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Sneaking Alcohol On A Cruise. 7 Surprising Ways Cruise Passengers Do It.


You’re about to discover the unusual,
crazy and even bizarre ways that people smuggle alcohol onto a cruise.
I’m Gary Bembridge, and this is another of my tips for travellers. In this video, I’m
going to talk about the lengths that people will go to to smuggle alcohol on
board a cruise ship. Why do people do it?
Well, simply because the cost of drinking on board a ship is getting more and more
expensive. I’m not saying that you should be smuggling alcohol on board a cruise
ship, it’s just something that I’ve seen happening more and more. Probably the
longest, and most established, way of smuggling booze on board is by taking
existing toiletries and putting booze in them. The most popular of these is
mouthwash. What people are doing is buying a mouthwash, emptying it out,
cleaning it and putting a clear liquid in and then using food coloring dye to
make it look like an existing bottle of mouthwash. There are some mouthwash
bottles which are not clear, and those are even more popular because it’s even
harder to see the product inside and, of course, getting the colour of the
mouthwash looking right is a real challenge. Using existing
toiletries, emptying them out and replacing them is a long established way
of doing it, and mouthwash is the most popular of all of these. For
those people that don’t want to go as far as using existing toiletries, there’s
a whole range of bottles that you can buy that recreate toiletries. They come
an empty and also have little seals that you can then put on the top so it
looks like unopened bottles. There is a wide range of bottles that look like
established and existing toiletries that you can then fill with alcohol. Things
I’ve come across, for example, are sunscreen bottles, normal toiletry
bottles, shampoo and you can even buy deodorant cans which you can fill with
alcohol. If you want to go a little bit further, there are products
that look like tampons. Another long, and well established, way of bringing
booze on board a cruise ship is what’s known as Rum Runners. These are basically
little plastic pouches which you can fill with booze, put a screw cap on
and then slide within your existing luggage. They are very popular and are one of the things that people use most often to bring booze on
board. The next two ways that people use to smuggle booze on board probably verge
into the Secret Service and spy type territory, because they’re recreating
products which are fake. The first of these is around luggage. One of
the most interesting ones that I came across is a rucksack. This rucksack then
has secret pouches, which you can then fill up with booze. Linked to
that are those messenger-style bags which have secret pouches, and then
probably one of the more practical ones, if you are getting on a cruise
somewhere warm, are tote bags. Within the tote bags, which look like
designer tote bags that you can buy, they have secret pouches that you fill with booze. There’s a
whole range of luggage that you can bring on board both to help
you carry your stuff on board but have secret pouches to bring in booze too. One of the
most unusual, and fun, areas that I’ve discovered people smuggle booze on is
with a whole range of fake accessories. There is a huge range of these,
and there are companies specifically making these fake accessories to help
people smuggle booze. Some of the most interesting ones that have come across
are umbrellas, which are basically a storage container for booze, a hair
brush, cameras, binoculars, a smartphone, power pack and shoe
trees, which you can then put in shoes, and what we would call in the UK “bum bags” or
in the USA are called “fanny packs”. There’s a whole range of accessories and
luggage that are created to help people smuggle booze and, as I said, it does feel
a little bit like you’re verging on spy territory with secret devices that
double up as something else. One of things I found really interesting
is that clearly the smuggling of booze has become such a big thing that there
are companies emerging that exist to create products to help
people smuggle booze on board. Another thing that people use to smuggle booze
is clothing. There’s a range of clothing which is designed to have
various pouches where you can smuggle in booze. There are two main areas that I
came across that people are using to do this. First of those is a
bra, which has various pouches in which you fill with booze, and then for
gentlemen there are shorts which have secret pouches. So, people are going
as far as wearing the booze that they smuggle onto a cruise ship. There are two
other simpler, and more practical ways, that people are using which
probably have a higher chance of actually being discovered and caught by
the security people. First of those is miniatures. People are
buying those small miniature bottles, the sort you often get
on an aeroplane or you can buy in various liquor stores, and they’re bringing in lots of little miniatures stuffing those around
their luggage. Those then are the main devices and techniques that people are
using, but how are they ensuring that they don’t get caught? There’s a
couple of things that I’ve seen people do, or talk about, when they’re bringing booze on board. The first
thing to remember is that most cruise lines allow you to bring on a certain
amount of booze. Most cruise lines will allow you to bring either one
or two bottles of wine on board, as long as you drink that within your cabin. If
you take it into the restaurants, they will charge you a corkage fee. So, the first
thing that people are doing is bringing that on board. The next thing they’re
doing is using a number of techniques to ensure that they don’t get caught. The
first of those is making sure that they spread what they’re bringing around
their luggage, and if they’re travelling with a couple of people they’re don’t
put it all in one suitcase. They’re putting some in their hand luggage,
some in one suitcase and some in someone else’s suitcase. They’re spreading it around,
so I guess even if one person gets caught they’re hoping that the other
people will still get some stuff through. The other thing I’m seeing people doing
and talking about, is if they are trying to smuggle booze on board they
put in their checked baggage. Those bags do get screened, but when you go
through the personal security checks there may be more searches of bags and
people are tending to put their stuff into the checked in bags. I am hearing that is the way that they normally find that they are not
getting caught. The other thing that people tell me they do, if they do bring
onboard alcohol in one of these ways, is they have to drink
it in the cabin and can’t walk around the ship with it. So, some people are then
doing things like bringing their own reusable water
bottles and putting their booze in there so they can take it around the ship and
on excursions. I am not saying, or encouraging, people to smuggle booze on
board, it’s just one of those trends that I’ve seen happening more, and
as I’ve mentioned, it’s become so big that there are companies
setting up and making products to help people smuggle booze on board. If you
want a stress-free holiday don’t smuggle booze on board and
buy your drinks on board and perhaps take a look at
drinks packages, although watch my other video about when you shouldn’t buy a
drinks package, because you could find it is not a good value for you at all. I
have loads of other videos and tips about cruising so why not watch another
one of those right now?

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