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Beer Selection on Cruises

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by terrapinmark, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. terrapinmark

    terrapinmark Zealot (85) Ohio Sep 23, 2010

    Just got back from a Royal Caribbean cruise. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was the only craft beer they had. ......and that is what I drank!

    Mark
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  2. Note to self... bring suitcase full of beer on next cruise!
  3. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Disney Cruise will let you bring your own.
    Sooo...
    Pack your clothing in small suitcase. Pack that small suitcase in larger suitcase. Fly to destination. Unpack small suitcase. Fill large suitcase with Jai Alai cans and/or local goodies. Win.
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  4. You didn't drink any wine? I've done Holland America cruises, and I believe most cruises curate some very good wines. I just bury my head in the wine list for the trip, and take notes on what to hunt down when I get home.

    Though I wish I had to time to walk here when I was on Sitka: http://baranofislandbrewing.com
  5. This!

    I semi-recently went on a cruise that was liquor included, and it was a welcome departure from beer. ZThere were different wine blends and single varietals every night, and many different vineyards across the globe were showcased: it was truly an awesome experience for the wine neophyte and the oenophile alike. Personally for the OP, it sounds like a missed opportunity to enjoy another alcoholic beverage crafted with equal if not more passion than beer...
  6. terrapinmark

    terrapinmark Zealot (85) Ohio Sep 23, 2010

    Actually, I did drink some wine with dinner. However, at the pool deck in 88 degrees I like a beer. Just my preference. Royal Caribbean is a stickler about not being able to bring your own beer on board. Plus one vice at a time. Empty "Made in Dominican Republic" cigar boxes to be filled with the cigars from the "forbidden land" on excursion. One rule break at a time :)
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  7. Most cruises allow you to bring on a couple cases of water. Slip a few bottles out, fill with clear alcohol like rum, vodka, and moonshine, then replace in th case. Easy mixed drinks all cruise.
  8. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (955) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Wow, I did not know that. I assume they don't sell alcohol on board so that's why they let you bring your own?

    I am taking a two day cruise to nowhere on Carnival Glory in a few months and the beer list is all BMC from what I see, so I'd gladly take Sierra Nevada anything.

    I don't mind drinking BMC stuff honestly I just don't want to pay crazy prices for it.
  9. Last carnival cruise I was on a bucket of 6 miller lights was like 30 bucks! It's all about sneaking spirits on and making drinks. Save yourself hundreds of dollars.
  10. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (955) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    I was told you can bring a twelve pack of soda per person on the ship, so I was thinking of opening the pack and loading it with Ten Fidy or something leaving two sodas by the handle opening in case they look it and resealing the box. If I do that between the wife and I that comes to 20 Ten Fidy's for a two day cruise.
  11. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    They do sell alcohol... Im not sure where their policy stems from.
  12. MrDanno96

    MrDanno96 Savant (370) Ohio Aug 26, 2009

    The Oasis Class Royal Caribbean ships (Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas) have an English-style pub on them with decent beer selection. Not great, but a number of non-BMC options. Off the top of my head: SNPA, Victory, Boddingtons, several others in that vein. I think they also had bottles of Chimay.

    Those same ships, however, also have a kick-ass wine bar and martini bar. That's where I did most of my drinking.
  13. ScottUCF84

    ScottUCF84 Savant (255) Florida Apr 7, 2006

    Did this on my last Royal Caribbean ship and it worked! Packed up an old suit case with cans and figured what the hell, it's worth a shot. Brought 36, including Wittekerke and some Oskar Blues selections among others. Too bad this was before Sierra and CCB were putting out cans. Can't promise it will work on every cruise, but it worked on the Monarch of the Seas out of Cape Canaveral.
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  14. fredmugs

    fredmugs Champion (830) Indiana Aug 11, 2012

  15. I've done quite a few Carnival cruises and their beer selection is horrible. I would be excited to find SNPA on a cruise.

