Cruise NewsCarnival Cruise Line Refines Beverage Carryon Policy

Carnival Cruise Line Refines Beverage Carryon Policy

Earlier today, Carnival Cruise Line refined their carryon policy for beverages brought on board while in port.
John Heald, the senior cruise director for Carnival Cruise Line, said that as of today, this is their new policy for bringing cans of soda (or any non-alcoholic beverages) on while in port:

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“Small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, and milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought on board as well as Carnival branded bottled water previously purchased on board. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person.”

Previously, cans of soda were allowed to be brought on board only on embarkation day. Passengers have recently complained about not being allowed to bring cans on board that they purchased in port during their cruise.  It’s great to see Carnival listen to their passengers and make this small change for their benefit.

Carnival stopped allowing passengers to bring bottled water/soda on board their 24 Fun Ships in early July. The cruise line stated that the reason for this was due to passengers sneaking alcohol on board.  The un-monitored consumption brought on safety and behavioral concerns. However, a 12 pack of 500 ML bottles can be purchased before your cruise and delivered to your stateroom for $2.99.

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  1. In ok with the water and soda situation. But I can’t understand why one person in room can’t buy the liquor package I drink my husband doesn’t so they loose money on me because I just skip liquor. There loss

  2. I dont drink purified water, just spring water. You cant get it in cans!!!! Changing water from what you usually drink can give you an upset stomach. Water from the tap on a ship is usually sea water that is purified. So what am I supposed to do???

    • It is not purified sea water. Cruise ships take on fresh water while in port in US ports.
      Also, have you ever had fresh water made from sea water, I have and it’s some of the purest water I have ever drank, 20 years in the navy, I not only drank my share of it, I was one of the people who operated the equipment to make it.

  3. I personal think 12 bottles of water for 2.99 is not extremely expensive considering I pay 3.00 for each bottle at Disney World. And my husband is very happy he doesn’t have to lug a case of 24 bottle of water anymore for a measly 6.00 it’s delivered to our cabin. Thank you Carnival cruise line???

  4. I think it is rediculous that Carnival will not let you bring on canned soda and bottled water at debarcation, the reason they give doesn’t make sense, it’s wide open for them to see and check if the seals are broken, this is just a way for them to make money by selling their own overpriced items

    • It would be nice before you commented Beverly, if you knew how to spell, as in ridiculous. Also, if you knew what you were talking about as embarkation means getting on the ship while debarkation means getting off the ship.

      Cruises are very cheap and they don’t make their money on your stateroom, they make money on drinks and souvenirs. No one forces you to buy their drinks and you can drink their water from the tap and not buy bottled water. It’s really your choice. Put this price against a hotel, fine food and entertainment and you would be hard press to have all that for the price of a cruise.

    • It would be nice Sandy, if you didn’t attack people’s spelling and grammar when commenting, and instead just stuck to the facts. For all you know, this person may have had to quit school in grade 8 to take care of an ailing family member. They could also have a medical condition, or take medication that affects their memory.

      Oh, and by the way, the saying is “You would be hard pressed”, not “hard press”. I love it when people attack other people over things, when they don’t now how to do what they are attacking for correctly themselves!

  5. While this better it doesn’t go far enough. I’m not hard to please and have sailed many times on carnival even been vip. My wife requires special water that we have always brought on. We don’t drink alcohol and would gladly let people check our water. We want to sail again and are disappointed. Sincerely Mark Ham . [email protected]

  6. Carnival is and always has been a great, customer driven company. It’s too bad that a stingy, Selfish few ruined the bottled beverage policy for everyone. So glad that Carnival has slightly revised the policy to benefit the customer!

    Also you CAN order more than one 12 pack of water for your stateroom if you so desire and Carnival will let you bring it back on board if the bottles are still sealed per the revised rules.

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