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Old 07-23-2006, 06:40 AM
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We were just on the Sensation in late June. We took a boxed wine in our checked luggage without issue. We did put the box into one of those huge hefty bags in case of leakage.
We also had no problem with a 12 pack of Coke in our carry on.
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Old 07-23-2006, 01:45 PM
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IslandCruz,

I guess it is like speed limits. Someone is always going to exceed them. And as a matter of personal disclosure, I did bring some beer along on a cruise once. I hadn't planned on it but had a few loose cans left from our hotel stay the night before. So they got tossed in the carry-on along with everything else that embarkation morning since I couldn't bear to leave them or trash them. This was on the Holiday in 2005.
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For those interested, Carnival is having another sale this coming Thursday (Wednesday for past guests), which features several $100 credit choices - one of which is a $100 bar credit.
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We have always taken 2 12 packs (one regular and one diet) in our carry on without any problems. The "rules" do allow a "reasonable" amount of soda and water. Wish I had taken water on board when we were on the Pride, because I spent a fortune on bottled water. I don't know why I was so thirsty...but I just could not get enough water. If you saw my bar bill, you would have wondered???
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I actually don't disagree with smuggling a little on board. I don't think $3.25 for a can of domestic beer is reasonable, when they pay 60 cents for it. For folks that do drink beer would equal $39 a 12 pack. I always bring a 12 pack in my luggage to off-set the cost a little and have an ice cold beer in my cabin. My opposition to 7thson's post is the reccomendation to fill your suitcase with booze, and then bring your clothes in coolers. I don't want that practice advertised and the cruise lines crack down on us that just bring in moderation.

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My reply about using a cooler is meant for fun. I cannot believe that it would be takien seriously.

As for taking alcohol on board I think you can carry on a 12 pack or beer or so with no objection.

As far as the price on board I think it is reasonable. $3.35 for a beer is really not bad. Add 15% tip and it is $3.74. It is about the same as most bars charge and may be even less. Just got got back from Vegas. Was playing VP at the bar. If you were not gambling a Miller Lite was $5.00 without a TIP. Seen people tipping $2 for a $5.00 beer. Usually if a beer cost $3.25 most people will give the server a 5 spot and say keep the change or give a dollar so $3.75 is getting off rather cheap. Plus they usually have a bucket of beer special that takes a few dollars off the price of 5 bottles. Even on the Islands the street vendors are charging about $2 for a bottle. If you drank a 12 pack a day on a 7 day cruise your bill would be only $273 and you would have consumed 12,600 calories from the beer alone. If you drink that much I wouldn't worry about the bar tab. I would be more concerned about the cost of new clothes after the cruise.
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So is it a NO or a YES should you do it or should you not do it? Just wondering if i was thinking of like say just a 12pac of corona on board what would be the best way to do it.
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So is it a NO or a YES should you do it or should you not do it? Just wondering if i was thinking of like say just a 12pac of corona on board what would be the best way to do it.
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KRoyal, that is really your call. Personally, I don't have a problem with it - some folks on this board do. The booze Nazis may let your 12pack pass and then again they may not.

By the way, since you like Corona, have you tried Modelo Especial? I think you'll really like it. However, I don't know if it's available on the ship.
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No one here can make the decision for you. The rule is NO, you are not supposed to do it. The reality is that YES, a few beers or a bottle or two of booze will most likely be "overlooked" by security. Just be prepared to write off the total cost if they do decide to make an issue of it.

And remember that this is only valid at the embarkation port. The ship's security people are quite strict at all the ports you stop at and if you bring something back with you they will take and hold all booze until the last day of the cruise.
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Try taking on your 12 pack. If it is "confiscated" it will be returned at the end of the cruise. Therefore you will only be out the inconvience.

I would take cans. Less likely to break and easier to handle that bottles.
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[quote]Originally posted by 7thSon:
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My reply about using a cooler is meant for fun. I cannot believe that it would be takien seriously.
Hey 7thSon, I guess I took it seriously because I have seen it happen. On the Tropicale in 1999 pre/911 a group of guys took their huge cooler to aft lido pool..which was really small and proceeded to drink alot of beer out of it, and even told one of the guys to go back to cabin and refill the cooler. Security did not do anything about it, and am not sure there was any security on the decks back then. The funniest part was I kept wondering how these guys keep drinking all that beer and never go to restroom. Well as the day progressed the clear water of the pool slowly turned to yellow.
By that time they were so toasted they did not realize everyone was laughing at them when they would spit water at each other..Carnival could not have put on a funnier show and is the hardest I have ever laughed at onboard free entertainment when I went back to see it at 5pm.

Back to the topic at hand, KRoyal take cans as 7thSon said, but in checked luggage. I am not even sure they serve bottles at all, they use to in piano bar a long while back, and certainly will be confiscated on open decks. I usually just enjoy a few in cabin or take one as I go to a function or casino. Someone on here said you could bring a 6-pack on at ports on another topic. I have never tried since 9/11 and the Carnival policy updates. I have done it on St. Thomas previously with a six pack bottles and the guard just said don't take on pool deck. I like my beer and can't afford to pay Carnival prices and never 7thSons Vegas prices for beer for 7 days. So I take a little as previously posted. My beer belly actually shrinks even with all the food I eat, I guess I drink less of those calories and get alot of excercise on the islands and walking the ship.

If you like beer bring some in moderation in checked luggage, if you like liquor do the same and wrap really well. If you like wine do the same and bring another bottle in carry-on. Don't consume in areas that serve alcohol. And most of all enjoy the sights and eat everything you want..You are on Vacation! Have the time of your life..and count the calories later

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