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Even though every cruise line states you may not carry liquor on board, I have found as long as you put the liquor in your suitcases and check it in on Carnival and Royal Caribbean, they did not care and everything made it to my room. Has anyone tried to do this on the Morwegian Star? If I pour the liquor in water bottles and put it in my luggage for check in, will this work?
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Even though every cruise line states you may not carry liquor on board, I have found as long as you put the liquor in your suitcases and check it in on Carnival and Royal Caribbean, they did not care and everything made it to my room. Has anyone tried to do this on the Morwegian Star? If I pour the liquor in water bottles and put it in my luggage for check in, will this work?
It might, there are ways to get the liquor on board, just be prepared: if it doesn't work, you will have to report to the "naughty room" if you are willing to take that chance go ahead and try. Many lines, including RCI are starting to crack down. It may be easier just to order the bar set up prior to sailing.

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On a recent NCL sailing out of Barcelona, nobody that I met who had put liquor in checked suitcases had problems. The only sign of enforcement by NCL was a crew member posted near the gangway asking if I had liquor in my carry-on. I didn't have carry-on liquor, reponded negagively, and no visual check was done. All other checks were performed by the Barcelona port officials.

I arranged the bar set-up through the Ship's Coordinator at the cost of $90 for 2 bottles, but, will probably not do that again.
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Total cost for our bar set up on the Pearl was 156.00...on HAL's Ryndam it will be 164.50. Both were for two bottles of Smirnoff and two bottles of Cuervo Gold.

Here's something that might work:
Peel the labels off the bottles and write "Coke" on the brown ones and "7-Up" on the clear ones with a Magic Marker. Stick the bottles in ARGYLE socks and put 'em in your baggage. If the Argyle's don't deflect the x-rays, the "labels" will fool 'em.

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Total cost for our bar set up on the Pearl was 156.00...on HAL's Ryndam it will be 164.50. Both were for two bottles of Smirnoff and two bottles of Cuervo Gold.

Here's something that might work:
Peel the labels off the bottles and write "Coke" on the brown ones and 7-Up on the clear with a Magic Marker. Stick the bottles in ARGYLE socks and put 'em in your baggage. If the Argyle's don't deflect the x-rays, the "labels" will fool 'em.

See ya in the naughty room.
you are too funny. If it works, great!!!

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Thanks, I was thinking of just putting the liquor in water bottles, however, I did want to try to bring a bottle of champagne on board for when we set sail!
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(i've been lurking for awhile now, but this is my first post, so hopefully it ends up in the right spot!)

what exactly is the "naughty room?"
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Well little spoon, once upon a time, long ago and far away) people brought their own booze aboard. Then some spoil sport, bean counter decided that the cruise line loses money if people do that instead of buying their booze at one of the convenient bars and lounges located throughout the ship. So, they instituted rules that say you can't do that. Ever since, many of us have been trying to find ways to defeat their stupid and greedy policies. Apparently one line at least, will send you to be scolded if caught trying to sneak a few bucks out of their till by bringing your own booze to consume in the privacy of your own stateroom. Most, however, will merely seize the stuff and promise to return it to you on disembarkation. As long as you live within their ridiculous rule, everyone lives happily ever after
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what exactly is the "naughty room?"
It ia a name many have given to the room they take the luggage that appears to have booze in it. You will find a note on your cabin door that advises you that a piece of your luggage is being held in a certain place. You report to that place and are asked to open the luggage. If there is liqour in it they keep it until the end of the cruise. This room many refer to as the naughty room cause you have been caught breaking the cruise line policy.

None of us like not being able to bring our booze on board, but I think many of us have asked for this policy. Why? because too many were bringing on so much liquior they were not supporting the bars. Let's face it the casino and the bar are two of the biggest money makers on ships. They certainly don't make a fortune on what they charge for the cruise.

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We ALWAYS order a "bar set-up" for our cabin.
On HAL we paid 124.20 for 4 bottles of name brand booze.
If we had bought the exact same booze in a liguor store in CA (our departure port) we would have about spent 65-75 dollars (I'm guessing because I live in WA and the cost would be much higher here). So the DIFFERENCE is 50-60 dollars ...or less than ten dollars a day!!! That is one hand of Blackjack
Our cruises cost us roughly 2500.00 before airfare and before/after port lodging.
So we just ante up and feel no stress nor embarrassment over smuggling booze on board.
And, yes, we pony up big time in the casino and lounges.

