Am I allowed to bring alcohol onboard the cruise ship?
This has to be one of the most asked questions in all of Cruisedom. Additionally it is one of the most difficult questions to answer. The problem is most cruise lines aren’t consistent in their enforcement of the rules. These inconsistencies lead to stories being passed around about how Joe Cruiser carried two kegs of beer onboard a ship while security held the door for him. While some of these stories are true, many are false, and most lie somewhere in between.
There are obvious dangers to allowing consumption of alcohol by passengers to go unchecked. These dangers range from simple acts of carelessness such as tripping and falling to more serious acts such as falling overboard. Even without anything major happening over consumption of alcohol often leads to poor judgment which in turn leads to infringing on the rights of others to enjoy their vacations.
While I will admit safety may be one of the major motivation to implementing an alcohol policy, one would have to be braindead to ignore the financial implications of restricting what a passenger can bring on board. The truth is almost all cruise lines would prefer you buy their booze instead of bringing your own. The question is how much do they actually care. During this weeklong look into the Alcohol Policies of six of the largest cruise lines, we will take a look at what the cruise line alcohol policies really say. Over the course of “The Intelligent Cruiser” will examine the alcohol polices of:
- Holland America
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Princess Cruises
- Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
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