Another cruise line is prohibiting travelers from lugging and chugging their own booze and beverages aboard its vessels.
Norwegian Cruise Line announced a ban on bringing aboard liquor, beer and nonalcoholic drinks, including water, soda and juice, in carry-on and checked bags as of July 15, 2016.
The cruise line said it adopted the new rule to speed up the embarkation process and “ensure a safe and enjoyable on board environment for all.”
The ban also applies when passengers are returning to cruise ships from port calls.
Norwegian allows a few exceptions to the rule. Passengers can bring aboard purified or distilled water in factory-sealed containers for use in medical devices or infant formula preparation, the cruise operator said. And cruise passengers age 21 and older can bring factory-sealed bottles of wine or champagne for consumption on board, but they’re subject to screening and a corkage fee of $15 or $30 per bottle, depending on size.
In recent years, other cruise lines, including Carnival and Disney, have taken steps to restrict or ban travelers from bringing certain drinks during boarding or after port calls.
Since September 2015, Disney Cruise Line has banned carry-on liquor or spirits. It allows a limited number of bottled wine and canned beer.
Royal Caribbean International also bans passengers from bringing aboard beer, hard liquor, fortified wines (port and sherry, for example) and nonalcoholic beverages including bottled water. Royal Caribbean passengers can bring aboard two bottles of wine per cabin on boarding day.
Carnival also doesn’t allow certain alcoholic beverages. It added nonalcoholic bottled beverages to its ban in July 2015. Carnival passengers, however, can still bring up to 12 unopened cans or cartons of nonalcoholic beverages per person when boarding their cruise.
Beverage packages are a key source of revenue for cruise lines and want as much money from cruisers as they can get.
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