People....it's FITTY BUCKS!!!
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Unfortunately NCL is now the worst cruise line to attempt sneak on booze and unless you are very cleaver you will be going to the "naughty room "where you will stand in line for over an hour before they open your suitcase for a very through cleaning of your bag. This will only make many of their passengers use another line fo their next cruise.I did beat their system and it actually was a game in my mind.One lady on our cruise had her bag inspected and totally torn apart with nothing found and she had to put up with this intrusion for over an hour which in my case would have resulted in some very strong action for cruise credits or possible legal action on my part.You would think that Ncl would bettwer spend their time on figuring better ways to increase their markrt share which is probably currently at the bottom of the heap.
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Unfortunately NCL is now the worst cruise line to attempt sneak on booze and unless you are very cleaver you will be going to the "naughty room "where you will stand in line for over an hour before they open your suitcase for a very through cleaning of your bag. This will only make many of their passengers use another line fo their next cruise.I did beat their system and it actually was a game in my mind.One lady on our cruise had her bag inspected and totally torn apart with nothing found and she had to put up with this intrusion for over an hour which in my case would have resulted in some very strong action for cruise credits or possible legal action on my part.You would think that Ncl would bettwer spend their time on figuring better ways to increase their markrt share which is probably currently at the bottom of the heap.
Just buy a bar set-up....if ya can't swing 50 bucks, don't cruise.
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So how do you arrange a bar set up? (I'm a first time cruiser...)
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So how do you arrange a bar set up? (I'm a first time cruiser...)
the best way is to email the ship coordinator and tell them what you would like, They will respond, usually within an hour or so and give you price lists. You then order, give them your CC and your order will be in your cabin. This needs to be done at least 2 weeks prior to sailing. email address: shipcoordinatorxxxncl.ocm

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Has nothing to do with price more with principal.Pay for it and I will do my thing Have over 40 cruises and I do not agree with what they are doing in overcharging on drinks.
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Principle?
Yeah, right.

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Sorry for the misspelling however still looking for" superior firepower".It was not that long ago in which you could buy your bottle on the ship and take to your cabin at duty free price and my guess is that the customer still purchased many drinks from the various bars on the ship.Keep on spending and you will pay dearly at the completion of your cruise.
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On a recent NCL sailing out of Barcelona, nobody that I met who had put liquor in checked suitcases had problems. The only sign of enforcement by NCL was a crew member posted near the gangway asking if I had liquor in my carry-on. I didn't have carry-on liquor, reponded negagively, and no visual check was done. All other checks were performed by the Barcelona port officials.

I arranged the bar set-up through the Ship's Coordinator at the cost of $90 for 2 bottles, but, will probably not do that again.
well maybe this was the situation however, when DD and I purchased liquor in St Thomas and had it held til we were ready to disembark we had to go to the same place as those who had their booze held for them when they tried to bring it on board. You wouldn't beleive the number of bottles and 5 liter boxes of wine that had been convescated. Suit yourself, just don't whine when you get busted....
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Has nothing to do with price more with principal.Pay for it and I will do my thing Have over 40 cruises and I do not agree with what they are doing in overcharging on drinks.
over piced? whatr do you pay at your near by restaurant or bar? Even in our little town a sctoch and water or martini is about $5.50 to $7.00 just like on most crusie ships. HAL and Princess have cocktails priced starting at $5.50, Celebrity and NCL about $5.95. What is overpriced?

Tennisabum, you are right about buying duty free and taking to your cabin. I remember one cruise that we did this, in fact I probably should forget that one; we did it too much, but that was then, this is now. I can remember when our home owners association sold drink ticket at .50 or 3 for $1.00 and we made a fortune on the bar. those days are long gone. We still get a glass of wine at our Moose Lodge for $2.00. The Moose Lodge isn't a bar, restaurant or cruise ship.

