I have never sailed out of southampton before but i have sailed with royal caribbean 6 times and i have never been allowed to take alcohol onboard and keep it with you. They will scan your bags and if they do find any alcohol they will take it away from you and hand it back to you on the last night of your cruise.they dont mind people buying alcohol just they wont let you drink it onboard.
I have sailed RCI many times (Diamond) & we always take a bottle or two for sailaway. They do not scan your main luggage, only your hand luggage. Herein lies the answer. Your bags will always be scanned each time you reboard at your ports of call & as stated by Hughes will be held until the last night.
I assure that the cases are scanned. I have seen this being done at Southampton a number of times! Can they afford not to in the current climate? Bottles smuggled on board today, bombs tomorrow! Perhaps its only the "Diamond" passengers luggage that doesn't have to go through this process eh? Happy cruising.
As someone who cruises twice a year & has been taking a couple of bottles of 'fizz' onboard for sailaway, for as many years as I can remember, they don't do a very good job! Having said that, I've not sailed from Southampton for a few years so maybe it only occurs there.
I said that they scan the suitcases for SECURITY, not for wine. P&O are not obsessed with stopping people bringing the odd bottle of booze onto their ships as most other cruise lines seem to be. Security has been tightened substancially at the Mayflower Cruise Terminal in recent years. Unfortunately this has all but ruined the former pleasure of seeing friends or relatives off on their cruises. Happy cruising.
Celebrity and Azamara's T&Cs allow you to take two bottles on board - you are not breaking the rules there, but RCI clearly state in their T&Cs that no alcohol is to be brought on board. If they scan your bags and find it then your bag will be held and you will be summoned to the 'naughty room' to claim it. For a bottle or 2 of wine is it really worth it??
The Cruise lines do not allow you to drink your own alcohol on board because of European Taxation laws. It is not a decision ,ade by the cruise lines.
Why do people have this infatuation with taking or smuggling alcohol on board - is it purely to save money? A cruise ship is only a hotel on the sea, so do the same people take their own alcohol to their rooms when staying at a hotel instead of using the hotel bar or am I missing something? I ask this in all innocence because so many people seem determined to do this and it would never occur to me to take my own alcohol either to a hotel or onto a cruise ship, when they make part of their business revenue from selling it to you. I would regard it as terrible manners and hardly worth the effort of putting it into my luggage when for example a reasonable bottle of wine on say Celebrity can be purchased at $20 (£10). Please explain!!
I can't remember ever paying under £12 for a "reasonable" bottle of wine on a cruise, and I have one with my dinner each evening. I thought that Celebrity were ment to be a cut above the likes of P&O and NCL? I refused to pay more than that for the cheapest bottle of wine on offer on the Norwegian Sea nearly 10 years ago! You are lucky to get the House wine for that sort of price in a normal restaurant aren't you? How much for a bottle of Single Malt? I may be persuaded to book Celebrity next time! Happy cruising.