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littlemamma
08-14-2012, 12:54 PM
My family and I are planning our first Disney Cruise for next spring, and even though I've been to WDW multiple times + know TONS about Disney....I have to admit, I know nothing about DCL. Also, if there is a thread that describes this please direct me....I searched but came back with an insane amount of posts!

One of my biggest questions is the beverage situation on-board. I've heard multiple answers, and I'm hoping to clear it up once and for all...

What's included on-board beverage wise? And is there only specific areas that drinks are included (ex dining rooms)? I've heard that at meals sodas and all are included, but poolside, rooms, etc, you have to pay? Is that true? Or is it included wherever you are on the ship?

Also, what's the deal with alcohol? I've gathered that you can pay per drink...but are there any alcohol plans available? Is it wine or beer only? Or is there something similar to like an all-inclusive resort where any alcohol is included?

solfan68
08-14-2012, 01:08 PM
My family and I are planning our first Disney Cruise for next spring, and even though I've been to WDW multiple times + know TONS about Disney....I have to admit, I know nothing about DCL. Also, if there is a thread that describes this please direct me....I searched but came back with an insane amount of posts!

One of my biggest questions is the beverage situation on-board. I've heard multiple answers, and I'm hoping to clear it up once and for all...

What's included on-board beverage wise? And is there only specific areas that drinks are included (ex dining rooms)? I've heard that at meals sodas and all are included, but poolside, rooms, etc, you have to pay? Is that true? Or is it included wherever you are on the ship?

Also, what's the deal with alcohol? I've gathered that you can pay per drink...but are there any alcohol plans available? Is it wine or beer only? Or is there something similar to like an all-inclusive resort where any alcohol is included?

Some info for ya, as we were just on the Dream last week. Free drinks from the stations poolside... Coke products, Pink Lemonade, Iced Tea. This mix is also available for free while on Castaway Cay at Cookies. Most non-alcoholic beverages are also free in the dining room.

As far as alcohol goes... poolside, there is beer and mixed drinks which get charged to your KTTW card/room. Didn't do a whole lot of this, but one afternoon the wife and I got a drink late in the afternoon once they had gone to 2 for the price of 1. $12 for one seemed a bit much, but not so bad for a pair. And you do get to keep the DCL glass. You could also get the poolside mix of alcohol and beer while eating at the Cabanas buffet.

Some of our party did share the cost of a 'wine package' that they bought into the first meal and stretched out over our other meals. Don't know what that set them back. There were also mixed drinks featured (at cost) in each MDR menu for dinner. HTH.

PrincessShmoo
08-14-2012, 01:53 PM
My family and I are planning our first Disney Cruise for next spring, and even though I've been to WDW multiple times + know TONS about Disney....I have to admit, I know nothing about DCL. Also, if there is a thread that describes this please direct me....I searched but came back with an insane amount of posts!

One of my biggest questions is the beverage situation on-board. I've heard multiple answers, and I'm hoping to clear it up once and for all...

What's included on-board beverage wise? And is there only specific areas that drinks are included (ex dining rooms)? I've heard that at meals sodas and all are included, but poolside, rooms, etc, you have to pay? Is that true? Or is it included wherever you are on the ship?

Also, what's the deal with alcohol? I've gathered that you can pay per drink...but are there any alcohol plans available? Is it wine or beer only? Or is there something similar to like an all-inclusive resort where any alcohol is included?

Onboard, sodas, water, tea, coffee, milk are included in your cruisefare at the 24/7 drink station as well as at meals.

Drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) that you get from bars/lounges, poolside servers, and outside the theatres have a fee, plus 15% gratutity included.

Sodas, and packaged snacks from room service also have a fee.

:cutie:

tupperware509
08-14-2012, 02:06 PM
You can look at the drink packages on the dcl site, under planning then online gifts. also you can bring liquids on board in your carry ons, including beer, wine etc. there is a fee for uncorking at dinner, not sure thought it was $20.

mmouse37
08-14-2012, 02:14 PM
Drink Station is 24/7 and includes coke products, coffee, tea, milk, cream, hot cocoa, sugar/sugar substitute, hot and cold cups, lids, stirrers, ice

Dining Rooms have sodas (again coke products), iced tea, coffee, tea, milk, choc. milk included. Smoothies, specialty coffee like lattes would be extra. Any alcohol you order is extra.

