Bringing your own beer on a cruise line

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by maximum12, Dec 11, 2014.

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  1. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (5,393) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    Well, against my better judgment, I've been roped into a cruise, though at least it'll be a break from the Minnesota winter.

    I've been reading up on cruisers thoughts about getting contraband (i.e. beer) on board, & there are a few topics over the years here, too. Opinions seem to be all over the board from "easy to get beer on board" to "don't even bother to try". So I have a few specific questions for those who've been fairly recently.

    How thoroughly do they check your 'carry-on' items? Has anyone just thrown a six-pack in their luggage & had it show up in your room safely? One 750ML of wine is allowed - anybody brought a 750ML of beer in its place 'legally'?

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  2. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Crusader (736) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona

    Since one bottle of wine or champagne is allowed, I would imagine bringing a C&C bottle of beer and having it pass through would be easy. I've personally never had issues with putting alcohol in my luggage, never tried beer and have never been "caught." Maybe it's just who's screening and who's in a bad/good mood that day...
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  3. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,464) Sep 3, 2007 California

    Wait... the cruise line doesn't want you bringing your own booze on a cruise? Weird.
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  4. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    You could always use a six pack or two of Bud Light as a diversion away from the good stuff buried deeper in your luggage!
  5. Zhillsgator

    Zhillsgator Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2014 Florida

    I have had alcohol in my luggage many times and never been caught. On my last cruise I took corked beer bottles and walked on with them in my carry on. The only thing security was interested in was how many. I took on 3 bottles because there were other people in the group not taking on wine/champagne. I have a friend who has successfully put a case of Bud Light in this suitcase multiple times. He takes a soft side cooler for the room and has the cabin steward keep his beer cold for him!
  6. pmangold

    pmangold Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2014 Florida

    they check carry ons for sure...and at the port they'll put your bags through a scanner like at the airport. Pretty sure you wont get booze through that way unless (like it's stated above) it's corked and looks like wine. and the limit will apply. as for checked bags. I've taken 1.75ml bottles and have never been caught. I expect to get caught each time and only take what I'm okay with losing out on if that happens. Carnival also started serving CCB on their boats, so you'll get Florida Cracker and Invasion more than likely. Could be worse.
  7. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (5,393) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    THAT is some worthwhile info! I didn't see anything but crap on their beer menu.

    The current plan is to grab a sixer of Jai Alai each, or something similarly tasty & not heart-wrenching if it's lost, & toss it in the luggage. Can't hurt (much) to try, right? It's my first cruise, so I can always plead ignorance, which isn't hard for me to do.
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  8. Iamjeff6

    Iamjeff6 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2013 Virginia

    Never really researched brining beer on but brining liquor is a lot easier.
  9. jrand2621

    jrand2621 Aspirant (298) Dec 26, 2013 Connecticut

    Never done beer, but have bought a case of water, emptied bottles out and filled them with vodka, put the bottles back in the case. Walk right on with them, no questions asked.
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  10. kkleu357

    kkleu357 Crusader (784) Apr 2, 2014 Wisconsin

    You are allowed to bring pop on board. If you are worried, just carefully open a 12 pack of coke, add your beer, then place coke in the 12 pack anywhere you can see into it, for instance the handle area. Then simply glue the box flap back together. This works well.
  11. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (5,393) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    I read this somewhere else too, maybe an old post here? Doesn't sound like a bad plan to me, although the ignorance excuse crawls right out the window!
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  12. flexabull

    flexabull Poo-Bah (2,682) Mar 9, 2006 California

    I'm like you, not a big fan of cruises. But my wife's family does, so I've been on a couple.

    They allow you to bring a bottle of wine per person if I remember right. I assume that could be a 750/22 of beer, we just drank the wine before the cruise, and refilled the bottles with Vodka and Bourbon.
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  13. SmashPants

    SmashPants Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Australia

    The alcohol on cruises are notoriously cheap anyway. They want you to drink so you'll have a good time and spend plenty of money on other entertainment.
  14. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (539) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Aside from carrying on beer, more info would be helpful from the BAs on what their experiences are w/what if any craft beer is served between on cruise lines. Pmangold, being the only one so far...
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  15. iTunesUpdates

    iTunesUpdates Initiate (0) May 7, 2014 Florida

    They run the luggage through machines to check for liquid. I ended up getting a bottle of wine removed because of their limits.

