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How to sneak alcohol on a cruise and why you should not do it

How to Sneak Alcohol on a Cruise

Many first time cruisers wonder how to sneak alcohol onto their cruise ship.  Most major cruise lines prohibit guests from bringing alcohol onboard their ships because they want their passengers to spend money on alcoholic beverages.  These passengers, on the other hand, wish to save money on their cruise vacation.

Over the years, passengers have gotten crafty in their techniques and sneaking alcohol onboard is a controversial topic.  It is flagrantly breaking the cruise line rules, and it can lead to some serious consequences if caught.

We have a few ways others have shared on sneaking in booze, and some reasons why you definitely do not want to do it.

Five ways to sneak alcohol onto a cruise

While we do not ever sneak in alcohol, there are a few strategies that have been observed that seem to work some times.

  • Buying 3-ounce plastic bottles and keeping it in your carry-on luggage.
  • Buying alcohol onboard the ship on one sailing, and keeping it for a back-to-back sailing.
  • Pour out mouthwash and replace it with alcohol. Dark rums in white containers seem to work best, although some people will even use food dye and reseal the bottle.
  • Buy a fake flask.  These are alcohol flasks meant to look like something else.
  • Replacing soda with beer.  If the cruise line allows non-alcoholic drinks, replacing soda with cans of beer in a cardboard case.

Why not to try sneaking on alcohol

While there is little risk in sneaking in alcohol, the bottom line is it is against the cruise line's rules and there are some good reasons not to do so.

First and foremost, even if you do sneak in alcohol, you will be pretty limited in how to consume it.  You will have to constantly go back to your cabin to get refills.  Moreover, no matter how much you manage to sneak on, you will never have the same selection or supply as any ship bar can provide.  

There is also risk involved in sneaking on alcohol, because if you are caught, you will lose out on the cost of the alcohol, as well as any special containers you bought to try to get it on. Since you will likely end up paying for drinks if your contraband booze is gone, this will add to the overall cost of your foiled smuggling operation.

It is also worth noting that many cruise lines allow guests to bring a limited amount of wine or champagne on their cruise.  Not only is this allowed by the cruise lines, it can significantly assist in reducing the overall drink cost.

Speaking of drink costs, unlimited alcohol packages are so prevalent and easy to use these days that it makes the effort required to smuggle drinks onto a cruise seem outdated.  After all, sneaking in booze was an idea that came from a time when unlimited beverage packages did not exist. Today, drink packages provide an economic way to enjoy drinks on a budget.