All bars/lounges inside and on the pool deck will charge you for soda and any alcohol drinks you want.

Cove Cafe has specialty coffees and teas plus a full service bars....all drinks here have a fee. (Same with Vista Cafe on the Dream and Fantasy).

Room Service sodas, packaged snacks and alcohol have a fee. Coffee, tea, juices, milk are complimentary.

There are wine packages, bottled water packages, you can get a refillable beer mug and they also have a drink of the day special which is less expensive than the other alcohol drinks that day.

You can bring onboard as much soda, water or alcohol you want but it MUST be in your carryon luggage and NOT in your checked luggage. It is for consumption in your cabin. If you bring a bottle of wine into the dining room that you did not purchase from DCL, whether or not it is already opened, there will be a corking fee plus gratuity added. It is basically a service charge for bringing in non DCL purchased alcohol into the dining room and has nothing to do with the actual opening of the bottle.

MJ

Freiden8
08-14-2012, 04:12 PM
Drink Station is 24/7 and includes coke products, coffee, tea, milk, cream, hot cocoa, sugar/sugar substitute, hot and cold cups, lids, stirrers, ice

Dining Rooms have sodas (again coke products), iced tea, coffee, tea, milk, choc. milk included. Smoothies, specialty coffee like lattes would be extra. Any alcohol you order is extra.

All bars/lounges inside and on the pool deck will charge you for soda and any alcohol drinks you want.

Cove Cafe has specialty coffees and teas plus a full service bars....all drinks here have a fee. (Same with Vista Cafe on the Dream and Fantasy).

Room Service sodas, packaged snacks and alcohol have a fee. Coffee, tea, juices, milk are complimentary.

There are wine packages, bottled water packages, you can get a refillable beer mug and they also have a drink of the day special which is less expensive than the other alcohol drinks that day.

You can bring onboard as much soda, water or alcohol you want but it MUST be in your carryon luggage and NOT in your checked luggage. It is for consumption in your cabin. If you bring a bottle of wine into the dining room that you did not purchase from DCL, whether or not it is already opened, there will be a corking fee plus gratuity added. It is basically a service charge for bringing in non DCL purchased alcohol into the dining room and has nothing to do with the actual opening of the bottle.

MJ
what if you pour your own glasses of wine in your room and bring the full glasses to dinner, leaving the open bottle in the room?

TDC Nala
08-14-2012, 04:21 PM
If your soda has to come in a can, they will charge you for it.

There was one report of someone being charged when they ordered root beer in the dining room. They don't have root beer available in the fountains, so they have to get it from a can, hence the charge.

what if you pour your own glasses of wine in your room and bring the full glasses to dinner, leaving the open bottle in the room?


Disney's written policy states that if you bring your own alcohol it should be consumed in your stateroom and not in any lounge or public area. Debating it here doesn't usually turn out well...

Freiden8
08-14-2012, 04:33 PM
Disney's written policy states that if you bring your own alcohol it should be consumed in your stateroom and not in any lounge or public area. Debating it here doesn't usually turn out well...


didn't realize there was an official written policy about this and certainly didn't realize the curiosity would start a debate... thanks for the reply.

vleeth
10-02-2012, 02:11 PM
Where does juice fall in? I drink pineapple juice. Will they charge me for that? Can I only get it in the dining room?

ImDMous
10-02-2012, 03:47 PM
Where does juice fall in? I drink pineapple juice. Will they charge me for that? Can I only get it in the dining room?

I never saw any pineapple juice at the drink station or buffet, only apple cranberry and orange. I know they must have some on-board for the mixed drinks but they may charge you for it depending on if they have a fountain or cans.

Blueyedchanel
10-02-2012, 03:48 PM
I hear a lot about people bringing water on board. Is the water not drinkable? Or is because some people only drink it from a bottle?

nancy drew
10-02-2012, 03:51 PM
Is wine available only at dinner (or in your room)? Or is it available at the bars as well?

