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tngal
08-19-2008, 07:23 PM
I thought I had read on here somewhere that you can take your own bottled water/and or beer onboard. Is this so? Is there a limit to how much you can take onboard with you? Do you take yours in a soft sided cooler and where is the best place to shop for one? Thanks again for your time!

Lisa

CSwan1
08-19-2008, 08:43 PM
I don't know if there is a 'limit' but in May, we took on 2 cases of water ans a case of beer. We had no problems. We used a rolling suitcase (extra room to bring goodies home) instead of a rolling cooler but I have seen the rolling soft-sided cooler at JCPenney. We used the cooling box in the room and an ice bucket to keep things cold. Our room steward was great about keeping ice in the bucket. Hope this helps!!!

samily
08-19-2008, 08:44 PM
Yes, you are allowed to carry on your own beverages in your carry ons. Whatever you decide to use needs to be able to fit through the xray machine at security. Also, ice is not allowed. I have seen soft sided coolers sold at stores like Target, Walmart, etc...

Hope this helps - enjoy your cruise!

Forever42
08-19-2008, 09:53 PM
Our limit is just what we think we can drink in a week. :) We bought our rolling cooler at Costco; our local ones (Orlando) carry them in the spring-summer-fall.

Funnygirl2004
08-19-2008, 10:04 PM
We brought a case + of water bottles. Filled a 20 in rolling suitcase, and checked in with our luggage. No problems. We also brought 750 ml/fifth size rum & tequila, wrapped in towels in another bag. No problem.

Even the alcohol we bought in Mexico was allowed in our room - much to my surprise. The only comment was - keep it to three drinks per day :cool1:

CinderALLIE
08-19-2008, 10:12 PM
The best place to get a rolling cooler is on the disney shopping website. I just brought one and it's got a lovely pic of Mickey. Only issue is pull up handle is short for me. have to bend shoulders a couple of centimetres.

Belle de la Bois
08-20-2008, 01:27 AM
We spent the night before our cruise in Orlando so we had time to shop. I bought a flat of 12 1/2 liters of water and slapped my luggage tag on it. When I arrived at the Disney Cruise Line bus at the airport, the driver took my suitcase and the water. The next time I saw them was when I entered my stateroom later that day. I put a few bottles of the water in the in-room beverage cooler and kept replenishing them each day.

I put a bottle of rum in my day bag and mixed up a few drinks during the cruise. However, I still made sure I had the "Drink of the Day" everyday along with other alcoholic beverages. But it was nice to know I could make up my own drinks if I wanted to.

I forgot to mention, we just got off the boat on Thursday. We were on Wonder, 8/10-8/14.

tngal
08-20-2008, 05:58 AM
wow! Great info! thank you everyone for your input and taking the time to answer my question!!

Lisa

Anal Annie
08-20-2008, 07:10 AM
Last month we flew down with an empty carry-on suitcase and prior to the cruise filled it with 1 & 1/2 case beer (in cans so they wouldn't break) and 1/2 case bottled water and 1/5 Captain Morgan (found it in plastic). This way we didn't worry about anything breaking!:thumbsup2 I figured you can't take a cooler with ice in it onboard so no need to pack a rolling cooler - just bring a regular carry-on suitcase so we could use it for souvies on the way home! Well, we DID have the little DCL cooler bag from our last trip so we packed that to bring to the beach. (BTW - those leak - so bring gallon size ziplocks and have your stateroom host fill them with ice for you in the mornings so once the ice melts it's contained.):thumbsup2

dato63
08-20-2008, 07:57 AM
Last month we flew down with an empty carry-on suitcase and prior to the cruise filled it with 1 & 1/2 case beer (in cans so they wouldn't break) and 1/2 case bottled water and 1/5 Captain Morgan (found it in plastic). This way we didn't worry about anything breaking!:thumbsup2 I figured you can't take a cooler with ice in it onboard so no need to pack a rolling cooler - just bring a regular carry-on suitcase so we could use it for souvies on the way home! Well, we DID have the little DCL cooler bag from our last trip so we packed that to bring to the beach. (BTW - those leak - so bring gallon size ziplocks and have your stateroom host fill them with ice for you in the mornings so once the ice melts it's contained.):thumbsup2

That is very helpful. So if you do bring a cooler with drinks - there is no issue at all with getting ice once on board? You just can't bring ice on yourself?

Forever42
08-20-2008, 09:02 AM
That is very helpful. So if you do bring a cooler with drinks - there is no issue at all with getting ice once on board? You just can't bring ice on yourself?

Exactly.

