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Originally posted by bee-ess
I think this change has a simple motive - to force those who like in a drink into the bars or the minibar by reducing the amount that can be drunk in the cabin (or in some cases taken into the bars !!)
I'm sure you're right, although personally I would only drink my wine in my cabin.
More of an issue I believe, was the amount of alcohol being taken on board for the 3 or 4 day booze cruises. Would make my 4 or 5 bottles for a 24 night cruise pale into insignificance.
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Originally posted by bee-ess
I think this change has a simple motive - to force those who like in a drink into the bars or the minibar by reducing the amount that can be drunk in the cabin (or in some cases taken into the bars !!)
If that is the motivation then the price of room service bottles must increase.
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Just checked out a few cruise lines Alcohol policy's ...

Princess Cruises ..

As provided in the Passage Contract, guests agree not to bring alcoholic beverages of any kind onboard for consumption, except one bottle of wine or champagne per adult of drinking age (no larger than 750 ml) per voyage, which will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in the stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles are welcome, but will incur a $15 corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Liquor, spirits or beers are not permitted. Please remember that luggage will be scanned and alcohol outside of our policy will be removed and discarded.*


Cunard ...You may bring wine or champagne on board (over the age of 21) to celebrate special occasions. However if it is consumed in any of the dining rooms, alternative restaurants or bars then each bottle will be subject to a a corkage fee. We reserve the right to remove alcohol at the gangway if brought on board, either at embarkation or when in a port of call and will be returned to you at the end of your voyage. It is not our intention to invoke this policy as a matter of course and we will only implement on occasions where we consider it likely that the health, comfort, safety and enjoyment of passengers may otherwise be compromised.


Fred Olsen .... Please note that any alcohol taken on board your cruise ship, whether at embarkation, or during a port call, will be stored and returned to you at the end of your cruise.

CONDITIONS OF CARRIAGE - MARELLA DISCOVERY, MARELLA DISCOVERY 2, MARELLA CELEBRATION & MARELLA DREAM


20.3. The Carrier and/or its servants and/or agents will confiscate all alcohol brought on-board by passengers, with the exception of alcohol purchased on the outbound flight to the ship – proof of purchase will be required. Alcohol that is confiscated will be returned to passengers at the end of the cruise.


P&O Cruises ... Each guest aged 18 years and older may bring one bottle of the following; wine, Champagne, beer, spirit or liqueur (up to 1 litre in size) on board as they embark the ship for the first time only. Alcohol over this limit will be stored and returned to the guest on the last evening of the cruise, at no charge. There is no corkage charge for this bottle.
You’re welcome to buy bottles of alcohol at ports along the way, but you won’t be able to drink it while on board. We’ll look after it until your cruise comes to an end and return it to you.

Celebrity Cruises ... No beer or hard liquor may be brought onboard for consumption. If you wish to bring personal wine onboard with you on the day you board your cruise, you may do so, limited to two (2) 750ml bottles per stateroom.

Just my thoughts on the above , I think all of them are restricted, unless you go AI with a couple of cruise lines . Worth noting that P&O are the only one that allow beer, spirit or liqueur (up to 1 litre in size) on board as you embark the ship. None of the other ships allow this.

Seems to be swings and roundabouts .. you pay's your money and you makes your choices .

Personally I will not base my future choices on a ships drinks policy unless they go raising bar prices to stupid money .

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As always, a few people always push their luck and spoil it for everyone. To be honest P&Os stance on this was always going to change at some point especially in view of the scandalous ££ charged by their competitors for booze.

Its always nice to grab a bottle or two of fancy lager for the sail out whilst ashore but it is what it is.
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Originally posted by kalos
Just checked out a few cruise lines Alcohol policy's ...
Just my thoughts on the above , I think all of them are restricted, unless you go AI with a couple of cruise lines . Worth noting that P&O are the only one that allow beer, spirit or liqueur (up to 1 litre in size) on board as you embark the ship. None of the other ships allow this.
Interesting that only Cunard say they don't intend to apply any limit on wine as a matter of course, and only Cunard and Princess allow wine to be brought on from a port of call. Princess seem to say that after the first bottle per voyage they will charge $15 per bottle to bring it on - and if it's spirits they will simply "discard" it - no mention of returning it at the end of the cruise.
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This policy is now officially on the P&O website. No top ups at any port - 1 litre per person on embarkation.