ImDMous
10-02-2012, 04:07 PM
I hear a lot about people bringing water on board. Is the water not drinkable? Or is because some people only drink it from a bottle?

The water on the ship from the taps is perfectly drinkable. It is filtered just like any other bottled water, I guess people just like to pay for it. We always just bring a sports bottle and keep filling it up.

Is wine available only at dinner (or in your room)? Or is it available at the bars as well?

There is wine at the bars.

Flossbolna
10-02-2012, 04:21 PM
interesting topic and thanks for the informative replies so far. Does anyone know whether I can get a plain carbonated water? I don't need a fancy bottled water, but I like bubbles in my water (I guess it is a German thing, we drink that a lot).

shadesgirl
10-02-2012, 04:38 PM
I thought I read somewhere that you can't bring corkscrews on board. Is this true? And if so, can you get one on board to open up your wine in your stateroom?

MAAR0629
11-06-2012, 07:31 PM
Dont mean to hijack but can your being in your own water and pop?

MiaSRN62
11-06-2012, 07:34 PM
Dont mean to hijack but can your being in your own water and pop?

Yes you can :)

MiaSRN62
11-06-2012, 07:38 PM
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DynamicDisneyDuo
11-06-2012, 08:06 PM
Dont mean to hijack but can your being in your own water and pop?

Yes, but it must be brought aboard in a carry-on and not your checked luggage.

MiaSRN62
11-06-2012, 08:18 PM
Yes, but it must be brought aboard in a carry-on and not your checked luggage.

And not in an insulated bag/cooler ! I gave DCL a piece of my mind on that one.....
we had a small rolling insulated disney cooler (purchased at the Disney Store many years ago). We've brought it on 2 previous cruises and it was fine. This was our 5th cruise and they wanted to confiscate it. We had to remove our bottled water and soda and they gave us a very thin clear plastic bag to carry it on the ship with. The bag proceeded to break 5 min after the security people on the ship gave it to us......soda and water rolling all over the floor in all directions. We had to get out of line and take the cooler back to our car or risk having it taken away. Lost our place in the security line (had been there 10 min). Came back from garage and had to wait at the end of a much longer line---more like 20-25 min. Dh and I were not happy. We let DCL know how we felt. Funny thing is....DCL sells insulated coolers on the ship and on CC.

PrincessShmoo
11-06-2012, 09:13 PM
And not in an insulated bag/cooler ! I gave DCL a piece of my mind on that one.....
we had a small rolling insulated disney cooler (purchased at the Disney Store many years ago). We've brought it on 2 previous cruises and it was fine. This was our 5th cruise and they wanted to confiscate it. We had to remove our bottled water and soda and they gave us a very thin clear plastic bag to carry it on the ship with. The bag proceeded to break 5 min after the security people on the ship gave it to us......soda and water rolling all over the floor in all directions. We had to get out of line and take the cooler back to our car or risk having it taken away. Lost our place in the security line (had been there 10 min). Came back from garage and had to wait at the end of a much longer line---more like 20-25 min. Dh and I were not happy. We let DCL know how we felt. Funny thing is....DCL sells insulated coolers on the ship and on CC.

It's always been DCLs written policy that no coolers (other than for medical reasons) may be taken aboard. They recently started enforcing the already written policy.

:cutie:

lsenquiz
11-07-2012, 07:14 AM
I thought I read somewhere that you can't bring corkscrews on board. Is this true? And if so, can you get one on board to open up your wine in your stateroom?

You can bring a corkscrew onboard but you can also get one from your room steward. You can also order wine glasses to be delivered from room service so you will have glasses in your room. Most just order them at the start of their trip and wash them out throughout their stay so they can reuse them.

Marshay
11-07-2012, 07:34 AM
It's always been DCLs written policy that no coolers (other than for medical reasons) may be taken aboard. They recently started enforcing the already written policy.

:cutie:

Another newbie here. Just curious on the cooler issue -- so no soft or hard sided coolers? I was thinking of bringing a personal size pack-it along to help keep drinks cool for our Nassau and CC day.