We liked having the rolling soft side cooler because we could zip it during the day and everything stayed very cold.

Plus, we now use it at home ALL the time.

Anal Annie
08-20-2008, 09:40 AM
That is very helpful. So if you do bring a cooler with drinks - there is no issue at all with getting ice once on board? You just can't bring ice on yourself?

We also have a collapsable rolling cooler (like the ones from Costco & Walmart etc.) but when it came time to pack that puppy had to stay home! Even folded down the bottom end was still like 9" thick and it weighed 5 Lbs!! When you're flying in today's world THAT is huge! If you're driving to the port then it's not a big deal. But if you're flying & trying to get everything into 1 bag per person under 50 Lbs it's really, really hard and something's gotta stay behind! Of course, our vacation was 10 days - if you're ONLY doing a 3 or 4 n cruise then you won't be bringing as much so you would have more flexibility. It depends on your whole trip length how much room / weight you can afford to bring. For me, the rolling cooler would've wasted precious space & weight. We got along fine with our little folding DCL cooler bag that mashes down into NOTHING to pack and probably only weighs 1/2 Lb. I worked out a deal with our stateroom host where I would just hang the big ziplock bag on the outside of our door handle in the mornings and when he came on duty at 8:00 am he would swing by & grab it & go fill it with ice & bring it back!:thumbsup2

dato63
08-20-2008, 09:45 AM
We also have a collapsable rolling cooler (like the ones from Costco & Walmart etc.) but when it came time to pack that puppy had to stay home! Even folded down the bottom end was still like 9" thick and it weighed 5 Lbs!! When you're flying in today's world THAT is huge! If you're driving to the port then it's not a big deal. But if you're flying & trying to get everything into 1 bag per person under 50 Lbs it's really, really hard and something's gotta stay behind! Of course, our vacation was 10 days - if you're ONLY doing a 3 or 4 n cruise then you won't be bringing as much so you would have more flexibility. It depends on your whole trip length how much room / weight you can afford to bring. For me, the rolling cooler would've wasted precious space & weight. We got along fine with our little folding DCL cooler bag that mashes down into NOTHING to pack and probably only weighs 1/2 Lb. I worked out a deal with our stateroom host where I would just hang the big ziplock bag on the outside of our door handle in the mornings and when he came on duty at 8:00 am he would swing by & grab it & go fill it with ice & bring it back!:thumbsup2

The FAQ section of the Disney Cruise site says you can not bring coolers on to the ship. Is it only collapsable/soft sided ones that are allowed? We are about 15 hours away from the Orlando area and driving for this first vacation - will have to see how that goes to know if we will drive in the future. :) I hope it goes well enough as right now it is still easier on the budget than 4 airline tickets.

karibritt01
08-20-2008, 10:33 AM
I found my cooler at Wal-Mart for $20. It is 40 can size and has wheels. I plan to keep beer in that, then keep soda, water, milk in the cooler in the room. DH likes his beer really cold, so I figured it will be best kept in ice.

JungleJim
08-20-2008, 10:50 AM
I was sorry that I brought a soft sided cooler. I was convinced by comments here that the frig in the cabin would not keep beverages cold enough. Well....that frig did a great job at keeping beer and water cold. I took out some of the shelved to make more room.


We ended up getting most of our drinks from the bars around the ship. The prices really weren't that bad. If you plan on drinking heavily, please don't take a Disney cruise (there are other cruise for that type of trip).

karibritt01
08-20-2008, 10:59 AM
I was sorry that I brought a soft sided cooler. I was convinced by comments here that the frig in the cabin would not keep beverages cold enough. Well....that frig did a great job at keeping beer and water cold. I took out some of the shelved to make more room.


We ended up getting most of our drinks from the bars around the ship. The prices really weren't that bad. If you plan on drinking heavily, please don't take a Disney cruise (there are other cruise for that type of trip).

That's interesting about the fridge... I was told it would keep things cool if they were put in cold, but would not cool things. But... we'll have our cooler anyway from our WDW days before the cruise, so no biggie for us.

My thing is, while we don't plan to drink heavily, we have a verandah. I want to be able to sit and relax with drinks without having to go to the drink station or bar first. Not heavy drinkers... just lazy ones! :lmao:

tngal
08-20-2008, 02:24 PM
not planning on any heavy drinking,just asking for info because I don't wish to pay their prices for beer and drink a specific kind. Thats all..

scottb8888
08-20-2008, 02:33 PM
So is the soft sided cooler better than a small suit case? At walmart, any idea of brand or part number??

daisy112878
08-20-2008, 03:05 PM
We have a disney soft sided rolling cooler (got it from disney website) that we use as our carry-on on the plane and on the cruise. For the plane ride we have our books, mags, ipods etc in it. Then we go to publix near the port to get drinks for the cruise.

