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Old 02-28-2006, 10:21 PM
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This sounds like a silly question but I couldn't find an answer on NCL's website. We will be in Alaska on the Wind and since the cruise lines are being strict about searching peoples bags for alcohol we were wondering if we can order drinks in our room prior to going up for dinner or appetizers. I know we can have wine in our rooms but I was thinking...martinis? Also can we purchase drinks at the bar and bring them to our room?

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Old 03-01-2006, 06:59 PM
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This sounds like a silly question but I couldn't find an answer on NCL's website. We will be in Alaska on the Wind and since the cruise lines are being strict about searching peoples bags for alcohol we were wondering if we can order drinks in our room prior to going up for dinner or appetizers. I know we can have wine in our rooms but I was thinking...martinis? Also can we purchase drinks at the bar and bring them to our room?

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Old 03-01-2006, 08:43 PM
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You can order a bar setup for your room, or just take drinks from the bars to your rooms.

Then there is always room service. Bar service is available from 9 am to 2 am.
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Old 03-11-2006, 11:01 AM
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Thanks again, Ron, you're a great source of information and I appreciate your input.
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:45 AM
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I am a bit concerned that NCL staff think they can just randomly search my bags for alcohol. I have searched their documentation for such a clause and so far haven't spotted this. I am not a minor and will be taking some champagne on board, no spirits and certainly no more than 2 bottles of champagne (as I live in France) Therefore, I dont see what the problem is. So basically, if I want room drinks, I have to go to a bar and then carry them back to the room?

I agree that baggage be security searched but not searched merely to stop people taking on alcohol. Whatever I choose to take onboard, remains my property and I don't expect it to be confiscated, so that NCL can rip you off with over inflated drink prices. (WHICH they are!)

I have been on cruises in the past and never had any problems (including Silversea, Clipper and Cunard).

The more I read about the "do's and dont's" re NCL, the more I wished I had just opted for a conventional vacation (on dry land).
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:36 PM
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You can order wine for your room. Here is the link and there is a 15% surcharge - even though it says 2005 the prices are the same.
http://ncl.com/more/wine_list.htm
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Old 03-13-2006, 11:38 PM
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NCL doesn't physically search the bags until you open the bags for them. It's not random. Every bag gets x-rayed, those with suspicous article are pulled and stored away until you gp to pick them up.

You didn't check your terms and conditions carefully, here's the NCL line on baggage:

From http://www.ncl.com/more/contract.htm
8. (a) Whenever the term "baggage" is used herein, it shall mean only suitcases, valises, satchels, bags, hangers or bundles and their contents consisting of such personal wearing apparel, articles of personal adornment, toilet articles and similar personal effects as are necessary and appropriate for the purposes of the cruise, including all other personal property of the passenger not in a container. No tools of trade, household goods, computers, musical instruments, radios, televisions, electronic equipment, liquors, fragile items, bullion, jewelry, precious stones, money, documents, or other valuables of any description or such articles as are specified in 46 U.S. Code, Paragraph 181 shall be brought upon the vessel by passenger or contained in passenger’s baggage, except under and subject to the terms of a special written contract entered into with the Carrier before embarkation upon application of the passenger. The passenger hereby warrants that no such articles have been carried on the vessel or are contained in any receptacle or container presented to the Carrier as baggage. Carrier shall not be liable for any loss of or damage to any of the above listed items, or perishable items, dentures, optical devices (including contact lenses), medications, cameras, recreational and/or sporting equipment, cash, securities or other negotiable instruments under any circumstances whatsoever, whether carried within the passenger’s baggage or otherwise.
(b) It is stipulated that the aggregate value of all the passenger’s baggage and any other property under this ticket does not exceed $100.00 and any liability of the Carrier or the vessel for any cause whatsoever with respect to said baggage shall not exceed such sum unless the passenger shall in writing specify its true value and pay to the Carrier before embarkation 5% of the excess of such value, in which case the Carrier’s liability, if any, shall be limited to the actual damage sustained up to, but not exceeding such specified value.
(c) All disclaimers and limitations of liability contained herein shall apply to all valuables stored or accepted for storage by Carrier, including valuables stored with the Carrier in safety deposit boxes or security envelopes. Carrier cannot accept responsibility for and in no event shall be liable for loss or damage of valuables or other articles left in cabins, and in no event shall Carrier be liable for loss or damage to property of any kind not shown by the passenger to have occurred while in the Carrier’s actual custody, or for normal wear and tear.
(d) Loss of or damage to baggage during loading or disembarking must be reported by the passenger to Carrier’s personnel prior to debarking the U.S. Customs area; Carrier shall not be responsible for any such loss or damage which is not so reported. Liability, if any, for loss or damage to baggage occurring elsewhere than on board the vessel in connection with air, car, motor coach, ground transfers, porters, stevedores and/or hotels shall rest solely with the person or entity providing such services and passenger agrees that Carrier does not guarantee the performance of such services and shall not be liable in any respect or capacity for any such loss or damage. Carrier has an absolute right to transfer passenger and/or his baggage to other carriers, whether by water, rail or air, to or toward the ultimate destination. In the event such substituted passage is for the convenience of the Carrier, it shall be at Carrier’s cost. Otherwise, it shall be at the cost of passenger.

Wine isn't considered liquor. Usually all you have to do is report you have wine and pays a $15 corkage fee per 1 liter bottle.
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Old 03-14-2006, 02:11 AM
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Ron,
Thank you for this information. I am now relieved that it is more clear. Actually, I sail next Saturday and have yet to receive my travel documents! So, slightly concerned. Again, thanks!
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FYI - NCL xrays for glass bottles in your suitcase. If you move your alcohol to plastic they won't bother it... Obviously not good for champagne, etc, but I know several people who put their vodka in water bottles, rum in coke bottles, and so on...

As for the baggage rules posted here: we brought 2 laptops on NCL, along with other "electronic equipment", and even money!

PS- there aren't any travel documents. That page you received via email is it. Bring it, show it to them at the front desk, and that's all you need. I too was worried about no documents and called. I printed the pages that were emailed to me and that was that.
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Old 03-14-2006, 10:51 AM
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Paragraph 8(a)
I agree with Heidi, the list of disallowed items seems to be a bit over the top.
Believe it or not, I will be carrying my IPOD, my jewelry, my passport as this is a "document" (as I am sure the US Immmigration would expect to see this when I land in Miami), and not forgetting "money", as I do tend to carry that to "buy" things. Or is it a case that money is no longer used?

Thanks for telling about the email. When using other liners, I had to fill a never ending list of forms. NCL's embarkation process sounds easier. Mind you, I am not looking forward to being stripped search - just in case they suspect me of carrying "money"

Sorry for moaning guys, but these rules and regulations do seem a bit over the top. I will be contacting NCL to inform them of my views.

I hope I enjoy the cruise and hope the staff make an elephant out of a towel for me!!!!!
Thanks guys
 
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