I keep hearing rumors that HAL had instituted a new alcohol policy on their ships. No more bringing or purchasing from there store, hard liquor or beer. Only champagne and wine will be applicable to the old rules.
Can anyone cofirm or deny this new policy?
I have done some research on the HAL website and have found nothing on either this policy nor the old one.
There is a whole thread on Cruise Critics HAL message board you need to read that will explain the whole thing. (The board is down this afternoon, so don't give up if you can't connect; it will be back.) If you have a problem come back here and I will answer.
Peaches - ah, now I know why all the posts on CC had the last "time posted" as around 1pm - I just logged on and couldn't figure out what was happening. My incoming e-mail has been down for 2 days and my server keeps saying "we are working on it". Well, work a little faster. It is very frustrating. Guess the DOOM virus is causing havoc everywhere.
joeasu - this is HAL's new policy. When you can get into the board Peaches mentioned, there are 3 pages of posts on the subject. There is nothing on their website, so don't bother looking there. There's nothing about this in our docs either.
Just off Volendam, 3/5/04. Here is alcohol policy. Only wine, champagne and soda may be brought on board. No beer or liquor. HOWEVER, you may order a liquor package before you leave home from HAL ships services. IN ADDITION, you may order these same packages from ROOM SERVICE EXTENSION 92 when you board. These packages are $27.50 including a liter of gin, scotch, vodka, bourbon or rum with 3 cans of the appropriate mixer. There is also a BEER package, 6 domestic $15.00, 6 imports $15.80. YOU MAY ALSO ORDER LIQUOR BY THE BOTTLE FROM ROOM SERVICE.
Premium whiskeys, gin, liqueurs, vodka, rum, sherry, tequila. Prices for a liter bottle are probably more than what you might pay retail at home. For example: J&B Scotch 32.00, Beefeater gin $25.00, Finlandia Vodka, $25.00, Myers Rum, $25.00. Some are outrageous, Chivas Regal 12 year old $60.40, Jack Daniels, $46.55, Bacardi Gold, 31.60.
Yes, that is the new Gangplank Alcohol Polcy. You may carry on wine, champagne, soft drinks and water., from home or ports. You may not carry on liquor or beer from home or ports. If you do it will be confiscated and given back to you at the end of your cruise.
The wine and champagne is for cabin consumption only. If you choose to bring it to the dining room there will be a corkage fee.
If you wish to have liquor or beer for your cabin you may order it before you leave home from Ships Services or from Room Service after you are on the ship.
I haven't looked on the website recently to see if the new policy is up, but it is enforced on the ships from what people are reporting lately.
Bring your liquor in your checked baggage wrapedin bubble wrap and you should have no problem and to date I have not heard of any bottles being taken out of your checked bag.Can anyone tell me for sure that any bottle has been removed from their checked bag No rumors just real facts.
Are you saying that they're going to search our carryon bags like the airlines do? We carry liquor onto airplanes (even post-9/11) with no problem. I'm astounded that HAL would do this, especially since I don't find it on their website. I understand their rationale: that they want us to spend an arm and a leg for cocktails in their lounges. But I think it's pretty cheeky of them, especially if they don't even tell you in advance. As someone said, please give experiences, not just hearsay. Thanks.
Check all of your written material and you will find their policy on bringing liquor on board .Would suggestto you that you not try to bring liquor in your carry on baggage Do not fight the problem.F ind a way to beat the system as pointed out to you in my previous memo. Have been on some 30 cruises and only trying to make it easier for you and not be embarrased if they take your booze before boarding.
Thanks. We were just talking about this. We're going to be in Rome for four days before sailing. We'll just do a little repack prior to heading to the ship. As I get older (and hopefully wiser) I do TRY to keep my life simple(r). Thanks again.
We just returned from HAL's Eastfarer Caribbean cruise March 15-25, 2004 on the Volendam, the latest of many trips taken with HAL. We first read of their new policy when we received their literature after booking the cruise. (I see that they now have the policy posted on their web site.)
They used their security x-ray equipment to examine our carry-on luggage for liquor and their staff confiscated all liquor purchased on shore. We were also only allowed to purchase liquor at their on board shops for delivery to our room at the end of the cruise. We were offered room delivery of a 1 litre bottle of liquor, from a limited selection, with 3 cans of soda for $27.50 USD. Of course, larger 1 or 2 litres capped bottles of soda were not available. Three 355 ml cans of soda are not enough for a litre of liquor and needed to be purchased at $1.75 USD each.
