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Old March 8th, 2006, 04:10 PM
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Does anyone know if you are allowed to BYOB on RCCL cruises? I have been on cruises in the past and have seen liquor/wine/beer etc. confiscated and held until the end of the cruise. I would like to purchase some liquor and special wine to take on board with me to have in the cabin as the bar bill can get pretty hefty on a 7 day cruise and this time we're doing 10! I don't want to have to mess around at the airport trying to fit it into my checked baggage and also run the risk of breakage.
We will be sailing on The Splendour of the Seas departing SJU on April 29th. Cheers!
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You can bring wine and champage on RCI... but not hard liquor.
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I think they change the rules regarding this frequently , so my comments here may be outdated. On our cruise last summer we could purchase duty free liquor in the gift shop on board -- there was an extra fee charged for room consumption -- which may have been $8 -$10 per liter, which made the price similar, if not cheaper than stateside. Definitely a nice service.
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Why not buy liquor onboard. RCI loves hefty bar bills
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wine yes, liquor no.The policy is in writing in the cruise brochure and also on the FAQ section of RCCL's web site.
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Last week my father-in-law brought 2 bottles of wine and 1 bottle of Bacardi in his carry-on. We didn't try to hide it, and no-one said anything. This was on the Enchantment.
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We had a bottle of rum in our checked baggage - just buy the plastic bottle, put it in zip lock bag.
Also, if you buy a frozen drink (like pina colada) on RCI ship, ask for a plain glass. The "souvenir" plastic glasses cost over a dollar more, plus they add gratuity. The bartenders don't tell anyone this, and I saw people order drinks and keep throwing away the souvenir glasses because they didn't know or ask if you could get a plain glass.
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I was on the Enchantment last week and brought on 1 bottle of wine and 1 bottle of Capt. Morgan in my checked bags. No problems what so ever.
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you can bring bottle(s) of liqour in plastic bottle(s)
along with mixers like cuervo margarita mix etc... in plastic bottles(s) wrapped in ziploc bags. just pack it in your paked luggage.
no problems with airlines or cruiselines.

just ask your stateroom attendant to keep your ice bucket filled.

get a drink from the bar, keep the glass, and make you own drinks.
you need a refrigerator to keep the mixer cold once opened.
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Rysia,

There are many comments, agreements, disagreements, legal arguments, etc., etc. about this topic on both Cruise Mates and Cruise Critics. Don't give an opinion unless you are ready for the "fur to fly". I suggest you do what you think is best for you.
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you can bring bottle(s) of liqour in plastic bottle(s)
along with mixers like cuervo margarita mix etc...
just ask your stateroom attendant to keep your ice bucket filled.
Or, just go to the Windjammer and ask for a couple of large glasses with just ice. Saves wear and tear on your cabin attendant.
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Or, just go to the Windjammer and ask for a couple of large glasses with just ice. Saves wear and tear on your cabin attendant
wear and tear ????????????

sure you can get the glass and ice at windjammer or any lounge for that matter. but as a matter of convenience, since the mixer is already in the fridge.

i dont think merely asking your stateroom attendant to keep you ice bucket filled is adding any wear and tear to him/her. they know why you want the ice, they dont have to ask. if you have a good attendant, it may be worth a little extra tip for the good service.
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I,ve written it before and I´ll write it again:
Why not buy your booze onboard
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Believe me there will be booze bought on board! On "sea days" we will purchase cocktails poolside and we like to have a pre-dinner martini as well as drinks in the casino. We usually buy a bottle of wine at dinner every night also. It's just nice to have our own cocktails in our cabins while we are getting ready for dinner or have a nightcap if we feel like it.

As for "wear and tear" on the cabin attendant, they are there for the purpose of seeing to the passengers' needs. In addition to the suggested tip at the end of the cruise, it's always nice to give them a little something upfront "To Insure Prompt Service".
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I absolutely agree, Rysia

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As for "wear and tear" on the cabin attendant, they are there for the purpose of seeing to the passengers' needs. In addition to the suggested tip at the end of the cruise, it's always nice to give them a little something upfront "To Insure Prompt Service".
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Old March 21st, 2006, 01:00 PM
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Booze, wine, and mixers in the luggage means less room for shoes! There is also the very good chance that it will get smashed and leak no matter how well you pack it.

For me, personally, the 'savings'-to-'pain-in-the-butt' ratio for smuggling just isn't worth it. I generally just order a drink from wherever I am before heading back to the room to dress for dinner or whatever. Then there is always room service, if that one mysteriously goes empty.

For those who do wish to bring something on board with them, the new rule seems to be:
two bottles of wine per person, of a brand they do NOT serve on the ship.

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Exactely Tracy and as DtW wrote you´re hot
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Roland,
You are just too sweet! Making me blush...at least I'll match my hat!

FYI, I managed to change my cabin on the FOS inaugural to the "hump" on deck six (one popped open last week). Next time you make a trek to see her, I'll have to give you the number so you can check it out for me!

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It may be sooner than you think before I see her again, so a six-hump-number could be interesting



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Next time you make a trek to see her, I'll have to give you the number so you can check it out for me! Tracy
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Old March 21st, 2006, 01:49 PM
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so a six-hump-number could be interesting
You are very bad! DtW has been rubbing off on you!

I will PM you the number. It's on the beginning of the hump, not the apex, but I'm hoping the balcony will still be bigger like it is on the other ships.

To stay on topic...everyone will have to bring their own drinks to any parties on my balcony, as I won't have a bar set up in the cabin.

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I apoligize if I´ve been bad, my dear.
And I will not come to your cabin, wether it has a bar or not.
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And I will not come to your cabin, wether it has a bar or not.
Bummer! Why not?
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I have a feeling we´re about to derail again!
But to answer your question: I will not be onboard!!
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you can put it in water and ice tea bottles.
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