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cantwait February 19th, 2010 06:09 PM

bringing liquor on board?
hi! DH and i have booked firsttime cruise on Eurodam 11/13/10. we have a S category deluxe suite so are paying quite a bit. we definitly enjoy our Ky. bourbon and am wondering how possible it is bring a bottle on board. we will also be purchasing onboard "fufu" drinks, so they will still be getting their drink share out of us. we just plan on enjoying a few drinks sans great private balcony and could sure enjoy the least cost!

Mike M February 19th, 2010 08:36 PM

You can probably wrap it up in bubble wrap and put in your checked luggage and be just fine. The official policy is that you cannot bring liquor on board so if it is confiscated then you will be without it until they return it at the end of the cruise.

My suggestion is to A: Pre-order an in cabin bar set up through the Bon Voyage department. It will be more expensive than buying it and schlepping it onboard but a heck of a lot easier.

B: The last time I sailed HAL you could order a bottle from Room Service. I believe this is still true. More recent cruisers can correct me if I'm wrong.

Have an enjoyable cruise,

earl February 22nd, 2010 03:16 PM

You will have no problem bringing wine on board and soft drink`. you don`have to hide it.

cruiserd2 February 23rd, 2010 07:51 AM

This is good discussion, thanks.

Fieldmouse February 23rd, 2010 11:43 AM

It's good to know that HAL is a lot more lenient than RCCL.

Before our cruise last December, I called RCCL to ask if I could bring ONE bottle of special wine to celebrate our anniversary on board. I was told no...absolutely not. And in point of fact...when we arrived at the San Diego dock, RCCL security was running fast and furious confiscating liquor from passengers who were caught with it in their luggage before boarding.

big apple February 23rd, 2010 06:01 PM

Liquor on board
Just for your information NCL is the most difficult for bringing on booze and they will scan your bag closely and then hold in a small room better known as the "naughty room"You then report to that room where you are required to open your bag for close inspection and they know all the tricks for hiding booze. This can take up to an hour or longer depending on the number of bags.

Skipper's Mom February 23rd, 2010 10:14 PM

HAL checks all carry-on bags and puts them through a scanner upon boarding. Checked baggage does not seem to have this same scanning procedure. How could they check each bag and get them to your room so efficiently? Wine and soda are not confiscated.

If you bring wine into the dining rooms, you are charged a corkage fee totalling $18. This is still better than purchasing their wines plus service charge and you can enjoy the wines you prefer. The wine stewards we have encountered always enjoy chatting about the wines we bring on and are most gracious.

Enjoy your cruise!

DeeDee February 24th, 2010 09:19 AM

"Checked baggage does not seem to have this same scanning procedure. How could they check each bag and get them to your room so efficiently? "

I believe they have sniffer dogs checking the checked baggage, just like they do at the airport. Next time I'm on a ship, I must find out about this.

BJM February 27th, 2010 05:11 PM

What about liquor, packing in check bags?

Skipper's Mom February 27th, 2010 10:48 PM

On occasion, we have placed adult beverages in our checked luggage without any problem.

RevNeal February 28th, 2010 04:16 PM

Sometimes accidents with the longshoremen can result in one's bags being roughly treated and one's bottles of "adult beverages" being broken. I've seen the mess this can generate. Once in San Diego the longshoremen dropped a whole cage of luggage over the side of the pier and into the water beneath the Oosterdam. Scuba divers retrieved the luggage, the bags were sorted on the mustering deck and the passengers to whom they belonged were invited down to open their bags. All clothing items were then taken and cleaned by the ship. All items that were not clothing that were in any way damaged were either directly replaced by the ship or their value paid to the passengers in the form of cash (in return for the passengers signing a letter).

The ONLY passenger who wasn't in any way compensated was the fellow who had 4 bottles of black-label scotch in his bags. They all broke, soaking his clothing and turning everything brown. Indeed, some of the scotch from the broken bottles seeped into the bags of other people, further ruining their clothing. The Line refused to pay to replace any of that specific man's ruined clothing since the ruining was due to the booze that he had attempted to smuggle aboard ship in contravention of the Line's policy. That fellow was NOT a happy camper.

Skipper's Mom February 28th, 2010 07:06 PM

With all due respect, I think that this was an unusual occurrence. The bottles we pack are not breakable and therefore I don't think this would present a problem. We enjoy our beverages in our cabin and, therefore, do not present a problem to the onboard profit/loss. We also enjoy the happy hours in the ship's lounges and dining rooms.

Happy cruising!

RevNeal March 1st, 2010 02:01 AM


Originally Posted by Skipper's Mom (Post 1277343)
With all due respect, I think that this was an unusual occurrence. The bottles we pack are not breakable and therefore I don't think this would present a problem. We enjoy our beverages in our cabin and, therefore, do not present a problem to the onboard profit/loss. We also enjoy the happy hours in the ship's lounges and dining rooms.