All luggage to be scanned and checked as happens on other cruise lines with a come on down to reception.

No exceptions even on World Cruises and no sale of alcohol for on board consumption.

This was a big benefit that made up for poor quality in their offer of other services.

Time to walk away!!
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Originally posted by DGH57
This policy is now officially on the P&O website. No top ups at any port - 1 litre per person on embarkation.

All luggage to be scanned and checked as happens on other cruise lines with a come on down to reception.

No exceptions even on World Cruises and no sale of alcohol for on board consumption.

This was a big benefit that made up for poor quality in their offer of other services.

Time to walk away!!
I think they are still selling alcohol for on board consumption! Not much point having bars if you can't drink on board.

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Originally posted by DGH57
This policy is now officially on the P&O website. No top ups at any port - 1 litre per person on embarkation.

All luggage to be scanned and checked as happens on other cruise lines with a come on down to reception.

No exceptions even on World Cruises and no sale of alcohol for on board consumption.

This was a big benefit that made up for poor quality in their offer of other services.

Time to walk away!!
Although I do agree that it helped compensate for some of P&O's other shortcomings, but not really a walk away issue, just yet.
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Originally posted by DGH57
This policy is now officially on the P&O website. No top ups at any port - 1 litre per person on embarkation.

All luggage to be scanned and checked as happens on other cruise lines with a come on down to reception.

No exceptions even on World Cruises and no sale of alcohol for on board consumption.

This was a big benefit that made up for poor quality in their offer of other services.

Time to walk away!!
You can still buy bottles of alcohol on board for consumption in cabins via room service. As with the drinks prices in bars and restaurants, they are all at reasonable prices.

Whilst this policy change won’t affect us, I can understand that it will disappoint some, but I just don’t buy the arguement that people will abandon P&O purely because of this. From what I can gather, virtually every other cruise line charges more for drinks (especially when compulsory service charges are added) and drinks packages inevitably result in higher base prices or don’t represent good value unless you are a fairly heavy drinker. So those who throw their toys out of the pram may end up paying more if they vote with their feet.

Loads of people were going to abandon P&O when they banned smoking on balconies, yet they now sell twice as many cabins every week than they did when that change came in.

Seems like a lot of bluff and bluster to me. Just saying
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Originally posted by DGH57
This policy is now officially on the P&O website. No top ups at any port - 1 litre per person on embarkation.

All luggage to be scanned and checked as happens on other cruise lines with a come on down to reception.

No exceptions even on World Cruises and no sale of alcohol for on board consumption.

This was a big benefit that made up for poor quality in their offer of other services.

Time to walk away!!
Sorry but in cabin sales will continue P&O have already said so

Originally posted by wowzz
I think they are still selling alcohol for on board consumption! Not much point having bars if you can't drink on board.

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Originally posted by daiB
Sorry but in cabin sales will continue P&O have already said so
Would be nice if PO UK maintains, for WC and sectors of pax, the vouchers to buy one bottle per person duty free every 20 days or so......
Have the booking conditions for your cruise, when you sign into the personaliser, changed to reflect their new conditions...
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Originally posted by essandjaybee
Would be nice if PO UK maintains, for WC and sectors of pax, the vouchers to buy one bottle per person duty free every 20 days or so......

Have the booking conditions for your cruise, when you sign into the personaliser, changed to reflect their new conditions...


Why are we making a huge fuss about a few pounds? So much miss information all over the internet. On our last Cruise the DF Gin was £15. The same bottle on the room service menu was £19.

Where is the problem??




BTW the room service Gin is Ltr bottles and is export strength not the 37% you get in the U.K.


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2 points
1. On a Celebrity cruise who also have powerful restrictions we bought some spirit on a shore excursion, expecting it to be taken, and they just ignored it when we boarded.
2. As someone said on the Celebrity website, it will be difficult to match up what people have in carry on luggage and what they have in suitcases.
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Originally posted by daiB
Where is the problem??
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Who's making the fuss !!!! ..... not me it was my very FIRST post however watch out any after may create one ..... thanks for the warm welcome to CC !!!!!!!!