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Sorry for the misspelling however still looking for" superior firepower".It was not that long ago in which you could buy your bottle on the ship and take to your cabin at duty free price and my guess is that the customer still purchased many drinks from the various bars on the ship.Keep on spending and you will pay dearly at the completion of your cruise.
Yeah, good one.
On the last cruise (7 day Mexican Riviera) our bill was 1427.00, broke no rules and we had a ball!
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Brought two bottles of wine in my suitcase. Didn't try to hide it, just packed in with the clothes. Not confiscated, enjoyed our wine and bought plenty of beers, etc at poolside and in the clubs.

Coming in from shore trips, usually were asked if we had anything, but never inspected. Probably could have brought in several bottles from each port.
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Most line's security run everything you bring aboard from any port through an X-ray machine now. Those bottles stand out like the Washington Monument there. I've seen em in the screen.
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And personally I don't think the screeners from a private company cares if you bring alcohol onboard either.As long as you don't leave it in it's original bottle.Just my thoughts
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Be sure and test that theory out now won't ya?
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Try it on embarcation and if in original or water bottle you will most likely be going to the "naughty room"where you will wait upwards of an hour for the gestapo to check your luggage .I just got off last month and watched this silly procedure to catch a few of the unlucky ones.Wonder how many made it thru being much more careful?
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Pack a loaf of bread along with some peanut butter and jelly and you won't have to pay extra at a specialty restaurant or, God forbid, tip the guy that brings you room service.

The liquor on board is a source of revenue for the cruise lines. Take that away from them and they'll just have to get it somewhere else...like higher prices.

They deserve to make a buck, ya know.

Like I said, it's only fifty bucks difference.
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They are already making the extra bucks with all of the new extra charges to include charging for ice cream,newspapers delivered to your room, sushi bar,special coffees,martini tasting,wine tasting,cooking lessons, and having watched this transition since cruising in the late 50,s it is going to ever increase. Net,net cruising is still a good deal however they need to watch closely how many extras are being added and I am aware that most of these you do not have to partake of but many of those listed are gratis on other lines.
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All this talk about booze and sneeking around. Your going on a cruise to relax and have fun. Why would you want to start your cruise with sneeking and having stress. You don't need booze to have fun and relax.
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Our latest cruise was on HAL...and the only thing that you mentioned that was free was the ice cream.
I do not remember paying for ice cream on NCL either.
I'm sure that those who cruise lines other than HAL and NCL can counter your claim that Martini tasting, sushi, special coffees, wine tasting are not "gratis"
On HAL (a little more premium priced) everything you listed other than the cooking lessons was an extra charge.
NCL is not unique when it comes to extra charges.

PAYING for a bar set-up, again, is only fifty bucks difference people.
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They are already making the extra bucks with all of the new extra charges to include charging for ice cream,newspapers delivered to your room, sushi bar,special coffees,martini tasting,wine tasting,cooking lessons, and having watched this transition since cruising in the late 50,s it is going to ever increase. Net,net cruising is still a good deal however they need to watch closely how many extras are being added and I am aware that most of these you do not have to partake of but many of those listed are gratis on other lines.
Guess what? NCL still offers free ice cream and even if they didn't with all the desserts around I think we can all live without ice cream. Sushi bars have always had a charge, newspapers were not even available, free or otherwise til a few years ago.

Now, the wine tasting and martini clinics, these two are relativeliy new, of coruse there is a charge. Do you expect to drink for free? We didn't even have cooking lesssons years ago. I would think for someone who has been cruising for 50 plus years you wouldn't even be mentioning these types of things.

Sure cruising has changed, it is no longer a vacation for the upper middle class and above. It is something many can now enjoy by deciding where they want to spend their extra $$S. I can remember and I am sure you can when cruising really pretty much meant getting on a ship and maybe stopping a couple of times, very little nightly entertainment, no games, no food clinics, and very little to do. You could play ping pong, shuffle board or listen to a lecture. There were no movie theatres, and no dining choices.

For the most part the ships crossed the ocean, they didn't do Alaska, New England, the Caribbean, So America, Panama Canal. etc. And for all this you got prices similar to what we now pay.

Of course the cruise lines make money on booze.

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