Norwegian Bans Bringing Beverages Onboard

By ,   July 2, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) passengers will be prohibited from bringing beverages, including beer, liquor and non-alcoholic drinks like water, soda, juices, onboard as carry-on or checked luggage.

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Norwegian said in a letter to booked passengers, that this would provide a 'smoother and faster embarkation experience'. NCL added: 

'This revised policy brings the company in line with other best practice travel security protocols and reduces the need for individual time-consuming screening and package inspection of large volumes of beverages.'

The new Norwegian policy takes effect July 15, 2016.

Exceptions are distilled or purified water in factory-sealed containers for the reconstitution of infant formula or for use with medical devices, and fully sealed/corked wine bottles for personal consumption onboard which is subject to screening and corkage fee (for vacationers 21 years of age or older).

On embarkation day and at any call port, open beverages of any kind have to be consumed/discarded at the security check-point.