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It depends on the cruise line. For the most part if they find it they will confiscate it. Some lines will hold it for you until the end of the cruise and some lines will destroy it. The effort it takes to smuggle booze onboard I would find exhausting.
Yes, I agree, some lines that catch you smuggling spirits on board will destroy it. Others, will hold until the night before disembarkation. They treat wine and champagne differently though, on Princess and HAL you are allowed one bottle of free wine p.p. at the original embarkation port and all you want to bring on board, in addition to the free, except you have to pay the per bottle surcharge, $15.00--Princess $18.00---HAL. If you want to take the one free bottle to the MDR or buffet, other than consuming it in your cabin, you have to pay the surcharge or corkage fee there for it. However, if you have paid the surcharge on your wine at boarding, then there is no additional charge in the MDR or buffet. The surcharge for wine is applicable at all ports of call on your cruise. On many lines, if you buy spirits from a port duty free shop, you give it, in the sealed bag, to the crew at the gangway and they deliver it to your cabin the night before disembarkation, same as they do with the spirits you purchase from the ship's duty free outlet.