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Old 04-05-2013, 08:03 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Scrappy_Tink View Post
Since the subject was "Sneaking" drinks, not, "Am I allowed to bring my own alcohol into public areas" I figured there was subterfuge involved. Why would you "sneak", unless you knew it wasn't allowed?

OP, don't worry about it...the first offense is usually just a warning...unless it's blatantly disrespectful, and I've seen a LOT worse without any repercussions. Just a public service reminder that we're not suppose to encourage breaking Disney Rules.
No, I got the impression she was asking if the rule was enforced, which it isn't. And since she wasn't asking for advice on how to get away with something illegal I don't see how the OP asking her question with regard to what happens if you bring a drink with your own alcohol to the pool breaks the rules of the Dis boards as was implied above
Like I said before It's like asking what happens if you wear shorts to the dining room. A legitimate question.

I have never heard of anyone getting in trouble for bringing a drink to public areas and I am not going to tell people that is going to happen just because I don't want them breaking a DCL rule. It is not my job to enforce DCL rules.

But I do recall a Dis board rule about being rude and bullying other people and I try to make sure my posts are respectful and as diplomatic as possible. That's the rule I'm more concerned about....

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we were on the magic in February and we thought we were not allowed to drink around the boat. We even had beers in a bucket covered up with a towel in the bar until a CM told us we were allowed to drink anywhere including bars. We never bought beer on the boat the whole time. We drank our own beer and alcohol at all the bars, everywhere!! So yes drink anywhere you want!!
I think it depends on the CM with regard to how they handle things like this. Another CM might not be so encouraging with regard to a bucket of beers in a public area. But a single drink won't cause a problem

Originally Posted by wdw_monster View Post
everywhere except the MDRs, I think. We didn't try it there, i had heard something about a corking fee
I had read a trip report that the server encouraged this one group to buy their own wine in the ports and that it was fine to bring a glass to the table, but if they brought the bottle he had to charge the corking fee. But I am guessing it depends on the server you get. Can't hurt to ask them though.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:09 AM   #17
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Out of all of those annoyances mentioned above, only the alcohol issue dips into DCL's bottom line. So yes. They certainly might care quite a bit about enforcing that rule.
Having personal alcohol onboard is already cutting into DCL bottom line. If a person has alcohol in their room, they are more likely to drink that first and maybe add only one or two drinks at the bars.

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If this was directed at me, you should know that I seldom if ever drink alcohol, therefore I do not bring on alcohol, and I seldom purchase alcohol on the ships, so I am not disregarding any rules and DCL makes no money from me with regard to alcohol purchases.

I was just posting about what I have observed. In 6 cruises on DCL, I have never observed anyone being asked to remove their personal beverage from public areas. One time I did see someone being given a plastic cup for their beer that was in a glass bottle, since glass is frowned upon in the pool area. But they were not asked to remove it totally from the area. That act in itself tells me that DCL does not actively enforce the policy they have in effect.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:50 AM   #18
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When I read about people 'following the rules to the letter' I wonder how many of them routinely drive 5 or 10 miles over the speed limit becuase "cops usually won't stop you unless you exceed by 10+ mph"?

When at CC I will bring a water bottle with some rum to top off the drinks I buy on the beach. I like my coctails a bit stronger than what you get from the bar. I do this discreetly (some might call that sneaking).

I think this actually boosts DCL's bottom line becuase I wouldn't waste my $7 on a frozen pina colada on the beach that has very little alcohol if I could not 'adjust to my liking'.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:07 AM   #19
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Funny... I never knew that you weren't allowed to consume the alcohol you bring onboard outside of your room. I'm always walking around with my own cans of beer or mixed drinks. I've gone to the shows with them. I've brought them into the lounges. I'll bring 2 to dinner. When at the pool decks I'll bring my soft-sided DCL cooler with my own cans of beer to the bars to have them fill it with ice for me. 5 DCL cruises and no one has ever said a word to me.

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On my last cruise the bartender noticed one group had some interesting beers. He spent quite a while discussing the pros and cons etc....he seemed not to care at all that it was personal. Of course as the group finished their stash they opened a tab.

I think DCL knows that.., let us get started with our stash and we are more likely to keep drinking LOL. My bar tab on a 4 day Dream where I brought on supplies was more then the 5 day RCCl
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:16 AM   #21
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It's been discussed many times on different threads, specially many that bring their own wine.

