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I sent a note to RCCL about whether a passenger is allowed to bring alcohol or any beverages on board and also inquired if the mini fridge can be used for storing beverages and this is the response I received:

 

Thank you for your email regarding the above-mentioned sailing.

 

Bringing Beverages onboard: We do not allow guests to bring their own beverages onboard. This includes: liquor, wine, beer, soda, or self produced products (example: home made wines).

 

Royal Caribbean will allow a maximum of two bottles of wine.

 

A corkage fee of $12.00 per bottle will be charged. We do not allow more than two bottles and they may not be stored in our mini refrigerators.

 

 

As you can see they do allow you to bring up to two bottles of wine no questions asked. And they didn't mention bottled water as a beverage you can't bring on board.

 

Just thought I would share this with everyone.

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*scratches head*

They've contradicted themselves. they don't allow wine... but they allow up to two bottles of wine...

*eyes cross*

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Arrrrgggghhhh! That is one of the silliest responses I've seen so far. We do not allow our passengers to bring on their own beverages, including wine. We allow up to 2 bottles of wine. WHICH IS IT?????????

 

As for not being stored in the fridge, that's a first. As if the cabin stewards don't have enough to do without being the fridge police. Your cabin steward will, of course, bring you all the ice you need to keep your beverages cold.

 

Talk about corporate gobbledygook. Sheesh.

 

There. I feel better now.:rolleyes:

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I sent a note to RCCL about whether a passenger is allowed to bring alcohol or any beverages on board and also inquired if the mini fridge can be used for storing beverages and this is the response I received:

 

Thank you for your email regarding the above-mentioned sailing.

 

Bringing Beverages onboard: We do not allow guests to bring their own beverages onboard. This includes: liquor, wine, beer, soda, or self produced products (example: home made wines).

 

Royal Caribbean will allow a maximum of two bottles of wine.

 

A corkage fee of $12.00 per bottle will be charged. We do not allow more than two bottles and they may not be stored in our mini refrigerators.

 

 

As you can see they do allow you to bring up to two bottles of wine no questions asked. And they didn't mention bottled water as a beverage you can't bring on board.

 

Just thought I would share this with everyone.

 

 

Correct they didn´t mentioned bottled water, but they said, NO BEVERAGE and just made examples. However just tell them the bottled water is just for washing and teeth cleaning. If you don´t drink it but spit it out it´ll be no beverage and should be allowed:D :p

 

Strange answer. Maybe the person that wrote it had two bottles of own wine brought to RCCL headquater.

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We were told in two separate emails that RCL WILL NOT allow a gay mixer (commonly noted in the Compass as a Friends of Dorothy party) and when I expressed dismay, I was told to ask the Cruise Director once I was onboard. If it's against company policy, why would asking one of their employees make any difference? I suspect the reason is that they have their "rules" and they have their business practises, which allow for exceptions.

 

I also think they say the thing about allowing the two bottles so they can try and reap the corkage fee. They know folks are bringing wine onboard and while they would prefer you didn't, they will allow you to bring it to the dining room so they can at least earn $12 from you.

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Does anyone know... do they add gratuity to the corkage fee. It seems ridiculous, but I thought I saw someone post that they did. And I've been curious ever since... :D Thanks!

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So let me get this right you can't bring beverages unless you pay them a corkage fee. Hmmmmm. I wonder what they would charge to uncork my water bottle. This policy seems alittle discriminatory considering not everyone partakes in wine drinking etc.....:(

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It's possible that the 2 bottles being referred to is for bottles you purchase on board and they will allow you to take THESE to your cabin for a corkage fee (as opposed to holding them for you and returning them to you on the last day)

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I think it's ridiculous that the cruiseline won't just post what we actually can and cannot do.

 

1. Pay the $9.50 fee in the duty-free shop and bring it to our room? Who knows? Lots of posters here says it's okay. I called RCI and they told me no, we have to wait until the last night of the cruise and it would be delivered to us.

 

2. Bring wine onboard? Posters say okay if RCI doesn't offer that wine. RCI tells me no, it will be confiscated.

 

I'm going take a bottle of rum and a Bailey's, and a couple of bottles of wine onboard. We'll see.

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They probably will never tell you it is allowed because that would cut into their drink profits and they do want to discourage people from bringing their own on board, understandably. However, it probably is not an area they enforce, would be difficult and time consuming to search everyone's luggage, would tick customers off, etc. It's probably a case of don't ask, don't tell. In other words, what we (RCCL) don't know, won't hurt you (passenger)!

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You have to remeber that RCCL DO NOT see what you carry on. It is a private security company that screens the bags before you board the ship. I am not even sure that they know the rules that RCCL has in place. Last time I cruised on the Mariner I had 3 bottles of wine in my backpack and she kinda looked at me and did not say a word....All I said was " They are for our anniversary" and she just let the bag go through without saying a word.

