We managed to 'smuggle' some booze back onto the ship from Tortola and Antigua for cabin pre dinner drinks AND they had the x-ray machine as you entered back onto the ship, so the staff were more bothered about weapons/drugs being brought back on board I suppose.This is onboard the Sea Princess.When are you going?
Not meaning to be offhand but would you drink your own alcohol in your room, in a hotel that had a bar? A cruise ship is really a floating hotel and yes you might save yourself a few quid but come on you are on holiday and I can't believe you can't afford to buy yourself and your family a drink if you can afford to go to the West Indies on a cruise.
On most cruise ships bringing alcohol on board is banned. Baggage is even searched for bottles. This was a means of increasing bar sales. You can, of course, buy alcohol on board for consumption in your cabin.
I'm on the side of the question writer. I too like to save money where I can ...this is how I afford going on trips. My spouse and I both enjoy having a glass of wine while watching a movie ...we plan on sampling the wines of the areas we visit. I suspect we'll be required to pay a corking fee.
I dont think it so much an issue of affording the drinks, but more an issue of respect. If someone sees a bottle of something they fancy on a day trip & purchases it, then why cant they have it? I myself work in the offshore industry and obviously we cant have alcohol there, however I dont think I would want to go on holiday to endure the same rules. Of course, the reader from St Albans may have an alcohol addiction which probably helps in their case.
Dear George of Renfrew - I totally agree that it is a matter of respect. Unfortunately your definition of respect and mine are poles apart. Surely, breaking the policy and rules of the company you have contracted with is not `respect` nor is `smuggling` alcohol on board as Keep of Hornchurch gleefully told us about in his response. You obviously genuinely believe that when on holiday you should act differently than when at work - why? It is very interesting that according to one of the cruise companies the only nation that has this issue is the Brits - no wonder if your attitude is typical of our nation. At the end of the day we all have different values as regularly reading these pages proves. Anyway best regards and just let's beg to differ ans PS -I'm not an alcoholic -honest!
Dear Mr Williams of St Albans: I take on board,(Pardon the Pun), what you are saying and I am not an alcoholic either, I simply pointed out that I would find it difficult to come to terms with having to "Hand Over" any alcohol purchases I might possibly have made. Surely there must be respect on both sides and trust as well. I most certainly wouldnt want to have a cabin next door to a lot of louts if thats what you think. I should point out as well that my wife and I visit various cities quite often and always stay in 5 * Hotels; ie The Millenium or sometimes The Best Western,in London. The Grand Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam etc. The alcohol prices in these are far from cheap but I am quite happy to pay as I wouldnt be there in the first place unless I could afford it. However I have never been told that I can not consume my own alcohol if I had it, which I never have done, but am sure many do.
Dear Mr George of Renfrew - good to converse - we have come to a mutual understanding and good cruising ahead - with ot without your own bottles in your cabin!! Best regards.