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Old 02-07-2009, 12:35 PM   #1
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Alcohol and Disney

Hi,

A few quick questions.

We are new to Disney, and we would like to know if it is true that Disney allows us to bring alcohol onboard...? If so, can we put it in water bottles in our checked luggage and/or carry-on (do we have the choice, and if they check it and see it, will they take it)?

Also, a friend of mine who might be coming has a 19 year old son. They know that their son cannot purchase alcohol or drink onboard, but if they allow him to, can he bring a water bottle of alcohol. What happens if HE puts this in his checked luggage? Since they allow it, if they see it in checked luggage, will they be ok with it since when looking at luggage, they don't know how old he is/isn't?

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Old 02-07-2009, 12:40 PM   #2
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Disney does allow you to bring alcohol onboard. However, do not let the 19 year old bring any alcohol onboard. Since the port areas are international ports and since you will be boarding an international vessel, that could fall under the category of a federal offense, as it would when trying to bring alcohol into the country. Yes, they may not find out, but you would get into an extreme amount of trouble if they did. Also, DCL does not allow underage drinking onboard per company policy. Enjoy your cruise.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:44 PM   #3
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Disney does allow you to BYOB. I would not suggest packing it in your checked baggage, in the event it breaks and ruins perhaps your clothing and may spread to other bags. The luggage is tossed around quite heavily.

We bring a rolling cooler on with us (no ice, this is not allowed) and in it is our drinks, water, etc. They will open it and not remove anything, as it is allowed.

As for the 19 year old, why don't the parents just bring it on in perhaps the rolling cooler, or a hand held cooler. You don't have to hide it in water bottles, you can bring the actual bottle.

The only thing is if you bring wine to the dinner room, they can (and usually do) charge a 15$ opening/uncorking fee.

ETA: what DCL has on their site :


Alcohol is permitted onboard. However, be aware that any fragile items (including bottled alcohol) must be hand-carried on board in a day bag and/or carry-on bag, the dimensions of which cannot exceed 22" wide, 14" high and 9" deep. Guests who request a Wine Steward to open and serve a bottle of champagne, wine or liquor that has been brought onboard will be charged a corking fee of $15.00 per bottle.

Please be advised: Disney Cruise Line® reserves the right to remove fragile items (including beverages) from 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. http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/dc...FAQLandingPage
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:59 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help.

One follow-up question:

If we buy alcohol in a port (Bahamas), will we still be able to walk onboard with it and use it?
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Old 02-07-2009, 01:07 PM   #5
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I haven't sailed DCL yet, but on the cruises I have been on, they have never allowed guests to drink alcohol bought in port on board the ship. They will tag it, take it and return it to you at the end of the cruise.
The same goes for any alcohol that you may buy in the ships stores.
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Yes, officially they are not supposed to allow you to keep it. It does happen that people don't always declare it, and bring it straight to their rooms.
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Thanks for the help.

One follow-up question:

If we buy alcohol in a port (Bahamas), will we still be able to walk onboard with it and use it?
Yes you are able to carry it on in any port and drink it onboard.

The only alcohol you can not drink or have in your cabin is what you buy in their duty free shop onboard.
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Yes, officially they are not supposed to allow you to keep it. It does happen that people don't always declare it, and bring it straight to their rooms.
We have never had DCL ask us if we are carrying on alcohol when coming back onboard in a port, so therefore no need for declaration on our part.
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Thanks for the help.

One follow-up question:

If we buy alcohol in a port (Bahamas), will we still be able to walk onboard with it and use it?
Just got back from my 1st disney cruise and I bought a liter of rum in St. Thomas and brought it back onto the ship. They did not ask if I bought alcohol, but my bag did go through the scanner so they must have seen it in my bag. My understanding prior to the cruise was that you can bring it onboard, but anything opened must stay on ship and you can not take it off when you disembark. However, my friend took a half drank bottle of rum back off with her without a problem. We took a collapsible rolling cooler with 72 cans of beer in it when we got on in Port Canaveral, it went through the scanner, they gave us our bag and said "have a good day". Gotta love DCL!!!
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We were on the Jan 17th Eastern cruise and had no problems bringing alchohol onboard both in Port Canaveral or when we were at port in St. Thomas. I even carried a couple of cans of beer with me to the pool one day and when at the pool was asked if I needed a bucket of ice to keep them cool...Talk about service..
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We have never had DCL ask us if we are carrying on alcohol when coming back onboard in a port, so therefore no need for declaration on our part.
We were never asked, but there is a table set up where you are supposed to leave it, and it will be given to you the night before last.
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From the DCL official site:
Guests are welcome to return to the ship with purchases made in port as long as those items can be examined by ship security upon boarding.
Link: http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/dc...LandingPage#11
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All Alcohol has to be hand carried on by a guest 21 or over. Disney's policy is to only serve guests 21 and over. If someone under 21 has some, enjoy.
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We were never asked, but there is a table set up where you are supposed to leave it, and it will be given to you the night before last.
Who is going to do that!!!

We brought a case of Bud Light and a bottle of rum back on the boat from Nassau. Keep in mind, a case of Bud Light cans was $45.00. Still cheaper than buying it on board.
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has a 19 year old son. They know that their son cannot purchase alcohol or drink onboard, but if they allow him to, can he bring a water bottle of alcohol.

Sorry your screen name didn't say where you are from. Is a 19 year old [where you are from] allowed to drink alcohol? Or are the parents under the wrong assumption that teenagers are allowed to drink in international waters?? I know on our last non disney cruise MANY parents were VERY concerned with this issue, which really isn't an issue at all since it is illegal under the age of 21. NOT FLAMING..just curious.
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