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Snoozeman December 3rd, 2011 03:15 PM

Carry-on Liquor policy
 
I need the help of some HAL regulars.

What is the carry on policy for liquor or wine on HAL?

fun2cruiz December 3rd, 2011 03:45 PM

Bringing Wine onboard is no problem in my past HAL sailings.... can't speak for liquor as I just purchase drinks onboard.

Snoozeman December 3rd, 2011 03:56 PM

Is there a limit on amount of wine one can bring on board?

fun2cruiz December 3rd, 2011 04:21 PM

I usually bring 4- 6 bottles and never had a problem (wife and I have specific types we enjoy and not always available on ship or on occassion when available, outrageoulsy priced !). HAL is the most leniant on their wine polices as carryon items.

johnthed0g December 3rd, 2011 04:46 PM

This is one of the differences between the lines, like P&O have lower tips, no tips on drinks, free buses in ports AND we can take as much drink as we want. Some take cases of wine that they particularly like & is not available on the ship.

Snoozeman December 3rd, 2011 05:18 PM

Wow...good to know. Perhaps I should get some wine in Vancouver.

THANKS!

Sistersolo December 3rd, 2011 06:08 PM

I normally bring a couple bottles of wine on board, unless I'm going direct from the plane to the port; in that case I try to find a wine shop at our first stop. Last trip, in Spain, I bought some sherry that turned out to be particularly nice. Couldn't find it at my next stop, but did find some Spanish brandy, and a super-cheap boxed wine claiming to be the "best-selling Spanish wine in the world". HAL gave me no grief at all about bringing any of it on board. The wine was mediocre but made decent spritzers; and when it was gone I poured the rest of the brandy into the box, squeezed out the excess air, capped it tightly, wrapped it in tissue and put it in a plastic zip-top bag and then into my checked luggage for the flight home. It made it all the way with only one tiny damp spot on the tissue.

johnthed0g December 3rd, 2011 06:25 PM

I must add though on P&O just out of interest the booze onboard is really reasonable 12 for a litre of Bacardi....Cokes now...that's different really expensive!

Skipper's Mom December 5th, 2011 05:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snoozeman (Post 1404099)
Wow...good to know. Perhaps I should get some wine in Vancouver.

THANKS!

Where does your cruise originate? If the states, you'd probably do better finding a local liquor/wine store near the cruise terminal or your hotel if you're coming in early.

HAL lets you take on as much wine as you can carry.;);) I've seen folks put their printed luggage tags on cases of wine, soda, water and they arrive just fine in your cabin. During the course of your cruise, you can pick up wine in ports and carry it on. No problem.

Snoozeman December 5th, 2011 06:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skipper's Mom (Post 1404364)
Where does your cruise originate? If the states, you'd probably do better finding a local liquor/wine store near the cruise terminal or your hotel if you're coming in early.

HAL lets you take on as much wine as you can carry.;);) I've seen folks put their printed luggage tags on cases of wine, soda, water and they arrive just fine in your cabin. During the course of your cruise, you can pick up wine in ports and carry it on. No problem.

Originates in Vancouver for an Alaska cruise/tour. Thanks for confirming that it could be brought on at ports of call.

HALGAL December 16th, 2011 02:12 PM

Just got our travel documents and they have raised the corking fee to $18.00
a bottle.
I have 2 cases of wine and I'm a little nervous about just leaving it with luggage. I don't want 2 cases of broken bottles.

Skipper's Mom December 21st, 2011 09:42 AM

I've always carried it on, usually in my roll-on small luggage bags. I have seen folks "check" their wine and it seems to show up, along with cases of water and soda. I believe that the $18 includes the 15% service charge for a total of $18. Still a deal.

geriatricnurse December 27th, 2011 09:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Snoozeman (Post 1404050)
I need the help of some HAL regulars.

What is the carry on policy for liquor or wine on HAL?

One may carry on as many bottles of wine, champagne, sodas/soft drinks & bottled water as one wishes! ;-) However, beer and alcohol is not allowed! :(

sail7seas December 27th, 2011 11:42 PM

Usually the stevedores at Port Everglades will accept cases of wine/water/soda for delivery to the cabins but sometimes they do not so you should only bring what you are able to carry aboard yourself. In the event they won't take it, you wlll have to lug it.

We always find wine on the list that suits us. If it isn't one particular wine, we order another. We've enjoyed many very good bottles. 8-)

geriatricnurse December 28th, 2011 06:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sail7seas (Post 1407275)
Usually the stevedores at Port Everglades will accept cases of wine/water/soda for delivery to the cabins but sometimes they do not so you should only bring what you are able to carry aboard yourself. In the event they won't take it, you wlll have to lug it.

