• Can Cruise Ship Scanners Detect Alcohol?

    Can Cruise Ship Scanners Detect Alcohol?

    Gabriela V.

    Created: Feb 21, 2024

    Last Updated: Apr 10, 2024

    Can Cruise Ship Scanners Detect Alcohol?

    It's often tempting to bring your own alcohol on a cruise to avoid steep bar prices, but you may wonder if cruise ship scanners can detect your drinks.

    So let’s dive into the details to know if they can find out about your little... secret.

    Can Cruise Scanners Detect Alcohol?

    Cruise ship scanners don't specifically detect alcohol, but they can identify liquids. They operate much like airport scanners, basically using same system. They use X-rays to examine baggage, so liquids appear as dark areas, and if they see liquids, they will send you to security check.

    What Do Cruise Scanners Detect?

    Cruise scanners reveal the contents of your luggage through X-rays, allowing security to identify any items, including those “camouflaged” as something else. They have trained staff that meticulously review the scans, making it really challenging to sneak prohibited items onboard.

    How Strict Are Cruise Ships With Alcohol?

    Cruise lines may vary in their policies regarding alcohol. Some permit limited quantities, while others have stricter regulations which means there is a good chance you will need to give your Tequila to the fishes. 

    Are Rum Runners Detectable?

    Rum runners are designed to conceal alcohol, and they can be a little bit more challenging to secure due to their flat shape. However, these are experienced staff and they can recognize them during scans and inspections.

    If you want to try it, go ahead but we warned you... it's a risky endeavor. The best thing is to follow the guidelines and avoid potential conflicts with security so you can have a very chill trip. A lot of Cruises also offer Drink Packages that include alcohol, and you can save money buying them if you are a big fan of Margaritas and Piña Coladas onboard.

    Need more help with your next cruise, our choosing the drink to enjoy aboard your trip? Send us a message! We can help you out and plan everything so you just chill and relax.

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