This was a hot topic of discussion; other passengers were furious with the policy.
They have a lot of nerve doing this. One of our travelling pleasures has been the access to duty and tax free liquor for consumption in our stateroom. I do not expect to have to deal with these police-state tactics that were used to extract extra dollars from my wallet during my vacation. I wonder if they will next want to confiscate our cameras and film so we will be encouraged to buy their on-board photos and videos.
It may be a long time before I cruise with HAL again. I hope they find the few dollars that they profited to be adequate compensation for the decline in bookings that I expect they will see.
You may think the new policy stinks (of course it does and I fully agree), but I just got off a cruise with Celebrity and you cannot even get the room service packages mentioned in the postings above. One of the nice things about getting a balcony room is to have a couple of drinks each day relaxing on your balcony, and we couldn't do that.
We usually go on HA, but the timing was not right this time and we got a good deal on Celebrity. I was amazed at the greed, even though the other things were EXCELLENT
(food, service, room, casino, shows and all else).
Oh well - we are going to go anyway, but it does aggrivate us. jlk
Hi Annoyed,If you would have listened to my comments and others,it would have been easy to beat the system.As I have said before,pack your liquor in your checked baggage in bubble wrap and no problem.And worst scenario when you get to a port you buy at duty free and place in water bottle.I f this does not appeal to you,pay the high prices on board.Again you can bring wine in your carry on bags.On the Volendam last month I saw a guy wheel in a case of champagne and case of beer right in the open.
Why not check your baggage to the port of departure and then add your booze at that time then no problem with over wt. on the plane?Th e other sugestion would be to come the day before which many are doing in order to get on the ship early and be rested.Th is seems to be very popular with repeat cruisers.With the numerous new departure ports you might find one to drive to that is somewhat close.
We always carry liquor in our carryon bags both domestic and international. After 9/11 I started checking with each airline prior to each trip. So far there's been no problem. Has anyone had a problem with an airline not allowing that? Our intention is to put it in our carryon (thereby not requiring careful packaging) til we get to Rome and then repack it in what HAD been our checked bags to board the ship. Goodness, "what tangled webs we weave...."
Hi Big Apple From Cruisecrazy - seems u run into the nicest people on this board...! Great advice here 'folks' - this 'fella' gave some of the best advice the soon to be gone 'CruisesOnly' board ever had... If I may I would like to add to his recommendations . Simply pour your booze into old shampoo (clean ones of course) or whatever plastic bottles & place in 'wrap' then inside ziplock bags include beer as well if u want...and all goes into your 'checked' luggage - carry only wine, champ. & soda in carryons. This will likely be verboten also very soon then all will have to be in checked baggage. Problem solved with airlines and cruiselines!!! Happy cruisin'!!
Hi Cruisecrazy,Thanks for the nice words and I answered you on another question.You are probably right on booze carry on however I will find way to beat the system until they bring prices down.By the way they do now have happy hr. on the days at sea on Vollendam.2for 1 for several hrs. and amazing enough they are selling some at the pool bar.Again thanks for your nice comments.
It's a good thought Big Apple - we always check luggage to cruise departure point but we may have one or two plane changes enroute - just how much tossing around can bubblewrapped bottles take!!!!! Also, we'd be buying in another currency - and would not necessarily know the best places to shop.
Can't believe HAL is going to be fooled for too long and then we'll be treated like the Celebrity cruisers .
Hi Cruisecrazy, Happy hr was at least 2 hrs and maybe 3 and I think from4 to 6.May be wrong on hrs however they do announce in your bulletin.Have one or two for me!
By the way we met some great people at the pool bar during this event.Even had dinner wiyh them a couple of nites.We met each day for this social event.You do not have to order both drinks at same time if two of you.
My wife and I will be on the Westerdam Aegean Odyssey 05/19. That region produces good wines so we'll tempt to buy a bottle of their local wines at each port to enjoy with our dinner meals on board. Do you know the corkage fee involved? We always tip the wine waiter seperately.
Intertesting. My documents, including "know and go" just arrived a couple of days ago. Page 14 says to carry on "important" items such as "liquor." Then on page 27 it says "beverages may not be brought on board during embarkation or in ports of call." I wonder if there's a difference between a "beverage" and "liquor." I must be overlooking the thing about wine and champagne. But this booklet is clearly out of date as it still has the "no tipping required" section. Then they've inserted a separate letter detailing the new tipping policy.