Carnival Cruise Knows Your Water Bottles Are Filled With Alcohol, So They're Banning Them Entirely
Sorry, Carnival cruise-goers, but you'll no longer be able to sneak water bottles filled with alcohol onto the ship.
Starting July 9, Carnival Cruise Lines is banning guests from bringing bottled beverages onto the ship, whether at embarkation or ports of call.
"Bottled beverages are the most common source of attempted transport of alcohol on board," according to Carnival's FAQ section about the new beverage and alcohol policy.
Guests who age 21 and over can still bring one bottle of wine or champagne at embarkation, however, and unopened cans and cartons of non-alcoholic beverages are fair game. Passengers can bring up to 12 sealed cans or cartons of non-alcoholic drinks. (Think juices, sodas or milk. There’s also this H2O workaround.)
Carnival is hoping the change will speed up the boarding process, since less time will be spent examining carry-ons. The Miami-based company also thinks the new policy will help keep on-board rowdiness in check.
"[W]hen behavioral issues occur on board and are ultimately investigated, smuggled alcohol often appears to be a factor," the FAQ sections says.
But if the move upsets you so much that you no longer want to cruise with Carnival—as if the only reason you booked the trip was to drink smuggled alcohol—it's not too late to nix your plans.
Carnival is allowing travelers to cancel their cruises by June 16. Of course, it hopes you won’t.
"This new policy is being implemented to address issues that can affect the guest experience for all guests and therefore we hope you will be understanding of the reasoning behind this change and continue with your scheduled plans," Carnival explains.
To make up for the loss, the cruise line has dropped the price of the bottled water it sells.