Norwegian CL- Leave Your Water at Home!


Leave your water at home! Following Carnival Cruise Lines lead, Norwegian Cruise Line has recently changed it’s policy regarding carry on beverages.

In a recent announcement by Norwegian Cruise Line, Effective for sailings starting July 15, 2016, guests are prohibited from bringing any beverages on board either as carry-on or checked luggage. This includes liquor, beer and non-alcoholic drinks such as water, soda and juices.

Norwegian Water Policy

This also includes any locally purchased beverages while in posts of call. Alcohol purchased in onboard shops, while in port, will be stored and available for pick up the morning of debarkation.

Norwegian has stated that the change in policy was due to the resources (read: man power) and security personnel needed to inspect the large volumes of beverages being brought onboard. Many times it was passengers attempting to “smuggle” alcohol in the water and soda containers, which is of course prohibited…..

This new policy however does not affect those wishing to bring sealed bottles of wine onboard for personal consumption. A corkage fee however still applies.

This new policy pretty much mimics Carnival’s Policy, with the exception of Non-Alcoholic Beverages purchased in Ports of Call. Carnival’s Policy from the Carnival Website……..”A small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, and milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought onboard as well as Carnival branded bottled water previously purchased onboard. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person.”

Norwegian has published an updated Frequently asked Questions regarding the new policy.

It’s no secret that alcohol and beverages are a major revenue generator for the Cruise Lines. As competition increases, Cruise lines are looking for new ways to increase revenue. This effectively removes your ability to purchase beverages off ship to avoid the higher cost onboard.

There is of course other advantages for Cruise Lines. the new policies removing the opportunity for those that might try and smuggle alcohol in water and soda bottles. It also frees up Ship Personnel to perform other tasks, other than inspecting and checking luggage.

Carnival has at least responded to criticism by offering bottled water for purchase onboard at a very reasonable rate for their customers.

Carnival Drink






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