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itutorfortravel
01-18-2009, 03:25 PM
Our family drinks a lot of water...I mean ALOT! So we would like to take some bottled water on board to save on buying it on the ship (and prefer spring water to tap)...

My question is can we pack a case of water in our checked bags? We are driving so weight with the airlines is not an issue. Unless there is a weight restriction for checked bags on the cruise, I'd rather pack it in my checked bag than to lug it around with me for a few hours when we board. I'm thinking of packing a 15 count case in either 2 or 3 of our bags...

unionville
01-18-2009, 03:27 PM
We wrapped packing tape around the sides and slapped on a luggage tag. The porter delivered it to our room. Easy as that! Now I know that some people are saying this won't work, so maybe someone that has tried it recently will give you an update. We were able to use this method on the Mexican Riviera cruise this past summer.

itutorfortravel
01-18-2009, 03:28 PM
We wrapped packing tape around the sides and slapped on a luggage tag. The porter delivered it to our room. Easy as that! Now I know that some people are saying this won't work, so maybe someone that has tried it recently will give you an update. We were able to use this method on the Mexican Riviera cruise this past summer.

Yep, I've also heard that doesn't always work too...and I'd hate to carry the h2o all the way down there only to not be able to take it. that's why i was thinking of just going ahead and packing it in my checked luggage if dcl is okay with that.

unionville
01-18-2009, 03:31 PM
They won't care if you pack it, but you might want to place the bottles in one or two of those large ziplock bags - just in case! That's what we did when we flew to Yellowstone at Christmas. We didn't have any trouble at all - and that was on an airplane.

itutorfortravel
01-18-2009, 03:33 PM
They won't care if you pack it, but you might want to place the bottles in one or two of those large ziplock bags - just in case! That's what we did when we flew to Yellowstone at Christmas. We didn't have any trouble at all - and that was on an airplane.

Great! That is what we will do then...thanks!

By the way unionville, how is your school year going? I've been busy!

msec
01-18-2009, 03:33 PM
On our Magic Cruise on 12/27/08 - we brought a case of water with us and the porter taking our bags just put a tag on it with our roon number and it was delivered to our room with the rest of our luggage :)

unionville
01-18-2009, 03:38 PM
Great! That is what we will do then...thanks!

By the way unionville, how is your school year going? I've been busy!

School year has been quite busy. With exams next week I'm sure you have been doing lots and lots of tutoring! More money for Disney, right???

Based on the previous reply, it looks like the luggage tag on a case of water is still working. Happy trip planning! I wish we could decide what we want to do next so I could get to planning.....

rtphokie
01-18-2009, 03:41 PM
Our family drinks a lot of water...I mean ALOT! So we would like to take some bottled water on board to save on buying it on the ship (and prefer spring water to tap)...

My question is can we pack a case of water in our checked bags? We are driving so weight with the airlines is not an issue. Unless there is a weight restriction for checked bags on the cruise, I'd rather pack it in my checked bag than to lug it around with me for a few hours when we board. I'm thinking of packing a 15 count case in either 2 or 3 of our bags...

We just returned from our 5th cruise (2 on Carnival, 2 on RCL, 1 on Disney). The last 3 of them we've bought a case of water on the way to the port,stuck it in a duffle bag, and checked it at the port. It shows up like any other luggage. As long as you tip the porters I dont think they'll think twice about it.

RCL charges $3.50 per bottle of water (conveniently placed in your cabin or at the gangway as you leave in each port) and I suspect Disney charges something similar. I paid $3.50 for a case of 24 at Publix in Coco beach. That paid for the 1 way car rental from MCO to the port.

itutorfortravel
01-18-2009, 03:46 PM
School year has been quite busy. With exams next week I'm sure you have been doing lots and lots of tutoring! More money for Disney, right???

Based on the previous reply, it looks like the luggage tag on a case of water is still working. Happy trip planning! I wish we could decide what we want to do next so I could get to planning.....

Yes, tutoring has been busy, especially last week...this week will be a little lighter since some kids' exams don't align with their exam dates...no need in being tutored once the exam is over! Hope your exams and finalizing your grades goes smoothly.

Oh my gosh, we couldn't decide for the longest time what to do for our vacation. We've been all over the 2009 calendar (and even into 2010) trying to pinpoint a time to go! LOL! :p Glad the PIF date is rapidly approaching so I cannot be fickle any longer...this time it's really happening YEA! :cheer2:

ok, i'm getting OT, so let me just say thanks to everyone for the input. i'm starting to make a list of notes and this was one thing i needed to know...

nokidz
01-18-2009, 06:54 PM
On our last cruise, this past Oct, we put a case of water in a smaller rolling suitcase and checked it at the Port. When the water is gone, we now have a empty suitcase to put laundry or souveniers in.

lbgraves
01-18-2009, 08:10 PM
They won't care if you pack it, but you might want to place the bottles in one or two of those large ziplock bags - just in case! That's what we did when we flew to Yellowstone at Christmas. We didn't have any trouble at all - and that was on an airplane.

