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    On RCCL - Bringing Bottled Water on Board?

    A member recently asked me this question. Since I am one of those 'minimalist' packers, I don't take anything extra on board, so I didn't have an answr for them. I'm hoping someone else has a better answer than I did.

    Here's the question:

    I heard Royal Caribbean doesn't allow you to bring water or soda on board. We have previously brought bottled water in our luggage and never had a problem... hearing recently they don't allow it any more. Do you know how strict they are with this policy? Thanks

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    According to the Royal web site the short answer is no. But how well they adhere to their own printed rules is debatable. Folks are coming off the ships with tales of putting a luggage tag on cases of water and soft drinks and they show up in their cabin along with the luggage.


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    Q:
    Can I bring liquor or non-alcoholic beverages (from home or from a port) onboard?

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    Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or any other use. Alcoholic beverages that are purchased in ports-of-call or from Shops On Board will be stored by the ship and delivered to your stateroom on the last day of the sailing. Alcoholic beverages seized on embarkation day will not be returned.

    Security may inspect containers (water bottles, soda bottles, mouthwash, luggage etc.) and will dispose of containers holding alcohol. Guests who violate any alcohol policies, (over consume, provide alcohol to people under age 21, demonstrate irresponsible behavior, or attempt to conceal alcoholic items at security and or luggage check points or any other time), may be disembarked or not allowed to board, at their own expense, in accordance with our Guest Conduct Policy. Guests who are under the permitted drinking age will not have alcohol returned to them.

    Please Note: All guests must comply with TSA guidelines for transporting liquids.

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    We had no problem taking Coke Zero Cherry and Dr. Pepper on board in November.
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    While Char has posted their 'official' policy, we, too, have not had a problem taking a few sodas or water onboard.

    In fact, on our last RCCL cruise, we had a bottle of 'clear' liquid in each backpack. They took my wife's bottle and shook it - determined it was water. (Yes, you can shake a bottle of water and a bottle of alcohol and they look different.) Luckily, they did not shake mine as I didn't have water in it.

    Usually, water is not a problem and as long as you only have a couple of cans of soda, that's normally not a problem either.

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    Pete. I brought along a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper for Deb and 2 liters of Coke Zero cherry for me. We stopped by the store on the way to the pier and they were still in the Publix shopping bags. I just tied cabin tags to both bags.
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    I always liked what their policy says about, "Guests are not allowed to bring alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages onboard for consumption or other use." Just what do they mean by 'other use'? Isn't the definition of a 'beverage' something to drink? If I'm illegally bringing alcohol onboard, it sure ain't going to be for 'other use'!! And if I'm bringing other illegal beverages onboard, do they think I might want to take a bath in it? So if you're bringing beverages onboard illegally, because according to their policy you can't bring any beverages onboard, and you don't plan to drink them, what else would you do with them??? Sell them?

    As for bringing more than a couple of cans of soda, I really do think it's up to each port, ship, and inspector to decide what you can do and can't do. I've seen people bring a case on board and not have any problems, while in another port, they took one can away from someone. I once asked the question of their corporate office about this and I was told as long as it was a quantity of reasonable amount it shouldn't be a problem. When I asked what a 'reasonable amount' was, they couldn't (or wouldn't) spell it out.



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    Other uses . . . Maybe you could spike the pool water with illegal seltzer water?

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    Alcohol for rubbing....... (?)
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    Cooking. You are going to do some baking and make a few rum cakes in your room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nealberk View Post
    Pete. I brought along a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper for Deb and 2 liters of Coke Zero cherry for me. We stopped by the store on the way to the pier and they were still in the Publix shopping bags. I just tied cabin tags to both bags.
    Neal, was that on a Royal Caribbean ship or Celebrity?

    Their policies are not the same. For instance, on Celebrity you are allowed to bring on 2 bottles of wine and Royal Caribbean won't allow any wine at all.
    Water and soft drinks are allowed to be brought on Celebrity ships but, according to the written guidelines, not allowed on Royal Caribbean.

    Sometimes it gets mind boggling to try to keep up with ever changing rules, especially if you sail on several different cruise lines.

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