One can always pack it in their luggage. However, unless you drink something you can't get on board, why bother? When you look at how much you've already spent for your cruise, is it worth a few bucks for this inconvenience? Relax and enjoy yourself.
Hi Joe I have to agree with Frank. It is not really worth the bother. The best thing to do is purchase the soda sticker when you board. If I remember, it is about $22.50 - $25.00 and is definitely worth it because you are able to use it during the entire cruise, and believe it or not, you will probably drink that much before your third day is done. Enjoy your cruise. Joe & Amelia
On our last cruise, with the water, soda, and coffee maker/coffee I brought. I estimate we saved $400.00 and were able to enjoy are favorites ( Starbucks, Diet Rite ) Now we are hard working people, and not willing to throw away $400.00 since money is tight for us.
I do appreciate you comments, but I just need to know if Princess would give us any grief for bring these items on board.
All they care about is the hard bozz and even then you can bring it in you bags and they say nothing. It all adds up, We saved alot by bring the coke and water with us as well as water bottals with rum and vodca. Besides they charge for everything else, bring what you can then you'll have more to spend on photos, tours, casino etc..
From our recollection you are allowed to bring anything but burbon (forgive me if I have spelt it wrong!) we Brits don't drink burbon. We Used to buy big bottles of water and wine to keep in our fridge in our cabin from every port of call. We like to have a drink of wine in our room while we are dressing on an evening. We also like to have plenty of water in our room to dilute the alcohol after a heavy night of enjoying ourselves.
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: Bringing soda & water
Why someone would want to cart bottled water onto a ship is beyond me........the water you consume is produced on board..........it is more pure than bottled water and what comes out of your tap. Granted it is not as cold, but that is simply rectified. Bring some EMPTY water bottles with you......store then in your room fridge and replenish as needed. Save the money!!!!!!
Carnival Breeze with Ray B and Aerogirl 5/4/14!
Not all bottle water taste the same. Take a drink of Poland Spring, Dasani & Evian and you'd notice a difference.
Tap water generally leaves a dry sensation, and cruise ship water also had a slight chlorineated taste. Since we didn't want to feel thristy the whole cruise drinking tap water or paying $3+ for a 1 liter bottle of water, my girlfreind talked me into bring 6 liters of water (in my luggage, not hers). The lazy side of me didn't see the point of bringing water. But when I saw the room charges that did not include water & beverages, I did feel a lot better about dragging all that liquid weight..
We did bring a bottle of wine on our 1st cruise, but I reasoned that the price of a good bottle at home is slightly less than an average bottle onboard (& not being the wine connoisseur, I probably can't tell the difference), I might as well save the trouble of having a bottle in the luggage (on top of the 6 liters).
If we were inclined to have the hard stuff, we'd look silly at the Wheelhouse drinking our own brew while enjoying the atmosphere.
What we did do was bought a bottle of rum at Cozumel and took it straight to our room. With the soda cards that we had, go 2 large cokes with no ice & mixed generously
This applies to PRINCESS ships - Princess allows you bring aboard wine and champagne for your consumption in your cabin or at dinner - if you bring your wine to dinner be prepared to pay a corkage fee.
The tap water on Princess is very good, very pure, no after-taste at all. Its just not cold, Have each person bring aboard a water bottle for personal consumption- re-fill it and put it in the fridge.
Soda stickers - $22.50 i believe unlimited soda. Its hit or miss when you "hide" soda in your carry-on - it goes thru the scanner and if they see it, they could take it from you or they could let it go. You just don't know. Would they allow you to bring aboard say a six-pack of soda if you are carrying openly - No - you have to "hide" it to get it on board.
Now the whole booze issue - PRINCESS allows you to purchase bottles of booze from Room Service for less than what you would pay for it at home. They bring the bottle to your room.- Why bother packing any?
As for bringing alcohol aboard in your carry-on from port - your carry-on goes thru the x-ray machine, and it could be taken from you and returned at the end of the cruise. Especially at the duty-free ports like St.Maarten and St.Thomas where it is known that people buy alcohol.
guess we really lucked out on CP last time. not only were we able to bring aboard alcholic purchases from the port to our room, i don't think we were charged a corkage fee for the bottle of bubbly we brought to dinner on the last night of the cruise
We brought a case of water on board - just slap a luggage tag on the case and it's delivered right to your room. The friends we travelled with did the same. No hassle at all. We purchased the cases in Ft Lauderdale at the Walmart.
We drink a lot of bottled water and feel we saved money and the hassle of trying to fill up those 500 ml bottles in the room. We always had cold water and the unopened bottles were easy to carry into the ports. I found the price for the bottled water onboard to be way too expensive. I compare it to the outrageous pricing on the photos. They were the only items we felt overpriced.
That is my concern with soda. We drink alot of soda (yea yea i know it's not good for us but we could be doing worse things). I was going to bring a 12 pack of regular and diet coke for us to put in the room fridge for when we didn't want to go down to get a soda .. say first thing in the morning or late at night when we have already turned in.
From what I understand is we have to hide it in our luggage? If this is so I need to rearrange my luggage! When I went on a different cruise line i saw someone just carry it on, I am assuming that Princess is different in this policy?
I never heard of anyone having trouble bring soda, water or wine on board a princess ship. Hard liquior yes..beer maybe. I also plan on bring some water on board first as stated it is cheaper then shipboard and second the ship water has to harsh a chemical taste to me, seems almost "salty"..imo. I will refill the bottles if need during the trip or pick up more in port..would rather spend the extra $$$ on a drink or two at the pool..
also agree that the ships pictures have gotten way over priced.
if you need ice, all you do is call your room steward and he/she will bring it to you.
As for the whole soda issue - if you want to take up precious space in your checked luggage thats up to you, and take the risk of spillage or you can buy the unlimited soda card for the week for $22.50 (i think)
Our last cruise we brought a case of small water bottles with us. But I agree with Lisa, the water served on the ship was just fine. My MIL brought on a case of "fresca" soda since this is the only kind she drinks and they did allow it . I agree with Lisa , buy a soda sticker if you drink a lot of soda. As for alcohol I don't know as we don't drink.
June 1st 2015--- Denali Explorer Cruise on Star Princess!
Just to let everyone know there was absolutely no problem with bringing in sodas. We both brought 2 - 12 packs each aboard, but in a duffle bag. There was absolutely no questions asked. Highly recommend doing that if you drink alot of sodas! Also very nice to have if you decide to eat on your balcony -- which we did at least 2 times a day.
I've never had any trouble bringing soda on board. I've either brought it or bought it on shore. (everyone was flocking to one store in Ketchikan for soda where it was cheap) I personally like Dr Pepper which I can't get on board. I don't like the drink card because you get a "fountain" drink (yuck), not a canned soda, so I'll buy Diet Coke if I'm buying on board. But there's no problem bringing soda on board.
I'm still grinning about self-proclaimed frugal people who prefer Starbuck's coffee.
Sounds like an oxymoron unless you buy the coffee that's roasted by Starbuck's at Costco. The added benefit (aside from lower cost) is that the Costco version isn't over roasted like regular Starbuck's is.
Somebody figured out that if you quit stopping at Starbuck's every morning for your $4 coffee and invest the money instead, and do it from your 20's onward, you can retire early and rich.