Great! That is what we will do then...thanks!

By the way unionville, how is your school year going? I've been busy!

Actually they do care if you pack it. They put in force specific rules regarding liquids last year.

Please be aware that any fragile items and beverages
must be hand-carried onboard in a day bag and/or carry-on, which cannot
exceed 22" wide, 14" high and 9" deep.

They also stopped accepting packages shipped to the warehouse before the cruise containing any liquids at all. You used to be able to order a case of water from Staples and have it shipped directly to the ship for example.

Not all porters will accept the water depending on if they have been talked to by DCL, so don't be upset if the one who helps you at the port says they cannot accept it. You are taking a chance by packing liquids in suitcases. I have heard of several people who have been paged by DCL after they were on the ship and had to reenter the terminal to claim their beverages. They probably implemented this new rule because of too many instances of breakage/leaking. When something like that leaks it is not restricted to just the person's luggage who packed it. Anyone around them is at risk to have their clothing ruined before they even board the ship. That is not the way to start a vacation on DCL.

Softsided rolling coolers make it very easy to take any beverages onboard with you.

angelkk
01-18-2009, 08:18 PM
I just returned from Magic yesterday. Our porter told us that due to the new policy, he could not take water for us, instead he asked us to carry onboard ourselves.

Not sure if it is about tipping (we gave him $20 for 4 pieces of luggages) or what, but I knew that other porters still accept cases of water.

lbgraves
01-18-2009, 08:40 PM
Like I posted, you cannot fault the porters. The ones who follow the policy are just doing their job. I seriously doubt that his refusal was because of the tip...in fact it may have convinced other porters to not go by the policy since that was VERY generous.

PenskeSth1
01-18-2009, 09:22 PM
Not to be a Scrooge, I wish DCL would enforce the no drinks packed in checked luggage! I was one of the casualties of someone packing liquor or whatever in their checked luggage on our recent Dec cruise. When I received my luggage all my clothes were swimming in someones favorite liquid. So I spent part of my first night on the cruise washing my clothes. Not exactly what I call fun.:rolleyes:

Pansy
01-18-2009, 10:00 PM
In Key West we brought a 12 pack of cokes on board. Asked to keep a ice bucket in the room and saved that money :cool1:

I wish DCL would enforce "No one under 18" in the adult section but I don't see that happening :lmao:

lbgraves
01-18-2009, 10:12 PM
Not to be a Scrooge, I wish DCL would enforce the no drinks packed in checked luggage! I was one of the casualties of someone packing liquor or whatever in their checked luggage on our recent Dec cruise. When I received my luggage all my clothes were swimming in someones favorite liquid. So I spent part of my first night on the cruise washing my clothes. Not exactly what I call fun.:rolleyes:

I have to agree with you! How terrible! :( Did you contact GS to see if they would clean your clothes for you? This is exactly why anyone who thinks that they can "just get away with it" should not try to.

lbgraves
01-18-2009, 10:13 PM
In Key West we brought a 12 pack of cokes on board. Asked to keep a ice bucket in the room and saved that money :cool1:

I wish DCL would enforce "No one under 18" in the adult section but I don't see that happening :lmao:



On 5 cruises that is one thing that we have not observed being a problem. The CMs have ushered anyone out of the area pretty quickly. Were the CMs on your cruises not willing to do that?

itutorfortravel
01-19-2009, 06:53 AM
okay, so maybe we will just carry on a small case of water and buy it onboard - UGH! we drink a lot of water!!! how much is a case of water on board? we just want regular spring water, don't need anything fancy like evian...

nokidz
01-19-2009, 07:09 AM
okay, so maybe we will just carry on a small case of water and buy it onboard - UGH! we drink a lot of water!!! how much is a case of water on board? we just want regular spring water, don't need anything fancy like evian...

the bottled water onboard is Evian and it is something like $34 for a case. So I will bring bottled water in a small rolling suitcase. I will check it if the Porter allows it, if not I will take it as a carry-on.

Inkmahm
01-19-2009, 07:21 AM
As long as I can bring the water on in a rolling case, I don't care if my case of water comes with me on the ship or the porter takes it. But for a week long cruise, I'm bringing a case with me. Prices are way too high to buy it on the ship.

anijac1412
01-19-2009, 07:31 AM
Okay I need suggestions. We're going on a 3-day, leaving town in 2 days... We're flying down to Orlando and we're not bringing ANY checked luggage on the plane. We just have two carry-ons each, following the allowed dimensions and weight for each (we're only 2 people and we pack light!)