Also the 2 cruises we've been on the cooler in the room did not keep anything cold. We tried it the first day both cruises then asked our room host to keep a bag of ice in the cooler for us.

Funnygirl2004
08-20-2008, 10:40 PM
We had to request a real "fridge" as my husband is a diabetic, and the beverage cooler was not cold enough. Fortunately we were able to get one after we left port (request ahead of time) and it kept things nice & cold.

Once we got an ice bucket from room service and set up our in room bar (on the shelf with the ledge & barrier) our state room host kept it stocked.

mmouse37
08-21-2008, 07:57 AM
not planning on any heavy drinking,just asking for info because I don't wish to pay their prices for beer and drink a specific kind. Thats all..

Their drink prices onboard are very reasonable....cheaper than a drink at a bar on land.

If you want to bring a specific brand onboard you sure can....Disney asks (at least at Port Canaveral) to NOT give the beverages to the porters to take to your room. Disney wants any beverages brought onboard to be in your CARRYONS.

I think this is a small request from DCL and should be followed. the perk of bringing your own stuff onboard is huge and I would hate to see it taken away because people were not following the guidelines. Stuff should be in your carryons, not checked in with your luggage.

TCups4Me
08-22-2008, 09:11 AM
After DH dropped me off at the port to check in, he left to return the rental and bought a 12 pack of water while he was out. Then we just carried it on board with us and replenished them in the fridge as we needed them. They stayed plenty cold.

bawsmom
08-22-2008, 09:55 AM
just to want to make sure i understand....
the rolling soft-sided cooler needs to be able to fit through the x-ray machine with the carry-ons? you don't roll it through with you?

does anyone have any dimensions? my cooler will prob fit... it just looks bigger than my carry on.:)

Forever42
08-22-2008, 10:08 AM
This one is close to mine, I think it's the newer model:

http://www.californiainnovations.com/products/ci/coolers/rolling-cooler-with-detachable-personal-cooler-and-all-terrain-cart/

Dimensions: 14" x 14.25" x 14.25"
35.56cm x 36.20cm x 36.20cm

Edit:

At home I have the FUNNIEST picture of someone in the terminal, holding a plastic gallon bottle of water with a luggage tag on it. I'll have to remember to post it.

http://img55.imageshack.us/img55/9760/cimg1259hf4.jpg

VIKKIGZ
09-22-2008, 03:38 PM
Thanks for the info:thumbsup2

keishashadow
09-22-2008, 05:15 PM
This one is close to mine, I think it's the newer model:

http://www.californiainnovations.com/products/ci/coolers/rolling-cooler-with-detachable-personal-cooler-and-all-terrain-cart/

Dimensions: 14" x 14.25" x 14.25"
35.56cm x 36.20cm x 36.20cm

Edit:

At home I have the FUNNIEST picture of someone in the terminal, holding a plastic gallon bottle of water with a luggage tag on it. I'll have to remember to post it.

http://img55.imageshack.us/img55/9760/cimg1259hf4.jpg

or vodka in disguise;) ;)

i found a sim cooler w/mesh bag for wet beach gear @ SAMS club, around $20 - $25 as i recall...used it this summer @ Cedar Point, leaving it in SUV all day...water/pop was still cold the next day:)

VAgal76
09-22-2008, 07:00 PM
We spent the night before our cruise in Orlando so we had time to shop. I bought a flat of 12 1/2 liters of water and slapped my luggage tag on it. When I arrived at the Disney Cruise Line bus at the airport, the driver took my suitcase and the water. The next time I saw them was when I entered my stateroom later that day. I put a few bottles of the water in the in-room beverage cooler and kept replenishing them each day.

I put a bottle of rum in my day bag and mixed up a few drinks during the cruise. However, I still made sure I had the "Drink of the Day" everyday along with other alcoholic beverages. But it was nice to know I could make up my own drinks if I wanted to.

I forgot to mention, we just got off the boat on Thursday. We were on Wonder, 8/10-8/14.

