Archive for April, 2007

Carnival has reconsidered their recent policy change and will now allow passengers to bring limited quantities of nonalcoholic beverages aboard. Here is their new onboard beverage policy:

“Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages onboard. However, wine enthusiasts may bring fine wine and champagne onboard during embarkation at the beginning of the cruise. A $10 corkage fee per bottle will be charged should you wish to consume this wine in the dining room or a $14 corkage fee per bottle in the Supper Club. Guests may bring small quantities of nonalcoholic beverages. All liquor, excessive quantities of wine and non-alcoholic beverages, to be determined at the discretion of security and embarkation personnel, will be confiscated and discarded without compensation. Alcoholic beverages will not be sold or served to anyone under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Alcoholic beverages purchased in the ship’s gift shops or in the ports of call will be retained by Carnival until the end of the voyage.”

Carnival Cruise Lines issued a new policy last week that bans passengers from bring non-alcoholic beverages (bottled water, sodas, juice) onboard its ships. Passengers who need specific beverages for medical reasons can present a note from their doctor to be exempted from this rule. Royal Caribbean already has a similar policy. I’m just going to let my bias shine on through. I think this sucks and it’s another way that many of the mass-market lines just nickel and dime you to death. You’ll never see this sort of thing on Crystal or Regent which is why we prefer the smaller and luxury lines. Not only do they not charge for non-alcoholic drinks, but they let you bring whatever you want on board – alcoholic or non.