You should refer to each individual cruise line policy as they are all different. Some allow you to purchase duty free and consume it onboard and others allow you to purchase it and store it for you until the end of the cruise.
Some people think rules are there to be broken. If you are told not to bring booze on board then it turns into an us versus them challenge to beat the 'booze police'.
Its nice to have a quiet drink in your cabin either before you go for dinner or retire for the night.
Hi Mr/Mrs Williams. It's nice to see that I'm not alone. It would appear that we are both "old-fashioned" in that when we see a set of rules and regulations, we follow them ! Surprisingly, this appears to place us among the minority ! How sad and disappointing it is to realise that one of person's main aims when embarking on a cruise (that they have likely paid thousands for) is to see what they can get away with! I'm sticking with you and the minority ! Best Wishes.
We like a Dry Martini pre-dinner while getting ready. try buying that on a ship. No cruise we have been on sells that. We also like to alternate with a glass of wine. Pre-cruise £3 On-board £15. No-brainer.
Maybe because some people think that its obviously cheaper to drink alcohol bought elsewhere than on the ship, or maybe they have an acquired taste for something which is not available on the ship- either way I do not see how it is an'infatuation' as you say, but merely a reasonable question to post on her.
Some people simply like having a drink in the peace and quiet of their own cabin sitting on the balcony having a drink which you cant do if you are in one of the ships pubs having to put up with background music or noisy chatter. Relaxing in your own cabin or on the balcony with a drink is a nice way to relax and you wouldnt need to take your drink from the pub and back again 2 or 3 times if you had your own bottle with you.
Few people have bottomless pockets.
I think it is simply that people are happy to pay the high prices for bar and restaurant drinks, but most people would rather not pay the very high prices just to have a drink in their cabin.
Some of the prices charged on board are far too high. A couple of glasses of wine in the cabin before dinner and perhaps a cocktails or two in the afternoon at local prices is a reasonable thing to do. Those who wish to "abide by the rules" (I don't go on holiday to be rules!) are welcome to pay through the nose and inflate the cruise line's profits.
No chance to pick up local drinks at the bstop off ports when on NewYork to UK last year though - sham.