Thanks!

Woodmnky
11-07-2012, 01:52 PM
Another newbie here. Just curious on the cooler issue -- so no soft or hard sided coolers? I was thinking of bringing a personal size pack-it along to help keep drinks cool for our Nassau and CC day.

Thanks!
No hard or soft coolers. My guess would be that if your lunch bag sized pack it is in your suitcase (empty of course) and not being used as a carry on you will be fine.

kcashner
11-07-2012, 01:57 PM
No hard or soft coolers. My guess would be that if your lunch bag sized pack it is in your suitcase (empty of course) and not being used as a carry on you will be fine.

Ditto.

Yes, the stated policy has always been no coolers (you can put your beverages in a rolling suitcase) While the policy makes an exception for medications, there was one post where a guest said they were not allowed to bring their meds in their soft sided cooler!

And it makes no sense at all that they prohibit something and then sell it in the gift shops. This happens with coolers, toy weapons, etc.

zstyles
11-08-2012, 08:51 AM
But back to the on board drinks and beverages!

MiaSRN62
11-08-2012, 12:20 PM
It's always been DCLs written policy that no coolers (other than for medical reasons) may be taken aboard. They recently started enforcing the already written policy.

:cutie:

They let us bring this exact same cooler on board in Nov 2002 and Nov 2004. It's a Disney cooler in fact. We didn't bring it in 2007 or 2011. But there were no questions asked when we brought it on our first two cruises. And we found issue with the woman CM who checked our ID's just prior to entering the line for security (just before you walk across that covered bridge area). She saw it in plain sight and never said a word. Let us get in line and wait for 10-15---no where did we see signs PRIOR to getting in line for security not to have one. And we read the booklet and can't find any policy on soft sided coolers--or other. There is an alcohol policy in the booklet. We also traveled with our TA who also was very surprised they wanted to confiscate it. So where can I find this policy---because I plan on following up further with DCL about it. At the very least, if it is written policy, they need to display it and make it known much better. I'd say 50 confiscated coolers (and we boarded at noon so there were many more to come after us), shows their policy is NOT clearly stated.

kcashner :And it makes no sense at all that they prohibit something and then sell it in the gift shops. This happens with coolers, toy weapons, etc.
Thank you ! Because it's a bit misleading considering the lack of disclosure on this subject. There had to be 40-50 coolers confiscated by security just prior to boarding the ship. Luckily we drove and could just run back to our car (albeit wasting 30 min). We were not happy.

Melissa S
11-08-2012, 12:26 PM
A couple things I learned for our last cruises that might help newbies

1.) Shirley Temples in the MDRs are free.
2.) Seltzer water (I mix it with cranberry juice) in the MDRs are free.
3.) Smoothies are free during brekfast only (unless part of a kid's club activity). They aren't clearly listed on the menu. We thought it was a fruit and yogurt plate our first cruise and were nicely surprised. The strawberry one is called the Tugboat. On the Magic they are at Goofy's Galley in the morning.

Trekker
11-08-2012, 03:58 PM
$12 for one seemed a bit much, but not so bad for a pair. And you do get to keep the DCL glass.

Just an FYI - you can get any of these drinks not in the souvenir cup for a whole bunch less (like half) money.

vleeth
11-08-2012, 04:54 PM
A couple things I learned for our last cruises that might help newbies

1.) Shirley Temples in the MDRs are free.
2.) Seltzer water (I mix it with cranberry juice) in the MDRs are free.
3.) Smoothies are free during brekfast only (unless part of a kid's club activity). They aren't clearly listed on the menu. We thought it was a fruit and yogurt plate our first cruise and were nicely surprised. The strawberry one is called the Tugboat. On the Magic they are at Goofy's Galley in the morning.

Thanks for the tip about free smoothies for breakfast!!!

vleeth
11-08-2012, 04:57 PM
Some info for ya, as we were just on the Dream last week. Free drinks from the stations poolside... Coke products, Pink Lemonade, Iced Tea. This mix is also available for free while on Castaway Cay at Cookies. Most non-alcoholic beverages are also free in the dining room.

