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Corryn
03-22-2005, 09:30 AM
Hello,
Some Cooler Questions:
#1 Do A Lot of people bring coolers on board with beer, wine, etc?

#2 Are you allowed to Roll Your Cooler around on board, into the clubs and bars, or do you have to run down to your cabin whenever you want a brew?

#3 Can you purchase beer/wine coolers before noon in Florida?

Any other comments concerning coolers are appreciated!
I'm trying to convince my husband to bring our collapsable cooler so that we won't wind up with $600 worth of beer/ wine charges on our credit card!

Thanks!

depomas
03-22-2005, 09:39 AM
Hi there,


You can bring your cooler onboard, and they appreciate that you do, instead of checking it...

I have never seen anyone wheeling it around the ship throughout the cruise though... We do bring, and make sure they are cans, and then we usually get a bucket filled with ice, and leave this with us at the pool. I guess you could wheel it around, maybe I just never noticed anyone with it....

We did our purchases of wine and beer before noon on a Saturday... I am not sure if Sunday's laws are different in Florida..

I think a lot of people bring their own... We do, and by the last day purchase a few... :goodvibes

gatrbait
03-22-2005, 09:57 AM
You can buy beer liquor before noon but after 6 am in FL. :drinking1

Corryn
03-22-2005, 10:10 AM
Thank you for replying :sunny:
Has anyone else seen people rolling coolers while on board?

You've said that you brought your beer to the pool....Can you bring it into the lounges/clubs at night?

Also, are bottles allowed, or only cans?


Thanks again :earseek:

jdm
03-22-2005, 10:27 AM
We just got back and brought our rolling cooler on board. We filled it with diet pepsi and beer (cans) and bottled water. We kept it on our balcony and our stateroom host kept it filled with ice for us. We enjoyed the convenience of having a drink in our stateroom without running out for it. That's why we brought it. We picked up a 12 pack of beer in St. Thomas to replenish and had no problem bringing it on the ship.

Honestly, I couldn't imagine rolling a cooler around on board to the pool and into the bars etc. on a day to day basis. No disrespect intended, but for us, that would seem kinda tacky. When we were at the pool we purchased our drinks from the bar and although we didn't really go into the clubs (just too busy with other things) we purchased our liquor at dinner and in the Cove Cafe etc. I'm sure bringing some booze on board, cut our bar bill somewhat but our goal was just the convenience of having it in our stateroom. Besides, while DH is the beer drinker, I'm loving those fru fru drinks while I'm by the pool and the place to get those was the bar!

Good luck and have fun!
Jenn

depomas
03-22-2005, 10:37 AM
:teeth: Bottles are allowed, as their corona is sold that way... I think other domestic beer is sold in the small plastic bottle. Much safer this way...

Would agree with Jenn on the fact of the cooler being a tad tacky... Would not judge others, just judging myself.. :teeth:

Disney certainly has no qualms about you bringing it onboard...so :crazy:

LAMPSKIES
03-22-2005, 11:26 AM
I bring a "carry on" piece of luggage with about 2 cases of my favorite brew. The fridge in cat. 6's hold about 14. As i empty the carry on it is perfect for bringing back the souvineers that are breakable in the regular luggage......also film that has been taken MUST come back on carry on. The domestic is mostly in cans and 16oz. plastic bottles. I found that no matter where we were on the ship I was a simple elevator ride away from the cabin and a cold beer.........No glass bottles are allowed at CC and around the pools........

oneeyedguy
03-22-2005, 11:28 AM
I thought I read that only coolers for medical purposes were allowed on board. I would love to bring one. Did you take it on the plane? How? Do you check it just like regular luggage?

LAMPSKIES
03-22-2005, 11:29 AM
Get a "fold down" cooler if you must. A small plastic that holds about 8 cans is more than I ever need......

zacsmom
03-22-2005, 11:55 AM
We just stopped at Publix on the way to the port and picked up 3 fridge packs of Diet Soda and Iced Tea in cans and a case of water bottles. We carried the cases of soda, just bungied to the top of our luggage. As soon as we got up to the luggage handlers, they stuck a room number on the case of water and took that with the luggage and we hand carried the soda to our room ourselves. If I had an extra bag, I could have easily popped the soda into it and rolled it on board. If I had known previously that Diet Sprite was offered on boad now, I could have skipped one case of soda.

jdm
03-22-2005, 02:07 PM
The documents do state that only coolers for medical reasons are allowed onboard but they still allow you to bring it. Ours was most definitely a softsided cooler (I don't think they allow hardsided ones). We had to take it through the Xray machine. They asked me what was in it, and I started to say pop, water and she interupted me and said, beer, whiskey and vodka? I laughed and said well, yes something like that. She was laughing too. It's obvious that they don't have a problem with this. The other poster is correct in that the empty cooler was perfect in packing our breakable soveniers in on ou return trip. What a lifesaver coming back! didn't have to buy another piece of luggage!

