Poll Position: Operation Alcohol

Since most big-ship cruise lines continue to raise alcohol prices and officially ban passengers from bringing their own beer and liquor onboard, many cruisers have taken to smuggling it — in their luggage, in their clothing … in, well, pretty much anything you can think of. Some of the secrets we’ve come across have been [...]

Happy Hour Special: Celebrity’s Elderflower Blush

In true cruise spirit, every evening this week, we’ll be offering up special happy hour recipes for you to imbibe at your leisure. For our third installment, we’re raising the swank level with Celebrity Cruises‘ Elderflower Blush, which is served up in the Molecular Bar onboard the line’s Solstice-class ships. Molecular Bar is all about [...]

5 Cruise Lines That Let You BYOB

And another thing … when it comes to bringing liquor onboard, most cruise line alcohol policies are cut and dry. With the exception of wine, you cannot bring your own bottle. Caught by security with a liter of Grey Goose? You’ll be embarrassed in front of your peers — and lose the booze until the [...]

Happy Hour Special: Norwegian’s Rebellious Fish

In true cruise spirit, every evening this week, we’ll be offering up special happy hour recipes for you to imbibe in at your leisure. Tonight, we bring you the recipe for Norwegian Cruise Line‘s famous Rebellious Fish, a concoction of passion fruit liqueur, orange vodka, orange liqueur, orange juice and sparkling wine — and yes, [...]

All-You-Can-Drink Packages: Cheers or Jeers?

A few years ago, when Celebrity Cruises came out with a rather revolutionary “all you can drink” package for cocktails, wine and beer, I was a bit skeptical. Is it smart (or responsible) to give cruise passengers, many of whom already indulge excessively, a limitless scenario? Would such packages result in unnecessary binging?

Happy Hour Special: Carnival’s Bite of the Iguana

In true cruise spirit, every evening this week we’ll be offering up special happy hour recipes from different cruise lines for you to imbibe at your leisure. For our first installment, we have a recipe for Carnival‘s Bite of the Iguana, a featured cocktail at the line’s new Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, which debuted aboard [...]

7 Ways to Get Free Drinks on a Cruise

Booze Week 2011 lives on with one of our favorite subjects: free drinks. At-sea alcohol prices are anything but cheap, but savvy cruisers know how to keep from drowning in their bar bill.

Coming Next Week: Sipping Points

They’re among the questions we hear most frequently at Cruise Critic: What are the alcohol policies onboard ships? What can I bring on? What are the best spots for happy hours? Does this ship have a designated driver? Next week, we’ll be turning our attention to all things booze related, from all-you-can-drink packages to the [...]

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