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Old October 1st, 2006, 09:47 PM
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Do the same rules/restrictions apply with NCL as with other cruise Co's? ie Royal Caribbean Lines? regarding bringing liqor on board (personnal consumption)



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You can not bring any booze on board for consuption, just like RCIs newest restrictions. If you try to put it in your luggage and it is detected you will be asked to report to the naughty room. You will open your luggage and have to surrender what you have. If you get away with it, great. RCI has just started enforcing the same policy. If you do get caught the cruise line will keep your stash until debarkation and then you can have it back. I think almost, if not all lines are now enforcing this or will shortly. It has always been the policy, only not enforced. Wine is the exception if you want to pay duty. RCI and Celebrity say no, even to wine: NCL says yes to wine for a $15 corkage fee: Princess and HAL allows you to bring it on board for cunsumption in your cabin. Hope this helps some.

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Does the corkage fee apply to the dining room only?
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Does the corkage fee apply to the dining room only?
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NCL has a hard earned reputation as the most intolerant of the cruise lines when it comes to smuggling.

I will not travel with them because of this.

Ive heard stories of them sniffing bottles of water brought back on from ports of call and flagging suitcases and making you come down and open them.

Thats really taking it too far for me.

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NCL has a hard earned reputation as the most intolerant of the cruise lines when it comes to smuggling.

I will not travel with them because of this.

Ive heard stories of them sniffing bottles of water brought back on from ports of call and flagging suitcases and making you come down and open them.

Thats really taking it too far for me.

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Some of those reports are true, some I believe a little exagerated, but yes, NCL does have the strictest rules: RCI/Celebrity is putting into place the same policies. It appears they haven't started cracking down much yet, nor did NCL for several years. I think we can all expect all lines to follow and non of us are happy about it. Princess won't allow bar set ups anymore or bon voyage gifts in the form of liquor except for the little bottles .375 liters. Carnival has actaully talked about eliminating soda from being carried on. I don't think they considered it for very long though.

NCL does flag luggage.

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I just returned from the Dawn one nighter, what a party. They had an entire room of confiscated liquor which they were returning to the offenders the next day when we were docked.
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I don't have a problem with it. I can't carry my own liquor into Yankee Stadium. Besides I think that people with an unlimited supply of bozoe could pose a problem for otehr pasengers.
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Besides I think that people with an unlimited supply of bozoe could pose a problem for otehr pasengers.
You mean like at the bars in the public areas right.

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I'm with Steve: as much as I don't like the price they charge for drinks I also know many places won't let you just bring liqour to consume. What about restaurants? Yes, we all know hotels don't seem to mind and some crusie ships allow it, but I still am just fine with the ruling. Again, I liked the days when I could bring it on. Now we just order a bar set up before sailing. We have a bottle in our room when we arrive, can have a drink while we are getting ready for dinner and everything is fine. NMnita
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Can you please explain "a bar set up"? I am not a big drinker but if the drinks are very expensive a la carte, it might be worth an alternative choice.......
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I didn't find the drinks all that expensive. Around five bucks a drink isn't bad, with plenty of good bottles of wine in the $30 range.
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I am a bit confused on the issue of the wine corkage fee. From what I have read in the above thread, it sounds like you can bring wine on board as long as you drink it in the room. Also, if you bring it to the restaurant, you pay a corkage fee.

My understanding was that if you brought it on-board, it had to be declared and it was assigned to a restaurant (and corkage fee) or it was confiscated until the end of the cruise and returned. Bottom line: no approved drinking of wine in the room.

Which is correct?

By the way, I was told by a passenger on our last cruise that he always smuggles wine onboard but always in a "box", never in bottles as they are easily detected by the inspectors.
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I am a bit confused on the issue of the wine corkage fee. From what I have read in the above thread, it sounds like you can bring wine on board as long as you drink it in the room. Also, if you bring it to the restaurant, you pay a corkage fee.

My understanding was that if you brought it on-board, it had to be declared and it was assigned to a restaurant (and corkage fee) or it was confiscated until the end of the cruise and returned. Bottom line: no approved drinking of wine in the room.

Which is correct?

By the way, I was told by a passenger on our last cruise that he always smuggles wine onboard but always in a "box", never in bottles as they are easily detected by the inspectors.
Here is the scoop as witnessed by us: carry wine on, in any form you pay cockage; That is why I always refer to our 2 buck chuck as 17 buck chuck. DD and I did bring a 3 liter box (removed the box and wrapped the plastic bag in another bag for protection. We sent it through, no problems. Actually we had decided if it got spotted, of course we would pay the charges. The last day of the cruise we were in St Thomas and stocked up on booze to take home. Of course it was kept for us til the nest morning. When we went to the storage room to claim it, you wouldn't believe how many bottles were lined up as well as several 5 liter boxes. Just thought I would toss than in for you. NMnita
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Thanks Nita,
That confirms what I had been told previously. I am not a drinker and have never carried any wine on board. I have talked to many passengers who have. I suppose if you really are into wine and have your favorites that you like with dinner, it is worth the corkage fee to bring it along with you.

