Report: Carnival Cruise Line to ban carry-on bottled drinks to cut down on alcohol-sneaking customers _lowres

Photo provided by Carnival Cruise Lines, Andy Newman -- The 130,000-ton Carnival Dream, one of Carnival Cruise Linesí three largest ships, is positioned off the coast of Monaco in October 2009.

The days of creatively toting alcohol onto a Carnival cruise ship are numbered.

Starting this summer, Carnival is banning passengers from bringing bottled beverages aboard its ships, according to a USA Today report.

The ban will begin July 9, the report said. Carnival will still allow passengers to bring a bottle of wine or champagne.

Carnival's ban means passengers can no longer bring bottled water, soda or any non-alcoholic bottled drinks with them. If those drinks are in cans or cartons, though, it's OK to bring them aboard.

Carnival is a key cruise line customer for New Orleans.

The number of passengers who went through the cruise ship terminals at the Port of New Orleans topped 1 million for the first time in 2014.

Port officials said the passenger total was up 2.6 percent for the year, setting a new record for the fourth consecutive year. New Orleans ranks as the sixth-largest cruise port in the U.S. by the Cruise Lines International Association.

Four cruise ships are homeported in New Orleans: the 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation, the 2,340-passenger Norwegian Dawn and Royal Caribbean’s 2,476-passenger Serenade of the Seas. Royal Caribbean has said the Serenade of the Seas will be leaving New Orleans in April.

Click here to read more about Carnival's new policy and other changes the cruise line is making.