As far as alcohol goes... poolside, there is beer and mixed drinks which get charged to your KTTW card/room. Didn't do a whole lot of this, but one afternoon the wife and I got a drink late in the afternoon once they had gone to 2 for the price of 1. $12 for one seemed a bit much, but not so bad for a pair. And you do get to keep the DCL glass. You could also get the poolside mix of alcohol and beer while eating at the Cabanas buffet.

Some of our party did share the cost of a 'wine package' that they bought into the first meal and stretched out over our other meals. Don't know what that set them back. There were also mixed drinks featured (at cost) in each MDR menu for dinner. HTH.

Thanks for the 2 for 1 tip. I was considering getting one to get the cup, but now dh can each get one.

Does anyone know what day they do this on the 7 night?

Talking Hands
11-08-2012, 05:09 PM
is the iced tea at the drink station sweetened.

weHEARTmickey
11-08-2012, 05:13 PM
I hear a lot about people bringing water on board. Is the water not drinkable? Or is because some people only drink it from a bottle?

I'm a big water snob & the Magic's water tastes great! The reason I would recommend bringing a case of water is because it's not easily accessible otherwise. (Of course, you can run up to the drink stations, but I notoriously forgot to load up before heading back to our room for bed. I LOVE a big glass of water before bedtime.) If you are like me & love to drink water, just bring some bottles to keep in your refrigerator!

DynamicDisneyDuo
11-08-2012, 05:28 PM
The reason I would recommend bringing a case of water is because it's not easily accessible otherwise.

Actually, it's very accessible. Turn on any tap and you are getting the exact same water that comes out of the water dispenser at the drink station or poured in your glass at dinner.

PrincessShmoo
11-08-2012, 06:10 PM
Actually, it's very accessible. Turn on any tap and you are getting the exact same water that comes out of the water dispenser at the drink station or poured in your glass at dinner.

:thumbsup2

:cutie:

weHEARTmickey
11-08-2012, 07:54 PM
Actually, it's very accessible. Turn on any tap and you are getting the exact same water that comes out of the water dispenser at the drink station or poured in your glass at dinner.

:rotfl: I guess that is pretty accessible! :rotfl2: I just couldn't stand drinking out of a bathroom faucet. :rolleyes1 I guess that's where my "water snobbiness" shows!

MiaSRN62
11-10-2012, 01:03 AM
is the iced tea at the drink station sweetened.

Pretty sure it's UNsweetend.......

LoveStitch
11-10-2012, 07:19 AM
Great info here, and brought up lots of things I hadn't thought about. Just made some good packing notes!

A couple more questions:

Are straws available for the sodas?

What about something like Perrier or San Pelligrino at dinner? My DH also likes "bubbly" water, and will drink the seltzer water if they have it, but would prefer the other, even if he had to pay for it.

eculmone
11-12-2012, 05:29 AM
So only one bottle per carry on? Or can we put DH's booze, and couple bottles of wine or champaign in mine? DD is under age, can I put bottle of wine in hers? DH likes whisky - yuck; I like wine AND champagne. It would be nice to have a glass of champagne one night and then some vino throughout cruise? Anyone know where I can find policy on that one? popcorn::

DynamicDisneyDuo
11-12-2012, 06:01 AM
So only one bottle per carry on? Or can we put DH's booze, and couple bottles of wine or champaign in mine? DD is under age, can I put bottle of wine in hers? DH likes whisky - yuck; I like wine AND champagne. It would be nice to have a glass of champagne one night and then some vino throughout cruise? Anyone know where I can find policy on that one? popcorn::

Nope. You are free to carry on as much as you can carry in your carry on(s). I wouldn't recommend putting any in a minor's bag. They would technically be committing a crime of underage possession. :upsidedow

eculmone
11-12-2012, 06:29 AM
Nope. You are free to carry on as much as you can carry in your carry on(s). I wouldn't recommend putting any in a minor's bag. They would technically be committing a crime of underage possession. :upsidedow

:cheer2: Weeeeee let the par tay begin. Whoop whoop. Thank you :beach: Poor DD - she'd be momma bears alcohol accomplice :rotfl2: Daaa

eculmone
11-12-2012, 06:33 AM
So for DH, he can bring his yucky whiskey and if he can fit a couple of beers as refreshers then cool.:cool2: I on the other hand will have my sparkling wine/champagne and a bottle of sipping nightcap red wine. I'll put a bottle in each shoe to keep them safe from rolling around or into each other.

