We've taken only 1 other cruise on Princess and enjoyed it very much... going to Alaska next year on the Serenade, and have some questions for all you vetran RCCI folks. I've heard that Royal Caribbean is more strict with their alchohol / wine policies... we were able to take our own wine aboard Princess (not even disguised, packed in a wine box and put in with our checked luggage)...can I do this with RCCI? Are tips put onto our account like on Princess? This was quite convenient, as you don't have to figure it all out and dispurse the money yourself.... Well, we arent sailing until Sept. 06 so as my questions come, as Arnold says..."I'll be back"... Thanx
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The only alcohol I've ever smuggled aboard was a bottle of champagne in each of our 2 checked pieces. I've done that on Princess, RCCL, Carnival and NCL without incident.
If you check the archives on the boards, liquor smuggling is a pretty frequent topic so you might check there for further info. I don't recall other passengers commenting about severe measures to contain bootlegging, though.
Yes, your tips are added in to your onboard account.
On RCI you, if you want your tips added to your account, you have to fill out a form stating so. You should be given vouchers to put in envelopes to had out to the individuals. If you don't fill out the form, then you can put the cash in the envelopes to personally hand them to the individual and thank them.
Teresa and Larry
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7 night Mexican Riviera
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7 night Eastern Caribbean
Kuki - in 2002 they took my wine that I brought in my carry on and said that I could not bring it on board - it was only 2 bottles... I got them back the last day.. Carnival has always allowed it but RCL told me "no".. Debbie
Our experience with RCCL is that they do not allow alcholol to be brought on and consumed - legally. Per the RCCL info
"Alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty-free from the Shops On Board or
at ports of call will be stored by us and delivered to your stateroom on the
last day of your voyage. A member of our staff will be at the gangway to
assist with the storage of your purchases. Should you choose to consume
alcoholic beverages purchased from the Shops On Board, a consumption fee
will apply at the time of purchase. Note that no open liquor bottles will be
permitted to be brought into dining areas or public areas. "
However - On every trip we have smuggled booze/mixers on board in the plastic liquor flasks you can buy at your liquor store. The last trip we took a leap of faith and bought the plastic bottles of booze, electrical taped the tops to prevent leaking and put them into a plastic zip lock bags. We always put these in our checked luggage, never the carryon. They have always made it to our room and nothing was said by the cabin steward. He no doubt thought we were professional drinkers! At the ports of call we would pick up mixers or a 6 pack of diet coke to bring back on board. Now I understand why I saw some cruisers taking a 24 pack of coke in the carryon when boarding in Miami.
As it says in the RCCL caption, if your short on space in your luggage, you can also buy liquor at the duty free shops on board and pay a corking fee to take it to the room and consume it, but it can be pretty pricy, but certainly cheaper than their bar drinks. The corking fee applies to everything - wine or hard liquor - if your intent is to consume it. On one RCCL cruise, they opened up the duty free shop and did a two for one and charged only one cork fee for everything and allowed us to take all of it to the room for consumption. So, I guess it just depends.