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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by lawrence (21 Jan 09 14:42)

The answer is a straightforward NO. RCI were the first to introduce the "no alcohol to be brought onboard" policy following a disasterous "Prom" cruise and realised that something had to be included that could stop the reoccurance of out of control kids on their ships. This was developed and is now part of the policy for many cruise lines when they realised that it vastly improved their sales on ships and did what it said on the tin. ........ Neil.

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BLYTH - replied to Neil & Ida Down (21 Jan 09 15:13)

Welcome back Neil been cruising anywhere nice ....Bill.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to BLYTH (21 Jan 09 15:21)

Thanks Bill, long answer; see Azamara review on "Reviews" section, short answer; yes (Panama Canal) ......Neil.

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Shone - Answered a Question by lawrence (23 Jan 09 19:27)

No, RCI do not allow you to take spirits on board although I have managed it 4 or 5 times now. In Barcelona just before you board the ship there is a duty free and I have bought drink there and walked on the ship with no problem at all. Sometimes you can, sometimes they will catch you. If you buy when you are off the ship bag it in separate bags and get two people to carry it on. It will show on the x ray and you will more than likely be told to hand it in (you will get it back on the last day). One of you hand the bottle in whilst the other walks away with the other one. It's worth a try! Enjoy your cruise.

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hutton - Answered a Question by lawrence (23 Jan 09 21:05)

I am sure i read in their terms and conditions that they reserve the right to put any passengers found "smuggling"alcohol on board off the ship,it probably is not worth it.

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John Darlington - Answered a Question by lawrence (23 Jan 09 23:22)

No- bags are checked in airport style security machines and bottles are confiscated. They will however allow the odd bottle of wine and up to half a dozen beers.Check with staff when you go off the ship.

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youkee - Answered a Question by lawrence (24 Jan 09 07:57)

No you cannot take your own on any major cruise line.however i found rci drink charges resonable not like costa.ive also found the excursion prices going up .you might want to arrange your own and barter with a taxi we found this alot cheaper but get a well spoken english one makes all the difference.remember the ship wont wait for you if your late when you do it yourself.

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brown - Answered a Question by lawrence (24 Jan 09 09:10)

The simply answer is NO, they take your spirits off you and return them when you depart the ship. They like you to buy your drinks on board at the bars. You do have a small drinks bar in the fridge, but not much. Good luck.

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addison - Answered a Question by lawrence (24 Jan 09 09:33)

No they do not allow your own spirits get over this by buying the plastic litre traveller bottles they slip into the side trouser pocket very well .

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Lucas - Answered a Question by lawrence (24 Jan 09 09:45)

The official answer is NO to any spirits. However, RCI do not object to wine - and you can even take your own wine into the restaurant, if you are happy to pay a corkage charge. In practice, there are several ways to take your own spirits onto the ship. If you purchase duty free spirits at the airport, select a brand that comes in tough, plastic bottles. Before you reach the ship, pack the bottles in your main baggage - and not in your carry-on bags. Your main bags will still pass through an x-ray machine. However, the staff are looking for explosives, weapons etc., and are unlikely to be interested in a few bottles. Furthermore, it is too much hassle to look too closely, if the passenger is not present to open the bag. We have been on many cruises - and have never experienced a problem "smuggling" bottles in our main bags. Another option is to wear a jacket with large pockets, and walk onto the ship with half-litre bottles in the pockets. Finally, baggage screening is undertaken by local security staff at some ports - and not by the ship's security staff. That is certainly the case at Barcelona and it may also happen at Venice. After passing through the security check at Barcelona, you can visit the duty-free shop in the new cruise terminal. If you like a G&T, the shop even sells cans of tonic water.

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