He actually wants to back out of a fabulous vacation just because he can't bring his own booze? I'd say that he's being a little ridiculous! Is he aware that they do serve alcohol on the ship so he can still get his fix? And I suppose it's more expensive than lugging your own but it's still fairly reasonably priced. It's no more expensive than a normal restaurant. It's like bringing your own popcorn and soda to the movies. These companies are in business to make money and they'd lose an awful lot if everyone always brought their own booze. Tell him to try and sneak some in his checked luggage and if they take it away, then he'll have to take his wallet out for a couple drinks! I wouldn't say it's worth canceling a trip for!
Buy your booze in the plastic bottles - place it in a 1 or 2 gallon ziploc bag - place it in your checked luggage. No on will confiscate it. As for being discreet - I have been on many Princess cruises - used their ice - their glasses - and took my own mixed drink wherever I pleased - Noone has ever pulled the glass out of my hand. Good luck!
In the pre-cruise info we just received, it said if you were bringing wine or champagne onboard for a special celebration, there would be a $10 corking fee if used in the restaurant. If this is true, then we will have to remember to pack a corkscrew. We are planning on celebrating our anniv, so if my info is incorrect, please let me know. Thanks, Gloria
Just reading my tickets today for 3/10. Noted that the passenger contract at the end was updated 12/01. The new language clearly states that the only alcohol that may be brought on board is wine or champagne. All other liquor, including duty free liquor, will be gathered and held until the end of the cruise. If you wish to drink your wine or champagne in the dining room or other public space you will be charge a $10/bottle corkage fee.
You could smuggle liquor on board, but technically that puts you in violation of your contract of passage. Potential consequences...we'll I'll leave that to you to ponder.
Considering that Princess just implemented the policy in December, I would hazard that it was in reaction to revenue losses post 9-11. THey might change the policy back - who knows. A small thing, everything considered.
We just returned from the Ocean Princess. It is true that you can't bring alcohol on board that ship but if you pack it correctly you won't have any problem. We put our Captain Morgan rum in water bottles, wrap them in bubble wrap and then in a ziploc bag. Check them thru and there's no problem.
Have a great cruise!
I realize that if we drink the wine in the dining room there would be a charge, but we have a balcony and the thought of a glass of wine on the balcony seems pretty nice to me! Thanks for everyone's input.
Thanks for the INFO. It looks like you could put your Captain Morgan in a large Coke bottle and get by the carry-on X-Ray machine.
Was your Captain Morgan put in your checked bag or your carry-on Bag?
> We just returned from the Ocean Princess. It is true that you
> can't bring alcohol on board that ship but if you pack it
> correctly you won't have any problem. We put our Captain
> Morgan rum in water bottles, wrap them in bubble wrap and
> then in a ziploc bag. Check them thru and there's no problem.
> Have a great cruise!