This new ban goes into effect on July 9, 2015. The cruise line stated that the reason for the ban on bottled water and bottled soda was due to passengers sneaking alcohol on board. This led to un-monitored consumption which brought on safety and behavioral concerns.
Passengers trying to sneak alcohol onto the ships on embarkation day also lead to longer embarkation lines and delays as security checked the bottles. The new ban is expected to speed up the screening measures when passengers arrive at the port.
Passengers will still be able to bring a small quantity of cans of soda/juice onto the ships. They are defining a small quantity as 12 unopened cans (12 oz. or less) per passenger. Cartons of milk and juice will also be allowed in carry-on luggage.
Bottled water can be purchased online before each cruise at carnival.com/funshops. A 12 pack of 500 ML bottles will cost $2.99 plus tax if purchased online before the cruise. If purchased on board, the 12 pack will cost $4.99 plus gratuities.
Passengers will be able to bring with own distilled water for CPAP machines.
Families with babies will be allowed to bring nursery water.
Small coolers measuring or larger than 12″ by 12″ by 12″ will be allowed for keeping drinks and medications cool.
Carnival stated that the new measure to ban bottles being brought onto ships has nothing to do with increasing revenue, but to provide a safer environment for the overall experience of each guest.