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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by uggboy, Jun 9, 2015.
Carnival Bans Bringing Bottled Water Onboard
= causing revenue loss concerns
Truth be told. Well said.
+1 and I recently cruised with another couple. When they were packing we commented on the 2 large bottles (@1L) of Scope. The response was they don't always feel like hanging at the bar.
There's no revenue loss from water though... I guess they figure if people can't bring their own water they will order more soft drinks / alcohol? That's rather unlikely though.
The last few times we cruised I have brought drinks, but not water. Usually Gatorade and juices for our little one, since he's not fond of the choices on Norwegian (usually cranberry and orange juice).
I guess the problem is that they don't have any way to check each "water" bottle and make sure it's sealed and doesn't have any vodka in it -- or everclear, or whatever other liquid you want to pass for "water" when smuggling it in.
Of course, if they weren't in the business of gouging customers for alcohol and soft drinks, they wouldn't have the problem of people trying to disguise it to bring their own onboard.
Some college football teams do the same thing.
You have to buy their water.
$7.95 for a mixed drink is gouging? Sure $5.95 for a beer in a can may be gouging, but I have found the Bartenders on Cruise Ships have a heavy hand.
Sucks for those that like a particular brand of product. I've never cruised but I like to have Bai 5 Panama Peach with me whenever possible, would suck to go on a cruise and not be able to bring it.
Well that's kind of the problem though... If you like beer rather than liquor, then you don't have much choice but to pay whatever they tell you and like it, since you're a captive audience.
Same goes for if you like green Gatorade or Monster energy drinks or a particular brand of bottled water.
I've worked in NYC long enough to be OK with $15 cocktails, so cruise ship prices are not that outlandish, but when a change like this being passed as a safety issue rather than profit grabbing you can't help but feeling ripped off.
Some of this stuff posted here is too funny. You guys have no idea what and how much stuff people try to (and with some success) try to sneak on these ships.
So what if your favorite drink is not available I presume you think have the right to bring your liquor of choice (or water for that matter) into any bar back home.
I do like that now if you book early you can get the beverage included packages thrown in at a fairly low price. We have not yet taken advantage of it, but I do like the "all inclusive" option since it means you don't need to make a decision to spend money or not at the time of sale (beyond likely mandatory tipping).
Unless something has changed recently Carnival has a cruise / bottomless cup for soft drinks. Bottled water was always pricey.
Well that's different now, isn't it? If I go to a bar and they don't have any Stella and that's my favorite beer, I can walk out and go to another bar.
You don't get that choice when it comes to a cruise ship.
However, they now sell a 12 pack of water for $2.99. that is reasonable. $.50 per bottle. While not as cheap as the grocers that sell it for $2.99 for a 24 pack, it is reasonable. It is also reasonable to drink water from the taps in the restaurants on board.
But they do have Cigar City Beer and some ships have the Red Frog Ale. Both are very good.
Corrected your math... 2.99/12 = $0.25/bottle. Good price.
Oh well... I suppose Carnival (read all cruise lines) are assuming perhaps quite incorrectly that the passengers who book are boarding to take a cruise not for the drinking experience.
I don't want to pull the DYK card here, but unless you take a lot of cruises, particularly long ones each year, you don't really have a good frame of reference.
If you have kids and they like soda -- or you don't mind the sugar intake -- then the onboard offerings might be fine. If you have a particular medical or personal health reason why you'd rather not chug down the sugar, and you want to bring your own, having that option is a godsend.
If you have a toddler and sugary juice or soda is not even an option, then having the ability to take your own stuff becomes a requirement.
Being able to do that on a 7 night trip or longer is not a small thing either.
There's a lot to cruising, and to each their own if they want to get plastered or they're fine with the options they have onboard, but like I said they're just disguising this as a safety measure when it's just a money grab.
Not into a bar, but so far at least no hotel has prevented me from bringing into my hotel room (and consuming it there) whatever beverage I elect to buy outside the hotel.
How about this as a little back-ground info?
a) Within the last year a not quite sixteen year old male on a cruise along with three of his older siblings on a Carnival vessel got serious alcohol poisoning that required airlifting him from the ship by helicopter to the nearest hospital. Luckily the vessel was close enough to be able do a relatively quick enough transfer or the vessel would have had to divert.
b) The parents sued Carnival claiming that the bartenders on board served an underage "child" alcoholic drinks.
c) The evidence in the case essentially pointed the finger toward his siblings sneaking alcohol on board in their carry-on luggage.
Carnival found not culpable.
BTW I am afraid I will pull DYKWIA card......nobody on this or any other bulletin board I am aware of knows more about ships than I do.