    The best idea was to place canned beer into a coke 12pk and disguise it. They wont open that up and check each can. But make sure to at least put some coke cans in where they would be visible through the handle.
  16. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey

    Get a 750ml beer bottle that looks Fancy, with a regular cap on it ( like Goose Island Juliet, Hallia, Gillian etc). Either bring 2 of them (per some cruises rules you can bring two 750ml bottles of wine), or refill them with what you want to bring.

    If you have a bottle capper, that is a huge plus and makes it easier. electrical tape the crap out of the cap around the seal put in plastic bags.. If they ask, just be like, I didnt want the wine to spill, just in case.

    I did this, and they never even said a word to me or looked twice.
  17. crazyjoedivola

    crazyjoedivola Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Colorado

    Most beer isn't strong enough to be of any use in enduring a cruise. Just smuggle booze in plastic flasks. The bag with a screw top kind. I took one full of bourbon for me and one full of vodka for the lady. Got em on with no problem
  18. OldRickSputin

    OldRickSputin Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2014 Illinois

    Went on one carnival cruise 15 years ago.

    We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.
  19. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Devotee (480) Dec 28, 2013 North Carolina

    So, was the cruise? :grinning:
  20. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (2,612) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    They don't check much at all; a few bombers have always made the trip with me. Done 5 Carnival cruises and one on RC and never an issue.

    Don't let a vacation curtail your ability to tick!
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  21. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (2,402) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    I am no cruise expect, but the one and only time I was on a cruise (about 1.5 years ago), this was FAR from being the case.

    Also, OP, as others have said I'm pretty sure replacing the 1 bottle of wine per person with one 750/bomber of beer is allowed. The can trick seems to be a good one two, 12 pack of Mountain Dew and replace those green cans with some SN Pale Ale. I haven't tried it, but it seems like as good an option as any and I know many people have done it. When I went, I took a case of water, and replaced two of the bottles with bottles full of Vodka.
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  22. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Devotee (480) Dec 28, 2013 North Carolina

    Disney Cruise Lines allows booze up to a certain bottle size, but when I went, they didn't even check. I just had a handle of Old Forrester, but could've brought in more, no doubt.
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  23. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (2,402) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge.
  24. cfh64

    cfh64 Zealot (556) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    Cruised about 10 years ago. Brought on a 2 6 packs of local bottled "root beer". I emptied the root beer out before hand, refilled with whiskey and recapped them using a home brew capper and caps (easy to do and both can be picked up inexpensively at the local home brew store). You'll spend less on materials than a glass of whiskey. Obviously if you get brown "root beer" bottles you can fill it with whatever liquor you want.

    Some old bag gave us a hard time for a little while because she clearly couldn't read and/or understand that root beer is nonalcoholic. Eventually they let us through and my wife proceeded to vomit the entire time while I drank a 12 pack of whiskey to myself.

    *Apologies for never directly addressing your question directly related to beer but something to consider if you want to save money
  25. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (5,393) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    Well, glad to hear no horror stories. And hey, Carnival says they'll "confiscate & hold" the beer until the end of the cruise if it's identified, so no loss either way. I wonder if they'd check a twelve year old's backpack... :astonished:
  26. robwestcott

    robwestcott Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2008 Indiana

    indeed. brining liquor is awesome. it adds sodium, but still.
  27. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    Sarcasm, right? Alcohol on cruises is notoriously expensive, unless you think $5 bottles of Coors Light are cheap. Also, the majority of entertainment on cruise ships is included in the price of the cruise itself. Really the only thing you pay for out of pocket once on board is specialty dining, excursions and alcohol.
  28. ChicagoGuy

    ChicagoGuy Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2014 Illinois

    This is the most awful thing I've ever read. I'm appalled and disgusted. I mean, come on...Budweiser? What's wrong with you, man?!
  29. Bearshawks85

