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Old November 27th, 2004, 02:35 PM
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Hi all,
If I bring a box of wine on the ship in our luggage do you think they will take it? I am new to trying to bring wine on the ship. I am not sure how strict they are. I just figured that it won't break. We have a large group coming and it would be nice to have everybody up to our room for a few drinks every now and then. We have a suite on the Grandeur of the Seas. We will be driving into New Orleans, so pressure changes in the cargo area of a plane aren't a problem. How closely do they inspect your luggage? Thanks for the input. Take Care
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Old November 27th, 2004, 02:42 PM
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Just pack it in your luggage. No problem!
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Old November 27th, 2004, 02:59 PM
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I can tell you in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami I had no problems whatsoever bringing wine, etc. onboard...
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Old November 28th, 2004, 12:10 AM
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I've taken a box of wine in my luggage everytime I cruised....no problem.
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Old November 28th, 2004, 08:35 AM
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Thanks All...Take Care!!
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Old November 28th, 2004, 10:40 AM
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Jerrudy:
Do you pack it in your checked luggage or in your carry on? I was thinking it might be safer in my carry on.

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LOL! Now this takes the cake for the sneaking liquor on board threads. A box of wine??? I'd never have though of that . Where the heck is JC when you need him . Seriously, I bet they'd never even look, what with no bottles rattling around .
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You know there are suppossedly some of the boxes these days that are drinkable. I haven't had a box a wine, since we did a friends pink elephant gift exchange and I was the owner of a box of pink Zin until I dumped it off on someone else!

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Old November 28th, 2004, 05:08 PM
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Thumbs up Smaller premium 3-liters boxes good too

I put one of the newer 3-liter smaller boxes of "premium" wines in my checked luggage and had no problems. This amount might be sufficient for shorter cruises and won't weigh as much as the typical 5-liter. Plus, a box is MUCH LESS likely to break or look/sound like alcohol bottles.

Besides, if you're a lightweight drinker like me, you can always create wine coolers with orange juice (ordered with breakfast room service) or other beverages. That way the actual taste of the cheaper wine won't be as apparent. If you have some left at the end of the cruise and don't want to pack it, you're not losing much by tossing the leftovers in the trash. Cheers!
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I guess you learn something new every day. What is a box of wine? I don't mean to sound stupid, but I don't think I have ever heard of it.
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Consumer Reports recently did an article about boxed wines, (either the Aug. or Sept. issue) and rated some of them. Their recommendation was for a brand called Black Box, which comes in a chardonnay, cabernet, and merlot. Costs $20.00 in my local package store for a 3 liter box (equal to 4 bottles). I am a wine drinker, and I gotta tell you, it's not bad. Much, much better than that white zin that Franzia calls wine! Yuk! A box of the chardonnay will definitely be accompanying me in my suitcase on my next cruise. No corkscrew needed! Try it - let me know what you think!
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This year on NOS I took a box of wine. The best thing I ever did. No heavy bottles. It lasted all week. I had a few glasses a day. To prepare for next year I have to taste test some boxes to see what is the best. It does not take up space. Best thing ever....

I wrapped it in clear plastic just in case of an accident. No one questioned me or bothered it. They will be going with me from now on.
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Old November 28th, 2004, 10:41 PM
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I just saw on another cruise website, someone suggested gift wrapping a box of wine to smuggle on board in birthday paper and if you get questioned about it say it's for a friend or relative you are visiting in one of the ports. pretty clever although i was on a cruise last june and I had a soft sided rolling cooler that i put a bottle of wine and lots of diet coke in, put it right on the conveyor belt, for screening and nobody questioned it, it couldn't have been more obvious so i don't really think they cared. We bought some bailey's in ST. Thomas and they took that from us and held it till the end of the cruise. I didn't really want it for the ship anyway, but i wanted to know what I could get away with so i had to try. I wonder if the boxes of wine would fit in the refridgerators they have in the rooms they are pretty small if i remember, (i Like my wine cold).
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Consumer Reports recently did an article about boxed wines, (either the Aug. or Sept. issue) and rated some of them. Their recommendation was for a brand called Black Box, which comes in a chardonnay, cabernet, and merlot. Costs $20.00 in my local package store for a 3 liter box (equal to 4 bottles). I am a wine drinker, and I gotta tell you, it's not bad. Much, much better than that white zin that Franzia calls wine! Yuk! A box of the chardonnay will definitely be accompanying me in my suitcase on my next cruise. No corkscrew needed! Try it - let me know what you think!
I am sure that some of the new ones are quite drinkable, but I haven't tried any yet. I will give the Black box ones a try sometime. However, I have found Consumer reports to be almost worthless, due to their cheap is better mentality. Don't get me wrong rating something that is cheap as being acceptable is fine, but when they say something inferior is better because it is cheap that is unacceptable semantics that makes them not worthwhile for me.

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Speaking of wine..we would like to purchase some really nice wine in South Beach to take on the ship. Does anyone know where in SoBe we can get some?
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Speaking of wine..we would like to purchase some really nice wine in South Beach to take on the ship. Does anyone know where in SoBe we can get some?
There is a Drugstore, on the corner of Collins and whatever the road is that brings you over the bridge from Bayside, that we ran in and picked some up at a few years ago. I am sure some Miami resident would be able to direct you to better stores if you were to post a new topic. I circled the block while my buddy and the ladies went in and bought a mixed case. That was our first cruise in 96 (we have been there since) when my buddy put the red wine and champagne in his scuba suitcase and one of the bottles of red wine broke and his wet suit and scuba equipment was soaked in Red wine. He washed it off as best he could in the shower, but I was concerned that sharks might like cabernet sauvignon when we made our first dive in Grand Cayman. Since then we always take a waterproof float bag, and bubble wrap. Wrap bottles well, and place inside waterproof float bag, seal properly and then put the bag in the scuba suitcase. Never a problem since!

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