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Posted: Feb 7, 2008 1:23 pm
I'm going on an eight day cruise to Mexico (Acapulco, Zihuatenejo, and Manzanillo). What the hell happens on these cruises? I'll be with my girlfriend and her family, who supposedly drink lots of tequila. I'm going to need to be properly buzzed the whole time and don't want to spend a ton of money on the boat.

Has anyone snuck booze onto a cruise before? Can I just stash a couple bottles in my suitcase or do I need to get inventive and drain a bottle of scotch into a wine bag?

Also if anyone's got any tips on cool shit to do in any of those Mexican towns, it'd be appreciated. I figure it'll be mostly tourist hell, but maybe there's some good stuff off the beaten path.
Posted: Feb 7, 2008 1:38 pm
I always figured you could just bring as much as you want on board. I mean, it's like a floating hotel, right? even if not I'm sure you can buy bottles of booze on board, though the markup will probably be severe.

unless it's a disney cruise or something, you shouldn't have a problem getting drunk.
Posted: Feb 7, 2008 1:54 pm
Actually, you can't bring any on board. They'll confiscate it if they find it. That's what it says on the Carnival website anyway.

They sell it but it's at typical bar prices, maybe a little more. It'd just save me a lot of money if I could get two or three bottles of liquor on there.
Posted: Feb 7, 2008 2:16 pm
Posted: Feb 7, 2008 2:19 pm
Posted: Feb 7, 2008 2:50 pm
That Rum Runner kit would coming in handy for some over priced bar shows too.
Posted: Feb 7, 2008 3:19 pm
Awesome, thanks for the links.

It's too late for me to get the rum runner kit because I'm leaving Saturday, but the Yahoo link makes it sound like I could easily get away with stashing some bottles in my luggage.
Posted: Feb 7, 2008 3:31 pm
Posted: Feb 7, 2008 3:47 pm | Edited by: Windy
I asked Carnival about bringing drinks onboard and you are allowed one 6 pack per person of cokes or water. I'd say fill y our water bottles with whatever your favorite drink is and bon voyage!

Let us know how your cruise goes...

Also, I talked with a Carnival cust svc person who referred me to some online coupns for alcoholic drinks - 4 for ??? (I can't remember how much) so you could look for those to help w/ the costs.
Posted: Feb 7, 2008 4:59 pm

even better "the wine rack"
Posted: Feb 8, 2008 9:20 am
What the hell happens on these cruises?

if the news reports from a few years back are correct, then there's lots of rapin' going on.
Posted: Feb 8, 2008 11:17 am
Eric: There will be tons of duty free shops that sell TONS of booze for semi-cheap. You shouldn't have a problem buying. Have fun!
Posted: Feb 8, 2008 1:55 pm
I didn't have any problem sneaking 1.75 litre bottles of vodka and rum onto the cruise I went on a few years ago. Just stuff them in your bag and hide it when you're not in your room. They didn't check anyone's luggage as we embarked the ship.
Posted: Feb 9, 2008 8:48 am
They will definitely put it through security scanners---like at the airport, or similar. (You know what I mean.) WHether or not they steal your booze is another story!
Good luck!!
Posted: Feb 22, 2008 1:51 pm
Not that anyone cares, but we stashed bottles of gin, vodka, tequila and rum in our luggage and made it through the x-ray machines with no problems. Lots of people that we talked to on the boat said that they did the same thing, so I guess it's totally common.

We just wished that we'd brought mixers too, because they charge you even for soda water or juice at the bars and there aren't any shops on board that sell that stuff.

Otherwise, the whole trip was pretty great. I was kind of skeptical going into it, but eight days of laying around in the sun with drink in hand and an occasional stumble over to the jacuzzi, casino, or ping pong tables (oh yeah, and BINGO!), was right up my alley. Fuck, I wish I were still on that damn boat.

In Acapulco we drank coco locos at the Flamingo Hotel where they invented the drink and John Wayne used to hang out. In Manzanillo we had the best raw and grilled oysters I ever had, and cheap. I'd take a cruise like that again, for sure.
Posted: Feb 22, 2008 2:09 pm
did you get laid?
Posted: Feb 22, 2008 2:53 pm
he didnt go to hawaii dumbass
Posted: Feb 22, 2008 2:54 pm
you can get to hawaii by boat?
Posted: Jun 3, 2010 12:15 pm
If you can take factory sealed water bottles on you can take alcohol. Camocaps.net has the caps so you can reseal a water bottle and it's playing by the cruises rules.
Posted: Jun 3, 2010 12:51 pm
Here's what you do next time:

Get a bra 5x's bigger than your man boobs....empty a few bottles of scotch into those wine bags and stuff said bra. Wear a moo moo and a wig...if anyone questions your gender, play it off and don't say heads or tails. Wear your moo-moo for duration of the trip just for the hell of it.
Posted: Jun 3, 2010 12:55 pm
P.S. That's an old CIA trick.
Posted: Jun 3, 2010 1:02 pm
Here's a good example from the agency handbook:


Posted: Jun 3, 2010 4:05 pm
We went on a caribbean cruise recently. Didn't try to bring anything on the cruise, which was a good call as they checked backs. (in Port Canaveral FL). It was easy enough to bring some back on from a port o call. Used an liter sized evian water bottle, that i bought on the ship as i was deboarding. Poured a bottle of clear rum into the empty water bottle. On my way back on board I just had it in my beach bag, like I wasn't even trying to hide anything & they let me right on.
Posted: Jun 4, 2010 8:44 am
Miss Strange, if they were drinkers, they would have made you shake the bottle. Alcohol and water don't slosh the same...that's how you tell the difference.
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