I've seen a lot of people recommending bringing alcohol on board in water bottles. I'm going on a cruise soon and would certainly like to do that but what about the bag x-rays and what happens if they see it? Jack BBB
Jack, don't worry about it. They are not really x-raying bags for smuggled alcohol. They are not really selectively removing passengers who try to take some on with them. They have the policy in place to avoid people going overboard with bringing alcohol on board and for preventing people from walking around the ship with a bottle in their hands.
Bring it with you and just keep it in the room. But please contribute to the revenues at the bars by buying drinks there. This keeps the ticket prices down to where I can afford to cruise.
Jack, i have yet to see any security personal on the ship open a bottle and sniff its contents. If you want to bring a small amount of alcohol on the ship, then put it in your checked baggage, in plastic bottles in ziploc bag, to avoid spillage. You could bring a couple of bottles in your carry-on luggage.
Look at it from the cruiselines standpoint. If I confiscate this passengers liquor I will get more dollars from them in alcohol sales. However, they will never cruise with us again and therefore I'm losing maybe $25,000 in revenue over their lifetime to get $300 in bar sales now. Not good business.
My friend and I just took on a liter each in our checked baggage on a Carnival cruise last week (wrapped in plastic bags so any spillage wouldn't leak through) and kept them in our rooms for mixed drinks. Had no trouble whatsoever. Had been given advice from experienced cruisers to do so and to not take it in our carry-ons as those are scanned (which they were.) Good luck!