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1. Pay the $9.50 fee in the duty-free shop and bring it to our room? Who knows? Lots of posters here says it's okay. I called RCI and they told me no, we have to wait until the last night of the cruise and it would be delivered to us.[/quote

Unless they have changed since January you can pay the $9.50 fee per bottle fee and bring it back to your room.If you buy it and don't pay the fee they hold it until the last night.I know some people have brought liquor aboard but we met a couple they took Jack Daniels from and said they would return it at the end of the cruise.

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We just got off the Splendour where we put our wine that we brought from home into the refrigerator. It fit just fine.

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two words.... ziplocks and bubble wrap

 

yup. on-board wine options, uh, suck. I want to bring at least a couple of good drinkable wines on my vacay.

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It's possible that the 2 bottles being referred to is for bottles you purchase on board and they will allow you to take THESE to your cabin for a corkage fee (as opposed to holding them for you and returning them to you on the last day)

 

That is for the hard liquor and liqueurs in the onboard shop. It is $9.50 per bottle consumption fee to take it back to your cabin. They don't sell wine in the onboard shop. If you bring on your own wine and consume it in the dining room or other public venue, they (usually) charge you the $12 corkage fee. So, this is actually two different things: $9.50 consumption fee for onboard liquor purchase; $12 corkage fee for wine brought onboard.

 

We've always brought some soda and water, as well as a few bottles of wine--none of which we "smuggle" or hide in any way. We do not bring hard liquor onboard. Even with the consumption fee, it's no more expensive than in the stores at home.

 

beachchick

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I noticed on the RCCL webiste, at the bottom, it said you can purchase alcohol to take in your room if you pay the regular price, not duty free, has anyone heard of this? :cool:

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I noticed on the RCCL webiste, at the bottom, it said you can purchase alcohol to take in your room if you pay the regular price, not duty free, has anyone heard of this? :cool:

Where? I'm looking for it.

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they won't let me put the link on I feel like a criminal:

Guests who purchase liquor onboard a Royal Caribbean International vessel from one of our gifts shops, for in-cabin consumption, will be sold the liquor at an in-cabin consumption rate (non-duty free rate which is comparable to retail rates), which in turn can be taken immediately to their cabin.

I just called Royal Carribean, to confirm she said yes, I would get charged a $9.50 extra for the bottle of liquor, but I could take to my room immediately.

my question is , why are there refrigerators in the room if were not allowed to store drinks in them? go to *********** and act as if your booking a room onboard a RCCL and read the fine print at bottom

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I always bring wine & liquor onboard. I pour vodka in empty water bottles and place in a ziplock bag in my suitcase. I bring 1 bottle of red wine also. I bring my own bottle opener. HOWEVER, one time I forgot to pack the opener so I asked my room steward for one. HE DIDN'T CHARGE ME. Go figure! :rolleyes:

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. If you don´t drink it but spit it out it´ll be no beverage and should be allowed:D :p

 

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And my booze is actually a great mouthwash!

 

LOL

-Monte

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I bring my own bottle opener. HOWEVER, one time I forgot to pack the opener so I asked my room steward for one. HE DIDN'T CHARGE ME. Go figure! :rolleyes:

 

Easy to figure, you're tipping him!

 

-Monte

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The corkage fee only applies in the dining room. You can get a corkscrew and proper wine glasses from room service for free (mind you, my idea of "proper" is a glass with a stem, but they do give you a generic red or white shape if you ask). Drink up!:D

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My suggestion is to stop worrying about these "official" wine rules and just bring wine. Make it absolutely clear to RCI that if they confiscate it or don't permit it, they've seen the last of you in the future. I'm betting there won't be any further discussion on the matter, and you'll be free to take it onboard.

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I always buy wine in St Maarten, most of the time i get right thru and up to my cabin with it, if its 1 or 2 bottles and they are in your tote bag they don;t take it, I did however buy 4 bottles of my favorite wine on my last Adventure of the Seas Cruise and since it was boxed and obvious all they did was hold it, asked for our table number in the dining room and each night there was a bottle there waiting for us.

 

Sometimes depending on your waiter, you might not even get charged the corkage fee, when I was on the Explorer our waiter did not charge us, he was smart, I added that extra money to his tip!

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Myself and g/f as well purchased two bottles of wine in St. Thomas, put it in her bag.. went through the detector boarding the ship and had no issue. Voila, we had two bottles of wine that one was also placed into the refrigator. Our attendant also put one on ice for us, no issue at all.

 

I wouldn't worry about this issue whatsoever.