    Bearshawks85 Initiate (0) Jun 12, 2014 Illinois

  30. boothbeer

    boothbeer Aspirant (272) Jul 19, 2009 Illinois

    Went on a cruise with some buddies about 3 years ago. A bucket of light beer is 5 beers and about $25-30. We all brought on the bottle of wine to bring to dinner each night. If I remember, there was a corking fee though. Still cheaper than buying their alcohol. We also brought our own booze. I put vodka in a clear rum runner flask. Buy on Amazon. Packed between clothes. They either don't show up on the scans or the people did not care. Also, empty a bottle of mouthwash that has the white container that you cant see through. Clean it very good or what you put in will taste like mint. You could get a nice bottle of beer in that pretty easily.
    Buy beer at the ports during the day. Then come back on ship and drink your own booze.
  31. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    Far out, maaaaaan!

  32. Hendrick24

    Hendrick24 Defender (658) Sep 6, 2013 Wisconsin

    And I knew we'd get into that awful stuff soon enough.

    I used the plastic flasks for liquor mentioned above for an Alaskan cruise and ended up bringing some back so quantity wasn't an issue. I did check out the prices for liquor bottles at the ship's store and they were actually quite reasonable, I'd probably just buy from there if I went on another cruise.
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  33. oldsyd

    oldsyd Initiate (166) Oct 27, 2006 Iowa

    About ten years ago we bought a "Bon Voyage" bottle of rum and had it pre-delivered to our room. The price was cheaper than what I could get on shore and it was a legitimately acquired bottle. We also brought a sixer of crappy Polar cans and watched them get X-Rayed and handed to us. Oh, and don't forget to attend the art auction and guzzle free champagne while watching people battle it out over velvet Elvis'.
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  34. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Most cruise lines sell a "beverage package" that for a flat fee per day, you can drink all you want (with some exclusions, typically for very high priced beverages or souvenir beverages and the like).

    And, by "all you want", I mean more than you SHOULD want, unless you want to spend the entire cruise in a drunken stupor. Carnival's package, for example, costs ~$50 per day, maximum of 15 drinks per day (and if you use your 15 drink quota, their web site seems to say that not only will you not get any more under you package, they won't sell you any more on a per drink basis, either). Beers more than $10 each are not included.

    BTW, this tells you that they do have at least SOME beers that cost more than $10 a pop.
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  35. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (2,402) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    The liquor bottles for sale on the ship on Duty Free, thats why they are so cheap. BUT, you are not allowed to drink them on the cruise. You purchase them, and they tag them for you and you pick them up after you dock at your final destination. Its a custom's thing I think. The actual price per drink of regular drinks and beers was pretty damn expensive the one time I was on a cruise.
  36. Jaywalsh20

    Jaywalsh20 Defender (656) Apr 21, 2014 Illinois

    I had to convince the TSA to let me bring my speedway stout on board. I did have the mindset that they won't know its beer, since you are allowed to bring a bottle of wine on board. It was a hassle, but I was able to bring it on. If your cruising out of Florida they have CCB Invasion and Florida Cracker. Kind of hard to find on the ship too. Good luck though!
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  37. GetTheYayo

    GetTheYayo Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Lol what? Alcohol is one of the main revenue generators on a cruise ship. You'll pay a high price for drinks, and on top of that the last Carnival cruise I went on (2012) they added a 15% gratuity to EACH DRINK. Cruises are really an unfriendly environment for the beer connoisseur, as they generally cater to the BMC and hard booze crowd. You can try to sneak something on, I've heard success stories but also horror stories. IMO you're better off going to an all-inclusive resort. It's cheaper, you're not confined to a boat for 70% of the trip, and you can drink whatever the hell you want. Just my two cents.
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  38. beerjerk666

    beerjerk666 Poo-Bah (3,359) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    And you're sure you actually went on a cruise? I'm thinking you never left your couch and only thought you went on a cruise.
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  39. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 California

    Slightly off topic but I just saw a post on my Instagram about a cigar city and Coronado brewing carnival cruise. What if you got lucky and ended up on that one!?
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