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thetenant63 January 21st, 2008 09:13 PM

Case of Wine?
If we bring a case of wine & put a luggage tag on it..will it get delivered to our cabin without a problem?

Sailing April 30, 2007 Barcelona - Venice

richstacy January 21st, 2008 11:24 PM

Probably not. Cruise lines make their money by selling you drinks including wine. They can't do that if people bring on their own booze. While most lines will allow you to bring aboard one bottle of wine, (no hard liquor,) not a case. If they catch you they will confiscate it and give it back to you as you get off the ship. Crappy policy, but that's the way it is these days. If you want to risk breakage you might be able to get a couple of bottles aboard in luggage, or maybe not. All the lines seem to get stricter every year.

Personally, I'd much rather pay a $100 surcharge for the privilege of bringing on my own booze so I can mix my own Margaritas they way I like them.

kandajones January 22nd, 2008 09:04 AM

As an option you could always bring a bottle or two from that coutry on board at each port of call.
That way you will have a chance to taste Spanish, French, and Italian wines - not sure about Greek or Turkish wines tho :wink:

Would save carrying the original case & getting them broken en route.


Karlie January 24th, 2008 01:22 AM

Case Of Wine
It will be confiscated as you are not allowed to bring alcohol on the ship. Security scanner will pick it up......


kandajones January 24th, 2008 08:58 AM

Re: Case Of Wine

Originally Posted by Karlie
It will be confiscated as you are not allowed to bring alcohol on the ship. Security scanner will pick it up......


Karlie, I know the States are far stricter, but remember this cruise will be in European waters, where we have never had any issues with any of the cruise lines.

IMHO I still reccomend buying a bottle or two in the first port to 'test the water'. In the unlikely event that they get held back, you will have them returned for the end of the cruise, so you have lost nothing.


Karlie January 24th, 2008 10:39 AM

[b]Well good luck.....further advise....check with security and get exact asking a generalized question about may get it back at the end of your cruise you, you may not!!...The other thing you might want to consider is it really worth the embrassment if they dont give it back......Also some country's wont let it threw customs....if your bringing it home....

Good Luck on whatever you do.........

Marguerite January 24th, 2008 10:56 AM

Princess states that you may bring wine or champagne on board. We have done that without a problem

richstacy January 24th, 2008 04:29 PM

There is more misinformation on this thread than on any other I have ever seen. It's all over the place :!: Confusion reigns :!:

I am reminded of Yogi Berra's famous question when he went over to the Mets. "Don't anyone here know how to play this game?" The policies that exist now, on all lines, that do not allow you to bring more than a bottle or two of wine aboard have little to do with customs or what country you board in. They have to do with the simple fact that cruise lines lose money by allowing passengers to bring their own booze on board.

Thus the birth of the industry-wide, misguided policies preventing us from doing so. You would think that spending thousands of dollars on a cruise would entitle you to the privilege of mixing your own drinks, and drinking your own wine (In case quantities if you prefer.) You would be wrong. You haven't spent enough money yet, and the powers that be in the industry have decided that they want you to drink their booze not your own.

So unless you find a sympathetic employee who will look the other way, chances are your favorite scotch or your case of Cab '03, will be taken, and returned to you upon disembarkation.

Some lines have a program where they will (for a very hefty price) have a bottle of your favorite beverage placed in your stateroom as a sailaway gift. We did this on a HAL 30 day cruise with a nice bottle of tequila. I then sneaked a liter of Cointreau on in a plastic water bottle and we had margaritas on our verandah every evening before dinner. delightful, until the tequila ran out. Saved a bundle. So I imagine they've found a way to negate even that policy by now. :-?

kandajones January 24th, 2008 07:12 PM

My comments (marked "IMHO" ) were purely based on personal experience up to Mid Decemebr 2007, across Princess, P&O, Cunard & Fred.Olsen - some 50+ cruises in European waters & yet to have a bottle confiscated - long may that last.

If others have had different experiences then I guess it's down to luck - good or bad.


richstacy January 24th, 2008 07:24 PM

I was bringing bottles aboard too, up until about 3 or 4 years ago when they started cracking down. Obviously, you haven't taken 50 cruises in the last three years now have you? When was the last time you walked aboard with a bottle of spirits, not sneaked aboard in luggage, but walked right past security with it? What line was it? Doubt if it was Cunard. Certainly not Holland or Princess. I've seen both of them turn booze away (actually politely take it with a promise to return it upon disembarkation) in ports all around the world.

kandajones January 25th, 2008 04:20 AM

Rich, this isn't supposed to be a slanging match, I am just trying to offer advice based on personal experience.

In answer to your questions, in the last 3 years we have taken 4 cruises on Cunard, having carried spirits & wine back on board (from a port of call - not boarding) on 3 occaisions that I can think off, including Gibraltar which is a Duty Free ports. On Princess, we've probably taken 7 or 8 cruises, many of which call into the Duty Free Atlantic Isles, and again everyone always bring drink back on board without incident, it's quite unusual for someone to be returning to the ship without a bag 'clinking' away.

Obviously your experiences have been different, and I wonder if they were on this side of the Pond? Perhaps they clamp down a lot more in US waters.

So as I said, I was just offering a personal insight, and accept that the rules could be enforced at any time at the crew's whim. I hope you can accept my posts as the friendly & informative messages that I always try to provide.

Happy Cruising,


richstacy January 25th, 2008 04:54 PM

Alan, although we have been to the U.K. twice in recent years, we have not done a European cruise since well before the crackdown. I took a bottle on at Tilbury, but that was some years ago. We have seen Princess and HAL squeal about it from Hong Kong and Tokyo to Vancouver and Valparaiso and Buenos Aires to Rio. Have had numerous Brits as table mates who have not said it was any different anywhere else.

