So I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on this topic...if the chances of successfully "smuggling" alcohol is up to the person who's watching the screen for the xray and their desire to "catch" you, would it be better to use the Rum Runners that I've purchased and "try" to fool them or just be bold and stick the bottles (wrapped) into my luggage and just leave my fate up to the gods? If i they pull my luggage with the Rum Runners I lose both the alcohol and the flasks, but if I just put the bottles in the case I'll only lose the alcohol until the last night of the cruise. According to some posts the person watching the xray screen can see both regardless, the success rate is purely luck.
I don't think it is worth the hassle to try getting contraband on board. If I say any more than that, i'm afraid it comes across the wrong way... whatever you do, enjoy your vacation!
I just wonder if it's worth it. Not something I do as I have to travel quite a distance to get to a cruise port.
you will have better luck in your checked baggage then on carry on. Most lines do allow 1 750ml of wine per guest, some soda and bottled water. My kid had bought a 4 pack of water that was shrink wrapped, carefully took then out, filled them with Vodka and got them back into the shrink wrap. He took them on in carry on and had no problem, This was in the port of Rome. If your caught they will put a nasty letter into your checked luggage and take out the booze.
I have the all plastic camping flasks. I kept it tucked in the small of my back going through security. No metal, no buzz. I never even opened it once on the ship.
Except for the all inclusives, they could care less what you bring on board since most booze is free anyway, most lines allow one bottle of wine free on board pp at the embarkation of the cruise, from then on you have to pay a surcharge, ($15.00 per bottle on Princess and $18.00 per on HAL.)
Until Feb. 2014 HAL allowed you to bring your own wine on board free. They were about the last hold-out, I think Disney and one or two others still allow you to do that.
Our last cruise a little over a year ago on HAL, 32 days, we passed through the Hawaiian Islands on our way south. There wasn't going to be anymore worthwhile liquor stores for the next few weeks, so I went to COSTCO on Maui. Picked up four bottles of a good Cab I like. It was about $13. or $14. a bottle at COSTCO. I figured if I pay their $18. per it would only cost me $32. per as opposed to an equivalent wine on board that they charged $65. dollars per for. As it turned out, they waved me on through without charging. If I had known that I would have bought a case.
Here is a fairly up to date list of the booze rules for each. http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=46
For me, it isn't worth the anxiety.
It really isn't worth the effort. Just buy the drink package or order a bottle sent to your cabin before the cruise