I am traveling on Royal's Navigator of the Sea in March and I am a first time cruiser. What is the policy about having some bottles of booze in ones suitcase. Do they actullay check into every piece of luggage and if so do the take from you booze if found? I have a friend who brought aboad three gallons of gin and bottles of champagne and no issue was made of this but that was a Carnival boat!
Boy I can tell you that is not the way it is on NCL, they confiscated any booze we had and every island was in cahoots with the cruise line. We tried to buy some rum in Georgetown and the stores would not let us have the booze, they told us that they would deliver the bottles to our ship and the ship would give us them as we departed the last day of our cruise. In Cozumel they advertised a "special" buy a bottle of rum and get a free tote bag. So my son bought it and sure enough they confiscated it! I felt like the booze nazi was on the ship! "No Booze For you" We were treated like criminals, they just want the guest pay for each and every drink! If RCCL is letting you take it aboard go for it!
We were on Rhapsody in September. I brought a bottle in my suitcase-no problem. I wrapped it in bubble wrap for protection. We bought wine in Key West and walked on board with it. We bought liqour in Cozumel and did the same. RCI is a great company and run a first class cruise line!
Boarding the Rhapsody in October, My wife, daughter, and I each carried
a bottle of champagne onboard. Mine was in an ice chest on wheels.
Our travel agent was about an hour behind us checking in, and got his confiscated.
I think it has a lot to do with the cruise line personell in the terminal.
That is the first time I have ever heard of anyone geting thier Champagne confiscated by RCI. I just went to thier website and under "food & Beverage Q&A" the question is answered by RCI. They, that is RCI, are saying one can bring either wine or Champagne aboard the ship for "special events" such as a birhtday or anniversary and can bring it to their stateroom for consumption. If RCI is posting this information on their website what right do they have to confiscate a person's champagne?
We just got back from the AOS and I brought my box of Curacau liqueor back on board from the tour, and no one asked me for it. I don't even rememeber seeing the desk set up where they usually ask you for it. I don't think they will hassle you about it unless you are really trying to abuse the privelge. I did see a desk set up for liquor purchased later on, but if you brought in one or two bottles in your backpack, I don't think they would notice.