Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Calling all wine drinkers!

A large glass of red wine contains about three...

Is it just me? I have Googled, Yahooed and MSNed and cannot seem to find a site that lists places close to embarkation ports - preferably worldwide - where you can pick up some wine before boarding. I know it's something I'd find useful and judging from the posts of others on Cruise Critic, I'm not alone.

I can do a lot of the research myself but would love to get input from those with first-hand knowledge of places that are close to embarkation ports and whose hours are convenient. Any other comments regarding selection, pricing, store websites, etc. would be very useful, too. I will be happy to compile all the information and post it somewhere for posterity. You can either contact me directly using the form at the very bottom of this page (scroll down - way down) or leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

And if such a site already does exist, please let me know because I can't find it!

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  1. I've created an public document we can all use to gather the information starting with embarkation ports. I've started with ports I know already. To view and edit the list, anyone can click on the following link in Google Docs:

    Happy Travels through Good Wine!

  2. Hi Happy Alaskan - thanks for pointing this out - have you had this for awhile or did you just start it? I think this could be a great resource because there's nothing else out there it would seem.

  3. This may be a stupid question, but can you bring a bottle of wine onto the ship?

  4. Hi Anonymous: Not a stupid question at all. Every line has different rules regarding this. Most you can carry on one or two bottles at embarkation. That's the official line. But sometimes that's a bit vague and not clearly spelled out. We always bring on a few bottles as carry on or sometimes boxes in our luggage. Holland America is the most generous - you can pretty much bring as much as you want. Be aware, though, if you bring the bottle to the dining room you will be charged corkage - $15 go $25 or so. Free to open and drink in your cabin, though. Hope that helps!