It’s well known that alcohol on cruise ships is incredibly expensive. However, there are a number of ways you can sneak alcohol on board and bypass having to buy the expensive drinks.
First thing to be aware of is you should not just refill empty water bottles. Water bottles are put through a “shake test,” because alcohol and water don’t create bubbles in the same way when shaken. Cruise ship staff will often go through and shake all beverage bottles.
If you really want to do the refill bottle method, take a six-pack of clear soda like Sprite or Sierra mist and fill them with rum. Rum bubbles similarly to soda. Also, if you can keep the bottles looking as untouched as possible, the better your chances are. For example, get the drinks in a six-pack with the plastic rings and don’t take them out of the plastic rings when you are refilling them. Also, buy extra bottles and cut the tops off of them, caps and all.
If you boil the tops in water, they’ll get soft and you can slide the still-sealed caps off and then screw them on the bottles you want to bring aboard. They’ll look brand new.
Also, mouthwash, like Listerine, has a very distinctive color and smells a little like alcohol. Empty out your mouthwash and put a clear liquor in it and then use food coloring to match the color. Just make sure you rinse out the bottle so the taste doesn’t transfer.
Another method that works really well is to bring saline solution for contact lenses. Ideally, get a bottle that comes packaged in a cardboard box. Rinse out the saline solution and fill it with alcohol and then lightly glue the plastic covering over the cap and then superglue the box shut for good measure. It’s not very likely that they will open a box that seems brand new and sealed.
One of the most popular methods for sneaking alcohol on a cruise is using bag flasks, or “bladder flasks,” like Booze Cruise. The benefit of using these is that they can mold their shape, so you can pack them in your checked bags. Because of their odd shape, they won’t be flagged by the security cameras. Also, women will often use the small or medium bladder flasks to line their bras because even if you are searched, you almost certainly won’t be asked to strip.
The most important thing to remember is that if you do get caught, do not be confrontational about it. It happens all the time, and they just take the booze. It will only really develop into an issue if you make a scene. But if you follow these tips, you won’t have to worry!