I'm getting so excited :banana:

petbren
11-12-2012, 07:05 AM
:cheer2: Weeeeee let the par tay begin. Whoop whoop. Thank you :beach: Poor DD - she'd be momma bears alcohol accomplice :rotfl2: Daaa

Too funny:laughing::rotfl2: I read the post, then thought, she must be Canadian, looked at your signiture, and yep, I'm right.
Not an insult at all, just something I would say too:rolleyes1

TChrist05
11-12-2012, 07:29 AM
Pineapple juice in the MDR is free.

eculmone
11-12-2012, 07:44 AM
Too funny:laughing::rotfl2: I read the post, then thought, she must be Canadian, looked at your signiture, and yep, I'm right.
Not an insult at all, just something I would say too:rolleyes1

:hug:

amycramer76
11-13-2012, 09:03 PM
this is more a cooler question
if you bring a soft sided cooler in your luggage are you able to take it on and off the ship for excursions?
Thanks

MiaSRN62
11-13-2012, 10:37 PM
this is more a cooler question
if you bring a soft sided cooler in your luggage are you able to take it on and off the ship for excursions?
Thanks

This is what security at DCL port told us : "coolers are unable to be x-rayed". This was their explanation to us for not allowing us to bring it on. So.....I'm assuming ALL luggage is scanned ?? And if coolers are unable to be x-ray'd then perhaps that is a "no" to your question ? I'd call and confirm or risk having your cooler confiscated.

fluffsmom
11-14-2012, 11:08 AM
We cruised in September and my cousin had her cooler taken from her. What an adventure. She was yelling at the staff. She had taken the same rolling cooler on two prior cruises. They tried to give her a little plastic bag to put all her stuff in. Too thin. A DCL rep came down after much noise and brought a box for her. It was then delivered to her room. The cooler was held in the office and she picked it up after the cruise.

MiaSRN62
11-14-2012, 11:35 AM
We cruised in September and my cousin had her cooler taken from her. What an adventure. She was yelling at the staff. She had taken the same rolling cooler on two prior cruises. They tried to give her a little plastic bag to put all her stuff in. Too thin. A DCL rep came down after much noise and brought a box for her. It was then delivered to her room. The cooler was held in the office and she picked it up after the cruise.

Sorry for your cousin's experience....but sounds almost exactly like ours in Sept. We had definitely taken this cooler on two previous cruises with not so much as a blink of an eye. So if they can't be x-rayed----what did they do on cruises prior to this new policy ?! Just not xray them ? :confused3

PrincessShmoo
11-14-2012, 11:37 AM
Sorry for your cousin's experience....but sounds almost exactly like ours in Sept. We had definitely taken this cooler on two previous cruises with not so much as a blink of an eye. So if they can't be x-rayed----what did they do on cruises prior to this new policy ?! Just not xray them ? :confused3

I will point out it isn't really a new policy. DCL has always said coolers were not allowed, except for medical reasons. They just never enforced it until recently. Most likely they just let them through without checking them.

:cutie:

MiaSRN62
11-14-2012, 12:37 PM
I will point out it isn't really a new policy. DCL has always said coolers were not allowed, except for medical reasons. They just never enforced it until recently. Most likely they just let them through without checking them.

:cutie:

And that is exactly the problem PrincessShmoo......I don't care what anyone's policies are. If they're not in plain sight and/or not enforced how are people to know. That is my ONLY issue here. It would have saved us a LOT of stress/aggrivation/lost time having this policy disclosed in a much more open manner. Can't tell you how many CM's at the port we passed (maybe 6 or more ?) and even spoke to (who saw this cooler we were toting) and they all let us proceed to the security. One even checked our ID's before giving us her blessing to proceed across the ramp with rolling cooler ?!!! THAT is my issue. Disclosure could help prevent so much aggravation in this issue.

