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Old May 16th, 2004, 05:35 PM
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hello,

I'm taking a princess cruise (dawn) to alaska. Need to know best way to smuggle alcohol aboard. $10 corking fee to drink your own booze seems a little steep for me.
Any secrets out there?

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Old May 16th, 2004, 06:31 PM
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We just got back from Island Princess. We packed a 3 litre wine box in our luggage and a 750 ml plastic container of Vodka - no problem whatsoever.
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Old May 16th, 2004, 07:44 PM
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The Princess' policy is:
"wine is okay to bring onboard, but NOT hard liquor"
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Old May 17th, 2004, 09:47 AM
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the corking fee applies to wine only. Princess does not have a problem with you bringing aboard a "reasonable amount" of wine for consumption. If you want to drink your wine in your stateroom, pack a corkscrew in your checked baggage. IF you want your wine served with dinner, then Most of the Time you will pay the corking fee, however a lot depends upon your waiter. Some will waive the fee some will not.
As for hard alcohol, its stated in writing. The basic cost for a good drink is similar to what you would pay at home at a good restaurant or bar.
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Old May 17th, 2004, 10:13 AM
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Corkage applies only in the dining room, and then at the waiter's discression. Most hard liquor is available on the ship for in-cabin purchase at prices lower than or equal to what you'll pay to haul it from your home.
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Old May 17th, 2004, 11:52 AM
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thanks everyone for your input!
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Old May 24th, 2004, 03:15 PM
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You can order a bottle of hard liquor from room service for less than you can purchase it at home.

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Old May 25th, 2004, 06:52 PM
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Ok, need to clear up lots of inaccuracies. First you cannot buy liquor on board for LESS than you can at home. Trust me and my bar tab from one week on board the Golden. We brought some Chambord (raspberyy liqueor) and we ordered vodka as a bon voyage gift so that we wouldn't have to lug it. BUT basically you can put whatever in your checked luggage and they won't know. But the wine prices were at least $5 per GLASS.

Policy is in writing yes, but if it's in your checked luggage you won't have any problems.

Anyways, smuggle away!
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Old May 25th, 2004, 07:22 PM
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So what your saying is, your luggage is not searched before it is taken on the ship? I would just think with security the way it is, they would be checking...
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Old May 26th, 2004, 08:12 AM
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Lilafilly,

I'm sorry but you are wrong. Princess allows you to purchase bottles of liquor from room service or one of the bars to take back to your room. You can also order it in advance on the Princess web site and it will be sitting in your room the day you board.

One liter of Absolute vodka is $22. You aren't going to find it cheaper in the states. you can go to Princess's web site and check the prices for your self if you don't believe me.

Scott
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Old May 26th, 2004, 09:10 AM
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Very true Scott. And a liter of Grey Goose is only $32.00! Can't beat that! Order the hard stuff from room service and bring on your wine/champagne.
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Old May 26th, 2004, 09:19 AM
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Hey Ahracer - Thanks for the info about purchasing liquor prior to boarding by going to the Princess Website and have it waiting for you when you board. I looked at the site and didn't see that feature. Could you please indicate where and how to access this feature? This sounds like a good idea and I would like to check out the price of my favorite brand. Thanks for your help.
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Old May 26th, 2004, 09:25 AM
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Try this http://www.princess.com/onboard/sendagift/liquor.html

There is a form to print out and fax them.

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Old May 26th, 2004, 09:46 AM
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If you can order a bootle or two to your room can you order a couple cases of beer?
For those who enjoy a cool one on the balcony.
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Old May 26th, 2004, 11:08 AM
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No
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Old May 26th, 2004, 02:05 PM
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You won't have room in those tiny refrigerators for a couple of cases of beer. A few bottles maybe, but no more than that. Depending on the port, I often stop at a local store and pick up a six-pack of local or unusual beer. No one has ever bothered me about bringing it on board. You can also order a "bucket" at the bar, 6 for the price of 5.
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Old May 26th, 2004, 07:56 PM
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The beer thing is nice to know. My hubby is a beer drinker.With all his thoughts of taking beer on board in the luggage, he finally decided that for convenience sake,and having a "cold" one when he wants it, he'll just get one at the bar.His bar tab hasn't been very high! It's the Casino where the most cash is spent. If he can have a few available for late at night, or returning to the room and relaxing,then that's all he needs. However, it has really worked out better just to get it at the bar--as needed. Lynne
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Old May 27th, 2004, 03:36 PM
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My husband is a wine salesman, and we were wanting to bring a case of wine with us on the ship. Put some in the room and some for dinner. I know they charge the uncorcking fee but do you think they limit you to the amount?
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Old May 27th, 2004, 08:52 PM
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We have always taken wine aboard in our carry-on luggage,but only if we don't fly. We usually leave from San Pedro, so that is our home port. They have never said anything, but of course we only drink it in our room. Good luck, enjoy your cruise, Alaska is the best we have been 5time on that cruise and would go again tomorrow!!!
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Old May 28th, 2004, 04:43 PM
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Diamond allowed you to bring wine or Champaign. You may cork it in your state room, pour a glass and walk around the ship. No problems here. As for any other alcohol, I don't advise it.
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Old May 30th, 2004, 10:32 PM
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Christy,

In December I did 10-day Island Princess to the Panama Canal. I figured I needed ten bottles of wine! I carried a case of wine on the airplane, and then walked on the ship with it. No questions asked
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