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Dave 06-03-2010 06:42 AM

Let's review...

Last year it was "no booze" allowed to be brought aboard, but reasonable amounts of soda or water were okay.

Earlier this year they changed the policy to say no personal beverages were allowed, including non-alcoholic drinks.

A few weeks back I looked and they had gone back to banning alcohol only. Soda and water were apparently fine once again.

I looked this morning and, voila, the policy again bans ALL personal beverages.


What is it with Royal Caribbean? Do they have a company goal to revise policies on a routine basis? I can almost see a room full of policy wonks staring at laptops, when suddenly one of them says "Hey, it's been almost a month since we changed the beverage policy! Let's change it back to the previous revision to mess with people's minds."

I need to start taking screenshots of these to keep up with them.

penny3333 06-03-2010 08:56 AM

Well, Dave, they have to do something to earn their salaries

Sonny V 06-03-2010 07:29 PM

Like I said before--they should stop playing games.


denjoker 06-08-2010 01:21 PM

As somebody who works in the F&B entertainment industry I've always been amazed that they ever allowed anything like that to be brought aboard. Our facility has a strict policy of no outside food or beverage. Not only is it a health risk to let everyone bring in possibly contaminated items, it drastically affects revenues. I do agree - flip flopping of policies so frequently gives the impression that your organization has issues.

Dave 06-08-2010 01:32 PM

I don't think I've ever seen someone mention the health risk until now. That is an excellent observation, especially with people transferring things from the original bottle. It is possible to contaminate booze. So someone gets sick from their illicit hooch and they'll blame it on the cruise line's bar staff. You know it would happen!

One of the reasons we do not allow messages threads about how to smuggle booze (besides it being against cruise line rules) is those threads inevitably invite nitwits to chime in. I recently saw a thread on another forum where a booze smuggler justified his conduct with this: the cruise line is "forcing" him into a restrictive environment as far as what he can purchase and the prices he has to pay, and that isn't fair. If that doesn't take the prize for world's worst rationalization, I don't know what would.

TexCruise 06-10-2010 06:52 AM

denjoker makes a very good point!

Bill S 06-10-2010 11:01 PM

Hi Dave,

I would love to see someone bring a lawsuit against a cruise line in Europe on this matter. I suspect that the European Court of Human Rights would find that the cruise line was guilty of denying the cruiser his basic rights. I have never heard of a hotel that denies a guest the right to bring a bottle into his room and drink whatever he wishes as long as he doesn't bother anyone else. I'm only talking of in-cabin drinking and not bars. I think the same would apply to cruise lines.

I have found that cruise lines don't usually run the security and embarkation ports so booze can be brought on the ship. Of course, this doesn't apply at stops along the way.



Dave 06-11-2010 08:03 AM

The security at U.S. ports have stepped up enforcement of cruise line rules. I'm sure some liquor stills gets by but we've also had reports where the port security has confiscated booze. Royal Caribbean has been particularly zealous about it. On the other hand I haven't read any reports of it happening in Europe. But then even Royal Caribbean has different rules for drinking when it comes to Europe and South America. I can sign a waiver for my son to have wine if he is 18 and we are sailing from Southampton, yet he absolutely must be 21 if we sail from Miami. This type of rule is quite frustrating to many non-U.S. citizens.

My understanding is there are different legalities when it comes to cruises and tours booked in European nations. I read an article a while back about an English couple who had to pay out-of-pocket for hotels in Ft. Lauderdale after their flight was cancelled due to the volcano. They insisted Royal Caribbean was responsible for the hotel tab because of the rules governing tours in the UK. When I last checked the cruise line had denied the claim.

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