Carrying Wine on Board

I know that on most cruise lines each adult passenger is allowed to bring 1 bottle of wine on board.

My question is whether or not I would be allowed to make and bottle my own wine and carry it on board?

(Yes, it would really be wine (actually meade, which is a wine made from honey rather than grapes, and has a comparable alcohol content), just not commercially packaged).

18 Answers

I wouldn't see any reason they would question it ... I met a woman who filled her wine bottles with vodka ... it's not like they open it... I think?

I am using an unlabeled bottle (clear, frosted). The contents look like any other white wine, with a bit of yeast settled at the bottom.

I suppose I could always create a label, but it would not have any barcodes or other legally required information on it.

Take a permanent marker and write BDREBEL'S PRIVATE STOCK on it and then look down your nose at them if they questions it and say "what, you never heard of this fine wine you moron" ...

Possibly not. They want to see that the neck is sealed. Shrink wrapping it may be enough, but I don't know. Call the line direct.

ncl has nothing about home made wine in its faq's

The top is shrink-wrapped already.

I will contact Carnival and Princess (I have two cases -- need several cruises!) to find out. Thanks.

I don't think it will be any problem.

I can't see a problem, I put mine in my carry-on, wrapped in bubble wrap. They never looked closely enough to know what I had other than a "wine" bottle. I hope you enjoy your wine and your cruise! Big Smile

Well... I'm guessing a good customs officer would examine it and possibly detain it while a sample is sent to the lab after a on the spot field test for liquefied cocaine or heroin. So perhaps the eagle eyed TSA officers (term used for lack of words) might find it questionable... I'm gonna go with NO..on bringing it. Proly has to be sealed and a commercial product. No clue what you do for work but......

I think that the lines would not allow it just as no more plastic bottles of water. They want everything factory sealed so no sneaking hard liquor on to a ship.

I think you may be on target there -- gotta be factory sealed and labeled.

I will get with Carnival for a final call, but you know what they say -- if you don't like the answer the first time, call again until you do like it. I can, however, see how easy it would be to smuggle hard liquor on in this manner, and claim simply that it was homemade wine.

Todd -- if you need to sample it for testing purposes, let me know and I'll try to get you a bottle. Unfortunately, you'll need to come to Laredo to get it, as it would be against the law to send untaxed wine through the mail, and as much as I like you, I don't want to share a jail cell with you. Them revenooers are tough! (BTW, I'm a brother in green as far as the job goes.)


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