The only downfall to our plan was that we can no longer bring water with us! However we are staying at the Hyatt the night before and taking the DME to the port next morning... Is there anywhere IN the Orlando airport where we can buy a few bottles of water for a reasonable price, that we can throw into our carry on for the length of the cruise?

Thanks!!

scottie
01-19-2009, 08:01 AM
Okay I need suggestions. We're going on a 3-day, leaving town in 2 days... We're flying down to Orlando and we're not bringing ANY checked luggage on the plane. We just have two carry-ons each, following the allowed dimensions and weight for each (we're only 2 people and we pack light!)

The only downfall to our plan was that we can no longer bring water with us! However we are staying at the Hyatt the night before and taking the DME to the port next morning... Is there anywhere IN the Orlando airport where we can buy a few bottles of water for a reasonable price, that we can throw into our carry on for the length of the cruise?

Thanks!!


We will be staying at the Hyatt too the night before (I think) and I am guessing we can grab a couple of bottles if we want from somehere like the McDonalds or another fast food stand inside MCO. I know it will cost more then buying at a grocery store, but I will be prepared for that. Maybe someone knows a hidden spot in the airport for the best price on bottled water? :scratchin

anijac1412
01-19-2009, 09:10 AM
Oh yes, any tips would be appreciated!

McDonalds... didn't think of that! How much does bottled water run for at McD's?

scottie
01-19-2009, 09:40 AM
Oh yes, any tips would be appreciated!

McDonalds... didn't think of that! How much does bottled water run for at McD's?

I think locally I pay about $1.29 for the 16.9 oz bottle they sell. Not sure of the MCO price. There are a few other restaurants in the food court area inside the airport so I guess we could price shop :)

plutoNme
01-19-2009, 10:14 PM
when we went in October, we took 2 cases of water on board without a problem. The porter took them without a comment. He just wrapped a piece of tape around them so they would not open up and slapped a luggage tag and off they went.

PorterBob
01-20-2009, 07:09 AM
Just to clear up any confusion on our end. They made it very clear at our last company meeting that we are NOT to take any beer, water, soda, etc. unless it is packed in luggage. They are really coming down hard on the Porters they are catching accepting these items. Do like some suggest and bring it in a small bag you can use for souvenirs later

scottie
01-20-2009, 07:14 AM
Just to clear up any confusion on our end. They made it very clear at our last company meeting that we are NOT to take any beer, water, soda, etc. unless it is packed in luggage. They are really coming down hard on the Porters they are catching accepting these items. Do like some suggest and bring it in a small bag you can use for souvenirs later

Thanks for the latest news! :thumbsup2 Just so I am clear, if we bring a case of water still in the packaging (and maybe wrapped again in some more saran wrap for spillage safety) and place it in say a duffle bag or small suitcase, the porter can take it and not be breaking any DCL policies?

Pansy
01-20-2009, 07:16 AM
On 5 cruises that is one thing that we have not observed being a problem. The CMs have ushered anyone out of the area pretty quickly. Were the CMs on your cruises not willing to do that?

CM's just watched kids roam through the areas. Some were with parents and others just on their own.

itutorfortravel
01-20-2009, 07:18 AM
Just to clear up any confusion on our end. They made it very clear at our last company meeting that we are NOT to take any beer, water, soda, etc. unless it is packed in luggage. They are really coming down hard on the Porters they are catching accepting these items. Do like some suggest and bring it in a small bag you can use for souvenirs later

hey, are you a porter at the terminal? if so, thanks for the info :thumbsup2 and like the PP asked, does that mean we can pack it in a suitcase? i am really confused on this issue. i had read earlier in this thread that if you pack it in your suitcase that you run the risk of being called off the ship to claim your bag and go through check in again...I don't want to risk that!

lbgraves
01-20-2009, 07:34 AM
PorterBob...thank you for the update though I don't understand why they have changed their policy yet again and IMO this is even worse! Now they are encouraging people to pack liquids and noone is supposed to know they are in the bags? That is a terrible accident just waiting to happen like the poor person who got liquer soaked luggage. If that happens to us I will be taking my ruined luggage and clothing down to GS and insisting that DCL covers the cost to clean everything in that bag. I am not usually one to do something like that but I would be livid if that happened to us because DCL is now encouraging people to stash liquids in their luggage.

pgsahm2
01-20-2009, 08:47 AM
Now I'm really confused. We'll be on the Magic in less than 3 weeks so I need to know ASAP what to do about water. I was going to do the packing tape around the water package and then a label on top but it looks like we can't now. I'd like to avoid dragging it onboard with us, but if we must, then we must. I also don't want to get any of the porters in trouble for taking something they aren't supposed to...