When one is on a very very very long cruise every little bit of discount you can get counts, we aren't all filthy rich, be it loyalty % or just getting 3 or 4 pounds off a bottle of spirits to drink in our cabin....for us that saving gets spent elsewhere onboard.... i call that "SMARTS" ....I don't have a problem with only being able to bring a token amount onboard, especially spirits no other line i can think of allows this....Unfortunately POUK's liberal carry on policy of the past has made a lot of people loyal to just them.....it's no wonder when they make quite a large change that folks feel hard done by........In that case I say walk away there are many great brands out there to choose from.... have never been loyal to just one brand we have top tier loyalty with 2 other major players don't get to bring alcohol on with either however we do get fantastic loyalty perks...
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Originally posted by daiB
Sorry but in cabin sales will continue P&O have already said so




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Of course they will continue, but have they confirmed the price will not change.

If the aim is to increase profits by prohibiting alcohol being brought on so forcing people to buy onboard, why would you sell bottles at supermarket prices?

Room service bottle prices are currently priced to compete with bring on board prices (as many on here have commented it is not worth the hassle of carrying a bottle on).

Remove that competition and your only competition is the bar price (and their bar price was held back to a lesser extent by the competition from the bring on board bottles).

So going forward to sell room service bottles all they will need to do is price them attractively in relation to bar prices, and that will be more than now.
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Originally posted by essandjaybee
Who's making the fuss !!!! ..... not me it was my very FIRST post however watch out any after may create one ..... thanks for the warm welcome to CC !!!!!!!!

When one is on a very very very long cruise every little bit of discount you can get counts, we aren't all filthy rich, be it loyalty % or just getting 3 or 4 pounds off a bottle of spirits to drink in our cabin....for us that saving gets spent elsewhere onboard.... i call that "SMARTS" ....I don't have a problem with only being able to bring a token amount onboard, especially spirits no other line i can think of allows this....Unfortunately POUK's liberal carry on policy of the past has made a lot of people loyal to just them.....it's no wonder when they make quite a large change that folks feel hard done by........In that case I say walk away there are many great brands out there to choose from.... have never been loyal to just one brand we have top tier loyalty with 2 other major players don't get to bring alcohol on with either however we do get fantastic loyalty perks...
I do agree that he new system is a bit unfair to longer cruises and world cruises, but also think that is why it is not being implemented until February 2018, when the longer cruises have departed. I know they scan cases but do wonder if say you have quite a few cases and 1 bottle in each, whether they are going to check who the cases belong to and how many each person has bought onboard.
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Originally posted by essandjaybee
Who's making the fuss !!!! ..... not me it was my very FIRST post however watch out any after may create one ..... thanks for the warm welcome to CC !!!!!!!!



When one is on a very very very long cruise every little bit of discount you can get counts, we aren't all filthy rich, be it loyalty % or just getting 3 or 4 pounds off a bottle of spirits to drink in our cabin....for us that saving gets spent elsewhere onboard.... i call that "SMARTS" ....I don't have a problem with only being able to bring a token amount onboard, especially spirits no other line i can think of allows this....Unfortunately POUK's liberal carry on policy of the past has made a lot of people loyal to just them.....it's no wonder when they make quite a large change that folks feel hard done by........In that case I say walk away there are many great brands out there to choose from.... have never been loyal to just one brand we have top tier loyalty with 2 other major players don't get to bring alcohol on with either however we do get fantastic loyalty perks...


First I did not know it was your first post as I use an IPad app which does not show how many posts people make.

Second I was not actually referring to you specifically as I started the post, We.

Thirdly I was giving you information which may have been useful to you in that the in cabin purchases are not that much more than the duty free prices. But you clearly were not interested in that and only wanted to have a moan.


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Originally posted by mandylennon
I know they scan cases but do wonder if say you have quite a few cases and 1 bottle in each, whether they are going to check who the cases belong to and how many each person has bought onboard.
I think you will have to have your 1ltr in your hand luggage to be checked on boarding.

Even on a fly cruise they say you should have it in your hand luggage once you go to board the ship.

" Fly Cruise..
If you are taking a flight prior to your cruise, the one limit bottle applies. We would recommend that liquids are packed in your hold luggage to comply with airport and airline restrictions however must be transferred to your hand luggage before boarding."
https://ask.pocruises.com/help/PO/be...u-sail/alcohol

So I don't think someone turning up with load's of luggage will deter them, if the scanners spot
a case that does not comply, it will be put to one side with all the others that fail.
No difference to how any other cruise company implement their security scans.
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P&O have made no mention as to where to pack your 1 litre, certainly when embarking in Southampton. I assume anyone packing drink in their main suitcase will have to go to the 'naughty room' to identify it.

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