Norwegian Cruise Line said that effective July 15 it will bar passengers from bringing aboard any beverages in checked or carry-on luggage.

The sweeping policy has only a few exceptions. Guests may still bring sealed bottles of wine for personal use, subject to screening and a corkage fee.

Also allowed is purified or distilled water in factory-sealed containers for use in conjunction with medical devices or for the reconstitution of infant formula.

A memo from Norwegian’s business development team being e-mailed to all booked guests said the step is being taken “to ensure a safe and enjoyable onboard environment for all.”

The memo also said the prohibition "reduces the need for individual time-consuming screening and package inspection of large volumes of beverages.”

Last year, Carnival Cruise Lines cited similar reasons when it banned passengers from bringing bottled beverages (wine excepted) aboard. However, Carnival continued to allow a limited number of cans or cartons at embarkation. 

Norwegian also said any unfinished open beverages must be finished or discarded before guests embark to start the voyage or embark at ports of call.

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