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I am bringing my 11 month daughter on Radiance of the Seas in May and had to pre-declare all food realted items that I am bringing onboard. They didn't have a problem with the powdered formula, jars of baby food or bottles of juice, but they say that I am not allowed to bring bottled water onboard because it is available for purchase. I've always taken bottled water and some pop onboard in my carry-on and have never been questioned. Hopefully they will not crack down on bottled water 'smugglers' this time :)

 

 

Jenn

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How about trying to get the (shudder) boxed version of wine aboard.. maybe that wont attract the scanners attention too much smile.gif

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In my limited experience, I've found that the rules are there to give them leeway should someone try to really abuse the issue and bring say a case or two of wine on-board (especially say someone planning on holding a party). In reality, as long as you only have a few bottles in you luggage, the staff on board do not care what the official policy is. Occasionally they'll stop someone, but most of the time they won't. The best trick to avoid being blatant is to wrap bottles so they don't clink. The only time I ever saw someone's alcohol actually confiscated (coming in from port) was when the bottles clinked when being put on the conveyor for the X-Ray. If you bring one of the hand-towels from the ship in your shoulder bag, then wrap the bottles so they don't clink. You probably won't have a problem.

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I have called RC regarding corkage fees and have gotten vague answers. I actually said to the RC person "if you don't allow passengers to bring their own wine then what would the waiter be uncorking? Surely there is not a corkage fee for the bottle purchased at dinner from the wine steward." She couldn't answer me. She just said there is a $12.00 corkage fee. In my opinion the bottom line is do what you wish but be discrete and don't abuse it. And don't sweat it, you're on vacation. They also told me our cabin has a refrigerator which is separate from the mini-bar.

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Thanks for this post Irovnan! I have been searching endlessly for a response to that very question.

G

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My stupid question is, how do you get the wine open without paying the corkage fee?? Since a corkscrew is considered a weapon you cannot bring em onboard airliners anymore. I had one taken away from me that i forgot was even in my briefcase. Kinda embarrssing.:o

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We were told in two separate emails that RCL WILL NOT allow a gay mixer

 

 

 

It only stands to reason that if they aren't going to let you bring the hard liquor on board, that they won't allow you to bring mixers of any kind, be they gay mixers or pina colada mixers...................geeesh

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My stupid question is, how do you get the wine open without paying the corkage fee?? Since a corkscrew is considered a weapon you cannot bring em onboard airliners anymore. I had one taken away from me that i forgot was even in my briefcase. Kinda embarrssing.:o

 

you could pack your corkscrew in your checked luggage or ask the room attendant for one.

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It only stands to reason that if they aren't going to let you bring the hard liquor on board, that they won't allow you to bring mixers of any kind, be they gay mixers or pina colada mixers...................geeesh

 

cute!

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I have a question other than carrying wine aboard. I'm like everyone else reading "NO" beverage.

 

I know that a lot of you will think I crazy, but I love to have my "diet" Mountain Dew at least once a day.

 

We are new to RCI and have cruised several times on Carnival, which has Coke products, the last two cruises we drove to the port on one cruise and took a couple six packs on in a small cooler. Our last cruise we flew to New York a day before and meant to stop at a small grocery before boarding and forgot to in all the excitment of getting to the pier.

 

Our first stop was the next day in Boston and we had a private tour and the drive was nice enough to stop at a market before taking us back to the ship and we purchased a couple of six packs to take back on board. They weren't even in a sack or cooler I carried on and one of the other people in our group carried the other one.

 

No problem.

 

Sorry, to make a short question long, has any one tried carrying soda on board? I have one of those coolers that folds flat, but opens up to carry 2 to 3 six packs of beer or soda.

 

Just wondering

 

Thanks,

Marcy

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Sorry, to make a short question long, has any one tried carrying soda on board? I have one of those coolers that folds flat, but opens up to carry 2 to 3 six packs of beer or soda.

 

We were on the Jewel in February. Due to the medications that DW has to take (she is a transplant patient on immuno-suppression) she cannot have caffeine or sugar, so she needs to have a caffeine-free, diet soda or water. Now, normally she drinks water, but she does like an alternative every now and then. So, when we flew into FLL a day early, I walked to the Eckerd drug store down the block from the pier and our hotel (Holiday Inn Express Convention Center, 3 blocks from Port Everglades entrance) and purchased some soda. I purchased her 3 bottles of diet CF Coke and three bottles of Sprite Zero. I also got a six pack of water in sport bottles so that we could take water that I could trust to drink on shore excursions. I took our carry-on bag and moved some stuff into our suitcases, then I put the sodas in our carry-ons. The carry-ons went through the x-ray machine and they didn't say or do anything. Then we checked the carry-ons around the corner from the gangway when we boarded and they took them to our rooms. No problems and no one said anything.

 

Also, as for food and drink, we saw a younger couple (20 somethings) in Cozumel go and buy 2 shopping bags of junk food (why buy food when you're on a cruise?) and 2 large (they didn't quite look like 2-liter bottles, but I'm not sure) bottles of soda and take it back on. It was clearly visible and the crew didn't bat an eye as it went through the xray machine.

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