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#21
RESIST USA
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Originally posted by Solent Richard
I've even witnessed a small group bringing on a number of wine boxes.

Perhaps someone can confirm this goes on regularly.

I haven't seen anyone embarking QM2 with wine boxes in Red Hook - but then again, I wasn't checking other passenger's carry on :-)
#22
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Originally posted by Salacia
I haven't seen anyone embarking QM2 with wine boxes in Red Hook - but then again, I wasn't checking other passenger's carry on :-)
I don't either. I leave that to security.


What I was referring to appeared as a photograph on a UK forum.
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#23
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Originally posted by Solent Richard
I've even witnessed a small group bringing on a number of wine boxes.

Perhaps someone can confirm this goes on regularly.
On embarkation, have never seen wine boxes, probably inside a carry on. However, think this type of "excess" could bring about the end of the unofficial concession.


Saying that, at Martinique I brought on the ship a personally commissioned small wooden barrel of Rhum, not for drinking on the ship, but to take home. So no problem if confiscated, which is was not. But caused much amusement on boarding.
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#24
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Eight years ago on a Round Britain Voyage, a group of guests were bringing on huge amounts of alcohol at each port, including those "slabs" of beer cans you get. They brought it on quite openly and nothing was said by the crew. So I don't think we have to worry about bringing to much on.
#25
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I have brought on wine departing Southampton and NYC. No one seems to have a problem. If I want it served in the dining room, I either bring it up to the maître'd myself, or I have asked the butler to see that it is taken to the sommelier for service that evening.

We spread it out amongst the two of us. I do wrap the bottles in a plastic bag in order to avoid potential breakage issues. I put some in the checked baggage, some as carry on. I bring a six pack of Cokes, too. Those I carry myself because if they let go in my bags, it would be a major mess.
#26
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Originally posted by harryf
We sailed on QV from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale in Jan 2017. We took a bottle of whisky and a bottle of Baileys as well as 2 bottles of wine and assorted non alcoholic drinks. No problem! ..
Did you take these in your carry on or your checked luggage?
#27
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Originally posted by Solent Richard
I've even witnessed a small group bringing on a number of wine boxes.

Perhaps someone can confirm this goes on regularly.
I'm not sure whether you're referring to a boxed case (i.e., 12 bottles) or someone carrying one of those 3 liter wine boxes. Either way, so what?
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#28
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Originally posted by Underwatr
I'm not sure whether you're referring to a boxed case (i.e., 12 bottles) or someone carrying one of those 3 liter wine boxes. Either way, so what?

The latter, a wine box.

And so what?
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#29
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It is not the Wine Petrols. As in my Faith ..moderation is the key word..eh..

On boarding with CCL/CUK :NYSE /LSE on any of the Cruise Lines including Cunard I have never had a problem on Embarking and or any Port of Call !

Yes many of the needs in Revenues are generated now especially the Major Cruise Line HQ actually in Asia with those Three Letters which I cry a tear for Norway as it is nothing as that great country and allie is at all.

That one is even not allowing Bottled Water nor soda-pop either.

Here in New Jersey we have no TaX nor deposits/fees on bottles/cans/containers!

Cunard HQ in the Princess building in California, Los Angeles County and where Harry Carey II lived. They said " Unlimited Water/Soda-pop "may be brought aboard too.

So yes IMHO Cunard is a few thousand percent better ! It is not a Nickel and Dime line!
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#30
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I was the original poster of this thread so thought I'd let you know how we got on - perfectly fine! We took some wine in our bag and also in our carry on. No problem at all. We then emptied the refrigerator in the room (steward couldn't take it away so we stashed it in a cupboard) and restocked it with our wine. Certainly an aspect of any cruise ship that we like, the ability to take on some wine of our own.
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Thank you for reporting back, I hope you had a good time on QE.
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#32
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Originally posted by Scottygirl1
I was the original poster of this thread so thought I'd let you know how we got on - perfectly fine! We took some wine in our bag and also in our carry on. No problem at all. We then emptied the refrigerator in the room (steward couldn't take it away so we stashed it in a cupboard) and restocked it with our wine. Certainly an aspect of any cruise ship that we like, the ability to take on some wine of our own.

I was going to ask how you got on so thanks for the update. We are sailing to Hamburg on the QE in May and I will be taking my G & T's with me
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#33
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Just completed Southampton to Melbourne on QM2. We took 12 bottles of wine onboard in our hand luggage. No problem. We are happy to pay the corkage charge in the restaurant.

Supplemented with some amazing South African wines from a ships tour and Australian in Adelaide.

We received a voucher for 10% off spirits a couple of days out of Southampton and took 2 bottles back to the cabin.
#35
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Originally posted by sandjango
I'm sure some will try and overdo it ...and spoil it for everyone else, then Cunard will clamp down harder..

See my earlier post.
#36
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---- I know it's tongue in cheek, but I have heard that if you can fit it in your CABIN it's OK to bring it on. Seriously, I have never seen or heard of anyone ever having any problem with bringing any amount of liquor on board.
#37
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This is good news if we decide to go with Cunard as doing a Transatlantic would stop us doing our usual port buying and my husband would be thrilled to bring on his favourite whisky.

Do you think they would be more suspicious of us due to out age? (30)
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#38
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Suspicious of what?

Carry on what you'd like (but also patronize the bars to enjoy the ambience).
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#39
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We took 2 dozen bottles split between four of us in hold luggage and will do the same (or more) thus summer. Had it in main dining room and paid corkage. No problem.
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#40
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On our qm2 sailing last year I bought a bottle of vodka in their shop on day 3 and was able to take it to my room right then. At first I thought they were joking but I was very pleasantly surprised!!!!