PrincessShmoo
11-14-2012, 12:58 PM
And that is exactly the problem PrincessShmoo......I don't care what anyone's policies are. If they're not in plain sight and/or not enforced how are people to know. That is my ONLY issue here. It would have saved us a LOT of stress/aggrivation/lost time having this policy disclosed in a much more open manner. Can't tell you how many CM's at the port we passed (maybe 6 or more ?) and even spoke to (who saw this cooler we were toting) and they all let us proceed to the security. One even checked our ID's before giving us her blessing to proceed across the ramp with rolling cooler ?!!! THAT is my issue. Disclosure could help prevent so much aggravation in this issue.

In plain sight? It's always been on the DCL website that coolers were only allowed for medical reasons. As to the enforcement of this, yes, DCL was extremely lax and did allow it for a number of years. And here on the DISboards, it was often pointed out that while DCL has coolers as a prohibited item, they were pretty much turning a blind eye to them.

Apparently too many people were abusing the priviledge that DCL was allowing (against policy) so they decided to start enforcing the policy. It was reported here in October that DCL had started enforcing it.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3011296&highlight=rolling+cooles.

As to whether DCL should have sent the information to everyone who was holding a reservation at the time they decided to enforce the policy, it's not really up to them to do so. And the CMs waving you on, that wasn't their position to tell you no. Now, if you had asked, they most likely would have told you that you wouldn't be able to bring it onboard.

It's always up to the cruiser to keep abreast of any rules/policies regarding their cruise (not just DCL). Things change all the time.

:cutie:

redheadmc
11-14-2012, 12:58 PM
The drink of the day was always a good deal. I think it was about $3.50 for the drink, plus tax and grats.

Also, regarding coolers. My daughter is diabetic and we are traveling from NY, so I have to keep her insulin cool. I can't bring a small lunch cooler with her insulin in it and an ice pack?

PrincessShmoo
11-14-2012, 01:08 PM
The drink of the day was always a good deal. I think it was about $3.50 for the drink, plus tax and grats.

Also, regarding coolers. My daughter is diabetic and we are traveling from NY, so I have to keep her insulin cool. I can't bring a small lunch cooler with her insulin in it and an ice pack?

Question
What food or food storage containers are not permitted?
Answer
Food coolers containing personal snack foods and drinks may not be brought onboard. They are only permitted if needed for medications, baby food or items related to special dietary needs.
http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/faqs/prohibited-items/food-storage-containers/

and

Question
What items are not permitted on board?
Answer
In order to maintain a safe and secure environment for our Guests and crew, the following are examples of items that Guests are not allowed to bring on board. These and other similar items will be confiscated upon being found.

Large Ice Coolers (Please note: small, personal-sized coolers, no larger than 12" x 12" x 12" brought onboard for the purpose of housing medications are permitted as carry-on luggage.)
http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/faqs/prohibited-items/prohibited-items/

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redheadmc
11-14-2012, 01:15 PM
Thanks. I was reading a thread and it sounded like they weren't letting any coolers on the ship. Honestly, it is so small, I could just put it in my carry on if it is a problem. I went on the Magic this summer out of NY (sans children). I had a carry on with some wine and a bunch of mini bottles of rum, etc. It was very easy to bring on the ship.

rubinjos
11-14-2012, 01:40 PM
interesting topic and thanks for the informative replies so far. Does anyone know whether I can get a plain carbonated water? I don't need a fancy bottled water, but I like bubbles in my water (I guess it is a German thing, we drink that a lot).

Yes, you can get that, but you should order "water with gas" or they wont know what you are talking about.

PrincessShmoo
11-14-2012, 01:49 PM
Yes, you can get that, but you should order "water with gas" or they wont know what you are talking about.

And there is a fee for this.

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MiaSRN62
11-15-2012, 12:55 AM
Question
What food or food storage containers are not permitted?
Answer
Food coolers containing personal snack foods and drinks may not be brought onboard. They are only permitted if needed for medications, baby food or items related to special dietary needs.
http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/faqs/prohibited-items/food-storage-containers/

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Question
What items are not permitted on board?
Answer
In order to maintain a safe and secure environment for our Guests and crew, the following are examples of items that Guests are not allowed to bring on board. These and other similar items will be confiscated upon being found.

