GAM - I am sorry you had this experience. Since you clearly cruised PC previously, I hope this was an exception and not the rule.
Review by GAM14823418
In response to review, noname111 says ...
I also hope that this is not typical of Princess cruises.
All cruise lines limit the amount and type of alcohol that you can carry on or if they find it in your checked bag. You can see in the forum discussions of how to sneak booze onto a ship.
I am sorry you had a bad time, I still cruise Princess regularly and have a great time. As far as the alcohol is concerned it is plainly stated in several areas it will be confiscated and destroyed. I do agree with the coffee statement, I buy the coffee card and get my brewed coffee in the international cafe. It is a win for me because my wapife enjoys the lattes. Hope your next cruise is better if you decide to try another line.
The problems you encountered with Princess here appears fairly typical of what most experience on any of the majors nowadays. All the lines have changed and are changing.
As far as booze brought on board, Princess is hardly any different, in fact, except for the all inclusives, (who could care less what you bring on board since most booze is free anyway) most lines allow one bottle of wine free on board per person at the embarkation of the voyage, 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 of the majors, of the smaller lines I believe Disney and one or two small lines 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