29
Mar
2007

carnival cruise Carnival Cruise Lines bans liquids, extorts passengers

See update below

Those crazy spring breakers, bringing their cases of mineral water and Coca-Cola on board the cruise ships! They’ve simply gone too far! …huh?

Carnival Cruise Lines is clamping down on passengers who bring beverages on board. Their new policy prohibits passengers from bringing beverages onto the ship. That means alcoholic AND non-alcoholic beverages.

Is it because of the seemingly monthly reports of passengers who fall off a ship in an apparently drunken stupor? No.

Is it terrorism fears, the 3-ounce bottle-makers’ lobby, and the TSA-ification of the seas? Nope.

The reason is economics, pure and simple. The cruise ships weren’t selling as many drinks on board as they wanted.

Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said guests had been bringing on too many nonalcoholic beverages. “There had been some abuse of the previous policy which is why the new policy is more restrictive,” he said.

Nonalcoholic beverages? I’m sure people are bringing in cases and cases of Evian.

Maybe they’re trying to play down the fact that their margins on umbrella drinks are astronomical. And by banning non-alcoholic beverages, they can be sure to milk some more money from alcohol-free cruises too, like the Christian cruises they book wholesale.

Rum runners will undoubtedly be upset: Duty free purchases of liquor from dockside shops will be taken and held by the cruise line until you leave the ship. Other beverages brought on board “will be confiscated and discarded without compensation.”

One sole exception remains: “guests (21 years and older only) may bring one bottle of wine or champagne per person on board only during embarkation at the beginning of the cruise. A $10 corkage fee per bottle will be charged should you wish to consume this wine in the dining room or a $14 corkage fee per bottle in the Supper Club.” How generous.

Extortion, thy name is Carnival!

Update: After taking heat, Carnival has backed off their non-alcoholic beverage ban, but the ban on alcohol stays. Here’s the revised policy on beverages:

Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages onboard. However, guests (21 years and older only) may bring one bottle of wine or champagne per person on board only during embarkation at the beginning of the cruise. A $10 corkage fee per bottle will be charged should you wish to consume this wine in the dining room or a $14 corkage fee per bottle in the Supper Club. Guests may bring a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages.

All alcohol, additional quantities of wine/champagne or excessive quantities of non-alcoholic beverages will be confiscated and discarded without compensation. Guests may purchase a variety of beverages on board the ship. Alcoholic beverages will not be sold or served to anyone under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Alcoholic beverages purchased in the ship’s gift shops or in ports of call will be retained by Carnival until the end of the voyage.

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26 Responses to “Carnival Cruise Lines bans liquids, extorts passengers”

  1. Tyler Colman (a.k.a. Dr. Vino) Says:

    Yikes. That kind of small-mindedness would really alienate me from taking a cruise. But then again, I’ve never wanted to take one anyway…

    Just imagine the line to retrieve all that Caribbean rum at the final disembarkation!

  2. Citoahc Says:

    I am amazed they didn’t try to claim this as an anti-terrorism measure. A week in a cabin might actually be long enough to mix some of those explosives safely.

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  4. rajbot Says:

    we took a carnival cruise in feb and had no problem bringing several bottles of wine (4) and a bottle of vodka aboard.

    they do, however, very carefully check you when you return from ports of call, so if you want to bring alcohol, your best bet is to do so in moderate quantities during your embarkation.

  5. Pam Says:

    Well, doesn’t that just frost your flakes. certainly leaves those of us who are limited by dietary requirements and personal taste to nothing with sugar and/or caffeine to consume only water! Hope we find out something different before we cruise with them this coming Fall leaving from Rome, Italy.

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  8. cory Says:

    How many cases of alcohol is sold on cruises weekly?

  9. Janice Paige Says:

    After 25 Carnival cruises I can see why they must restrict the drinkers. They are usually unruly, rude and destroy the ship any way they want to. We have seen numerous amounts of vomit, trash and destruction by these so called adults. And any booze bought in any port is taken upon reboarding by ALL CRUISE LINES. This is a US Customs issue not cruise line. Travel a few times and see why they must have rules. The biggest problem is they don’t enforce them in fear of insulting the drunks. Please know your facts before yiking and belly aching.

  10. Mark Ashley Says:

    The original beef was with Carnival’s ban on ALL liquids, not just alcohol.

