Do they charge extra for you to buy a bottle from the liquor store on board and take it to your room. Other cruiselines are charging something like $8 more to take it back to your cabin. They want you to buy it and they keep it until the last day. Doesn't make sense to me.
We never buy any liquor for our room....just our personal preference to enjoy cocktails in the lounges so I don't exactly know the answer. But...this last cruise on Maasdam in August/September, I was in the "liquor shop" on the first night of each of our back-to-backs (I was buying some chocolates). Many people were buying bottles and no one was complaining at all. So..that makes me assume that most people felt the prices were fair.
Carry one of those leak proof containers with you and fill it each morning with fruit juice in the Lido Restaurant, or slip your room steward $5 at the beginning of the cruise and ask him to keep some iced down orange juice or whatever you prefer in the cabin. I also usually bring some of the 6 oz cans of O.J. in my luggage.
Well, we like to have a martinin in our room before dinner. We take the bladder from boxed wine, clean it thoroughly and ... fill it with gin. The bladder is soft and flexible, packing in our luggage w/o a problem. I make up a little martinin kit with small cocktail glasses, a vermouth sprtzer, toothpick and olives AND we're in business. Our gin bladder lasted for 22 days on our last cruise.
We just got off the Maasdam and we brought wine. We had no problem. They are suppose to charge a $10 corakage charge, but our wine steward did not for our bottle. We bought a lot of wine from the ship and we tipped him well.