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Old 01-11-2008, 01:05 PM
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I have heard of people sneaking alcohol on board. Has anyone done this recently and if so has it worked?
Anything that involves the word "sneaking" should be a no brainer. Breaking the rules because you feel the rules should be amended is still breaking the rules. There are some things that should not be negotiable. Carachter and integrity are the biggies on my list. Think about what you're sacrificing to save a few dollars when you consider going around the rules whether it's that tax code or the alcahol policy on ships or other areas where people often say things like our childen have at one time or another growing up like "Everybody else does it" or "that's a stupid rule". If you're a parent or grandparent think about what you're encouraging in those watching your actions. When your kids cheat on a test to get a better grade, think about where they may have picked up the message that it was okay. The ends don't justify the means, they simply corrupt the person employing them and on a larger scale our society.

Sorry for the sermon, a real pet peave of mine is those who think their actions don't have consequences.

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Old 01-11-2008, 01:35 PM
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Sorry Neil, we are going to have to agree to disagree on this one. All of what you say is true, but we forgot ONE thing. On RCCL you cannot order a bottle of alcohol as an adult for your cabin, PERIOD. Wine only. If you would like a cocktail, you must go to a lounge, get a drink and go back to your balcony. Sorry Neil, but THAT is ridiculous. I spend plenty of money in the lounges, casino and wine at dinner. I am NOT cheating anyone, I tip well. Actions have consequences, and cruise lines who are making a HUGE profit, often make decisions based soley on that. I will defend crusiing always, but please do not attack my character, because of this alcohol policy. Sorry Neil.
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Old 01-11-2008, 02:11 PM
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On RCCL you cannot order a bottle of alcohol as an adult for your cabin, PERIOD.
Like it or not that is one of their rules, regardless of how well you tip or how much money you spend in the bars. All I can say is, if you don't like RCIs rules then don't cruise with them.

I don't see where Neil attacked your character. It seems to me he was talking in general about rules.
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Old 01-11-2008, 02:50 PM
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Hey Dave,
I don't think Neil attacked MY charcter, and I realize he does an excellent job of giving advice on this board, as do you. I CHOOSE to cruise with RCCL, and they changed their rules not too long ago. I love exchanging information on this board, but I disagree on this subject. The last two times I came home with some alcohol leftover, so I am not abusing anything or anybody. Just like a cocktail on my balcony, oh well....take care all.
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I have friends that bring a bottle of mudslide and a bottle of gin. They're still my friends and I don't think any less of them for violating the RCCL rules. They love to have a bon voyage party on their deck. If they get caught they know they'll have to pay the consequences. Maybe if they liked wine they wouldn't bother. However, I wish everyone would obey the rules, but that will never happen. What perturbs me is when someone encourages others to break rules, or brags about it. If you have to do it, keep it to yourself.

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I enjoy having a drink as much as other adults and would actually prefer a cocktail or beer on my balcony to a glass of wine. On some lines I can endulge this preference. Elsewhere on the ship I can have whatever I order and pay for. I have broken rules in my lifetime as well. I prefer to protest, perhaps by writing my reason for objecting to a rule to breaking it. The fact that the cruiseline may have profit as one of their motives does not mean they don't have the right to make the rules.

When you read of these incidents of people getting drunk and ending up off their balconies naked in the middle of the night might be another motive. And the general foolishness of those who over indulge and make the trip a little less enjoyable for everyone else may be another. If you drink in the lounge or casino they have the ability to cut you off before such incidents happen for which they the can be held liable if their policies allowed or contributed to the problem.

Perhaps everyone here is mature enough and has enough self control to not be the problem that needs addressed. There are some in our society who are not as mature (at any age) and lack the necessary self control to act appropriately in public. You can leave a bar and get away from the fools, you can't leave the ship. I don't have to like or agree with the rules to understand them or follow them. I choose to do so.

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Perhaps RCCL's attempts to control people over-indulging during a cruise is one of the reasons I like RCCL so well. I don't have to put up with quite as many people who should have been cut off anymore. I know there are those who find a way regardless of the rules. You'll find there were far more reports of regrettable incidents prior to the new policy. Remember the newlywed couple who came back not as a couple but as a widow? I could list a couple dozen other issues that involved drunken behavior and a death, missing person or injury aboard. I haven't seen a single similar repot involving RCCL since the new rules understandably went into effect. So maybe the rules make for a better cruise experience for all.

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I just got back from a 5-night to Mexico on the Gradeur of the Seas. People at our table tried to bring in bottles in their luggage. The luggage was delayed, and they had to go pick it up. RCCL didn't react the way I thought they would. The liquor was taken, but returned to the couple on the last day of the cruise. They said that there were at least 20-30 bags in the same room when they had to get theirs. I think the cruise line is really trying to crack down on this. They stopped anyone they suspected of having alcohol upon boarding at each port of call. I think they were looking for bottles using the x-ray. Also, I think they are more lenient to passengers with alcohol in alcohol containers. I do not think they would be nice to anyone with alcohol in other containers. I wouldn't risk smuggling. My husband and I plan ahead for the bar bill.
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People seem to swear by a plastic pouch product called "Rum Runners". I don't have any myself.
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Boy, I just love these "how to smuggle booze aboard" threads.
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