    But really, you don’t make a Carnival cruise sound very appealing. All these drunks vomiting around you, and you still took 25 trips with them? Wow. Suit yourself!

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  12. Laurah Says:

    Did you pack the vodka, or just carry it on? I am traveling with a family of 5 (3teens) and was thinking of packing or takeing a case of water? Would that be a moderat amount? Laurah

  13. cindy jackson Says:

    I going on a cruise late this year and will have two teens – They drink lots of water – how much did you take with you?

  14. Melissa Says:

    K… so what if you bring aboard “screw cap” wine or champagne? How much do they charge to unscrew it? An exorbitant amount, I am sure. So in other words, they are gonna screw you, to unskrew you. :)

  15. Melissa Says:

    oh by the way. Im going on a carnival. I have been told and read that they don;t charge for water or tea.. only alcohol and sodas.. ???

  16. Jim Says:

    I’ve been on 2 Carnival cruise, 5 day and 7 day, and have never seen these so called unruly and rude drunks. The Captain must be hiding them somewhere. And perhaps the vomit was from sea sickness, ya think? And the booze you buy at ports is delivered to your room the last night of the cruise, no lines to stand in (where did THAT come from?). People, research!!

  17. Don Says:

    We have an infant we are bringing on the cruise and her pediatrician recommended bottled water for her to drink and for her formula. This amounts to her drinking 3-4 16 oz bottles a day. We are on a 5 day cruise and want to bring a case of water with us but Carnival rep said he believes that is excessive….that we can PURCHASE water on board the ship so we know now why the policy is there. He said we might have it confiscated but I guess we will see in a few weeks.

  18. HANK LECLAIR Says:

    Been on 2 one week cruises with Carnival and some 25 cruises with other cruise lines never saw an unruly or drunk yet, let alone a sick one barffing.

    Don’t agree with there no bring aboard wine… alcohol. Looks like greed on their part.

    NOTE: Greed Floats……above….I did not submit that!

  19. PattyNJ Says:

    I would think the ban is because they are not making money on the booze on the ship! Thats all!

  20. Mark Says:

    Did you carry the wine and vodka abord in a carry on or put it in your luggage

  21. John F. Says:

    I own a restaurant and charge a corkage fee, this is not unusual.I am in the buisness to make money and, I believe, so is Carnival.If, you do not like their selections or have a special bottle waiting for a special moment, fork it up, you would of paid a lot more for being served one of their bottles.The cost of having a waiter and dishwasher does not go away because you brought your own wine.

  22. John Says:

    I went on a Carnival Cruise three years ago and I am going on another this November. I think a cruise is like taking a vacation on a traveling restaurant, not just a mobile hotel.

    It is rare to find a restaurant that won’t charge a corkerage fee. The restaurants that don’t charge fees are usually the ones that can’t sell alcohol because they aren’t licensed.

    I haven’t encountered any unruly people or drunks on my cruise. I did while staying at an all-inclusive resort. But then again, at the all-inclusive, the alcohol was flowing freely.

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  24. Sandy Says:

    Have taken many carnival cruise trips, and we just put all the booze we want to take in our checked luggage,my daughter brought on a big bottle of rum, it also was in her checked luggage, and she left it out even during the shore excursions, and it was never touched by the crew on carnival, if really worries, just take two empty water bottles, fill with liquor of your choice,pack into a gallon ziplock bag, just to prevent leaks and once again pack in your checked luggage

  25. hazel Says:

    the facts.. 1. its a business, they want to make money and they have thier own “internal” security issues to deal with. 2. it is not a free for all, drunk fest as some have stated. 3. pack all booze in your “checked baggage” only, they do not search checked baggage. they will search your carry on and dispose of any found. 4. if you are an adult, act like one.

  26. George Says:

    I was on a cruise in June 2012 I had a wonderful time I brought along a case of water and did not get to use it all up had more than half acase left over and we were four adult because on the cruise there are lemonade tea coffee at no charge plus we each had a bottle of wine which we use only one bottle plus we bought some drink on board plus some bottle of rum at the duty free ship store the moral this story do not worry about what you can bring on board a cruise just follow rules and regulation and have great time and pack your liquor in the carry on only because your check luggage will be X-ray.

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