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stepbill January 29th, 2013 04:16 PM

Taking alcohol on board?
 
I am a first time cruiser and was wondering what would stop me from bringing my own alcohol in my suitcase? I don't know if I'm asking something that I should not but if you don't know, than I believe ask. Thanks for your help.

aerospace January 29th, 2013 04:56 PM

Liqour is not allowed and will be confiscated. Some people hide liqour in luggage by rebottling it, say in a mouthwash bottle and mixing thier own mix drinks later. They sometimes check bottles to see what's in them. Usually they will take the items and return it at the end of the cruise.

Some cruiselines do allow wine and champagne though most have a limit on how much you can bring. Some also allow soda, water and juices. Many times I've seen people bring a 24 pack of water on board to save paying $3 bottle.

If you post what line you are taking we can give more info.

stepbill January 29th, 2013 05:58 PM

It will be Norwegian Cruise line. I was planning on locking my suitcase as I will have a CPAP machine in it. I guess your not allowed to lock them?

cruise planner January 29th, 2013 06:31 PM

They x-ray all luggage going onboard. If they see something that attracts their attention, they'll pull it aside and you'll be required to go down to the 'sin bin' and open it in front of security. Normally, some cruise lines say that if they find it in the original bottle, they will confiscate it and give it back to you the last night of your cruise. However, if it's not in the originally bottle, they will discard it. Some cruise lines say if they find it they will always discard it.

As for whether you'll get caught; sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don't.

With NCL, you are allowed to bring as much wine or champagne onboard as you want at the initial embarkation port only. However, this must be in your carry-on bags and a $15 corkage fee will be charged to your onboard account for each 750ml bottle. You can read about it here; Frequently Asked Questions

Pete

kandajones January 30th, 2013 02:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cruise planner (Post 1462879)
With NCL, you are allowed to bring as much wine or champagne onboard as you want at the initial embarkation port only. However, this must be in your carry-on bags and a $15 corkage fee will be charged to your onboard account for each 750ml bottle. You can read about it here; Frequently Asked Questions

Pete

You can of course drink your own wine/bubby in your own stateroom with NO costs - just remember to take a corkscrew if the bottles require ;o)

Alan.

cruise planner January 30th, 2013 07:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kandajones (Post 1462906)
You can of course drink your own wine/bubby in your own stateroom with NO costs - just remember to take a corkscrew if the bottles require ;o)

Alan.

Not anymore on NCL!

You are now charged a corkage fee for every bottle of wine or champagne you bring on board no matter where you plan to drink it.

Some people may have gotten lucky and were able to sneak some onboard, but that is now their official policy.

Pete

Paul Motter January 30th, 2013 07:44 PM

Yeah, I think that is pretty sneaky (and a little snarky), too.

A lot of cruise lines, even Carnival and Royal Caribbean, will let you bring one bottle of wine on board and only charge a corkage fee if you ask them to open it in the dining room. But that is my understanding with Norwegian as well, that the corkage fee applies everywhere.

I have seen people bringing soda, water and more soda on an NCL cruise, no fees for that.

I have also seen people getting caught trying to sneak a full bottle of tequila in a suitcase - they were not smart enough to change the bottle.

If you really want to "sneak" alcohol onboard there are ways, but I am not sure it is worth the trouble.

kandajones January 31st, 2013 10:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cruise planner (Post 1462969)
Not anymore on NCL!

You are now charged a corkage fee for every bottle of wine or champagne you bring on board no matter where you plan to drink it.

Pete

Wow :shock: they really are (cork)screwing us paying passengers, I think that is absolutely criminal, and akin to creating themselves a monopoly on board. What ever happened to fair competition :(

Alan.

cruise planner January 31st, 2013 01:21 PM

They just want you to buy their overpriced wine onboard.

But think of it this way, most States don't allow you to bring a bottle of wine into a restaurant to have with dinner (except of course it's in Oklahoma - unless they changed the laws since we were there).

Personally, I don't mind paying a bit more to buy a bottle of wine onboard a ship, but I really object to paying 3 times what I can buy it for off the ship. Beer and mixed drinks are marked up, but not much more than an average neighborhood bar, which is fine. And I understand the concept of making a profit, but the price gouging they do on wine is criminal. When you figure they probably buy the wine by the hundreds of cases so they get them at a really reduced rate, the overpricing they charge is ridiculous. This is one of the reasons I really like Holland America - you can bring all the wine or champagne onboard that you want to - I've seen people bring on cases of wine. No corkage fee if you drink it in your stateroom. Plus, we'll bring a couple of glasses with us for dinner and never had any problems.