We always find wine on the list that suits us. If it isn't one particular wine, we order another. We've enjoyed many very good bottles. 8-)

Hey, Judy, nice to "see" you here on CRUISEMATES! :-D It must keep you busy "floating" between this message board and the HAL CCB! ;) (Although your post count here is not anywhere near your 40,000+ posts on the HAL CCB)! LOL

sail7seas December 28th, 2011 06:12 PM

If you choose to give the case(s) of wine to the stevedores, I'd be sure to provide a good tip. They might give extra effort in handling it safely. :)

kentfromkent February 2nd, 2012 09:32 PM

HAL Amsterdam
 
When was the Amsterdam "refurbished" / in dry dock the last time?

many thanks for your feedback

jaggy April 13th, 2012 05:23 PM

On one of our cruises on HAL, we were cruising with a group of 18. We planned to host a sailaway party in our suite and brought 2 cases of champagne. We gave it to the porters at the port along with a $20 tip. The two cases of champagne were the first things to show up in our suite.

We have always brought wine on board and have never been questioned. I have stashed a bottle of my favorite Scotch in my checked luggage and never had a problem there either. But some people frown upon that, so do it at your own risk. :D

Queen of Oakville April 14th, 2012 12:29 PM

When we sailed Eurodam, we purchased our wine through Total Wines on their site. Had the cabby stop there, DH ran in and picked up our wine, nicely packaged in a box that we could carry on the ship. There were two of us and we carried on 5 bottles no problem.


As for Vancouver, I am not sure how wine is sold there. In Ontario we have the LCBO and Quebec has the SAQ; both run by the province. Maybe some here is from BC and can let you know how wine is sold there. Just a heads up that wine is not cheap in Canada. Our import taxes are heavy. Wines that are under $10.00 in the US sell for $20 or more dollars in Canada. Accordingly, to avoid hassle, you may just want to pay the premium and buy your wine on the ship. If you pay double the price here for your favourite wine and add the 18.00 corkage fee .... well it may just be cheaper to buy it from HAL.

julieanne May 14th, 2012 05:59 PM

i believe that you are NOT allowed any booze to carry on they will take it away & give it to you at the end of your cruise unlike carnival which you can take a bottle of wine on board

DeeDee May 14th, 2012 11:46 PM

Welcome to the HAL Board, Julieanne.

HAL does allow you to bring all the wine, water, soda that you want.

As stated above hard liquor and beer are not allowed.

Mike M May 15th, 2012 01:13 AM

You can pre-order in cabin bar setup from HAL's Bon Voyage department. Their prices are quite reasonable.

HAL is also one of the few mainstream cruise lines that you can still order a bottle of liquor through room service. You can on other lines but it's ridiculously expensive.

Here is part of their current price list.

VODKA: CHOPIN $70.15
VODKA: STOLICHNAYA $29.90

VODKA: ABSOLUT - CITRON $32.20
VODKA: SMIRNOFF $27.60
VODKA: SKYY $28.75
VODKA: ABSOLUT $32.20
VODKA: GREY GOOSE $69.00
VODKA: FINLANDIA $29.90
VODKA: BELVEDERE $70.15
VODKA: TANGUERAY STERLING $35.65


Kahlua $36.80
Vodka & Tonic Package $34.50
One bottle of Smirnoff or Stolichnaya, 3 Cans of Tonic Water

Bourbon & Coke Package $39.10

One bottle of Jim Beam, 3 Cans of Coke

Rum & Coke Package $39.10

One bottle of Bacardi, 3 cans of Coke

SHERRY: HARVEY'S MEDIUM no price found


SHERRY: TIO PEPE $57.50

TEQUILA: JOSE QUERVO GOLD $34.50

COGNAC: HENNESSY VS $93.15

COGNAC: REMY MARTIN VSOP $97.75

COGNAC: REMY MARTIN XO $225.40

WHISKEY - IRISH: JAMESON $42.55

Cutty Sark $32.20

WHISKEY: CANADIAN CLUB $32.20

WHISKEY: SEAGRAMS V.O. $29.90

WHISKEY: CROWN ROYAL $42.55

WHISKEY: SEAGRAMS 7 $29.90

Scotch & Soda Package $36.80
One bottle of Cutty Sark, 3 Cans of Soda Water

Gin & Tonic Package $36.80

One bottle Beefeaters Gin, 3 Cans of Tonic Water

6-pack Bud Light domestic beer no price found


6-pack Miller Lite domestic beer $21.85

6-pack Amstel Light imported beer $23.00

6-pack Corona imported beer $23.00

6-pack Miller Genuine Draft domestic beer $21.85

6-pack Heineken imported beers $23.00

Sherry Harvey's Med - $57.50
6pack (Domestic) Budweiser, Bud Light - $21.85
3 X soft drinks (any soda) - $4.89
All minibar Liquor Items, each - $5.69

Jim Beam - $34.50
J&B Rare, Johnnie Walker Red - $36.80
Ballentine's - $40.25
Dewars - $48.30
Jack Daniels - $55.20
Chivas Regal (12yrs) - $66.70
Johnnie Walker Black - $77.05
GIN:
Beefeater - $32.20
Tanqueray - $41.40
Bombay Sapphire - $42.55
LIQUEURS:
Kahlua, Southern Comfort - $36.80
Bailey's Irish Cream - $46.00
Sambuca (Opal Nera Black) - $47.15
Tia Maria - $49.45
Amaretto - $51.75
Cointreau - $55.20
Drambuie - $58.65
Grand Marnier - $74.75
RUM:
Myers - $32.20
Bacardi Gold - $34.50
Bacardi White - $35.65


Take care,
Mike

MercedMike May 15th, 2012 10:18 AM

Liquor on board
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike M (Post 1428557)
You can pre-order in cabin bar setup from HAL's Bon Voyage department. Their prices are quite reasonable.



