fell2thetop, We tried it for the first time early Feb. on Pride. I was a little nervous. My husband... not so much!! We had a 3 day stay in LA and stopped by a liquor store there. We purchased 1 bottle of wine, 1 bottle of champagne and 1 bottle of Johnny Walker Blue. Took all 3 on board with no problems whatsoever. (Just make sure they are wrapped safely in your luggage.) Our waiter even uncorked our wine in the dining room with no corkage fee. Have fun!
I agree. If you are going to bring boose on board just pack it in your suit case. They will not say anything. Or at least I have never had them do it. You are alowd to bring wine on board however so if you are not feeling that you want to break the rules just bring wine instead. I bring a case either in my suitcase or the last time I just brough it in the box and it all arrived just fine.
In San Juan, there is a liquor store right at the cruise terminal, they told us to just put it in our checked luggage. Well, by then, they already had our checked luggage. I happened to have a collapsable cooler with me and filled it with raspberry vodka, long island iced tea, and bahama mama, all Quarts. I put it on the scanner as we entered the ship, it went right through. Hubby and bro-in-law were so excited that they emptied the cooler and went back off, filled the cooler with beer and it was scanned right through again! Also went out of NY and put bottles in my checked luggage. It arrived in my cabin, just as packed!! We dont bring alot, still like to drink some of the signature drinks, but it helps to cut costs down.
That was my motive as well! Ive heard a lot of success stories with bringing alcohol onboard and not a single "Confiscation" story! Looks like checked luggage it is... Does anyone know where i can purchase liquor between the miami airport and the port?
We are leaving on the Carnival Glory on April 21, 2007 I just assumed that I would do what I have always done in the past with alcohol and other beverages. I have taken many cruises and bringing alcohol on board has never been an issue. When we leave out of San Juan there is a liquor store in the port area!!!! We buy water, soda, wine and rum. We put the alcohol in our carry on luggage and walk on the ship. In fact last May we went on the Island Princess to Alaska and did the same thing but this time we bought a BOX of wine and other spirits in Fairbanks and just boarded the ship??? Has something changed in the last year????
The liquor store at the pier in San Juan has nothing to do with the cruise lines. The pier is used by many ships - some allow carry-on liquor and some don't.
I can't tell you if the security at San Juan will confiscate booze at embarkation. But if Carnival's new rules are followed, you will not be allowed to bring your own - beyond the "fine wine or champagne" allowed in the policy.
The new alcohol policy that Carnival has is fine if that is what they want to do - but I think it will hurt them if the other cruise lines don't follow. I wonder if we can bring soda and bottled water?? Can anyone answer that??? Or do we have to hide that too???