Oh, I entirely agree ... that's why I said that it "sometimes happens" that accidents and/or rough treatment of one's bags can produce bottle-breakage. The specific circumstances I cited are, indeed, unusual. But bottle breakage for various reasons does happen, from time to time. So-long as one accepts that there's a chance that one could have a disaster, then "you pay's your money and you takes your choice." :)

nmnita March 1st, 2010 09:55 AM

We sailed HAL the last time a couple of years ago and did bring scotch on. We put it in our luggage. Never a question. We were not trying to smuggle it I will mention, but we had so much wine to carry on we didn't have a place for the scotch. many lines now are cracking down, I would expect HAL to do so in the near future...You can still bring all the wine you want on board. Again, that may change soon as well. If HAL has a bar set up program you might be safer just going that way.


nmnita March 1st, 2010 09:58 AM

I have to correct that, now Carnival and RCI are as strict and RCI doesn't even allow wine to be brought on. These lines are x-raying everything now as well. Expect the rest of the cruiselines to follow before long..


Fieldmouse March 1st, 2010 11:27 AM

On one RCCL cruise the passengers in the cabin next to ours had their luggage held and they had to go get it...That was the first time we had ever heard of luggage being held. But it gave us the idea that all luggage is being scanned. Hey and these's fine with me, scan away.

BTW: Later we happen to see our cruise neighbors coming back down the hall with their luggage, and they didn't look happy. They didn't volunteer any information and we of course didn't ask....but I was curious...;)

Mike L March 4th, 2010 02:48 PM

Anybody know how strict Celebrity is?

nmnita March 4th, 2010 04:03 PM

yep, RCI and Carnival have taken the clue from NCL. I haven't heard anything about Celebrity but my guess is they will soon follow RCI, just a guess. In fact my guess is, all lines will within a year.


cruiselady23 March 6th, 2010 12:51 PM

The only way to bring liquor on board is to pack it real well and put it in your luggage. I don't know about screening purpose, though. I had a friend that drank vodka and he carried it on in a large water bottle. Never got caught. You can purchase a bottle on board from any of the bartenders. Some passengers do this.

stubique March 8th, 2010 02:39 PM

HAL Wine & Liquor carried on
On all of our HAL cruises we have taken wine on board at the embarcation port and at several ports of call. Sometimes the bag of wine has included rum or brandy but we have only once been asked to leave liquor in storage until the last night.

We usually enjoy the wine in our room or on deck. We have also paid the $18 corkage (same for 750ml and 1.5L bottle) and enjoyed a shore-purchased bottle at a total cost that is less than a better wine on the HAL wine list.

Liquor can be brought onto HAL in your luggage.

Fieldmouse March 8th, 2010 07:13 PM

On RCCL you cannot even buy liquor in Port and bring it on board without it being taken and stored until you leave the ship.

We were on deck watching passengers board in P.V. Mexico when a group tried to bring a couple of bottles of Tequila on board. We saw Security attempt to take the bottles but these passengers decided to open and finish both bottles right then and there. WHY???? We think it would have been a lot easier on them just to give the Tequila to Security and it back when the cruise was finished. But it did make for some good entertainment watching them try.

richstacy March 10th, 2010 06:51 PM

Mike, my recollection is exactly the same as yours. I don't know if you can still buy the bar set ups or not or bottles from room service. But even when you could the selection was very limited. If they want to charge a premium, that's fine, but I think they should let you buy liquor an board so you can mix your own drinks. That was the case years ago. The old Crown Odyssey had a liquor store aboard that had a good selection of rather over priced booze.

Frankly, I have yet to find a bartender that can make a Margarita the way I like it.

Skipper's Mom March 10th, 2010 08:32 PM

I feel like an AA but, however, we wrap our bottles in whatever in our checked baggage and have had not encountered a problem. Hawaii (08 Zaandam) was a different situation in that there was an outside security checkpoint and once you passed that, you were "home free". We could go to any ABC store at the pier and purchase whatever and there was never any question. Have to say that HAL onboard drinks are not prohibitive and happy hours were generous. But, on the Eurodam, happy hours were from 5-6 PM which was early for us. Once we discovered the time differential, we just adjusted our happy hour. On the Noordam in November 09, happy hours were from 7-8 which was more reasonable for us.

I am fearful that if we continue this discussion, we will encounter more limitations on the various lines. Be careful what you wish for, it may come true. LOL!

richstacy March 10th, 2010 10:05 PM

Skipper's mom,
There are severe limits on taking aboard hard liquor an virtually all lines now. You can't give them any ideas they don't already have.

tomogg April 7th, 2010 11:10 PM

No problem mon!
I always buy the largest bottle of Scope mouthwash, the clear one. Empty it, pour boiling water in, rince, a few times and you have a plastic bottle with no smell or taste. I am careful to not mess the labels up. I then fill it with vodka. Wrap in the middle of the luggage, and bring aboard! Never had a problem.

Cruuuzer May 22nd, 2010 10:04 AM

To avoid breakage, make sure the liquor is in a plastic bottle. I also buy the largest size Ziploc bags and put the bottles in those as well. This way, if the plastic bottle breaks (unlikely), there will be some barrier around it to protect your belongings. I actually do this with anything I pack that could leak (lotion, contact lens solution, perfume, hair products...).

dah8424 May 25th, 2010 06:20 PM

Bringing liquor on board
I have cruised 4 times already and the way that we are able to bring liquor on board is in our plastic soda bottles. I drink Kahlau and put it in a coke bottle,. my husband puts Crown in a Lipton Ice tea bottle and they never seem to care. Just match the color of alcohol with soda or tea color and you should be all set. Hope this helps

Bad Dawg May 28th, 2010 03:19 PM

Had no problem bringing booze on board. Now if you were planning on wheeling in cases and cases of beer on a dolly well that's a different story.

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