Last Tuesday Carnival Cruise Line announced a ban on water, sodas and any other non-alcoholic beverage packaged in bottles because it has been “impacting the boarding process”. The ban will go in effect starting July 9th 2015. Carnival is “forcing” travellers to buy their drinks on-board instead.
ᔥ “Bottled beverages are the most common means by which guests attempt to smuggle alcohol on board which necessitates bottles be individually examined by security personnel,” the company said in an announcement Tuesday. “This delays the embarkation process and requires security resources dedicated to checking bottled beverages.” The company also cited rowdy behavior as reason for the new policy. Once investigated, the “smuggled” alcohol seems to be a factor.
Cruisers can still bring along up to 12 unopened drinks in cans or cartons. Or, they can purchase a 12-pack of bottled water from Carnival at $2.99 prior to their trip, or $4.99 on board, the company noted.
Carnival Cruise Line commands 24 ships and has the largest fleet among the cruise brands owned by its parent company, Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise ship operator. The Doral-based company’s brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia), P&O Cruises in the U.K. and Fathom.
Editors Note: Does this mean that buying drinks on board causes less disruption? Curious to say the least!