I travelled with Ocean Village in Oct 06, had a bril. time, the rulings for taking alcohol on board were; you must declare it and keep it at reception til you leave the ship at the end of your hol. The bar prices on board are really very cheap compared to.. say a holiday camp. You know the rules so why spoil your hol, if you are on a tight budget, drink the cheaper drinks, steer clear of the more expensive wines/champagne/cocktails...Enjoy yourself, have a great time, I did :-.
You have to hand all drinks bought onshore to a member of staff, who return the bottles to you when you leave. However, if the alcohol is clear and can pass for water, buy a large bottle of water and replace it with the alcohol - no-one knows anything different.
Cruise lines are gettign very wise to this now. The previous suggestion of passing it off as a bottle of water no longer works. Sailed with NCL last November - they have someone on duty shaking the 'Bottles of Water' and look for the way the bubbles flow up the bottle. Apparently by doing this they can distinguish whether its is Water of Alcohol and then ask you to remove the cap so they can smell it. I have to say though I dont know how strict Ocean Village are on this or if they go to those lengths. Most cruise lines do however let you take a small amount on board when embarking at the start of your cruise for Sailaway celebration.
The new type scanners will detect alcholol even in plastic water bottles, not all, but we found declaring it has wine was never challenged, but you can only try.
As Willis of Gloucester has said you do have to declare any alcohol bought ashore, however, you can purchase alcohol from the on board shop at duty free prices, and then can pay a £5 surcharge to consume this in your cabin. This may seem a little petty, but it does make it more cost effective than purchasing all of your drinks at the bars. I'm not sure whether you can pay the surcharge to consume the alcohol that you purchase ashore on board on not.
I sailed the ocean village in 2004 so things may be a bit different now - they did scan your bags getting back on board but i took wine and champagne on a few times and nothing was said - i did check a couple of times before doing this with staff and they told me wine and champers was ok it was just spirits you couldnt bring on board - that was good enough for me being a wine drinker! you could even take it down the bar with you but the staff cant open if for you so take your own cork screw!
Firstly, just imagine how embarrassed you would be when the staff checks your "water" and finds it is alcohol!
Secondly - Stop being so damn mean! You are on a cruise and supposed to be enjoying yourself - for heaven's sake treat yourself to a "legal" drink!
The prices on Ocean Village are just "PUB" prices would you consider taking your own drinks to your local pub?
You wouldn't even do this in a hotel - so why would anyone consider it on a cruise - if the purse strings are so tight - choose another holiday. (Maybe self catering).
As already stated you can pay a small charge and then you are drinking at duty free prices - that should be good enough for anyone!
If youre gonna try it then do it when they use the ships tenders and if you have kids and buy them a soda card pour it in to their bottle and tell them to wlak on with it - just make sure they know not to drink it.