Things have definately changed since 9-11, almost all the cruiselines have restricted their alchol policies, so it is difficult to bring onboard, but we were just on Golden Princess and were able to bring beer onboard, so you may not have a problem with some wine, but be careful. A lot of cruisers are just packing in their checked luggage and not carry-on. You are correct about the pools and hot tubs on RCCL, they do close earlier than on Princess. One of the nice features of cruising on Princess, the pools and tubs are open much later. So, I'd do your swimming during the day
We did see Radiance in port in St. Maarten a few weeks ago, and she's one nice looking ship, bet you will have a great time, enjoy!
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