Jenn

oneeyedguy
03-22-2005, 02:46 PM
:crazy: Do they have soft sided coolers with wheels? Can you bring it on the plane as a carry on or do you check it? :crazy: Sounds like we all might need to attend an AA meeting afterward. :Pinkbounc

Corryn
03-22-2005, 04:32 PM
Yes, we have a collapsable soft sided cooler with wheels :)
we purchased ours from Costco

mommasita
03-22-2005, 05:32 PM
:crazy: Do they have soft sided coolers with wheels? Can you bring it on the plane as a carry on or do you check it? :crazy: Sounds like we all might need to attend an AA meeting afterward. :Pinkbounc


:banana: :banana: :banana: :rotfl:

THis is cute.....I probably can count on one hand the amount of alcoholic drinks I have in a year.... However...when on the cruise..Look out...No seriously, we usualy travel with a group of family members, and friends, and we have a good time....

I would not bring it on the plane....So many drinks under pressure...OOh could equal disaster..I would advise to check this bag... :crazy:

ljql_5969
03-23-2005, 01:33 PM
Good question. I was wondering about drinks at the pool too! Thanks for letting us know about packing an ice bucket to the pool area. The last time my DH and I cruised on RCCL, we ordered beer from the bar and you could order it 6 at a time and they packed it in an ice bucket for you that was overflowing with ice. We called it our "adult" snow-cone!! :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

vossjemi
03-23-2005, 02:02 PM
:crazy: Do they have soft sided coolers with wheels? Can you bring it on the plane as a carry on or do you check it? :crazy: Sounds like we all might need to attend an AA meeting afterward. :Pinkbounc

Yes, they are on sale right now at Sam's for $25.

suesings
03-23-2005, 05:05 PM
I wouldn't think you could take a cooler into one of the clubs? None of the clubs here where we live would let you bring a rolling cooler into the clubs. :rotfl2: Sorry, but the thought just cracks me up.

We will have two young kids with us so we won't be pounding drinks on this cruise :rotfl: I guess I'm kind of surprised to hear that there will be so many people drinking heavily on the cruise? I like a glass of wine or maybe a drink by the pool but I doubt we will have the need to roll a cooler with us everywhere we go on the ship. Maybe I'm just in a really silly mood today but that visual just cracks me up. :rotfl:

DIS NURSE
03-23-2005, 06:50 PM
:rotfl2: I, too, have cracked up at the visuals from this thread! We plan on bringing a moderate stash of water, wine, and mixers...but the person who stumbles from one are of the ship to the next, wheeling his/her stash CRACKS ME UP! :rotfl2:

And it's already been noted....HOW TACKY! pirate:

I hope DISNEY doesn't read this thread (and others) and all of the sudden ban alcohol from being brought on ship! That would be terrible! pirate:

Fsudisney
03-27-2005, 08:44 AM
We were planning on buying a bottle of liquor once we got on board and into Intl waters to mix drinks on our own during the cruise, but I read somewhere last night that if you purchase liquor from the store onboard, they do not deliver it until the last night of your cruise.
Does anyone know if this is true? :confused3
If it is, would it be better to bring a bottle on the cruise with us, or buy some in the first port and bring it back on the ship? Would we have any problems doing that?

mommasita
03-27-2005, 09:27 AM
We were planning on buying a bottle of liquor once we got on board and into Intl waters to mix drinks on our own during the cruise, but I read somewhere last night that if you purchase liquor from the store onboard, they do not deliver it until the last night of your cruise.
Does anyone know if this is true? :confused3
If it is, would it be better to bring a bottle on the cruise with us, or buy some in the first port and bring it back on the ship? Would we have any problems doing that?

If you purchase at a port, there is NO problem to bring it on the ship.


It most definitely is true... You would be better IMHO to purchase a bottle in the first port, or bringing one on with you.. We had Shirley make baskets with some in it.. Worked out really well.. No risk of breakage, or leaking... :goodvibes

txaggie94gigem
03-27-2005, 10:29 AM
When we took our first cruise last Nov. I had read on these boards all about being able to bring liquor on board and we had a few small bottles of various drinks that i had put in my onboard carrier. Imagine my surprise when I saw a big sign near the security checkpoint that stated NO LIQUOR to be brought onboard...I was very nervous but did not say anything and the security officers did not say anything to me either...I was kinda scared for a minute but I trusted my friends on this board not to steer me wrong....i was just wondering if others have also seen this sign... :crazy:

Corryn
03-27-2005, 08:56 PM
Don't get me wrong....I'm not a big drinker! In fact, my drink of choice is either a Strawberry Daquiri or a Baci Ball (Amaretto & orange juice). I'm thinking of taking a small bottle of Tequila Rose with us, which is a delicious strawberry creme liqueur with tequila added to it.....Very nice.

