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eeyoregon
03-29-2006, 09:29 PM
Ok, so I bought a soft sided rolling cooler for our upcoming Western Cruise. I received a welcome information packet in the mail from DCL and in the "what not to bring on board" section, it clearly states: NO outside food, drinks or coolers can be brought on board with the exception for medication storage or special dietary requirements. :confused3

I'm bummed. I'm a single Mom on a MAJOR budget and was hoping to bring my own bottled water and canned soda for use in the room and shore excursions plus I have Crohn's disease and can not possibly risk drinking the beverages in foreign countries! :sad2:

Sorry this is so lengthy, but here is my question: how do others get their coolers on board? Do you leave it folded up and hidden in another suitcase?

Thanks for the help. :thumbsup2

lbgraves
03-29-2006, 09:34 PM
You simply roll it into the terminal, they put it thru the security scan, and you go upstairs to check in. IDK why they keep that part on the website & in the docks because they do NOT enforce it. We pack the soda & beer in the cooler & just roll it along. No need to hide anything.

MommaluvsDis
03-29-2006, 09:35 PM
Everyone's reported success with bringing rolling coolers onboard. Just make sure it doesn't have ice or anything that will leak and it has to fit thru the x-ray machine. Why do you need the rolling cooler? Not trying to get personal but sodas, coffee, hot chocolate, etc are free on deck nine at the beverage station around the clock as well as during meals. There is also a fridge type cooler box in the room. Just wanted to make sure you knew this.

videogal1
03-29-2006, 09:36 PM
Ok, so I bought a soft sided rolling cooler for our upcoming Western Cruise. I received a welcome information packet in the mail from DCL and in the "what not to bring on board" section, it clearly states: NO outside food, drinks or coolers can be brought on board with the exception for medication storage or special dietary requirements. :confused3

Sorry this is so lengthy, but here is my question: how do others get their coolers on board? Do you leave it folded up and hidden in another suitcase?

Thanks for the help. :thumbsup2

Don't pay it any mind. That paragraph has been there for ages and it just seems to be an escape clause..just do not pack real ice.

lbgraves
03-29-2006, 09:46 PM
Having closed containers that can be taken off the ship in port is a great thing. :) The kids have juice boxes & we take a couple bottles of water or soda for us. Some people don't like Coke products so take their own supply of their favorites for the cruise.

eeyoregon
03-29-2006, 09:51 PM
:cool1: Thanks for the info! I will just act like I know what I'm doing :rotfl2: and roll that puppy right on board! I was aware of the cooling boxes in the rooms but was under the impression that they aren't very efficient.

I was mostly concerned because I was counting on using the cooler for our shore excursions so I can pack food but more importantly, sealed beverages. Us folks with Crohn's have enough problems without adding travelers diarrhea to the equation :rotfl:

Thanks again - what would I do without you guys?? :thumbsup2

yazee1
03-29-2006, 09:59 PM
There is a slight chance a DCL employee will ask you if it's a cooler. Like the others said, it's not like they really care. I was asked about mine outside the port where the luggage handlers are. I replied, "This is part of my carry on luggage." No further questions were asked.

eeyoregon
03-29-2006, 11:23 PM
Hey, I just got to thinking...if questioned about contents, I will tell them there is medication inside that must be refridgerated (which would be the truth) - they don't need to know it's typhoid vaccine medication that is the size of a box of tic-tacs :rotfl2:

Oh, and thanks for the juice box idea as I hadn't thought of those. Sport drinks would be nice too or maybe even a few wine coolers for mama! :banana:

Can't believe we only have 23 days until our 1st Disney Cruise! :Pinkbounc

lbgraves
03-30-2006, 06:54 AM
ROFL! No need to lie about it. :) They are going to be able to see what is in the cooler when it goes thru the xray machine. The porters will even offer to have it delivered to your room if there is no glass in it.

HappyLawyer
03-30-2006, 08:38 AM
well mine looks like a piece of luggage so i am going to pack jusice, water and other items inside. I will just check it in
have a good time.

daisy112878
03-30-2006, 09:20 AM
Our disney rolling cooler had 2 bottles of wine and bottled water in it. The only thing we were asked is if it had ice in it which we replied no. It was no problem.