While I feel Disney is overpriced for what they charge for their cruises, one good thing; you can bring all the wine, beer, and alcohol onboard that you want to.

Pete

sukumar923 March 7th, 2013 10:49 AM

Taking alcohol on board ?
 
I consider If they begin to meet one thing which attracts their consideration, they'll pull this remove and that you desire to come down towards the 'sin bin' and open this can in front of confidence. Usually, some cruise lines claim even if they will access it under the new jar, they can confiscate it as well as afford that back to you last night inside your trip. But the truth is, and if it's not under the once container, they can throw it. A number of trip traces express and if they hire that they will usually throw this can.

CanadianBrad March 11th, 2013 10:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cruise planner (Post 1463054)
They just want you to buy their overpriced wine onboard.

But think of it this way, most States don't allow you to bring a bottle of wine into a restaurant to have with dinner (except of course it's in Oklahoma - unless they changed the laws since we were there).

Personally, I don't mind paying a bit more to buy a bottle of wine onboard a ship, but I really object to paying 3 times what I can buy it for off the ship. Beer and mixed drinks are marked up, but not much more than an average neighborhood bar, which is fine. And I understand the concept of making a profit, but the price gouging they do on wine is criminal. When you figure they probably buy the wine by the hundreds of cases so they get them at a really reduced rate, the overpricing they charge is ridiculous. This is one of the reasons I really like Holland America - you can bring all the wine or champagne onboard that you want to - I've seen people bring on cases of wine. No corkage fee if you drink it in your stateroom. Plus, we'll bring a couple of glasses with us for dinner and never had any problems.

While I feel Disney is overpriced for what they charge for their cruises, one good thing; you can bring all the wine, beer, and alcohol onboard that you want to.

Pete

Do I understand you to say that a Disney Cruise Lines passenger can bring aboard whatever they'd like for liquor? At what kind of incurred corkage/bottling fee, please? This could be very important information, thanks for mentioning it!

jackjacki June 13th, 2013 02:07 AM

I have seen people bringing soda, water and more soda on an NCL cruise......., :cool::cool:

Paul Motter June 28th, 2013 04:51 PM

Quote:

Do I understand you to say that a Disney Cruise Lines passenger can bring aboard whatever they'd like for liquor? At what kind of incurred corkage/bottling fee, please? This could be very important information, thanks for mentioning it!

From the Disney site:

Preparing For Your Cruise

Question

May Guests bring alcohol onboard?

Answer: While adult Guests ages 21 and older may bring alcohol onboard, the following guidelines apply:

• Outside alcohol cannot be consumed in any lounge or public area

• At Palo and Remy, a $20 corkage fee will be charged for outside wine and champagne

• Beverages must be packed in your carry-on bag—which must not exceed 22 inches wide, 14 inches high and 9 inches deep in dimension
Coolers filled with personal items (e.g. soda, alcohol, chips, candy, etc.) may not be brought on board.

Please note: Disney Cruise Line reserves the right to remove fragile items (including beverages) from checked luggage. In such cases, items will be stored and returned at the end of the voyage. Beverage containers are considered fragile and have previously caused damage in checked luggage. All fragile items must be transported inside carry-on luggage.

Truck Cruiser July 3rd, 2013 09:38 AM

I was on a Princess cruise and they let us buy beer in Panama and bring it back to our cabin to consume. I always wondered why they allowed it there but not other places?

Askari July 21st, 2013 09:21 AM

i cannot make the comment about the alcohol.... so No commenting!!!:!:

RichC July 22nd, 2013 02:15 PM

In past years Princess has been very lax about any enforcementabout carrying on alcohol, beer & unlimited wine. There was no check to speak ofhere in Florida at embarkation and only a cursory check at distantports in the Caribbean. We always bring our alcohol in 16 ounce sodabottles in our carry on luggage & not once have we beenquestioned. At distant ports they have a sign that indicated liquorshould be checked with them but many people walk right past the deskwithout stopping.

Supposedly they're going to limit the number of bottles of winethat can be brought aboard sometime in the future but I have not yetto see any change in their policy as of yet.


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