I thought being a recent Univ graduate you would know how for to find this info out on the web but here is the latest P & O policy "We have recently updated our policy on the responsible serving of alcohol and we reserve the right to confiscate alcohol at the gangway should the need arise. It is not our intention to invoke this policy as a matter of course and we will implement it only on occasions where we consider it is likely that the health, comfort, safety and enjoyment of passengers may otherwise be compromised.
Passengers under the age of 18 will not be served alcoholic beverages on board and must not be in possession of alcohol. Passengers may be asked to verify their age. Cruise cards for under 18 year olds will be marked accordingly. It is prohibited to attempt to purchase alcohol for those under 18 in the bars and shops on board. 16 and 17 year olds may be bought beer, cider or wine to drink with a meal in the restaurants when accompanied by an adult. Alcohol purchased ashore by those under 18 will be confiscated at the gangway."
I wish i had now...i thought the idea of this area of the site was for fellow holiday makers to discuss and advise others, which is what has happened, and is much appreciated.
Hi we took a lot of minature bottles in our suitcases, no problem. hope thats of some help.
You are fine with p&o taking alcohol on board we have been on serveral occasions, are you boardingthe ship from Barbados if so it is cheaper to get it at the cruise terminal .
Don't know about P&O but thompsons and Ocean Village have duty free shops on board IE £ 7 litre smirnoff or Gordons makes it not worth the bother but wrap in your main case if you are taking.
I must admit that some of your statements bother me a little.... the one "but for initial boarding...and sober re-boarding would you get away with it? " does this indicate that for a lot of the time you might be falling over drunk because if that is the case you will probably find that the very reasonable attitude adopted by P&O at the moment will change in order to stop this and it will damage the possibilities for others who enjoy a drink? I hope that my suspicions are wrong. .....Neil.
I quite simply mean that i understand why drunk people re-boarding would be refused bringing on purchased alcohol, and i am not a heavy drinker (thanks for your presumption), and certainly wouldnt jeapodise my experience of visiting an island by getting drunk on it, so was asking the question would it be possible to take alcohol bought on an island back onto the boat....
I understand, to a degree what you are saying but I was concerned with the way the question was couched and the side implications “ planning to discreetly “,”difficult to police” all saying that you assume that is wrong but could we get away with it.? As it happens P&O have one of the least strict attitudes to bringing purchased alcohol aboard so there is no need for surreptitious behaviour. I also feel that they are not overly concerned about you being three sheets to the wind ashore but would care, as would most other cruise lines, if this was your state on the ship. However, unlike the opinion held of most university students and graduates, you seem to be fairly abstemious? . Regards. …… Neil.
By the looks of it from the more helpful answers i have received, a lot of "cruisers" take on board alcohol from day 1 and continue to buy more whilst ashore without issue, (thats all i needed to know..)
i was just merely asking whether it was something you can easily do, to prevent losing money on a potential wasted purchase.
If P&O were to confiscate alcohol when it was taken aboard in a more blatant way, i would of chosen to be more discreet or maybe even not taken the risk at all, and if i had the money, i wouldn't even need to ask this question, but i'm only trying to cut a few corners to have spare money to make the most of the more important aspects of this holiday.
Personally i feel that staying in a ship "cabin", regardless of the company, shouldnt enable them to tell you what you can or cant drink in your private room, it wouldnt happen in a hotel, so im glad P&O are fair with this.
and on a second note maybe you shouldnt assume in future that all university graduates are only interested in breaking rules and being drunk and disorderly, and in return i wont presume that you are just irritating
i really hope that the people i meet on this cruise arent so uptight and dont look down on me for wanting to enjoy a holiday.
Whilst I appreciate your impetuous and quickly contrived remarks may I suggest that if you put further questions on this site that you are aware that the way they are worded will effect the reply. Making presumptions is not just the prerogative of us irritating, uptight and overbearing people. As to the second part of your statement the Cruise Line have every right, whilst you are under their care, to decide whether you drink and what you drink in your cabin and for that matter anywhere on the ship. Rules at sea are totally different from hotel rules and I am happy that you recognise the amount of leeway given by P&O in this respect. Whilst I really do wish you a great time on your cruise you must realise that you are now part of the big bad world and have to play by adult's rules like the rest of us. Enlighten up. …..Neil
ps I'm enjoying this......Want to go on?