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#1
Fort Wayne, IN
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Joined Dec 2009
In May '09 my wife and I cruised out of San Juan on Carnival. We were able to bring our own Beer, Soft Drinks and Rum on the ship from any and all ports. Is this an industry wide change? Have others been able to BYOB on other cruise lines as well? We will be on the Caribbean Princess for two weeks in February '10. I hope Princess is as laxed as Carnival was!!
#2
The Land of Ahhs!
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Joined Mar 2003
Being discrete is the key word here. Actually, soda is fine, but anything besides wine or champagne is against Princess policy.

As far as I know, Carnival hasn't changed their policy recently, I think you just go lucky last cruise.
#3
Val Verde, CA, USA
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Joined Mar 2004
On our Caribbean cruise on the Caribbean Princess out of New York earlier this year, we purchased some vodka in San Juan and brought it onboard with no problems. Later in the evening, we went back out to get something else and it was confiscated. Now, of course, we may have drawn attention to ourselves because we also bought one of those boxes to take home our liquid booty
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#4
Aliso Viejo, CA
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Originally posted by Indy Island Hopper
In May '09 my wife and I cruised out of San Juan on Carnival. We were able to bring our own Beer, Soft Drinks and Rum on the ship from any and all ports. Is this an industry wide change? Have others been able to BYOB on other cruise lines as well? We will be on the Caribbean Princess for two weeks in February '10. I hope Princess is as laxed as Carnival was!!
It probably depends on your luck quotient and the people doing the checking. You shouldn't have any problem with soft drinks but the beer and Rum could be a problem. Here's what it says in the Passage Contract that you agree to:

"Passengers agree not to bring alcoholic beverages of any kind (except wine and champagne) on board for consumption. You must surrender alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty free from the ship's gift shop, or at ports of call, to Carrier, which will be delivered to Your stateroom on the last day of the voyage..."

So, now you know what the Princess policy is. If you get away with bringing beer and rum onboard, you'll be lucky.
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#5
Greenville, SC, USA
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Joined Apr 2000
Carnival's policy also prohibits carrying alcohol on board. I have heard of many people losing their's on the Carnival gangway.

While the Princess policy is simlar to Carnival, Princess seem laxer in enforcement.
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#6
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Security can figure that you have a lot and they hold it. I give them the box but have a bottle or 2 in carry on. Since there is a distance between xray and security table, they don't know how much you really have.
#8
Port St. Lucie, FL
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We always pack our favorite "adult beverages" in the checked luggage using Rumrunners. Wine we carry aboard and it's usually 3 or 4 bottles with no problem. Beer prices aboard the ship are reasonable enough, expecially if they have the Bucket Offer that we don't see a reason to lug any of that aboard.
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#9
Williamsburg, VA
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Joined Feb 2005
It's not the price of the beer - it's the selection. I'm a confirmed beer snob - love the microbrews. I always thought that if you could bring a couple bottles of wine, then I should be able to bring a couple of 6-packs.

Out of curiosity, to those of you that bring more than the allotted 1-2 botles of wine, why are you bringing it - for the brand or for the cost?
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Greenville, SC, USA
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Originally posted by CruiseVA
It's not the price of the beer - it's the selection. I'm a confirmed beer snob - love the microbrews. I always thought that if you could bring a couple bottles of wine, then I should be able to bring a couple of 6-packs.

Out of curiosity, to those of you that bring more than the allotted 1-2 botles of wine, why are you bringing it - for the brand or for the cost?
Princess rarely enforces the rules against carrying on booze.
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#11
Sechelt, BC & Fort Mohave, AZ
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Joined Sep 2007
I have not had a problem brining liquor aboard Princess ships using the RumRunner product in checked luggage. I have also brought beer and the occasional bottle of liquor aboard in carry-on....I never bring on more than a 6 pack at a time and just a .750 litre bottle and so far no problem, for which I am grateful.
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#12
SW Florida
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The booze policy on Princess is the reason I cruise with them. I have never been bothered. I enjoy a drink on my balcony without having to go to a bar or call room service. They still get enough $$$ from me at the bars.
#13
Minnesota
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Joined Feb 2009
Originally posted by Putterdude
I have not had a problem brining liquor aboard Princess ships using the RumRunner product in checked luggage. I have also brought beer and the occasional bottle of liquor aboard in carry-on....I never bring on more than a 6 pack at a time and just a .750 litre bottle and so far no problem, for which I am grateful.
What's a RumRunner?
#14
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Originally posted by lovey1103
What's a RumRunner?

A portable carrier.
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#16
Bronx, NY, USA
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Last year I packed one of those soft sided coolers and put a 12 pack of soda and a 12 pack of beer in there. I put a luggage tag on it and it was the very first peice of luggage to get to the room.
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#17
Sechelt, BC & Fort Mohave, AZ
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Here is a link for the Rum Runner product, just ordered some more today: link
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#18
48 Posts
Joined Nov 2006
We brought 7 bottles of wine aboard for a 10-day November cruise. Ft. Lauderdale has a Total Wines store south of the 17th Avenue Causeway with a remarkable selection. We buy there and bring wine aboard because we're not impressed with Princess's selection. They're mass-market wines made in huge quantities so the line doesn't have to change the wine list very often - and it hasn't done so in years. The prices aren't that bad considering, but we're a bit more snobby on our wine preferences. Note that the enforcement of the $15 corkage fee is widely inconsistent. We've been charged for bringing an open bottle and glasses to the dining room, while other times not being charged at all for bringing in a bottle to dinner. Frustrating, yes! The only way to avoid it is to drink in your cabin. Bringing hard liquor aboard at ports is trickier, but pint bottles in pockets get through every time. Agree that Princess could have a better beer selection - what's so difficult about offering island beers such as Piton and Red Stripe in the Caribbean? If I want a Bud (which I never do!), I can have that at home.
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#19
Bartlett, TN (Memphis area)
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Joined May 2004
Originally posted by CruiseVA
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Out of curiosity, to those of you that bring more than the allotted 1-2 botles of wine, why are you bringing it - for the brand or for the cost?
It's for the convenience.