Large Ice Coolers (Please note: small, personal-sized coolers, no larger than 12" x 12" x 12" brought onboard for the purpose of housing medications are permitted as carry-on luggage.)
http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/faqs/prohibited-items/prohibited-items/

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That's great you wanted to post this....however, there is NO signage in the little booklet you get with your luggage tags. I read the entire booklet (page 2 mentions alcohol), page 3-5 is all about your "vacation checklist". NOWHERE is any mention of coolers.

I work full time....and I'm back in school on top of that. And I certainly understand there are many who are very busy with their lives and don't have time to read every single link of the DCL website. We also booked our Sept 29 cruise late---in early July. I had my TA handle everything online for me as far as booking. I did not go and read much online. Surely there are others like me with very limited time ? She booked my meals/excursions etc. There were SEVERAL areas that notices could have been posted in plain site for cruisers. There were SEVERAL times cast members who looked right at the cooler could have said something. So it's wonderful you went and posted the DCL online links----but my point was they need to disclose it further---in the actual paperwork. Not everyone looks at the DCL website. It should be noted in the little booklet with the luggage tags ---that is what more people read. It could have VERY easily been put on page 2 along with the alcohol policy and other info. And post signs at the port. I seriously don't have time to read through the DCL site---and apparently neither do about 100+ other people on my cruise. Clearly if there were that many coolers confiscated (and probably many more who walked them back to their cars like we did), it shows a lack of obvious disclosure. So sorry, I don't see the online "FAQ's" as sufficient notification.

MiaSRN62
11-15-2012, 01:32 AM
In plain sight? (WHY YES !??)
Apparently too many people were abusing the priviledge that DCL was allowing (against policy) so they decided to start enforcing the policy. It was reported here in October that DCL had started enforcing it.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3011296&highlight=rolling+cooles.

As to whether DCL should have sent the information to everyone who was holding a reservation at the time they decided to enforce the policy, it's not really up to them to do so. And the CMs waving you on, that wasn't their position to tell you no. Now, if you had asked (??!!), they most likely would have told you that you wouldn't be able to bring it onboard.

It's always up to the cruiser to keep abreast of any rules/policies regarding their cruise (not just DCL). (oh...I asked my TA and she said it was fine !) Things change all the time.

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Really ---you believe everything you just typed ? I got SEVERAL emails during the weeks leading up to my cruise...about tipping....booking excursions...booking spa appts (maybe a dozen in all).......one email about do's and don'ts would have been SIMPLE to do. I asked my TA too---she was just as surprised as we were when they stopped us. I'm not trying to break any rules---you can't classify it as abusing a privilege when you don't know it's abuse to begin with ? I brought it in plain sight of many CM's. Even at airports it is posted ALL over about no liquids etc etc. It's posted in many different areas and checkpoints. At a cruise port should be no different. Plain sight same as airports.
Would have been SIMPLE to put the cooler info directly under the alcohol info in the final cruise doc booklet. The fact that so many people ask on the DIS and get coolers confiscated is proof DCL is not doing the best job they can getting the info out there. I never saw that link on DIS. Actually I was already on my cruise. And you honestly think I would ask a CM if my cooler was legal ??? If I sincerely feel I'm doing nothing wrong, why would I ask ? It makes MUCH more sense for them to point it out to cruisers as they stroll right past ??? Do you know how much it held up the x-ray line for everyone waiting. They had to hand us plastic bags to put all of our water/soda in. The bag broke....bottles rolling all over. There were many nice guests who helped us retrieve them. Why would DCL not want to avoid that mess and inconvenience to other passengers ? Your statement doesn't sound logical to me & I don't agree entirely with your thought process. I feel it is DCL's responsibility to notify and inform us---the online "FAQ" is not enough. They are the authority. They certainly covered topics like tipping, bring sunscreen and carry on luggage in the boarding paperwork booklet quite well.