Contributor Level: Second Mate


Just wondering, I have a friend who went on the same boat i did but different times and brought on a bunch of alcohol in luggage.  I am personally to scared to do that, anyone else try that and get away with it.  What did you use, and how did you do it?  

Tags: Carnival Cruise Lines

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Friends of mine have done it and used the cruise flasks and packed them in their luggage.

Personally, I'm not brave enough to try it haha.

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

The worst that the line will do is confiscate your booze. Not a big deal. I have done it in the past and gotten away with it, but I will add this...It is a pain in the butt having to go back to your cabin for a drink each time. Fine and dandy to have there when your significant other is getting ready but really impractical.

Contributor Level: Captain

There have been all kinds of discussions on how to get booze onboard. I have not tried it myself. Not being a big drinker, it's just not worth the hassle. Ways I've heard, empty shampoo bottles clean them out fill with beverage of choice. Flasks usually are not bothered with in the luggage. 

Contributor Level: Captain

I don't believe it is worth the hassle.

 For me I have to travel from Canada to wherever the cruise is and it's just not worth it.

Contributor Level: Captain

It is against the rules. No, I have not done it. 

Just don't "need" to drink so much that I have to sneak it on the ship.

Contributor Level: Captain

Nope! I don't even usually bring the 2 bottles of wine on board that is allowed. I get the package for drinking and just enjoy the cruise worry and anxiety free... Because if the steward finds it, then what? If you buy booze on the ship, they don't give you the bottles until the last night anyways. 

Contributor Level: Staff Captain

There have been a few other, longer discussions threads on this topic and I believe that the general consensus was that is you do happen to smuggle some on board the efforts you have to go through to try to drink it outside of your cabin just are not worth it.


Contributor Level: Captain

if you drink a LOT then it could pay to do so.   You can go on Amazon and they have different "Rum runners"   some are plastic flasks others are fake shampoo bottles that you rill up with booze.   Years ago my buddy had bought a case of bottled water and filled some of them with vodka and got them back into the shrink wrap,  but bottled water no longer allowed to be taken on the ship.


I just bring on my bottles of red wine and I'm a happy cruiser.

Contributor Level: Captain

Contraband items get confiscated when/if found. We don't remember hearing of instances where people were not allowed to board but we would not be surprised if it happened. Personal opinion on the topic are. . .
- If someone attempts to sneak contraband alcohol on board because they can't afford to pay for their drinks, they probably should not be cruising to begin with.
- The crew are trained to keep an eye on alcohol consumption (e.g., counting drinks, inebriated behavior) for passenger safety as well as for cruise line liability issues. When people sneak additional drinks from their "private stash", it places more than the drinker at risk.
- Intoxicated passengers are just plain ole stupid. Sadly, a few have gone over the rail due to their own lack of responsibility. We personally witnessed a young female slide over a pizzeria counter to get her own slice because the attendant had gone into the back to retrieve a clean utensil. She and her girlfriend were loud and staggering around but still planned to "go back to the room for another drink before going dancing". We called security rather than confront her. She was at grave risk of badly burning herself but we were not going to tangle with her because she was so obnoxiously drunk.

As long as there are rules, people will try to break them. We've surely done a bit of rule-breaking over our lifetime so we are not being self-righteous. We are honestly concerned. Alcohol-fueled idiocy not only puts the individual at high risk but it also places every other person on a ship at risk. We prefer not to have a tragedy punctuate our vacation.


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