Ramblings from the Cruise Lady
The Cruise Lady
Lorraine is talking about passengers who – in spite of widely-known regulations – continue to attempt to smuggle alcohol aboard a cruise ship.
The question is why?
They know their checked bags are subject to search (read your cruise contract) and they risk being caught, but to some it’s a game. It’s actually a game that COULD cost them a lot more than the embarrassment of simply being “sent to the principal’s office” to claim their luggage (along with surrendering the contraband.) It can in some instances cost them their right to cruise.
Yep – that’s right!
There is a provision in your cruise contract that refers to “refusal to transport.” This simply means that the cruise line can refuse to allow you to board or to remain on a ship for “violation of regulations.”
When you sign the cruise contract (which Lorraine bets you have not read before doing so) you have agreed to follow all the rules – from running in the hallways to sitting on ship railings – and anything else that the Captain may deem to be disruptive.
While you may not consider smuggling booze aboard as “disruptive” – it does fall under the same set of “no-noes.”
So, go ahead and try if you wish. You may even be successful a couple of times – BUT YOU WILL BE CAUGHT!
Lorraine knows. She was one of those who spent two hours in the principal’s office trying to retrieve her luggage – and having to surrender her contraband (which was unfortunately a well-disguised (she thought) bottle of 12-year-old single malt.