Leading sea-cruise operator Carnival is introducing a new regulation which will prohibit passengers from carrying bottled drinks aboard its ships. The ban applies to bottles of water and all non-alcoholic drinks and is effective from 9 July 2015.
Carnival Cruise Lines spokesperson Jennifer de la Cruz says the soft-drink ban is being brought in to stop passengers from emptying bottles and then refilling them with alcoholic beverages. She explained by saying that the company did not want smuggled alcohol on its cruise ships as it might lead to drunken escapades and endanger other passengers.
The ban will also expedite boarding times for passengers. Security officers currently have to check each bottle that passengers carry aboard. The veto does not affect the one bottle of champagne or wine each passenger over 21 years of age is allowed to bring with them.
Carnival says the new regulations will permit each passenger to bring 12-pack cans or cartons of soft drinks with them. They also have the option of pre-ordering discounted bottles of water from the cruise line which will be waiting in their cabins upon arrival.
Carnival says it notified passengers who have reservations for cruises of the new regulations last week. The spokesperson also noted that the forthcoming rule change had been posted up on its website.
The notification states that port security personnel and all Carnival’s crew members have also been advised of the changes. A codicil warns that crew are empowered to confiscate drinks from passengers if they contravene the rules.