    Your idea would probably work Hanzo, but you might get an overzealous inspector. The worst that would happen would be they confiscate your beer.

    Someone on a previous thread posted about using SNPA in a Sprite box. I was thinking of using SNPA in a Sierra Mist box because of the similar names and colors. I would use Torpedo, but I don't think it comes in a 12 oz can.
  16. It's likely intended to draw the adults. Disney ships don't have casinos and are geared towards kids, so they need to throw a few bones to adults and parents.
  17. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (955) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Yeah, I mean I would live with it if they confiscated it, but really would they open a "sealed" twelve pack of soda? I'd assume a good amount of people bring soda on to save money so it would likely be overlooked.
  18. It's not likely, but there are reports on the cruise message boards of Barney Fife's every now and then. Just wanted to give you a heads-up that it is possible.
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  19. deuce9259

    deuce9259 Savant (310) Ohio Dec 28, 2011

    Yeah, just got back from a Princess cruise and the selection was terrible (as expected). The English style pub claimed many selections that included Blue Moon and Stella. Powerful stuff.

    I packed rum in water bottles and stuck with whiskey when I bought something from the ship. Wine at dinner.

    Needless to say, I was glad to see the Hopslam in my fridge when I got home.
  20. beerindex

    beerindex Savant (295) Missouri Jun 18, 2007

    I took an Alaskan cruise on Norweigan a couple of summers ago, and they had Alaskan Pale and Alaskan Amber.
  21. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (590) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    Yeah, my brother-in-law brought some of his own brews on a Disney cruise as well including a BCBS Rare.
  22. BourbonDork

    BourbonDork Savant (290) Virginia Sep 15, 2010

    I've cruised RC exclusively and found the beer selection to be poor. I had a Stella on my last cruise and that was the only beer I had the whole week. Whiskey is a little better with some selections like Blantons or some mid shelf Scotch. Overall, I wish they would offer more upscale stuff but guess if the clientele wanted it, they would carry it.

    I'm think I'm going to try and put a few bottles interspersed with my clothes on my next cruise and see what happens.
  23. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    No good beer on my cruise, so I took the one bottle Carnival allows you to take. I didn't want to risk my beer being confiscated. The security lady checked my bag and looked at my DFH Black & Blue as if she thought it was a bomb. I just drank Long Island Iced Teas the rest of the time.
  24. tut2528

    tut2528 Savant (460) Illinois Sep 26, 2008

    So were you able to bring the bottle onto the cruise? Bc I will be going on a cruise in a couple of months and read that it was 1 bottle of wine/champagne per person.

    Also, how thorough was the inspection (meaning did you have the bottle sitting out in your bag or was it wrapped up in your clothes/towels etc)?
  25. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (955) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    A 750mL bottle of DFH Black & Blue looks almost eactly like a bottle of wine, some ship security person wouldn't know the difference unless they read the label closely.
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  26. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    I had it wrapped in bubble wrap in my carry-on. She just stared at it. Oddly. Was weird.
  27. Ctaylor

    Ctaylor Initiate (20) Virginia Nov 30, 2012

    Ha yeah carry on what you can a bottle of good whisky, and any decent beer you may like to drink, not too much selection
  28. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Savant (470) Wisconsin Jun 6, 2007

    This is exactly the great idea that should have opped in my head a month ago but I was too stupid to think of it then. My bro and his wife carried on wine and suddenly it popped in my head, why the hell didn't I bring some bombers of beer shaped like wine? Duh!

    As to the question, I just got off Carnival last week, the beer selection was pretty dismal. Drank alot of Stella, had some of their Thirsty Frog Red, which I thought had a really tart aftertaste early in the cruise but by the end was pretty OK, and Newcastle, which I would have drank all the time but was only available in one bar on board.

    Went on Royal Caribbean last year and the choices were somewhat better with Sierra Nevada, Spaten, and a few others.

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