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Old March 14th, 2012, 05:50 PM
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HAL allows all the wine you want. Also, you can order bottles of alcohol and set-ups from Room Service at a reasonable (not discount liquors) price as compared to Celebrity and Carnival.
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I was called down to the naughty room on enchanment for having a screw driver in my checked bag. I had no idea what they were talking about when I opened my bag it was a waiter's style cork screw which I had forgotten when I was on a prior cruise that allowed wine.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 10:37 PM
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Tell me again where are the BOGO Margaritas???
On FOS in the On-Air Bar (Deck 3) between 4:30-7:30 each day. There was a notice in the Compass (Day 1) about this. Also there was a sign posted on the bar.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 02:36 PM
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Okay....Question here. There are 2 topics that really create a stir here. Smuggling of alcohol and jeans in the MDR especially on formal night. I really don't expect any replies, but how many of you who smuggle a little booze on board also flame those who wear jeans to the MDR on formal night stating they should abide by the rules.

Just wondering.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 02:42 PM
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Don't smuggle booze. don't wear jeans in MDR. Now, so as not to sound obnoxious (the first two lines could be misinterpreted). I never wear jeans, so not going to the MDR in jeans is not such an accomplishment for me. And, I would smuggle booze on board, it's just that I am such a wuss, I'd be mortified if I were caught.
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Lori , I'm sure there is a wildside somewhere there. Stick on some levis , whack a bottle of something in your luggage and live dangerously.
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Just back from the Liberty and we got to go to the "Naughty Room" too. We carried on a 12 pack of soda, but checked a small cooler with some apple juice and a couple bottles of water that I picked up just because they were on sale at CVS when I stopped. The held all of our luggage, no one could figure out why not just the cooler. The were also amused to find that our kids backpacks actually contained school books. Turned out they were right, they didn't need those. lol.
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lori , i'm sure there is a wildside somewhere there. Stick on some levis , whack a bottle of something in your luggage and live dangerously. :d
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Old March 17th, 2012, 07:06 PM
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Are we able to carry on some soda & water ??-- I was under the impression that we are not able to ?
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Old March 17th, 2012, 07:32 PM
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Just off the FOS (3/11/12) and thought I'd share my first trip to the Naughty Room. Although we were onboard my 11:15 am, our luggage arrived much later than we have experienced before. Don't think it was a security problem, no one on our hallway received it for hours. When it finally arrived we noticed one small duffel bag missing. The same for friends travelling with us and in cabin beside ours. Our cabin attendant phoned me and explained security had my bag and I was the only one who could open it. Not real concerned because there was no alcohol in that bag, but water bottles (2) and a 12-pack of Diet Cokes. Another small bag was delivered to our room with 3 water bottles and a 12-pack of soda inside.

I went to Deck 1 (as told) and there was luggage everywhere! Down hallways, under stairs, etc. Some people were very irate and yelling. I went to one of the tables set up (1 screaming man there already and another man came in behind me in good humor) and was escorted by security to the various areas to find my bag. Immediately, the security guy said to me, "We have found alcohol in your bag." I told him there was no alcohol in my bag (I almost said there is no alcohol in that bag.) He asked if there were liquids in that bag and I replied yes--water bottles and soda cans. I opened the bag, handed him the 2 water bottles, he checked the cap seal, and handed them back to me. He was not interested in the soda carton (in plain sight) nor the toiletries bags. I zipped everything up and headed to the elevators.

While waiting for the elevator, there were other security personnel having passengers open their bags. I observed rum runners being taken. I wondered if something else triggered the bag being held. Thought rum runners were undetectable. Also witnessed someone's 6-pack of water being taken. This man had a different uniform than the other security personnel--ship's officer??? The woman was mad and yelling "I always bring a few bottles of water on." The man looked at me and asked "Did you have liquids?" I politely replied, "Yes, two water bottles." He then said in a very stern and loud voice, "Did they take them?" And I politely lied and said yes. It wasn't so much that I had to have those 2 water bottles. I didn't want to get the security guy with me in trouble. I then knocked down two people to get on the elevator. (Not really)

Two others on the elevator with me--a young lady who had 3 bottles of wine confiscated (to be returned at the end of cruise) and the gentleman that came in behind me while waiting at the table initially. He said he still had 9 bottles of champagne in his suitcase. When asked how he managed that, he said I saw my suitcase and I just took it. I think what he did was follow me and my security escort as if he were with me. Then he just took his bag as if it had already been searched. He was always near me in the area and no one was in the area without a security person. Smart guy!

When I returned to our cabin, I had a recorded message on the phone saying that they had found alcohol in my luggage. My friend in the next cabin still did not have his bag. After dinner we went back to the naughty room. The first thing said to him was "We have found alcohol in your luggage." He replied politely, "No, sir, there are water bottles, but there is no alcohol." They examined the shrink-wrapped 6-pack of water, handed it back, and let us go.