I am just finishing my packing and I can't imagine how I could get anything more in my suitcase at this point. They are checking all the bags at the airports now for weight and I am right at the limit even after pulling out some of the clothes that I thought I was going to take.

We leave Sunday for a week on the Dawn.

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Can you please explain "a bar set up"? I am not a big drinker but if the drinks are very expensive a la carte, it might be worth an alternative choice.......
Here is the number for Guest Services: You can order In Cabin Bar Set Up: The prices are about double of what you can purchase a bottle of liquor in the liquor store but overall it sure beats smuggling and it's in your cabin when you arrive.

1-866-625-1159

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Can you please explain "a bar set up"? I am not a big drinker but if the drinks are very expensive a la carte, it might be worth an alternative choice.......
Here is the number for Guest Services: You can order In Cabin Bar Set Up: The prices are about double of what you can purchase a bottle of liquor in the liquor store but overall it sure beats smuggling and it's in your cabin when you arrive.

1-866-625-1159

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Mike, I agree, it does beat smuggling.
Even at the cost, if you figure 1.5 oz drinks, how many you get in a liter and what you would pay at the bar, it's pretty cheap and convenient to have in your cabin. NMnita
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Thanks for your quick answers, another question, since my wife and I are not BIG drinkers, do they offer different packages to purchase? Maybe like a few different types of liquor in smaller bottles( vodka, scotch, rum). or do they only sell liter's of booze. If that's all they offer, can I bring a flask with me to carry to the various bars, restaurants, etc?
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The only line I know that offers smaller bottles is Princess. so you are pretty much stuck. As for a flask, remember if you try to smuggle it on and get caught they will call you to the naughty room and make you give it up: kinda embassassing I would think. NMnita
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A flask? Not to be rude, but if you can't stomach five bucks a drink maybe a vacation is not for you.
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Nita, What I meant was purchasing a bar set up and bringing an empty flask on board. I would use the flask to bring my drink with me. The bottles stay in the room, while the flask travels with me. I wouldn't think that deserves the "naughty room".

As for Steve's comment..... I'll spend my money on what I see fit. I am trying to decide what is worth it for me. If my wife and I enjoy 5-10 drinks a day, then YES $5. a drink is too much money, and I will look for other options.
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The bar setup is by far the way to go ,If you drink more than a couple "pops" a day ( like myself ) . The general "understanding is you drink your cocktails in your room/balcony . But when out and about you use the bar. I know where your comming from about the flask , use one myself. But the answer is no, its not a good idea. I have on ocasion taken a drink with me when I've left the room ..But I have never seen anyone use a flask (8th cruise).. And yes everyone I spend plenty on the ship.

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Thanks Coolbreez.... I know which way to go.
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Thanks Coolbreez.... I know which way to go.
I will be very candid about this: would I use a flask, probably not, would I mix a drink and take it to the pool? probably. Now would I take it to a bar, the casino, etc, no I wouldn't. NMNita
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5 drinks a person per day? Is this a spring break cruise?
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I was wondering when the hollier than thou's would show up.
Its like blood in the water. You cant mention "booze".. Oh well..

Stay cool everyone , this thread's dead..

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Not hollier then thou, but I just think if you are drinking out of a flask, it isn't a good sign.
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I didnt intend to offend. I think bx is new to cruising . Alot of folks think of a cruise ship as if it where a hotel , which by the way I have no problem bring a flask to. But lets be honest , would you bring a flask to lets say a football game ( muck like the large number of people do). The stadium offers beer , But people do it any . Do you get my point? Its a matter of degrees. Should he ? No . Could he ? yes ..
But till you've been to the dance you cant know what to expect .. Thats why where all here.

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5 drinks a person per day? Is this a spring break cruise?
Since I have never been on a cruise before and this is my 25th wedding anniversary.....This is my spring break!! As someone who handles my drugs of choice intelligently......Thank you sir
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Not hollier then thou, but I just think if you are drinking out of a flask, it isn't a good sign.
I think you are assuming I will be sitting drunk in a corner swilling out of my flask. I am an experienced drinker who drinks socially about 4-8 times a year. As someone who handles liquor well, 5-10 drinks a day is not too much FOR ME. My original questions were about costs ( I thought the retail cost of a drink could be $10.) that is why the flask came up. Thank you all for your comments and answers, and now we can move on.......
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