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Nov 20, 2010 07:30 AM

grape juice/ wine on cruise

Does anyone have any experience about bringing a bottle of wine or grapejuice aboard a cruise ship especially Norwegian Cruise Lines

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  1. I don't have experience with Norwegian, but we ended up paying through the nose for a bottle of Manischewitz on Holland America. We had pre-ordered a bottle of kosher Cabernet to use for kiddush, but nobody on the cruise knew anything about it, and we were stuck without wine for kiddush. So definitely BYO!

    1. Just did a bit of a search on ncl's website. Apparently you aren't allowed to bring wine onboard with you. That's a bit of a shame- when my husband and I went on carnival we were allowed a bottle of wine per person and took advantage of that :)

      If you go to their bon voyage section


      and download their wine list they have a manischevitz white or red available for purchase. Ick.

      1. You can bring non-alcoholic beverages aboard, but alcohol is a no no.
        I've known people who have "hidden" alcohol in their luggage to consume in their cabin. You might have some explaining to do if you broke out that bottle of hidden booty in the dining room, but then again maybe not.
        Bottom line is they want to sell it to you.

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        1. re: monku

          Friend took a cruise for the first time and thought he could bring on a bottle of Black Label in his carry on, they confiscated it.
          He bought two bottles of Black Label duty free on the ship and didn't pack it very well and both bottles were broken in his luggage when he got home.
          Again, soft drinks no problem...I bring a couple 2 liter bottles of Diet Coke to drink in my cabin.

          1. re: monku

            I called NCL reservations and they said that NO food or drink of any kind can be brought aboard, this includes even pretzels and potato chips etc.

            I asked about bringing "sacremental wine or grape juice" and they said yes but there is a $15 corkage fee to drink it in the dining room

            I am not really sure that the person I spoke to really had the correct answer as she did contradict herself, so I will call again and see what they say. The best is to speak to someone in the Special Needs department but I can' t find a way of geting through to them. There is no email address That is why asked if someone has specific NCL experience

            1. re: sja

              People buy food and drinks(bottled water) and bring them back on board when the ship docks. They'll check for alcohol and other contraband before you re-board. But I've never heard of snacks being banned.
              Seems to be a catch 22, about not being able to bring wine aboard and then charging a corkage, but I'm sure it's done if there's a corkage charge. Now that I think about it my brother brought a bottle of wine from his home and had them serve it at dinner one night. I'm sure people bring it packed in their luggage and not as carry on. They don't want you to bring it on board, but when you have a couple thousand people some are going to get through.

              I've been on NCL and others and they all forbid bringing aboard alcohol for consumption. If for instance you buy a bottle of duty free liquor off the ship, they'll hold it for you till the night before you disembark.

              1. re: monku

                I would tell you to bring it in your checked luggage packed very well.

                We've been on a dozen cruises and my wife refuses to pay $2-$3 for a bottle of water. In a separate piece of luggage she'll pack a case of bottled water. When she's done with the water she has a separate piece of luggage to bring home souvenirs.

              2. re: sja

                From the NCL website FAQ

                "What can't I bring onboard?
                Passenger is not allowed to bring on board the vessel any intoxicating liquors, or beverages, firearms, weapons of any kind, ammunition, explosive substances or any goods of a dangerous nature, nor animals of any kind, except service or guide animals, provided the passenger notifies Carrier prior to the cruise of his intention to bring such animal and agrees to take sole responsibility for any expense, damage, injuries or losses associated with or caused by such animal.

                What if I still have some questions?
                Contact us at the following numbers: toll-free 1.800.327.7030; Miami 1.305.436.4000; or visit our "Contact Us" section from the home page.