Carnival Relaxes Outside Beverage Policy
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Amid complaints from passengers that have been declined from bringing canned drinks onboard that they have purchased while ashore, popular cruising blog Cruise Fever is reporting that Carnival Cruise Line has relaxed its beverage policy as it pertains to drinks that guests are allowed to bring on from ports.
“Small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, and milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought on board as well as Carnival branded bottled water previously purchased on board,” Carnival Senior Cruise Director John Heald told Cruise Fever. “A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person.”
"It was good that the beards listened to and the comments here about the soda and now allow the guests to bring a 12 pack on the ship in port of canned soda." Heald said, referring to his nickname for his fellow Carnival execs. Heald said that the direct outreach with cruise fans has led to many innovations and discussions on amending policies.
"We are now talking about photo packages, beverage collection polices and much more," Heald said. "This site is something that has become a wonderful way for the beards to see what the guests are talking about."
Previously, passengers were only permitted to brink drinks onboard at the start of their voyage, all bottled drinks such as water excluded, but now the above policy applies from ports of call as well as ports of embarkation.
The only alcoholic beverage allowed to be brought onboard by adult guests 21 or older is a 750 ml bottle of sealed wine or champagne per person at embarkation. All drinks carried on at the beginning of the voyage must be in their carry-on luggage. Any alcohol purchased in ports ashore will be retained by the ship and returned upon disembarkation.
As a point of comparison, Norwegian Cruise Line has no restrictions on the amount of or time when non-alcoholic beverages may be brought on by its guests. NCL will also hold onto alcoholic beverages until the end of the cruise with the exception of any amount or size of allowed bottles of wine and champagne.
Royal Caribbean International allows guests to bring on a maximum of two 750ml bottles of wine or champagne at embarkation only. Even more restrictive, no other alcoholic nor non-alcoholic drinks may be brought onboard. Additional liquors purchased ashore will also be retained until disembarkation.
TravelPulse editor-in-chief Tim Wood contributed to this report.
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