The reason why I am asking:
We are going in a very large group. None of us are what would be considered big drinkers, but we are on vacation and the men like to drink some beer. They're also at the age now where too many beers and they will fall asleep :rotfl: Since we're spending thousands on this vacation, they're not going to get blasted so they won't be able to enjoy themselves :dancer:

But while talking with other people who have cruised, not on DCL, but other cruise lines, the one thing that comes up is the fact that people, all different types of people, tell of how they insist on bringing their own drinks of choice to cut down on spending....I've even heard from many different people how they bring a few cases of their favorite beer!

That is what prompted this question. Me and my husband have spoken of this and we've spoken with our fellow cruisers and we're just not sure what to do. :confused3
So I stuck my neck out looking like an alcoholic just to see what would be said. I've never cruised before and neither have our friends, so I was curious.
If I can cut down on the bar tab so I can have more spending money for soveniers, then I'm all for it :p

As for coolers at the pool on the ship.... we bring a cooler to the beach, we bring a cooler to visit our friends who camp, we bring a cooler to parties, etc. If these people are bringing cases and cases of beer, then where are they going to be cooling off this beer? In a cooler. And just where is all this drinking taking place with these cases and cases of beer? I don't know, that's why I asked the question of bringing it into the clubs.

Like I said before, I've never cruised and there are so many knowledgeable people on these boards and I figured I'd ask.....
As for me and my crew, will we be bringing coolers?
To be continued......... :Pinkbounc

cntkg1
03-28-2005, 06:28 PM
So if we are arriving in Orlando one day early, and staying at the airport Hyatt, it doesn't make sense to bring a cooler because we'd be filling it with soda and bloody mary mix purchased at the airport...no money savings there!!

Right???

(1st time cruisers, N&C)

LAMPSKIES
03-28-2005, 06:55 PM
Corryn.....I am one of those "walk around the ship with a cold one in hand all day". I bring 2 cases of my miller lite on board and put 12-16 in the stateroom cooler witha bag of ice.....I have a collapsable cooler that holds around 8 cans that folds nicely into my suitcase and I can bring up to deck 10 or 4 while lounging around. As a matter of fact on our 11/04 Westernsailing on of our fellow disers brought his cooler to the elevator deck 9 foreward and we helped him "finish it off" around midnight....
Don't worry there are many other cruisers "looking like alcoholics". It's just a matter of when and where. Diversions, for example everyone is allowed in there until I believe 8 or 9 p.m. Then no one under 18. There is an adult only pool. I wouldn't reccomend getting "sloppy drunk" by the mickey pool....

I always purchaced some absolute vodka and local rum and took on board, but I believe one stop on the Western won't allow it....I think it was GC and not Cozumel.

Corryn
03-28-2005, 09:34 PM
Corryn.....I am one of those "walk around the ship with a cold one in hand all day". I bring 2 cases of my miller lite on board and put 12-16 in the stateroom cooler witha bag of ice.....I have a collapsable cooler that holds around 8 cans that folds nicely into my suitcase and I can bring up to deck 10 or 4 while lounging around. As a matter of fact on our 11/04 Westernsailing on of our fellow disers brought his cooler to the elevator deck 9 foreward and we helped him "finish it off" around midnight....

Okay, LampSkies, you are the DIS'er I was waiting to hear from :dancer:

I'm telling you, I DID hear from many different people this same thing and I just wanted to see if the same thing was happening with the DCL.
We're all getting together this weekend to discuss last minute things before we cruise & this will be one of the topics.