I think security's stating we have found alcohol is a tactic and I guess they think a person will say Yes, yes, and I'm so sorry. My advice is if you are carrying rum runners, don't put anything else that may be suspicious in the same bag.

Overall, going to the Naughty Room, was no big deal, just a shipboard experience. Be polite--they are just doing their job. No use starting your vacation being upset. If you smuggle (and I knew that water and sodas were not allowed), be aware that they may be taken. BTW, the Frozen Lemonade w/ vodka drink is absolutely delicious. I had one just about every day. Also the On-Air Bar had BOGO Margaritas every day between 4:30-7:30. We also took advantage of that offrer many times. Two drinks for $7.15 (including their gratuity) was a deal.
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Just a thought...Maybe they are being a bit more careful this month with the college spring breakers...So, I plan on doing what we do...bring a case of water with a luggage tag on it..if it gets taken away, oh well, its only 5 bucks, but if you get to keep it...score! Just my take...5 days til liberty!!
we were recently on the Monarch for the weekend cruise (possibly the start of spring break season) and we heard someone ask the bar waiter around the pool for a bucket of beers - his reply 'not this weekend - spring break'....
thought that was interesting. Not that at any other point alcoholic drinks could be bought and shared with minors, but I supposed a bucket of beers would just be more available ?!?!
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On a recent Monarch sailing, the cabin attendant and supervisor came to our cabin, unannounced. We were there at the time. The supervisor handed us his card and told us he was doing a random inspection of cabins. He never came in, but looked “behind us” to get a glance around, then asked if we needed anything and left.

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They were also amused to find that our kids backpacks actually contained school books. Turned out they were right, they didn't need those. lol.
That is so is funny because it is true.
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As I mentioned, I am sensitive to the desalinated water (wasn't when I was younger - oh, well) and I drink 3-4 bottles of water a day. at $2.50 a pop, that's $10 a day to drink water. That's why I bring it, not sneak it on. Others have preferences for sodas that are not carried by the cruise line (e.g. diet root beer, etc).
I hear you. seems like you have a legit concern. however I'd say 99.9% of all the other reasons seem like something out a high school freshmen detention hand book. If bringing/sneaking diet sugar free dr. pepper or mellow yellow is that serious than I think it's probably time to rethink taking a cruise. same goes for the folks who are doing some of the ridiculous things I've read to get liquor on board. some of this stuff is so ridiculously childish it's funny. lol. hey to each his own I guess.
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we were recently on the Monarch for the weekend cruise (possibly the start of spring break season) and we heard someone ask the bar waiter around the pool for a bucket of beers - his reply 'not this weekend - spring break'....
thought that was interesting. Not that at any other point alcoholic drinks could be bought and shared with minors, but I supposed a bucket of beers would just be more available ?!?!

I think they regulate during Spring Break so the servers and bartenders can watch how drunk people are getting in an effort to avoid accidents. If you make people order single beers you can evaluate their condition after each drink. If you give them a bucket they could be dangerously drunk by the time they finish.
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I was on the same sailing and also got called down for water in my bag. We packed a shrink wrapped 6 pack of water in my wife's and my suitcases, yet they only held my bag. I went down there and showed the man that it was only sealed water bottles. He told me, "ok no problem" and sent me on my way. But I also saw some very irate individuals down there.
So how much time did it take you to retrieve your bag? If I had nothing wrong in my bag, but had to spend an hour of my vacation to prove it, that would put me toward the irate side and it takes a lot to get me there on a cruise.
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Default So what about wine bought on a wine tasting excursion?

We were taken to a wine tasting on a ship's tour during our recent Madeira trip on IOS. Lots of encouragement to buy some. The trouble is, there is no facility for handing over the bottles when going back aboard. All alcohol is "illegal" and results in a trip to the naughty room.

It would be really helpful if there was someone you could approach on returning to the ship so you can hand the bottles over in a civilised manner without all the drama.
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This entire thread is just too too funny! I shake my head in amazement at people who are spending all this money on a nice cruise to have a nice vacation and then try to do end runs around the no liquor and wine carried aboard rule because, I assume, they are trying to save a few bucks on their bill. It just astounds me.
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So how much time did it take you to retrieve your bag? If I had nothing wrong in my bag, but had to spend an hour of my vacation to prove it, that would put me toward the irate side and it takes a lot to get me there on a cruise.
My total time (except waiting for the elevator) was about 10 minutes. And as I said it was an interesting cruise experience, nothing to get upset about.
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This entire thread is just too too funny! I shake my head in amazement at people who are spending all this money on a nice cruise to have a nice vacation and then try to do end runs around the no liquor and wine carried aboard rule because, I assume, they are trying to save a few bucks on their bill. It just astounds me.
Because after spending thousands of dollars some people would like to save a few bucks where possible. Ne need to shake your head at anyone or judge.


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