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Carnival: Sneaking alcohol onboard is about to get tougher

Carnival Breeze is shown at PortMiami in this 2012 photo. Carnival Cruise Line will no longer allow passengers to bring bottled beverages on board in an attempt to cut down on alcohol smuggling.
Carnival Breeze is shown at PortMiami in this 2012 photo. Carnival Cruise Line will no longer allow passengers to bring bottled beverages on board in an attempt to cut down on alcohol smuggling.

Passengers who want a booze cruise without the bar tab will have a tougher time now that Carnival Cruise Line has announced it's cutting down on alcohol smuggling by banning bottled beverages.

The Fun Ship line said the new policy kicks in on July 9.

Guests will no longer be allowed to haul water, soda and other non-alcoholic drinks on their cruise if the beverages come in bottles. That’s due to “multiple issues,” the Doral-based cruise line said in a statement Tuesday.

“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 statement said. “This delays the embarkation process and requires security resources dedicated to checking bottled beverages. Most importantly, when behavioral issues occur on board and are ultimately investigated, smuggled alcohol often appears to be a factor.”

Passengers will still be allowed to bring as many as 12 unopened cans or cartons of water, soda and non-alcoholic drinks per person. They must hand carry those items onto the ship.

Carnival will sell 12-packs of bottled water for $2.99 plus tax before the cruise or $4.99 plus tip on board.

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