Posted February 2nd, 2010, 09:28 AM
Last edited by hubofhockey; February 2nd, 2010 at 09:35 AM
The reason I believe this is about booze smuggling is the fact it is only imposed by one cruise line. This is not a port regulation, TSA regulation, nor CBP regulation. This is a Carnival regulation. If this was imposed by a higher authority at the ports, then I would believe it has more to do with safety.
Carnival has been pretty lax in enforcing its alcohol policies. On my last two Carnival cruises, I put several cans of beer in my checked bags and never locked my luggage. Even the stewards have been nice enough to put my beer on ice for me. I just don't think Carnival cares too much about people bringing on their own alcohol. If they did, the first bags they would go after is the locked ones or at least x-ray them.
It could relate to drug smuggling (I mean real smuggling) or safety. There is no rule that any cruiseline just has to meet minimum TSA or other standards. As a passenger, I like the no locked luggage policy. If they happen to confiscate my alcohol, so be it.
If the policy below is a dealbreaker to any potential Carnival passenger, he or she has the right to cruise on another line and Carnival is not trampling on anybody's rights.
Carnival Policy OP refers to:
In order to maintain a safe and secure environment, Carnival prohibits certain items onboard, i.e., weapons (including replica or toy weapons), candles, irons, alcohol, or other dangerous goods, and reserves the right to search guests' baggage and/or personal effects for any of the prohibited items, at any time, prior to embarkation and during the cruise. According to our policy, (as stated in clause 4f of the ticket contract), Carnival conducts security scanning of all baggage and if prohibited items are found, they will be removed and stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. The retained item(s) will be delivered to your stateroom on the last night of the cruise. Unsealed containers with prohibited liquids will be discarded, as well as any unclaimed items left after the voyage, and no compensation will be given in either case.