Starting July 9th, Carnival Cruise Lines will ban guests from boarding with bottled beverages.
The ban includes booze and water. However, you can board with pre-packaged non-alcoholic beverages, but you can only board with twelve and they have to be in sealed cans or cartons. Also, if you decided to bring those twelve drinks in a cooler, you should know the cooler can only be 12x12x12. So, forget about the ice.
“Guests bringing bottled beverages on board are proving to be a source of multiple issues,” reads a recent FAQ about the policy change
. The company goes on to claim the boarding process is taking too long because they have to individually check all bottles to make sure passengers aren’t trying to smuggle in booze.
Slow lines aside, Carnival says the biggest reason for the ban is because guests getting way too drunk from personal stashes are often getting into trouble.
“We are concerned over the potential for behavioral issues associated with the unmonitored consumption of alcohol that results from alcohol that has been smuggled on board,” writes the company. “[W]hen behavioral issues occur on board… smuggled alcohol often appears to be a factor.”
If you think this is all just a ploy to increase revenue, Carnival says it's not about that. "We do not anticipate any increase in revenue as a result of this policy change, particularly given the significant reduction in price we have instituted for 12 packs of bottled water." According to the statement, 12-packs of bottled water were $4.99 and are now $2.99, but that doesn't include tax or tip.
Guests can still bring on one 750 ml bottle of wine or champagne.