Much has been asked & written about MSC over the last few days so I'm assuming you've read all the comments & reviews. Six Euros a day is charged to your account which can be removed by filling in a form from the desk, no hassle. Alcohol purchased in port will be removed & stored till last day of cruise. Alcohol taken on board at embarkation is no different to any other cruise line, if it's not on show, it's out of sight, out of mind.
Hi there we haven't cruised on Armonia yet (remedying that in a months time!) but went Genoa/Durban on Melody last October/November and took alchohol in hand luggage but suitably disguised! and had no problem whatsoever also had our tips removed from our account without any problems at all and simply tipped the people we thought desreved them We don't like the system of "the higher your position in the crew the more tips you get" at all as we think the people who look after you ie cabin steward and waiters deserve tips more than the entertainments staff or other similar crew members.