They ask room service for wine glasses and even a corkscrew, while getting the all hands on deck platter. Then prior to going to the MDR, fill the glass and take it with you. Those many who mentioned have done it, said they were never questioned about it at all, nor charged any fees. This works if you only drink one glass with dinner (last cruise I was going to do it, and forgot my couple of bottles I planned on bring in

However, if you do bring your own bottle of wine, opened or not, you would be charged the corkage fee.

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I have never taken my own wine to the dining rooms, but if I get Clueless and Stupid as my wait staff again I plan to start.

I wanted to order and pay. But that was beyond their skill sets LOL

Maybe that is the real reason DCL lets you bring booze on? They don't have to have servers who can take orders and deliver drinks?
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i brought my CR and the room statesman brought me ice daily. also filled my big cup with CR and added some coke at the pool area. when i ran out at the pool i purchased my drinks from DCL! between the afternoon and bedtime, i actually bought more from DCL and didnt finish my bottle!
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We bought a case of beer from dcl on our first cruise. And we carried that around with us everywhere we had bottles under the stroller. We bought from dcl so I assume it was ok. But I don't know how they could tell it was dcl an not from home.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:21 PM   #25
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Until reading this thread, I had no idea you could not drink your BOY___ outside of the stateroom. oops. So we also have carried around our alcohol in public areas, both in mugs or in the bottle. We even forgot a bottle opener one trip and bought one from one of the shops. ($15 for a bottle opener??? - it's now on the pack list) But DH immediately used it to open the beer in his hand. So no, from our experience, not a rule that is regularly enforced.
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See, jenifred has found part of the answer: they make up the money on the bottle opener.

Anyway, I have brought my own alcohol on board and drank it in public areas. I also generally have a good sized bar tab as I can't make the fun drinks, or drinks of the day on my own, and the cost is (individually) minimal even though they add up. Plus, once on deck, I don't want to have to keep walking back to my room to make another drink. And, my preferred drink is a vodka martini - not so hard to make.

Then there are also the tastings. Yes, I like those very much. Hmmm, maybe time to check into a 12 step program. . . . after a few more cruises.

I have also had to dump left over alcohol before disembarking. So, I'm sure Disney may lose some, but having very happy customoers coming back over and over I'm sure has more advantages.
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Boy, it seems we are in a minority! We respect all of DCLs policies (as far as we know), and our guidance certainly isn't whether it is enforced!

I'm hoping I'm wrong, and we just hear mostly from the exception, not the norm.
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It's amazing what you find with a simple Google search, taken directly from the Disney Cruise website:

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Question: May Guests bring alcohol onboard?

Answer: While adult Guests ages 21 and older may bring alcohol onboard, the following guidelines apply:

Outside alcohol cannot be consumed in any lounge or public area
Coolers filled with personal items (e.g. soda, alcohol, chips, candy, etc.) may not be brought on board.

Please note: Disney Cruise Line reserves the right to remove fragile items (including beverages) from checked luggage. In such cases, items will be stored and returned at the end of the voyage. Beverage containers are considered fragile and have previously caused damage in checked luggage. All fragile items must be transported inside carry-on luggage. At Palo and Remy, a $20 corkage fee will be charged for outside wine and champagne. Beverages must be packed in your carry-on bag—which must not exceed 22 inches wide, 14 inches high and 9 inches deep in dimension.

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When I read about people 'following the rules to the letter' I wonder how many of them routinely drive 5 or 10 miles over the speed limit becuase "cops usually won't stop you unless you exceed by 10+ mph"?
I'll be the first to admit, I have a lead foot, however, I don't go on a Police Community Board and advertise it. I try to keep my indiscretions to avoid being under a microscope when in public.

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Boy, it seems we are in a minority! We respect all of DCLs policies (as far as we know), and our guidance certainly isn't whether it is enforced!

I'm hoping I'm wrong, and we just hear mostly from the exception, not the norm.
Unfortunately, the majority of the enforcement has to do with personal responsibility. And it seems that isn't the "norm" anymore.

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Old 04-05-2013, 05:20 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by PrincessShmoo View Post
Unfortunately, the majority of the enforcement has to do with personal responsibility. And it seems that isn't the "norm" anymore.
As usual Shmoo........your right on the mark!

If dcl decides *enough is enough* and pulls this perk can bet which posters will be the ones wining about it, those that ignored the rules the most!

Whether you get caught is not the point.........where the CM's want to help their tips and don't say anything is not the point!................

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