If we can save money and the guys can still drink their beer (XXX is the guys' new favorite) then I'm all for it.
We've got the money to purchase the extras, but if I can save some money on a stinkin' bar tab and spend it on something I would like ;) then why not? I'm not going on this trip to impress anyone anyway, but please don't call me trashy or tacky
princess:

LAMPSKIES
03-29-2005, 09:36 AM
Corryn, hop into our Thukey day 05 Western sailing thread. There are about 30 of us that sailed last year and rebooked.....if you have ANY bad thoughts about being "trashy or tacky" talk to Willie or Doogie :rotfl2: Or maybe you should just sail with us.....sounds like you'll fit right in :rotfl2:
I also purchased a 22oz. mug for 9.95, with that you get refills for 3.25+tip. It was great for sitting at Diversions watching football.

disneysooz
03-29-2005, 09:49 AM
I have seen this topic discussed on a thread recently. Something to consider...someone did comment that you want to make sure your rolling cooler would fit through the x-ray machine when you board. We bought one of those really CUTE! (thanks again, mmouse37) Mickey coolers from disneydirect.com. I was seriously thinking I might bring some of the fruit flavored waters with me the next time. I never saw those on the cruise and am very addicted to them! Have fun!

bratray
03-29-2005, 01:06 PM
I don't think that its tacky to bring your cooler with you- others that see it will probably wish they thought of the same thing- :rolleyes: when we stayed at the Hard Rock in orlando we would bring our soft sided rolling cooler to the pool with us and enjoy our drinks (no glass) i would pour beer,wine or pop from the bottle or can into some plastic cups that i brought along with me- and i was a happy camper :teeth:

dont worry about what others think- do what you feel is correct...as long as its not harming anyone else ....whats the big deal??:snooty:

by the way i'm bringing my cooler with me on our cruise- i love convenience and saving a buck or two :dancer:

txaggie94gigem
03-29-2005, 01:37 PM
Lampskies....

I still have the beer mug my husband bought last Nov. which is tall and says ESPN on it...I thought I might bring it on board with me this next cruise if they are using the same mug....i thought i would check these boards and ask closer to cruise time...have you ever reused yours?

jeannief
03-29-2005, 02:07 PM
We brought a case of beer, 6 girlie type coolers for me and a case of water, which we carried on. I wish we had been organized enough to check the water. HEAVY!
Bought 3 smallish bottles of rum in Nassau and used to that spike our soda at the pools. Good thing our children don't drink soda yet. I have a messenger bag that doubled as a diaper/extra clothing bag. We would put 2-3 water bottles, a few beer and a bottle of rum in there and it just stayed by our side. I don't recall anyone with coolers and personally would have found it cumbersome. The decks get kinda crowded on sea days. But the bag slid under our deck chairs. And we went to the rooms often enough to re-fill if needed.
We did the same thing on our honeymoon cruise. I'm with the OP, if I can save the money off the bar bill it's worth it.
We did the wine package though, it worked out better and it was nice to have wine each night.

carriep1657
03-29-2005, 03:00 PM
Just wanted to add that Costco is selling the soft-sided collapsible coolers with wheels right now. There is a coupon that they hand out at the door for $5 off. They are $19.99 after the coupon. The coupon started yesterday. I think it's only good for the week.

BCVOwner2002
04-03-2005, 06:53 PM
We did the wine package though, it worked out better and it was nice to have wine each night.

Can you tell me more about this? We will be cruising in September and this may be helpful. Annmarie

FletchFab5
04-04-2005, 05:10 PM
My question is, if you have to carry on your drinks but you can't get into your room for a couple of hours, what do you do with it in the meantime??

I have to have my Caffeine Free Coke!! :sunny:

Jsme
07-15-2005, 01:07 PM
Great thread...thought I would bump it

mmouse37
07-15-2005, 01:17 PM
My question is, if you have to carry on your drinks but you can't get into your room for a couple of hours, what do you do with it in the meantime??

I have to have my Caffeine Free Coke!! :sunny:

You have to lug all your carryons with you until the room is ready. DCL used to let you drop off your carryons but they have become much stricter now and actually rope off access to the staterooms before they are ready.

I would suggest having lunch and then planting yourself in one of the lounge chairs on Deck 4 in the shade until your room is ready or up on Deck 9 near one of the pools!!!

Some people have reported that they brought their suitcase that was filled with beer/soda/water, etc. and/or just the case of beer/soda/water to where the porters are and slapped a luggage tag with their cabin number and it was delivered...you can try that!!

Though the wait time is not that long...typically you board around noon and the room are ready by 1:30 ish.

MJ

LAWalz23
07-15-2005, 02:44 PM
Good to know that you can pack a case of water in a suitcase and put it with the other luggage. We have been doing this for years when going to WDW.

Hockeychic
07-15-2005, 03:03 PM
Corryn when are you cruisin'???

Looks like a big group you are going to be with....that would be alot of fun to cruise with 60 people you already know.

