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Old 04-24-2019, 06:36 AM
 
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In a few days we'll be flying down to L.A. to embark on a cruise. The cruise line allows each adult passenger to bring one bottle of their own wine, and since we love our fabulous Oregon wine, we'd like to bring some. However, I'm worried what exposure to the elements in a (presumably) unpressurized cargo hold would do to the wine. Will it freeze, or explode from the pressure? FTR, the bottles are screw-top--don't laugh, a lot of good white wine these days comes in screw-top bottles.
There shouldn't be a problem. Just wrap the bottles in something soft (like a sweater or multiple t-shirts). We took a 7 hour and then a 2 hour flight last year with 8 bottles of wine (2 per adult). No issues.

We also flew to Asia and took a few bottles of scotch in the check-in bag. No issues there either. If you are really worried, maybe see if a liquor store in LA on your way from LAX to the cruise terminal has a liquor store. You can ask the uber driver if they can make a quick pit stop for you.
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Old 04-24-2019, 06:38 AM
 
Location: In the land beyond Ohare!
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No issues for us, properly packed never any breakage. Be sure that the bottle does not have any "wiggle room" to move around inside the luggage. Wrap in a kitchen storage bag to help contain a leak, just in case. Bubble wrap it as it works well to protect it, being cushioned and lightweight.
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:29 AM
 
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This thread is bringing back memories of the good ol' days before the 1 quart zip lock bag for liquids when I was often lugging most of a case of wine onto a flight in my carry-on bags. In my family, the term used to be "wine mule". My brother-in-law has a huge wine cellar and has the collector disease. My sister eventually put her foot down and refused to carry more than 2 bottles.
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:32 AM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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I recently brought back a couple of bottles in checked baggage, using a pair of old WineSkin bubble wrap protectors. Easy to make your own, as mentioned two posts above, significantly cheaper, the ones I got were free: get some bubble wrap, wrap the bottle securely, then place it an a gallon zip-lock type bag. If there is an unfortunate mishap, the spill is contained. (I had that happen about 15 years ago, a nice bottle of Ontario ice wine busted inside the baggage. Aside from the loss, it was very messy as well.)
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Old 04-24-2019, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Lancashire, England
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I've often wrapped a bottle of beer in bubble wrap, and then a couple of t-shirts round it, to bring back from the US/Canada. Never had a problem getting it home safely.
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Old 04-24-2019, 01:05 PM
 
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If you want wine to drink in your cabin vs bring to your table, then just buy some before you get on the ship
Surely in LA there are shops carrying Oregon wine...
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Old 04-24-2019, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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The plane should have a pressurized cargo area so as long as the bottles are packed so they don't break, there shouldn't be other issues.


Check with your ship as to how many bottles you can bring on and how and where they can be drank. Those details change from ship to ship and to where you're drinking them as well.


FWIW, we brought on several bottles each port on our last cruise and only once they asked to store them, the rest of the time they didn't seem to care. They were smaller bottles, though, since we had the usual luggage issues once we got off the ship. There were a lot of bottles of olive oil, too, they didn't seem to fuss much about those.
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Old 04-24-2019, 03:07 PM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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In a few days we'll be flying down to L.A. to embark on a cruise. The cruise line allows each adult passenger to bring one bottle of their own wine, and since we love our fabulous Oregon wine, we'd like to bring some. However, I'm worried what exposure to the elements in a (presumably) unpressurized cargo hold would do to the wine. Will it freeze, or explode from the pressure? FTR, the bottles are screw-top--don't laugh, a lot of good white wine these days comes in screw-top bottles.
You'll be fine. The cargo area is semi-presssurized. Just pack carefully.
We usually just buy the wine in the city of embarkation instead of flying with it.
Have a great time!
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:37 PM
 
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In a few days we'll be flying down to L.A. to embark on a cruise. The cruise line allows each adult passenger to bring one bottle of their own wine, and since we love our fabulous Oregon wine, we'd like to bring some. However, I'm worried what exposure to the elements in a (presumably) unpressurized cargo hold would do to the wine. Will it freeze, or explode from the pressure? FTR, the bottles are screw-top--don't laugh, a lot of good white wine these days comes in screw-top bottles.

I'd be more concerned about TSA, or baggage people, stealing the wine

For God sake, you are going on a cruise.

They will have plenty of wine on the boat. Expand your horizons.
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Old 04-24-2019, 05:04 PM
 
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I have checked many bottles of wine--never a problem. I do wrap them in bubble wrap.
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