So they are taking cases of water w/the luggage tags on them? I don't have to use a rolling cooler or put it in my carry on? I thought I read somewhere they were no longer allowing, but I would be stoked that they still are! :teeth:

P.S. I think luggage tag on carry on items is a bit of overkill. ;)

PenskeSth1
09-22-2008, 07:34 PM
We do bring a soft sided cooler ( I picked up at Sam's club) we put 2 bottles of our favorite wine and some 100% juice boxes in there too. I found that the cooler works great to pack souvies in when leaving the ship. (mind you we don't have to fly so that is a whole new problem). So the roll on cooler works as a suitcase too. (At least for us.):thumbsup2

sfven
09-22-2008, 11:44 PM
If I bring beer in glass bottles, will I need to pour them into a cup to drink? If so, where do I get cups?

Anal Annie
09-23-2008, 07:12 AM
If I bring beer in glass bottles, will I need to pour them into a cup to drink? If so, where do I get cups?

We made sure not to pack glass...we brought cans. You really shouldn't take glass onto the beach or to the pools. DCL will provide plastic bottles on CC and the drink glasses by the pool will be plastic. Glass is an accident waiting to happen. I packed a can huggie thing tho for DH's beer cans....or they sell them on the ship so you can buy one as a souvie. (I didn't see the bottle ones tho, only for cans.) The cups at the drink station are paper but you can always ask for a glass though from your room steward or from a bar....

Eeyore'sthebest
09-23-2008, 07:25 AM
Can I ask why people bring bottled water?
I can see needing it for the shore excursions but can't you drink the tap water?
I drink A LOT of water everyday. I don't think I can carry enough water on board for the entire week. I can easily drink 7 or 8 16oz bottles a day. That doesn't even include my family. I'd hate to have to bring that much water.

VAgal76
09-23-2008, 08:01 AM
I take bottled water because the ship's water has a lot of sodium in it. Totally drinkable and fine, but some need to watch that. Plus, I like being able to take my own water off the ship. DCL is nice enough to provide bottled water if your on one of their excursions. I don't like drinking water from a bathroom sink. So, yes, I like having bottled water in my room to consume. I'll fully admit that I'm too lazy to go to another deck to grab a glass of water.

Different strokes for different folks. :)

Has anyone else just slapped a tag on your water case to be sent with luggage? :confused3

sfven
09-23-2008, 03:02 PM
We made sure not to pack glass...we brought cans. You really shouldn't take glass onto the beach or to the pools. DCL will provide plastic bottles on CC and the drink glasses by the pool will be plastic. Glass is an accident waiting to happen. I packed a can huggie thing tho for DH's beer cans....or they sell them on the ship so you can buy one as a souvie. (I didn't see the bottle ones tho, only for cans.) The cups at the drink station are paper but you can always ask for a glass though from your room steward or from a bar....


The particular beer I'm bringing only comes in bottles, which is why I was wondering about getting cups. I'd rather not drink from the glass bottle or get a glass cup; are the plastic cups by the pool just out to use or do I need to buy a drink to get one?

OurDogCisco
09-23-2008, 07:58 PM
I wished Disney just had filtered water. Honestly... with airlines charging for extra bags I don't see how this is saving you money. Right now, I'm flying Continental to Orlando and they are charging for the 1st bag. So, I gotta be careful what I pack which means my overflow is gonna go on my rolling case. So, that doesn't leave me enough room for the water & beer. Then, when I land I'd have to go to the store and buy a rolling suitcase to fill and then, by the water and beer. Is it really gonna save me money?

Also, I'm really starting to think about being GREEN. I'm ready to ban plastic bottles from my house. Now, if you have medical reasons, that is different but otherwise I just don't see the point any more. So, that's why I wished DCL had filtered water!

brucechase
09-24-2008, 05:54 AM
Has anyone else just slapped a tag on your water case to be sent with luggage? :confused3

Does this still work? Has anyone done this?
I plan on taking 2 cases of water and even though I will put them in roll-ons if I have to, it would be better if they could be sent right to the room.

OurDogCisco
09-24-2008, 12:16 PM
Does this still work? Has anyone done this?
I plan on taking 2 cases of water and even though I will put them in roll-ons if I have to, it would be better if they could be sent right to the room. The new rule is that it has to be in roll-on suitcase.

brucechase
09-24-2008, 12:56 PM
Is this in the FAQ or some other place? I did not get any documents from DCL and was just curious on where this is at.

VAgal76
09-25-2008, 06:08 AM
The new rule is that it has to be in roll-on suitcase.

That's what I thought I'd read, but another poster said she did this on her recent Aug cruise and they allowed her just to slap the tag on to be sent with her luggage. That would be easier.

mom2two2
09-25-2008, 11:25 AM
Ok, so if I am flying in the night before, I can bring just my reg luggage on the flight. Stay overnight and maybe get case of bottled water that night or in the AM before heading to the ship. Does anyone know if any of the hotels near the port have a Walmart or something nearby? I could easily grab bottled water and/or a soft sided cooler there.