Tammy1
08-07-2005, 11:37 AM
Hey can anyone tell me what is a good quick mix to bring?? We're no way BIG drinkers but this being our third cruise first DCL when we're out there on the ship you'd think we were. :rotfl2: Just wanting to bring something that will mix quick and tastes fruity. My DH is not a big beer fan so....he's into more of the fruit drinks. Can anyone help me? :banana:
We're sailing on Sept 17th so any advise is appreciated :wave2:

hjensen
08-07-2005, 01:19 PM
First of all I think it is so wrong for people to judge other people by saying they are tacky or alcoholics!! There are probably alot of people wondering the same thing concerning the coolers!!! I know was! You go Corryn! Come on our cruise! So in other words if I wanted to just wait and by alcohol in Key West I could? And then just bring it back on the ship with me? ( sorry first time cruiser) We have a collapseable cooler but dont think I ant to fill it and carry on ship...would like to buy some beer and or rum in Key West and jusy bring it on ship. So am I correct in understanding that i can do this!? Thanks for your help everyone!! :wave2:

ceejay13
08-07-2005, 02:44 PM
Just bought our cooler at Sams for our August 20th cruise. Taking beer and Pepsi products. I don't think I can go 2 weeks without a Pepsi.

perdidobay
08-07-2005, 03:18 PM
What Dh and I do is pack a small suitcase with booze and bottled water to bring onboard, and when we are out and about on the ship (say, by the adult pool) we have a small softsided insulated 8pack can carrier that we keep what we need for thew next few hours in. A roll on cooler is fine to bring drinks on board with, but unless you are by the pools or on deck 4, it will be hard to get around with it. Those halls aren't wide!

This thread reminds me of our trip to Ireland last year.... we were on a guided bus tour.. the PUB and folk tour..so it was heavily geared toward sampling the finest Ireland has to offer... but lots of folks brought on drinks in coolers to fortify thenselves between pub stops!
No bad behavior and boy was it a fun group! :banana:

Suzepoo
08-13-2005, 09:39 AM
Does anyone have any updated info on what Disney is allowing in the way of coolers and whether or not you can "reuse" your ESPN beer mug from a previous cruise? We will be cruising on the Wonder September 1, 2005. Thanks for any info!

Suzanne

mmouse37
08-13-2005, 09:51 AM
I am not judging, just stating what I think...but I don't think DCL would approve of you re-using your mug from your last cruise as they frowned upon the use of the soda mugs being used from previous cruises.. "the intent was for one cruise only" and since the ESPN CLUB is gone, it would be a dead giveaway when you bring your ESPN Logo beer mug up to the bar.

MJ

Suzepoo
08-13-2005, 10:02 AM
Since when? And to each his own opinion....if I can spend money in their stores on something else, what would DCL care anyway...they are still getting my money....

Suzepoo
08-14-2005, 06:38 AM
You guys were right! Hubby and I went to Sam's Club yesterday and purchased a soft-sided cooler with wheels....what a GREAT idea!! Now he is even MORE excited about our cruise! There's nothing worse than worrying about what amount is going to be on that Sail and Sign bill on your last day! Thanks for all of the information!! :cool1: :hourglass

mmouse37
08-14-2005, 09:02 AM
Since when? And to each his own opinion....if I can spend money in their stores on something else, what would DCL care anyway...they are still getting my money....

Yes, ESPN club has been gone from both ships since they were both in drydock. ESPN club on both ships are now teen clubs and the teens clubs were turned into the Cove Cafe coffee bar. The new sports bar area is called Diversions and is where the comedy club used to be on Deck 3.

And as I said...I was not judging, just trying to answer honestly....DCL's intent when they sell the refillable mugs if for a one time use only (duration of your cruise)...this has been discussed many times here and people have flat asked DCL and were told one cruise only.... but I know many people who reused the soda mugs (me included!) on different cruises.....I was just stating DCL's point of view. So, if you did bring your ESPN logo mug up to a bar to get refilled, I doubt they would fill it since the ESPN club is no longer there.

But, since the refillable soda mugs are a thing of the past since soda is now included in the cruise price (except at the bars, roomservice and from waiters)....that issue is no longer a concern.

MJ

Suzepoo
08-18-2005, 05:02 AM
How about any updates regarding coolers, beer and carry on liquor from anyone who has just returned from a Disney cruise.......we are hoping they don't change their policy before we cruise in less than 2 weeks! Thanks for any updates.

sharonRNms
08-21-2005, 11:19 AM
Has anyone ever had a package mailed to the dock and had it sent to your room?? I've seen some posts about this. We are doing the Land/Sea trip and are using DCL transportation so will not have opportunity to stock up on beer/liquor prior to the cruise unless we get a taxi ahead of time. Just curious about the package thing. I've sent myself a package to WDW before and it worked great with snacks, etc. Was there when I checked in. Thanks ahead of time for any comments.... :cheer2: