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I know this has been asked, and answered, before but any up to date information is appreciated. We are boarding the QE next week and would like to take more than the "official" amount of two bottles (one each) on board to drink in our stateroom. Here is the wording from our voyage personaliser:

 

"On the day of embarkation, guests over the above minimum ages may bring on board one bottle of wine or champagne per person to celebrate. If consumed in the dining rooms or alternative restaurants, each bottle will be subject to a USD15 corkage fee. Any other alcohol purchased ashore will be collected at the gangway for safe keeping and will be returned to you on the last day of your voyage."

 

So to all the well travelled Cunarders - how do we take wine on board assuming we are taking approx 6 bottles? In our case or carry on? If we only take two on embarkation day can we buy more at our first port of call and bring that on?

 

Thanks :)

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We normally take in our carry on bags as the checked bags get thrown around.

 

You may buy more as and when you wish and you will not be challenged, unless you try to board an extraordinary amount!

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We are experts at packing a bottle or two in our checked in luggage :) So if we have a bottle in each of our checked luggage and a couple in our carry on you think we'll be OK? I just don't want to seem to be flouting rules by bring on too much!

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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.

 

Should you wish to take wine or Champagne on board to consume in a restaurant, each bottle will be subject to a US$20.00 corkage charge. This fee is subject to change.

 

Above is taken from the Cunard website- I think the message is you wont get challenged unless you bring 100 bottles lol.

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You will be fine, there is no issue taking alcohol on board at embarkation or after port calls. Cunard treats their passengers as adults !

Have a wonderful time.

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Is it also all right to bring a bottle of strong liquor on board?

 

Okay for bottles, to be brought on. Also with/without mixers. :)

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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.

 

Should you wish to take wine or Champagne on board to consume in a restaurant, each bottle will be subject to a US$20.00 corkage charge. This fee is subject to change.

 

Above is taken from the Cunard website- I think the message is you wont get challenged unless you bring 100 bottles lol.

 

Thank you - I have since found this on the Cunard website and while it differs from the information on my voyage personaliser I'm relieved that we can take more wine on board! We just love a wine in the afternoon while on the balcony or while getting ready for going out for the evening. I just needed clarification that this was still alright.

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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! ..

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Thank you - I have since found this on the Cunard website and while it differs from the information on my voyage personaliser I'm relieved that we can take more wine on board! We just love a wine in the afternoon while on the balcony or while getting ready for going out for the evening. I just needed clarification that this was still alright.
A close reading of the Contract of Carriage (I've only read the US version if there's any difference) will show the two-bottle language. But it seems to be there to used as a last resort. We usually carry on between 6 and 9 bottles of wine for 12 nights.

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So spirits are fine to bring onboard in appropriate amounts. Very enlightened of Cunard.

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A close reading of the Contract of Carriage (I've only read the US version if there's any difference) will show the two-bottle language. But it seems to be there to used as a last resort. We usually carry on between 6 and 9 bottles of wine for 12 nights.

 

Yes, that's what I wondered about. So I need to break the rules but then according to the Cunard website, I'm not breaking the rules! Clearly it's just to cover them to stop those who might be troublesome.

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I think Cunard deliberately keep this as confusing as possibble. Before bringing my whisky and Baileys on board I did call and was told that you can bring spirits in reasonable quantities without of course defining what reasonable means! They do have a caveat to forbid you bringing alcohol on board but also say they will only use that in exceptional circumstances whatever they are.

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You will be fine, there is no issue taking alcohol on board at embarkation or after port calls. Cunard treats their passengers as adults !

Have a wonderful time.

 

I enjoy being treated as an adult. We don't bring lots on board, but usually more than one bottle each, especially if we spot something good at a port. So nice to not have to worry about the wine police.

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I have brought a bottle of wine and a bottle of Glenmorangie Scotch on a trip on QV and I was only asked if I had tried Talisker Scotch by the screen staff when I got on board. Of course I held my comment that I believe Talisker is vile and on board I went. I even have purchased special liquors in port exchanges and brought them on board without a problem.

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I enjoy being treated as an adult. We don't bring lots on board, but usually more than one bottle each, especially if we spot something good at a port. So nice to not have to worry about the wine police.

 

 

It's very refreshing and goes against the current trend of treating people as children not to be trusted.

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It's very refreshing and goes against the current trend of treating people as children not to be trusted.

 

The impression I get is the restriction on personal bottles is all about profit. Now that the sales of alcohol is very lucrative (the 25p/50 cent G&T is long gone:() most cruise lines don't want people drinking their own. Restrictions on personal alcohol are fairly recent. It seems to me it started when the wine and bar prices soared.

 

When Cunard and P&O send hand luggage through the X-ray machines I know it is a matter of security. But when most lines do that, they are hoping to find and confiscate the passenger's bottles. I hope they are also looking for prohibited items.

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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 :-)

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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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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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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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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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 :D

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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!!!!

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