BLYTH - Answered a Question by elliott (03 Jun 08 15:06)

You could argue that champagne is an up market wine and you are allowed to take 2 bottles on board. I doubt they would be difficult in the circumstances, you could if they did remove if from use it to celebrate the last night of the cruise when they will return it to you but hopefully they won't be so harsh as they might be if it were whisky or brandy. You could finally wrap it up well and put it in one of your cases you will have delivered to your cabin, in other words one you will not carry on board, but there is always a chance it could break given the amount of movements your case might have. If you were staying in a hotel prior to joining the ship there would be less liklihood of breakage, but still a possibility. It will also be our 30th next year so as we intend to do have a lovely pearl anniversary.

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Pope - Answered a Question by elliott (03 Jun 08 17:04)

Where does it state that you can take on board 2 bottles of wine, as stated in the reply by Blyth, Dunde.

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Burrows - Answered a Question by elliott (04 Jun 08 20:13)

I know that NCL have a very strick policy so far as bringing achohol onboard their ships and have experienced this first hand in Barbados. Celebrity allow you to bring two bottles of wine onboard with you when you FIRST board your ship, but will take anything else off of you that you try to bring on in later ports of call. The best thing to do is BE HONEST! Get in touch with NCL BEFORE you leave for your cruise and ask them if it would be OK to bring the Champagne with you? DO NOT hide it in your suitcase, as the case will be X rayed before it is loaded onto the ship as they do at airports! At best the case will be taken away to the pursers office where you will be summoned to collect it. At worst, the Champagne bottle will break with predictable consequenses! Happy cruising.

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elliott - replied to Burrows (04 Jun 08 21:07)

Thankyou for your comment i will be ringing ncl as they know its our 30 anniversary if they won't let us i will save it to wet my first grand childs head which is due in july.

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Burrows - replied to elliott (04 Jun 08 21:18)

Very pleased that you found my answer of some help. May I wish you a very happy 30th Wedding Anniversary, and an fantastic cruise. Hope you enjoy the Champagne whenever you get to drink it! Happy cruising.

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elliott - Answered a Question by elliott (05 Jun 08 20:28)

Having rang ncl they have informed us that under no circumstances do they allow any alcohol on board there ships even if its a very special occasion the cases are scanned on arrival so they know when you have drinks in your cases. I am disapointed but if this is there rules then we have to live by them.

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Burrows - replied to elliott (06 Jun 08 20:59)

I am very sorry, but not in the least surprised by this. I will never travel on NCL again, and this is one of the main reasons. We were told that someone got drunk in their cabin once and fell over the side from their balcony! We all know that it is because they add 15% surcharge to all the alcohol sold onboard, and they just don't want to lose a penny by letting even your special bottle onboard! Just think how much they would charge you for a bottle of champagne (if you were stupid enough to let them)? I bet they were rubbing their hands together in expectation even as they told you the news! My advice is to stick to P&O. They treat their passengers like responsible adults. Happy cruising.

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