Well, the Orlando Sentinel has clarified that statement in Sunday's paper:
If you were among those with a hangover on New Year's Day, maybe you won't mind this sobering news about Princess' changed liquor policy.
Some of you may recall that Princess was among the few lines that permitted passengers to bring aboard alcoholic beverages. In fact, in a recent column about cruise lines' liquor policies, I quoted a Princess spokeswoman who says: "Any alcohol purchased in port or on-board is the property of the passenger, and they may do with it what they please."
Well, hang onto that cork. The line recently "adjusted" the lenient policy and, according to Princess' public relations manager Denise Seomin, there's now a revised "gangway alcohol control policy."
Seomin explains: "In order to stay in line with current industry standards, Princess began a pilot program on board Grand Princess and Dawn Princess in October. The policy prohibits passengers from consuming alcohol purchased ashore while on board the ships, except for wine and champagne. Any alcohol that is purchased ashore or in the ship's gift shop will be collected for safekeeping and delivered to the passenger's stateroom on the last day of the voyage."
The line will monitor the program and, based on results, roll out the policy fleetwide in the near future, Seomin said.
Princess still permits you to bring wine or champagne aboard, but you can enjoy it only in the privacy of your stateroom. "It may not be brought into any public lounge for consumption," Seomin says. If you wish to consume your wine or champagne in the dining rooms, the line levies a $10 per bottle corkage fee, applied to your shipboard account.