And the cooler thing in the room doesn't work very well. It wouldn't keep anything cold. Our room steward kept ice in our rolling cooler all week for us.

Just an FYI if you do have the disney one from disneydirect.com and you plan to keep ice in it all the time in your room take some trash bags with you. When the ice starts to melt it makes the outside of the cooler wet. We put the ice down in the bag and then the drinks on top of the ice.

TiggerInNY
03-30-2006, 09:24 AM
The porters will even offer to have it delivered to your room if there is no glass in it.

Is this true? That would be great if when we board the ship and they actually take it and put it in your room so I don't have to lug it around. Good point. I hope that's true. I just got the rolling cooler that was on the boards at Dillards for $10. What a bargain!!! And it looks like luggage.

LADYnTRAMP
03-30-2006, 10:32 AM
I bought 2 of the $10 coolers recently (Thanks to HappyLawyer!) and my neighbor/best friend was more than happy to take the other one off my hands. It was such a good buy that I knew that someone would love to have one. I'm planning on using it for our 7 night in June and I'm really hoping that they will take it to the room so I won't have to lug it around. I just keep looking at it wondering how much I can fit into it! :teeth:

TiggerInNY
03-30-2006, 01:40 PM
Oh, I'm figuring on fitting a lot of stuff in there. Don't you worry.

eeyoregon
04-01-2006, 12:22 AM
:thumbsup2 You guys are the best!! Thanks for calming me down - would hate to get kicked off my first DC for rolling cooler violations :rotfl:

The more I think about it, it look like luggage so I may just pack that puppy full of ??? and check it with the other luggage.

Thanks again guys...oh and stop reminding me of your great $10 bargain as I paid $19.99 for mine :lmao:

HappyLawyer
04-01-2006, 09:51 AM
I bought 2 of the $10 coolers recently (Thanks to HappyLawyer!) and my neighbor/best friend was more than happy to take the other one off my hands. It was such a good buy that I knew that someone would love to have one. I'm planning on using it for our 7 night in June and I'm really hoping that they will take it to the room so I won't have to lug it around. I just keep looking at it wondering how much I can fit into it! :teeth:
:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: Yeah- that's right, i'm bad :banana:

mum of two pirates
04-01-2006, 12:27 PM
Holds like 52 cans. I wanted a new soft sided rolling one for wrestling season. I also needed one for our trip, as we are doing 11 days at wdw and then a 7 day cruise, and wanted it in the room to keep maybe milk cold for the boys in the morning and if we bring any food back from dinner, like dessert. So since we won't be coming home first we will be bringing it on the ship with us, I'm going to stop and get bottled water first, But I could pack our swim stuff and take it on board, with my laptop and new camera in it. One carry on here we go.

HappyLawyer
04-01-2006, 03:12 PM
we are about to begin softball season, so i can use my cooler for so much more then just the cruise.

wltdsnyfan
04-01-2006, 03:39 PM
Holds like 52 cans. I wanted a new soft sided rolling one for wrestling season. I also needed one for our trip, as we are doing 11 days at wdw and then a 7 day cruise, and wanted it in the room to keep maybe milk cold for the boys in the morning and if we bring any food back from dinner, like dessert. So since we won't be coming home first we will be bringing it on the ship with us, I'm going to stop and get bottled water first, But I could pack our swim stuff and take it on board, with my laptop and new camera in it. One carry on here we go.
We must have the same one. I got mine at Sam's. I paid 24.00. I like it. DOes yours have a draw string top on so that you can put things you do not want to keep cold? That is geat also :thumbsup2

Busymom
04-01-2006, 09:00 PM
Yes, we rolled our Disney cooler right up to the ole security checkpoint. My husband was freaking out the entire time. I kept saying "don't worry"!....We had sodas and a case of beer in it (which we bought at a grocery store near the terminal). The guy said "I guess you have water in here, right?" with a smile on his face. And we said yes. Then we rolled it right up the escalator and got on the ship! We kept ice in it for our drinks because, as others stated earlier, the "cooler" in the room isn't very cool.