What should we do?

mousetravel
01-20-2009, 10:45 AM
We did this on another cruise and am planning on doing it on the Disney Cruise:

To avoid a spillage, I take a few canned or bottled drinks & put them in the gallon size ziplock bags DOUBLED. They make the soft drinks & water bottles in a smaller size now that are easy to put inside a ziplock bag, then put in your luggage.

loveysbydesign
01-20-2009, 12:54 PM
Can we bring it in a soft-sided rolling cooler? If so does that count as a piece of "checked" luggage? Is there a limit as to how many pieces of luggage per person?

PorterBob
01-20-2009, 01:23 PM
I wouldn't say they are changing a policy, they are just enforcing it now. If I remember correctly we were never supposed to accept any of that type of stuff to begin with. Didn't want to start a debate on how it should be taken on, just didn't want folks to be disappointed when they got here and couldn't check in water etc..

mrsnesbit
03-11-2009, 09:07 PM
Hey Itutorfortravel,
I am also a math tutor! Are you in FL? We love cruising with Disney and are going April 25th. I hope all works out well for your water. We are planning to bring at least a case so I guess we will be packing it into a suitcase. And a little off topic, is it okay to carry on liquor?

lbgraves
03-12-2009, 06:02 AM
Hey Itutorfortravel,
I am also a math tutor! Are you in FL? We love cruising with Disney and are going April 25th. I hope all works out well for your water. We are planning to bring at least a case so I guess we will be packing it into a suitcase. And a little off topic, is it okay to carry on liquor?

Yes, you can take any liquid even liquor onboard in your carryon or rolling softsided cooler.

mmouse37
03-12-2009, 06:26 AM
In this whole thread I didn't see any mention of how GREAT the water is onboard. The water in the dining rooms is fantastic and the water from the beverage station on Deck 9 is just as good. It is something like triple filtered and has no "tap" taste. There is no aftertaste whatsoever...just pure, clean water just as good or better than bottled water (which I sometimes think does have a plastic taste).

What I usually do is bring one bottle of water to refill and take with me around the ship. I would not lug a case of water onboard. I would bring bottles of wine or other beverages (in my rolling carryon), but not water.

You could also get a pitcher of ice cold water delivered to your cabin at any time from room service.

MJ

lbgraves
03-12-2009, 06:35 AM
In this whole thread I didn't see any mention of how GREAT the water is onboard. The water in the dining rooms is
You could also get a pitcher of ice cold water delivered to your cabin at any time from room service.

MJ

Now that is something I never thought about! :) Will have to do that next cruise since I have given up soda.

patsal
03-12-2009, 06:42 AM
In this whole thread I didn't see any mention of how GREAT the water is onboard. The water in the dining rooms is fantastic and the water from the beverage station on Deck 9 is just as good. It is something like triple filtered and has no "tap" taste. There is no aftertaste whatsoever...just pure, clean water just as good or better than bottled water (which I sometimes think does have a plastic taste).

What I usually do is bring one bottle of water to refill and take with me around the ship. I would not lug a case of water onboard. I would bring bottles of wine or other beverages (in my rolling carryon), but not water.

You could also get a pitcher of ice cold water delivered to your cabin at any time from room service.

MJ

Exactly what we do as well. We have refillable water bottles that we bring and we use a cup from the beverage island to refill our bottles. Much lighter to lug empty 4 empty bottles than to lug cases of water. Plus it leave more room for my wine!

loveysbydesign
03-12-2009, 07:17 AM
We're now planning on bringing our BPA free Polar insulated water bottles with us to keep filled for on and off the ship! I got a great price for them on amazon.

dta87
03-12-2009, 07:24 AM
Please be aware that any fragile items and beverages
must be hand-carried onboard in a day bag and/or carry-on, which cannot
exceed 22" wide, 14" high and 9" deep.

Softsided rolling coolers make it very easy to take any beverages onboard with you.

Lisa

Do you think this cooler will work even though they state the dimensions as 14 1/2'' H x 14'' W x 13 1/2'' D? I know more than a few DISers are getting this just based upon this thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2102439 I guess if you do not pack it all the way you could smash it down to 9" deep.

Here's the one I got from Disneyoutlet dot com on clearance for $14.99

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l234/rarab998/IMG_2457.jpg

I also got the pop up hamper next to it on the same website, both are for our cruise.

FYI the price is 19.99 now.

mmouse37
03-12-2009, 08:00 AM
Lisa

Do you think this cooler will work even though they state the dimensions as 14 1/2'' H x 14'' W x 13 1/2'' D? I know more than a few DISers are getting this just based upon this thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2102439 I guess if you do not pack it all the way you could smash it down to 9" deep.



FYI the price is 19.99 now.

I think that would fit....

Jodi
03-12-2009, 11:11 AM
Guys, I've gotta chime in here & agree with mmouse37.

Definitely bring refillable water bottles with you on board & forget about dragging bottled water with you. We were just on the Magic in February & the water was superb! And that's coming from a water-snob. It was the only thing I drank the entire cruise (well, maybe there were a couple margaritas thrown in there somewhere ;) ).