Trying to clarify alcohol policy (reality) about taking wine or port onboard for cabin consumption. Am on transatlantic cruise next week and understand that the policy is now NO alcohol permitted and that it is being enforced?
They don't mind you bringing a bottle of wine or champagne (or port) in your hand luggage. Don't try to carry a whole case on board, however. Hard liquor and beer are frowned upon and might be confiscated.
SpongeRob is correct, wine will be no problem. If you wish to bring hard liquor on board, wrap it up and put it in your checked bags. On my last Princess cruise, I just purchased a bottle thru room service for in cabin consumption, even though the bottle is more expensive than buying it at home and bringing it on board, it is still cheaper than buying the drinks in the bars. I have never had a bottle in my checked bags confiscated, and did this as late as Thanksgiving. May want to (depending on what you drink) buy miniatures and scatter throughout the checked luggage.
The prices for hard liquor purchases on board are really very reasonable. A bottle of rum and three cans of coke run about $15-17 US, which is a very good price and eliminates the hassle of carrying bottles in checked baggage.
You can even pre-order ahead of time, using the order form that will be included in your pre-cruise information booklet. It's a little cheaper to get it from room service once you get on board.
Once again, I see written policies not being enforced. I just returned from the Golden and was really, really surprised to see beverages being brought on board. The policy does say that you can bring wine on board, so I didn't pay attention to anyone carrying that, but I did see a 12 pack of beer going on board and not being confiscated. I also saw a 12 pack of soda go on board and it didn't get confiscated. The couple with the soft drinks had gone shopping and everything was out in the open in their grocery bags. I'm pretty sure they didn't get anything confiscated.
I had planned to buy some wine to take on board, but it just didn't work out. So I bought through room service a bottle of wine to keep in our stateroom. That worked really well. Next time, I'm going to bring wine in my luggage - that way at the end of the trip, I'll have room to pack all of my goodies!
SpongeRob, thanks for the prices. The price for Beefeater, Sapphire, J & B and Chivas are almost exactly of the prices we pay here in Akron, Ohio. But where are the gins and vodkas that I actually buy for around $10 / liter. I will have to upscale my palate and wallet.