loulovecar
04-01-2006, 10:50 PM
Hi I would like to know what kinds of coolers you guy are talking about?
I have big wheel plastic one they sell in walmart.\
we are the 06/27/06 cruise

SamRoc
04-02-2006, 04:40 PM
Tried checking on Dillards today for a rolling cooler for our August cruise and they said they no longer sell it online! I guess all the DISers bought them all!! :)

sweetsue
04-02-2006, 05:36 PM
Caught the post about bringing the cooler to ports packed with food. You might not get away with that depending on where you are going. It is actually illegal to bring food products in and out of foreign countries. Sometimes they will make a fuss and sometimes they won't.

All of the Caribbean ports have canned sodas and bottled water with very familiar brand names like Coke and Pepsi. Just don't get ice and you have nothing to worry about.

And - if your doctor will write a note, you can also get a real refrigerator for your cabin for medical supplies. I think your favorite brand of soda should qualify as a medical supply! Anyways - with a medical condition you are allowed to bring aboard any food, drink, etc. that you need.

Sweet Sue

eeyoregon
04-02-2006, 06:13 PM
Loulovecar

The cooler that I purchased is made of a soft insulated material that collapses. It has a telescoping pop up handle (like the ones on luggage) and 4 wheels on the bottom. Mine will hold 60+ cans but when not in use, it folds to approximately 12 x 12 x 4 so very compact.

I live in Oregon and purchased mine at a store called Shopko for $19.99. I think it will work awesome to pack sunscreen, towels, water, etc. on and off the ship.

mum of two pirates
04-04-2006, 11:38 AM
If you go to walmart and ask in the cooler dept. they can show you the soft sided ones. This is the first year ours have carried them. They only had one color, so I bought mine at costco. it has two wheels on the bottum and a retractable? bottum with two feet on the other end, so when you make it fold up you can slide the bottum in and it folds flatter. It has a bungie cord cris crossed on the top to hold a towel or something and a luggage handle also. We only used it for the two wrestling matches but it was way better then lugging that big plastic one with wheels from walmart last year.

cpdrn7
04-05-2006, 09:40 AM
I am going to our Walmart today..I am praying they have one. We are going to use it for the castaway cay day...and I was wondering...do you think anyone would say anything to use if we brought it up to deck 9 or 10 in the evenings?
Please don't flame but we are a party of 12--and if Icould save a few major bucks on a few beers then I may think about that....anyone seen this done?

m4travel
04-05-2006, 10:20 AM
[D]o you think anyone would say anything to us if we brought it up to deck 9 or 10 in the evenings? Please don't flame but we are a party of 12--and if I could save a few major bucks on a few beers then I may think about that....anyone seen this done?
Don't you think that might be pushing the envelope? While I doubt if anyone would say anything if one walked out of one's cabin with a beer in their hand (particularly if it were in an insulated mug or something else innocuous), wheeling an entire cooler of drinks out on deck might cause a reaction. After all, we're on a ship that sells drinks at a fairly reasonable price and, strictly speaking, guests are limited on what may be brought on board.

On the other hand, it would be a great icebreaker - you'd become soooo popular with all the guests surrounding you who might want to share! Which sailing are you going to be on? I prefer Newcastle Brown, please. :drinking1

cpdrn7
04-05-2006, 12:49 PM
good point...I just was doing the math...8 adults x$6.00 drinks plus tips...and each about 4 drinks...wow......
and I am not a drinker that some are in the group...but I get the point...
I will have to find out the drink specials of the day!!

eeyoregon
04-05-2006, 03:19 PM
Wouldn't you know it? The cooler I bought at Shopko is now on sale for $14.99 but can I find my receipt? :sad2: I know, it's only $5 less but hey, $5 is $5 :rotfl2:

:cheer2: 17 DAYS UNTIL WESTERN ON THE MAGIC :cheer2: