They will take it from you and give it to you on the last night of your cruise. If you have a drink in your hand when you board, they will let you take that on board. They let me keep the little bottles I purchased for gifts (airplane size), but the big bottles they took.
They range from $1.75 to $10.00 depending on what you order. Our bar bill for a 10 day cruise came to around $800 which included a bottle of wine in the dining room. That averages out to $40/pp per day. It would have been a lot less if I hadn't had my double Baileys (at least 2 a night) each night. My hubby bought quite a few buckets o'beer. You get 5 beers for the price of 4.
I want you to know I'm smiling as I write this and I really love your posts, but Penny, Penny, Penny; an $800 bar bill? THAT'S A CRUISE!!! You don't need to win the lottery--you need to quit drinking!
Actually our bar tab can be mighty impressive too. One really doesn't need to overdo it to hit $800. First off, subtract 15% from that $800. This leaves $680. Without the tip, wine with dinner each night can easily be $200 for a 7 day cruise - even if you try to keep it to the less expensive bottles of wine. We are now down to $480. This leaves around $35 per person per day for poolside drinks, cocktails before and after dinner. So figure this is 5 or 6 drinks each. I don't consider that to be much while on a cruise.
And remember, Penny's $800 was for a 10-day cruise!
Dave and penny,
please, please don't take what I say the wrong way--I am in no way trying to be judgmental; but as someone who had two beers and a Grand Marnier on my last 10 day cruise, the thought of an $800 bar bill kind of took my breath away.
Thanks to both of you for all the good advice you give--and the way you always keep your cool. I'm learning from you two.
Absolutely did not take it the wrong way My real problem is the casino, if I could stay out of there, then we could afford more cruises. I discovered a new drink, the ultimate cooler, which was Grey Goose Vodka and passion fruit juice, it was totally awesome and a little pricey. However, my Baileys puts it over the top, but what a great end to a perfect day. Even though I've lost way too much in the casino. Best wishes!