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Old February 23rd, 2002, 06:19 PM
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we will be going on the grand 4/14 want to know if anyone has any comments or suggestions on shore excursions for western itinery. Aloso want to know what the deal is with bringing alcohol on with you. We were on the ocean princess in april 2001 and brought on anything , they actually had a liquor store right at the dock in san juan.
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Old February 23rd, 2002, 07:33 PM
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Post 9/11 - I would say put the alcohol securely wrapped in the CHECKED luggage - it may take a little longer to get to your cabin, but you will get your alcohol. I wouldn't chance it trying to carry it on - you may make it, but if you don't you will be disappointed.
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Old February 23rd, 2002, 07:51 PM
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Kim,
Definately plan to go to Sting Ray City and snorkel with the sting rays there, its a great excersion, probibaly the best one in the Western Caribbean. If you are stopping in Jamaica, try Dunns River falls, thats fun too, but stick with a tour there, just for safety reasons or go with a group :-)

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Old February 23rd, 2002, 09:31 PM
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Princess only allows you to bring Wine back to your cabin. All other liquor is taken and returned to you on the last day.
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Old February 24th, 2002, 12:02 PM
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The liquor policy was amended in the Contract of Passage 12/01. Only wine and champagne are permitted to be carried on. Beer and liquor will be held.
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Old February 25th, 2002, 09:55 AM
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Donna,
ALCOHOL QUESTION
Do they make you open all your carry-on items? If you had a sealed package, would have to open it?

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Old February 25th, 2002, 08:03 PM
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Hi Henry,
No, we didn't have to open any carry-on, but they do go through the x-ray machine, so I suppose if they "saw" something, they would investigate further?? We did buy a 6 pack of beer in one of the ports and were asked upon returning to the ship if we had any alcohol and we said beer, that was no problem.

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Old February 25th, 2002, 09:16 PM
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I got a question on this in my email. LEt me share the language of the contract just for clarification:

"Carrier kindly requests that You do not bring alcoholic beverages of any kind (except wine and champagne) on board for consumption"

It goes on to explain how they will safekeep your purchases, etc.

I think this makes it pretty clear that beer isn't to be brought aboard.
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Old February 26th, 2002, 10:50 AM
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Hi Donna,
Thanks for the INFO. It looks like you could put your Alcohol in a large Coke bottle and get by the X-Ray machine.
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> Hi Henry,
> No, we didn't have to open any carry-on, but they do go
> through the x-ray machine, so I suppose if they "saw"
> something, they would investigate further?? We did buy a 6
> pack of beer in one of the ports and were asked upon
> returning to the ship if we had any alcohol and we said beer,
> that was no problem.
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Old February 26th, 2002, 01:19 PM
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We recently returned from a Western Caribbean cruise on the
Grand. Due to the comments on this and other boards, we
transferred the contents of two 0.75 liter bottles of rum
to an empty 1.5 liter water bottle. We placed this into a
two gallon ziplock bag and placed this in our checked baggage.
We encountered no problem. I strongly object to the efforts
to prevent the private consumption of ones own alcohol in the
privacy of ones own stateroom. If you like to mix your private
stash with Coke (or other soft drink), I recommend buying the $17.50 softdrink sticker at any of the bar sites onboard. In our case this brought the average cost of drinks down to $0.50.

Good luck and happy sailing,

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Old February 27th, 2002, 07:45 PM
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If they see a bottle during the x-ray check they will ask if you have liquor. That is what happened with us on the Dawn a few weeks ago.
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