[FONT=Arial][COLOR=black][b]VODKA: CHOPIN $70.15

VODKA: GREY GOOSE $69.00

VODKA: BELVEDERE $70.15


COGNAC: REMY MARTIN XO $225.40


Johnnie Walker Black - $77.05

Wow.

Who in the world would pay that kind of money for booze, ashore or at sea?

Things people choose to buy never cease to amaze me.

Probably most of the people slapping back that $225 booze wonder why I will pay $100 an ounce for caviar.

;)

jaggy May 17th, 2012 12:12 PM

The bottle service through HAL is a very good option. Sure its more expensive than what you would pay on a land based liquor store, but its not outrageous. Bottle service at most bars here in Pittsburgh is $200-300 per bottle. If you add up the per drink price, its going to be close to $200 for most drinks purchased on board. And, remember all of the bottles are 1 liter bottles compared to the typical 750ml bottles sold on land.

Mike M May 17th, 2012 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MercedMike (Post 1428599)
Wow.

Who in the world would pay that kind of money for booze, ashore or at sea?

Things people choose to buy never cease to amaze me.

Probably most of the people slapping back that $225 booze wonder why I will pay $100 an ounce for caviar.

;)

A one liter bottle will give you about 22, 1.5 oz. drinks. On board the ship that would run you about $154 for a well drink. That $70 bottle of Grey Goose is a pretty good deal even if you add another $20 for the mixers. It's an even better deal if you drink Stoli or Absolut.

If you don't drink then any price is too high or irrelevant.

Take care,
Mike

HawkeyeFLA May 17th, 2012 03:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike M (Post 1428850)
A one liter bottle will give you about 22, 1.5 oz. drinks. On board the ship that would run you about $154 for a well drink. That $70 bottle of Grey Goose is a pretty good deal even if you add another $20 for the mixers. It's an even better deal if you drink Stoli or Absolut.

If you don't drink then any price is too high or irrelevant.

Take care,
Mike

Those prices appear cheaper than Carnival. When I was on Imagination back in December, it was $40+tax for a 1l bottle of Absolut Citron. There were 4 of us, so we had 3 12pk of Sprite and some Pepsi for my friend. Also 4 bottles of wine. My bar tab for that cruise was well over half of what it was for the same cruise the year before.

I can't wait for DCL Wonder in December. Their current policy is you can bring whatever on, as long as it is carried on, not checked. So for a 14n cruise I figure 2 handles of booze. A split between vodka and rum.

MercedMike May 18th, 2012 02:04 PM

Too high or irrelevant
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike M (Post 1428850)
If you don't drink then any price is too high or irrelevant.

Aha!

Now there is the bottom line.

We get a free mini bar setup as Elite on princess, and we usually wind up giving the little bottles away to cruise mates ...

So we get week long passes to the Thermal Suite for the same price we might pay for a cocktail hour in the cabin. Many people think the price for that is too high ...

;)

m steve June 4th, 2012 10:01 AM

HAL doesn't really care
 
We have had 18 cruises on HAL ships and have always packed a couple of bottles of liquor in our checked bags and have never been stopped. We also bring wine with us, usually in a suitcase wrapped in plastic and take 1 bottle for every 2 days of cruising. We buy drinks and wine on board as well since we only use our liquor in the cabin. I have never had to hide a bottle once we are in our cabin.

Bruce Chafkin1 June 11th, 2012 03:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MercedMike (Post 1428599)
Wow.

Who in the world would pay that kind of money for booze, ashore or at sea?

Things people choose to buy never cease to amaze me.

Probably most of the people slapping back that $225 booze wonder why I will pay $100 an ounce for caviar.

;)

Americans moan when gasoline goes over $4 per gallon, yet happily stand in long lines to pay $32 per gallon for Starbucks coffee (which they could make better at home for a tiny fraction of the cost).

Last year Americans spent $12 Billion for gasoline, and $13 Billion for bottled water - mostly from municipal water suplies in Atlanta and Houston. Neither city is very famous for high quality drinking water. Then those millions of empty plastic water bottles ended up in land-fills all over America. What's that all about?

Mike M June 11th, 2012 04:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HawkeyeFLA (Post 1428856)
Those prices appear cheaper than Carnival. When I was on Imagination back in December, it was $40+tax for a 1l bottle of Absolut Citron. There were 4 of us, so we had 3 12pk of Sprite and some Pepsi for my friend. Also 4 bottles of wine. My bar tab for that cruise was well over half of what it was for the same cruise the year before.

I can't wait for DCL Wonder in December. Their current policy is you can bring whatever on, as long as it is carried on, not checked. So for a 14n cruise I figure 2 handles of booze. A split between vodka and rum.

The $154 was based on 22 $7 drinks. A well drink is about $7 on Carnival. i.e. Whiskey/Coke and they use a brand like Seagrams 7.

Take care,
Mike


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