Carnival Bans Bottled Water and Bottled Soda

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Effective July 9, 2015, anyone traveling on a Carnival ship will not be allowed to bring plastic bottles onboard. This includes water, soft drink or anything that’s bottled. Cans and juice boxes are still permitted.

If you want to purchase bottled water, Carnival is selling 12 packs of water on their website for $2.99 (plus tax). If you wait until you get onboard it’s $4.99 (plus gratuities) per 12 pack.


Bottled beverages are the most common means by which guests attempt to smuggle alcohol on board which necessitates that bottles be individually examined by security personnel. This bogs down the embarkation process and requires security resources dedicated to checking bottled beverages.

What You Need to Know

  • Guests are prohibited from bringing water, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages onboard that are packaged in bottles.
  • A small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, juice, and milk) packaged in cans or cartons may be brought onboard on embarkation day only in guests’ carry-on luggage.  A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less per person
  • Guests are prohibited from bringing large coolers onboard since screening and movement of large coolers through embarkation is an impediment to the boarding and security process. However small, personal-sized coolers, no larger than 12”H x 12”L x 12”W for the purpose of housing small quantities of non-alcoholic beverages and/or medications are permitted as carry-on luggage.

Each adult guest age 21 and over is still allowed to bring one bottle of fine wine or champagne on board during embarkation.

Follow up from John Heald:

We will allow guests to bring their own distilled water if they are bringing a CPAP machine.

We also allow nursery water for families with babies – you must have a baby with you – we will check to see you have a baby.

Source: Carnival

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