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We will be going on our cruise in November and one of our stops is St. Thomas. My husband and I usually buy the maximum allowance on liquor and take as a carry on to the plane. Just wondering with the new "liquid" law on the planes if we can still carry boxed liquor onto the airplane. Has anyone recently gotten off a cruise with liquor and were you able to carry on the plane or do we have to try and pack what we can? Thanks for any info!

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Take the money you were going to spend on a "six-pack" and get one good bottle of something that you are unlikely to be able to find in the USA. Then put it in a ziplock, pack it in bubble wrap and put it in the middle of your hardside suitcase.


The liquor stores in STT must be apoplectic over the liquids ban on airlines...they've lost everyone as customers except those that drive to the cruise terminals.

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I merely said hardside in that it might give more protection than a softside for a bottle. The big factor is putting a cushioning layer around it, then having it as far away from ANY side of the suitcase as possible. Also away from other hard objects in the same bag -- put them in your spouse's bag or your second one.

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When we were on the Freedom recently, I asked the guy in the onboard liquor store about it. He said that some people put it in their checked luggage as stated above. Also, he would pack it securely for you and mark the box as fragile. Then at the airport, you tell them what it is and they would handle it seperately as checked bags.


I have no idea how that worked, nor have I spoken to anyone who did it that way. We might have a bunch of very happy baggage handlers! :eek::D:eek::D

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Friends of ours just came back last week from a cruise and said they taped two boxes of liquor together, wrote their name on it and the airline put tags on the handles. They came through beautifully! They did say next time they'll bring the brown tape that's used for mailing packages to make it stronger. The liquor store gave them some foam wrapping for around the bottles that were glass.


They flew on Northwest.

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