Does the cooler/suitcase have to be on wheels?

And is it only beer and water or can you bring coolers or other alcohol on this way? :thumbsup2

I am surprised that they let us bring any of it at all....

mom2two2

Suzanne74
09-25-2008, 12:01 PM
Okay - I am glad I found this post. I was initially planning on bringing a 12pk of water but I read this on the cruise website...

Can coolers and/or food items be brought onboard?

Coolers are not permitted except for those needed for medications, baby food or items related to dietary constraints. Items must be pre-packaged, unopened and cannot require any food prep from the kitchen. Coolers filled with personal items (e.g. soda, chips, candy, etc.) may not be brought onboard. Homemade items or pre-cooked items purchased on the way to the ship will not be allowed to be brought aboard. Also, open bags or containers of snack items should not be brought aboard. All items will need to be stored in the stateroom; the ship's storage and/or refrigeration are not available to use.

Do they just not enforce this?

Also, if they do allow you to bring closed drinks on, how about a bottle or two of wine? DH and I would love to drink some on the verandah after DD goes to bed. On RCCL we did this and it was great.

By the way, on RCCL, all the poolside souvenier glasses were glass and there were bottled beer and wine glasses as well. If there is no glass allowed what does everyone drink out of? Plastic cups? :crazy2: Yuck. I am not a snob but if I am paying good money for a cruise, I want to drink wine out of a wine glass and beer from a bottle or pilsner glass. It isn't a frat house afterall.

brucechase
09-25-2008, 12:12 PM
Okay - I am glad I found this post. I was initially planning on bringing a 12pk of water but I read this on the cruise website...

Can coolers and/or food items be brought onboard?

Coolers are not permitted except for those needed for medications, baby food or items related to dietary constraints. Items must be pre-packaged, unopened and cannot require any food prep from the kitchen. Coolers filled with personal items (e.g. soda, chips, candy, etc.) may not be brought onboard. Homemade items or pre-cooked items purchased on the way to the ship will not be allowed to be brought aboard. Also, open bags or containers of snack items should not be brought aboard. All items will need to be stored in the stateroom; the ship's storage and/or refrigeration are not available to use.

Do they just not enforce this?

Also, if they do allow you to bring closed drinks on, how about a bottle or two of wine? DH and I would love to drink some on the verandah after DD goes to bed. On RCCL we did this and it was great.

By the way, on RCCL, all the poolside souvenier glasses were glass and there were bottled beer and wine glasses as well. If there is no glass allowed what does everyone drink out of? Plastic cups? :crazy2: Yuck. I am not a snob but if I am paying good money for a cruise, I want to drink wine out of a wine glass and beer from a bottle or pilsner glass. It isn't a frat house afterall.

Never been on a cruise before so I can address some things. The quote says Coolers filled with personal items (e.g. soda, chips, candy, etc.) may not be brought onboard. Taken literally, it doesn't say you can't bring on stuff, just not in COOLERS.:confused3

I have read that you can bring wine and alcohol onboard, again not in coolers. They will let you bring in wine and charge a "corking" if you want it for dinner. As for the glass, I have never been to a pool where they allow glass. If something were to break and get in the pool, it would be near impossible to see and would end in disasterous results. With all the children that Disney caters to, I would expect this would be a good possibility. I have no problem with a no glass by the pool rule (if there is one).

My original question is it says you can't pack beverages in coolers. If I have 2 sealed cases of water, will they just put a luggage tag on it and take it to the room. Many have said no, and a couple have said they've done this. A case of water is very durable, I've seen these thrown around in the back of semis without ever breaking. I will put it in a roll on bag if that is required, but it would help out if they delivered.

Anyone just put a luggage tag on it and have it delivered to the room?

VAgal76
09-25-2008, 04:28 PM
You will see plenty of the soft sided collaspible coolers in the terminal. Just do not put ice in it so it can go through the x-ray machine. I put a luggage tag on my soft sided cooler to be taken with my luggage. I had no glass in there to worry about.

Still hoping someone can confirm luggage tag on case of water is okie dokie. :rolleyes1

There's nothing within walking distance of the airport. If you are staying at the neighboring airport hotels it might be just a quick cab ride away but you might be eating up your savings. This is not always reliable, but if you follow up it might be a good way to do it. Sign up for Staples point member thingie. You'll get free shipping. They "lost" my water order before, but others have been successful. Have it sent to your hotel ahead of time noting your reservation and dates. Then just call the front desk.