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Old January 30th, 2005, 12:11 AM
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Hi I called Princess and she said you can bring on 2 bottles of wine and also said you Can buy liquor on the ship at the stores and are allowed to bring the bottle in your room,Is This True????? Also she said you can bring pop in your rooms??? Please let me know Ill definately be needing some RUM hahahahahha
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Old January 30th, 2005, 07:24 AM
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A suggestion: Buy your own liquor before you get on the ship. Buy the plastic bottles if you can. Put each bottle in a double Ziploc bag, and wrap in bubble wrap if you have any. Put the liquor in your checked baggage, not your carry-on. The prices they charge onboard are significantly higher than you would pay on shore.

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Old January 30th, 2005, 08:00 AM
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Thanks but wont they check it in the suitcase and open it?
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Old January 30th, 2005, 01:27 PM
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A big bottle of rum from room service costs $20.
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Old January 31st, 2005, 06:03 AM
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The chance of them opening an individual suitcase to remove a bottle of booze is very slim. Even with the tighter security at cruise ports, the hundreds and hundreds of bags they load onboard makes it very unlikely they would get your stuff. We've done 15 cruises, and never had a checked bag opened. On our last cruise I had some booze in my carry-on, and they saw it on the X-ray, but let me take it through.

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Old January 31st, 2005, 06:57 AM
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wine and champagne is not a problem, neither is soda.

if you purchase the liquor on board to take to your stateroom, you will have to pay the "catering price", usually substantially higher than the actual cost.

I have found taking liquor in my checked luggage has not been a problem. I like putting it in smaller plastic bottles as they pack easier.
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Old January 31st, 2005, 08:28 AM
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On Princess ships you can buy liquor from room service. The prices and selection are all printed up in a nice leather bound portfolio that you will find in your cabin. You can save quite a bit as you do not pay tax or duty. And that way you are not "smuggling" liquor on board in your checked baggage.
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Old January 31st, 2005, 11:45 PM
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Usually we've taken liquor onboard, both at the beginning of the cruise and from a port stop, without problem. We've taken three Princess cruises in the past four months (two Sun, one Sapphire) and found that the onboard purchase prices have been realistic and not so hugely inflated as they were before. But....yes, we still do bring that bottle of rum in our carry-on luggage.

When we returned to the ship from several Caribbean ports a few weeks ago, the security agent asked if we had a bottle of rum in our bag, after it went through the screening machine. We replied "yes", and he said, "enjoy it!" The way we looked at it was that if they confiscated it and returned it at the end of the cruise (as they state they will do), then we'll just adjust accordingly and carry the bottle back home. (....or have one heck of a party in the airport gate area!).

The wording on Princess' paperwork and daily "Princess Patter" is that they ".....strongly advises against bringing liquor back onboard......". It definitely doesn't state that you can't, or it's prohibited, etc., anywhere that we've seen.

I think it's a 50-50 chance. We may have lucked out with that one security agent telling us to enjoy it. But we've taken over 20 cruises and never had or luggage opened or anything confiscated.

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Old January 31st, 2005, 11:48 PM
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I forgot to mention....if you purchase liquor in the ship's shop, it's held until the final day of your cruise for you to carry home. Prices are very good when purchasing it that way. But for consumption during the cruise, you go through Room Service. I think a regular size bottle of Myer's Rum was $20. The same bottle purchased to carry home was $10, and came in a great cardboard carrying box with handle.
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