, and nobody said anything. I think they just don't want you bringing a case of booze and sharing it.
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Old October 17th, 2004, 02:26 PM
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What if the red wine bottle or box breaks and gets all over your clothing? Then is it worth saving a few bucks?
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Old October 17th, 2004, 07:28 PM
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We've brought boxed wine on 3 cruises. I don't know how it could break. Just had it in the regular luggage.


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Old November 9th, 2004, 12:27 PM
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We just got off the Pride from its 10/31 sailing and after reading all these posts, I felt pretty comfortable about bringing alcohol aboard. Here's our list -- I brought a bottle of wine in my carry on. The cruiseline recommends that you lock your luggage and we brought Malibu Rum, vodka each in a water bottle. In a small hardsided piece, we actually did get two 12 packs of beer and packed them with clothes. We did not have any problem whatsoever and also did realize that this was too much alcohol. We were concerned about customs and left the vodka on board with a note to our room steward to do with what he chose.
I have to admit that we also spent $400 on drinking onboard so Carnival didn't lose any money on us. It's surprising how much one can drink when you're on vacation.
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Old November 9th, 2004, 01:46 PM
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How much do drinks cost onboard? Are we talking $5 a beer?
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Old November 10th, 2004, 12:08 PM
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Drinks range from $2.95/drink special of the day (without the special glass) to $5.00 for blended drinks. Beers ranged from $3.25 to $4.00. There are happy hours throughout the ship and may be different in the separate lounges. I know that I found out on the last night that the casino had a different drink special than anywhere else.
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I have never been questioned on 10 cruises, whats the worst they will do give it back to you at the end of the cruise? I put it right in my luggage, JUST make sure you wrap it very well and then put it in a waterproof container.
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Every cruise I have gone on HAL, Princess and Celebrity I have just carried on a couple bottles of wine and Bailey's. I have never been questioned and it is in my carry on bags. I buy it at the duty free store at the port.

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Old January 4th, 2005, 01:55 PM
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After 4 cruises of paying for all my drinks, and shelling out hundreds of dollars each time, the last time we snuck on some rum to soften the blow. I dont see what the problem is. The cruise line makes its profit off your ticket. Shore excursions, souvineers, gambling, etc is pure cream off the top for them. I feel no shame in downing a few in the cabin on my own dime and then nursing drinks out in the public space. If I go on vacation and stay at a hotel I hang out and drink in the room and then maybe go out. Im not going to buy all my alcohol from the hotel bar or clean out the fridge/mini bar in the room. Thats just silly. I see it no differently then choosing to handle your own shore excurions or buying a tube of tooth paste or cold medicine, that you forgot to pack, in a pharmacy in the first port rather than from the ships store.
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I've sailed on two NCL cruises in the last few years and have had no problems bringing wine onto the ship. On a Med cruise, we regularly brought local wines on board in port and in Hawaii, we shopped in Honolulu and packed a few bottles in our checked luggage.
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Chad .. I'm sailing on the NCL Spirit in a couple of weeks, do you know if you can bring on beer like you do wine?
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I'm not sure. I have the impression that most cruise lines are more lenient about wine then liquor, but not sure about beer. I believe that if you're not bringing a lot on, you're more likely to make it through security. If you can put it in your checked luggage, you're better off. I also get the impression from the message boards that the lines are more liberal during the cruise in port than at boarding. Good luck.
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I agree that it is not just about saving money. My wife and I don't drink but we do like to drink mineral water ( we like that italian one) and we like to break out the Martinelli's apple juice and have a romantic toast out on the balcony under the stars and such.
So I found both the water and the sparkling cider in plastic bottles (as well as some diet cokes). I did get them much cheaper than on the ship ( I spent 3 bucks a bottle for the water on board and a buck and a half in the store) and I won't have to be constantly running to a bar or calling room service.

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I agree that it is not just about saving money. My wife and I don't drink but we do like to drink mineral water ( we like that italian one) and we like to break out the Martinelli's apple juice and have a romantic toast out on the balcony under the stars and such.
So I found both the water and the sparkling cider in plastic bottles (as well as some diet cokes). I did get them much cheaper than on the ship ( I spent 3 bucks a bottle for the water on board and a buck and a half in the store) and I won't have to be constantly running to a bar or calling room service.

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We brought tequilla and vodka onboard wtih us. It was bubble wrapped, sealed in large ziplocks. It was not "hidden" but no one looked anyway. We kept the booze on our vanity. The maid and butler saw it there everyday and did not care. I asked the maid to clear out the fridge so I could put my own sodas in there. Not a problem.

At port we went to the liquor store and bought beer. In mexico we were drinking beers and each carrying a 6 pack of beer. They told us it was fine. After X raying the beer we were allowed on without a problem. They mentioned something about tax rules preventing hard alcohol but they didn't care.

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OLD SUBJECT. If you have the intestinal fortitude to try and sneak alcohol on board and get away with it good for you. If you get caught then you take your punishment like a grown up. If you don't believe in sneaking than good for you. It is your cruise and if you want advise that is fine but these people wont be there the day you pack your suitcase or wait in line. Only you can make that descision so can we drop this subject. If we are going to talk about sneaking alcohol on board can we hear the funny or scary stories.


Victory, will I sneak yes or no, stay tuned say cruise time same cruise station. lol Have fun everyone.
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