That said, I have had crew members turn a blind eye and not say a word! It could be that they have had so many complaints that they are easing up a bit. I would hope so! I tried to find something on the Princess website about the policy but could not.

Your Anglophile CruiseMate,

richstacy January 25th, 2008 05:07 PM

by the way Alan, there is quite a discussion ( with no definitive resolution) of this on another thread:


Karlie January 26th, 2008 10:58 AM

CASE OF WINE 7, 2007

Hopefully this will settle this discussion........if you read it and digest it....

Sea u at Sea... :roll:

Paul Motter January 26th, 2008 11:39 AM

Thank you for posting the Link, Karlie, I was just about to. This article has the Princess policy:


Princess Cruises
This is what we like to see, a comprehensive, no-nonsense policy that tells you exactly where you stand:

Question: What is the alcohol policy onboard Princess Cruises?

Answer: We kindly request that you do not bring alcoholic beverages (other than wine and/or champagne) onboard for consumption. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty free from the ship's gift shop or at ports of call will be collected for safekeeping and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the voyage. A member of our Security Staff will be at the gangway to assist with the storage of your alcoholic beverage purchases.

Question: What are the age restrictions for alcohol consumption and access to the casino and disco?

Answer: The legal drinking age of 21 years is always observed onboard and proof of age may be required. All onboard staff are trained to take seriously their responsibility to not serve alcohol to underage passengers. The age restrictions are clearly posted in the bars. Entry into the disco is limited to passengers 18 years and older. Be sure to check with the child and teen centers, however, for special disco events designed just for kids. Children under the age of 18 are welcome in the gymnasium, spa and Jacuzzi; and also in the evening entertainment show lounges when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In line with domestic age limits, as well as Princess' company policy, the casino is reserved for passengers 21 years and older. Additionally, only those passengers 21 years and older will be allowed to purchase or consume alcohol. For those whose age is questionable, picture identification may be requested.
It does say you can bring wine aboard, so the original post was a air question, because the policy does not state how much you may bring.

The answer most likely that if you showed up with a case you could show them the above (it is from their own web site) and argue your right. However, I sense that they mean it to be up to two bottles per entrance.

Therefore, the suggestion of buying it in different ports and bringing it onboard is a good one. Also, although they don't state it here, there may be a corkage fee if you want to drink it in the dining room. Most cruise ships that allow wine on board charge one, but not if you drink it in your cabin.

richstacy January 26th, 2008 02:14 PM

Thanks Paul, appreciate your clearing it up. That is pretty much what my understanding had been, and it doesn't seem to have changed. I do not know what the policy on Cunard is, because I have never sailed with them, but I suspect that Alan's experience with Princess is with respect to the occasional bottle of wine, which fits the policy, or sometimes a lenient security officer who just looks the other way.

Karlie January 26th, 2008 05:30 PM

sometimes a lenient security officer who just looks the other way.........................

UMMMM!!! ain't going to happen........unles of coarse they want to loose there everyone on crew knows what everyone is doing......and the cameras are always on.....either onshore or on ship....but hay if you want to try it and think its a good idea....well your the one that has to live with the results of what happens......I was hoping most people that come on crusies were honest decent folks....and would not jeperdize someones livelyhood for the sake of shadyness.....
HMMMMMM!!! wondering now........

SEA U AT SEA.........going to be watching yah......... LOL

richstacy January 27th, 2008 02:53 PM

Hate to disagree Karlie, but they do in fact look the other way fairly often. I've seen it happen on numerous occasions.

tonidee January 29th, 2008 02:04 PM

case of wine
As a memeber of the Temecula Valley Wine Society in Temecula, California, we will be going on our 4th group cruise next month for a 15day Hawaii. We always bring at least 1 case of wine, per person, checking it curbside, tipping extra, and never have had a problem....some day we might, but so far, no problem.

mnmarkne January 31st, 2008 05:51 AM

Karlie....where do you come up with your mis-information?

Have you ever had wine taken away on a Princess crusie?

The Princess policy clearly states you can bring wine aboard.

Other forums have numerous accounts of people putting a luggage tag on a case of wine and having it delivered to their stateroom on Princess cruises.

tonidee January 31st, 2008 01:45 PM

case of wine
I must add to my earlier post, that we have taken wine on Princess and Carnival with no problem.

RCCL has now changed its rules, and if they decide to check your luggage, water bottles, mouthwash, etc., and find any alcohol at all, including wine or champagne, you may be disembarked or not allowed to board at all, so I would definately not take any on RCCL. I called and they said, no wine or champagne at all!!

I do hope the other cruise lines do not enforce this rule!!


TravelBugs January 31st, 2008 02:22 PM

[quote="Paul Motter"
It does say you can bring wine aboard, so the original post was a air question, because the policy does not state how much you may bring.

From the recent Princess Cruise Answer Book

"You may bring wine or champagne onboard to celebrate special occasions (limit: one bottle per person)"

TravelBugs January 31st, 2008 02:27 PM


Originally Posted by Paul Motter
Also, although they don't state it here, there may be a corkage fee if you want to drink it in the dining room. Most cruise ships that allow wine on board charge one, but not if you drink it in your cabin.

Also in the Princess Cruise Answer Book:

"If consumed in the dining rooms or alternative restaurants, each bottle will be subject to a $15 corkage fee*.

*Charges are subject to change"

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