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Bring Alcohol on Cruise Ships!

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Alcohol on Cruise Ships is expensive! Well, it’s not NYC, LA, or Miami bar prices, but it is still the sure way that cruise ships make money. There are a lot of tricks to get around this though.


Water Bottle Trick – The most common and the most likely to get detected! Why? Because this is everyone’s go to trick. Odds are unlikely. If you do, learn this trick:

cell-phone-flask_1315Body Flasks, Sunscreen Flasks, Tampon Flasks, Other Custom Flasks – My personal opinion is to not keep it on your body and leave these in your luggage / carry on. Spare yourself the embarrassment. These custom methods have a high success rate, but you tend to spend more time in ingenuity. Remember, no metal, keep it plastic. And also don’t invest in something unless you can carry enough of it.

Shampoo/Listerine Bottles – Odds are you are flying to your cruise departure. If so, you now have to get screened twice. Here you are simply playing your odds at having the staff check your bottle’s.

What I recommend:

DSC01887Rum Runner Flasks – For less than $15, you can order these off Amazon. They are barely detectable by X-Ray, except for the plastic lid. If you are flying and only carrying on, you can carry them empty on the plane and have your taxi stop at a store on the way to the cruise. Makes for a fun story filling them up in a back alley. Also, if you run out, at a port city, re-fill them and bring them right back through the scanner.

Bottle’s of Wine – Each person can bring in 1 bottle of wine, so you should! Class it up a little bit with some wine at dinner. Don’t go through the nonsense of imitating your wine to be liquor.

All that said, keep it classy. It’s a cruise and there are plenty of people who would really not enjoy the company of belligerence. Worst case scenario if they catch it, they will throw it out. Otherwise, they will hold on to it until your cruise is over. Or, as always, you can always claim it is your Holy Water.

Plum Brandy – Palinca, Slivovitz, Rakia

20130531_172331The wonders of Eastern Europe! The food is cheap, clothes expensive, women are beautiful, and liquor is distilled in everyone’s backyard. One of my favorite liquors around the world include one from Eastern Europe, influenced by my very German mothers side, and further grown through a Romanian relationship. Plum Brandy has got to be one of the tastiest liquors out there. And it is much more popular than one would think, just not in the United States.

20130602_180700There are many variants. Basically the majority of families living in Eastern Europe grow their own food, raise their own live-stock, and distill their own liquor. And what better ingredient to use than the plum, apple, and pear trees which may have spoiled or looks to get close.

Here are a list of common names and where you will find them:

Palinca: Hungary, Romania, and Austria
Slivovitz: Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Bulgaria
Rakia: Albania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia

tuica-in-bottlesThe funny thing, everybody stores them in random unused bottles. When individuals travel through the airport, if questioned, they claim it is holy water for their mother. And another juicy nugget, if you ask for Tuica (sri-ca), which simply means fruit mashed liquor / wine, at any bar, even an established chain, you will likely get to sample all the bar tenders home distilled fruit brandy, along with going a very far way to get to know the locals. Try it!

Common Ingredients: plums, apricots, apples, pears, cherries, any fruit that is lying around really. You cannot go wrong.

20130528_145355You can take it a step further and really impress the locals by ordering Ciorba de Burta (Romanian), which is cow stomach stewed in oil, butter, and garlic. I still haven’t mastered that one. Remember to keep the Palinca close by.

Side Notes:

  • Traffic in the city is crazy!
  • Do not drive at night time due to Pot Holes and Night Thieves
  • Don’t be too friendly to stray dogs, it’s a common problem
  • Enjoy! It’s Amazing