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gemjoy
07-15-2005, 09:40 AM
I'm curious if the majority bring a cooler w/ beverages and such when they board the ship....
Does anyone just "not bother" :confused3
I really like the idea of having some "drinks of choice" in our room :drinking1 ~ but is it really worth it??? Is it a hassle bringing it on the ship??? I'm trying to decide which way to go........ :scratchin

Sooooooo....... what do you all do??? (I think this is my first poll :rotfl: )

mmouse37
07-15-2005, 10:00 AM
I usually bring a bottle or so of wine or booze onboard in my carryon tote and pack a small collapsible cooler to take on shore excursions. I do not bother bringing bottled water or soda onboard because what they serve onboard is fine with me. I do like to have a drink in my room at night.

MJ

ljql_5969
07-15-2005, 10:30 AM
The last cruise we went on in May (RCCL) was the first time we have carried beverages on board. We brought on beer and Malibu rum (mixes well with pineapple juice!) and some margarita mix that already had the tequila in it. We were glad we did and felt like it was worth it. :cool1:

We didn't bring enough beer to last the whole trip, but what we brought we were happy with.

stealthdisney
07-15-2005, 10:36 AM
Hi there,

We always bring a cooler with us. On the last cruise as we will do on the SOF we use one of our luggage tags to bring a 2.5 gallon jug of bottled water right to our stateroom.

Don.

kcashner
07-15-2005, 10:41 AM
We don't bother any more. I used to bring 6 or 12 cans of my daughter's favorite soda, but I've since found that she's reasonably happy with Diet Coke. Thus, it isn't worth the hassle to me.
The water on the ship is fine. We bring one bottle per person on board and refill it for excursions. We don't drink much alcohol, so.....

crisi
07-15-2005, 11:13 AM
I didn't notice a lot of coolers. But big coolers (hard sided ones) aren't allowed, so it would be hard to tell. You are supposed to pack beverages in your carry on, and some parties had a lot of carry on luggage - maybe they didn't check anything or maybe they brought on a lot of booze!

Personally, I thought the minimal carryons we had were a hassle. If you board right when the ears open, it will be about an hour and a half or more before you get to your room. Plus any time you spend in the terminal. The carryons were really a hassle for that hour and a half (we had a portable DVD player we didn't check, an overpacked daybag, the camera bag, a backpack of books and stuff). Next time, fewer carryons - which means I'll be buying my rum from the bar!

(We also found most drink prices - particularly the drink of the day - to be fairly reasonable. And fruity icy cruise drinks to be worth buying over just putting some rum in some coke.)

lindakmonty
07-15-2005, 11:42 AM
I didn't see too many with coolers either, but I absolutely always have to pack some Mt. Dew!! Guess next time we'll have to pack some adult beverages as well :)

pbharris4
07-15-2005, 12:59 PM
I've been going back and forth with taking a cooler. Finally, I bought a cooler "tote" from Wal Mart for $8. Made by Innoventions. It rolls up and velcros to store it, but has a zipper when it's being used. It's Pretty heavily lined too. We can use it for drinks or whatever and then put souveniers in it coming back..because our luggage is packed already and our van will be packed as well.

salbythec
07-15-2005, 05:42 PM
On our last cruise we bought the dcl coooler when we got off the ship at castaway cay. I am going to bring that this time to hold drinks and snacks for when we do our excursions.

cruzings
07-15-2005, 06:24 PM
We always bring a collapsible soft-sided cooler. This is for us to use on our onshore excursions. It really helps to be able to bring my kids' favorite drinks. Since they are not soda drinkers, I try to bring two 6-packs of apple juice onboard (apple juice is available from room service but only in glasses). And then DH and I just drink water and fill our water bottles when needed using water from the ship. We fill up large zip-loc bags with ice from deck 9 and put it in the cooler (this way it's not messy). Our drinks stay ice cold for the whole day.

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webray
07-15-2005, 06:56 PM
For a three or four day..definately not worth it. For a 7 day..we always bring water and cooler, inside one of our larger suitcases, then use that suitcase for souveniers when we get off the ship.

I am guessing a lot of people bring coolers with wine/pop/alcohol, because there is a card in your stateroom that asks when you want ice service.

aprilgail2
07-15-2005, 09:54 PM
We brought one the first time but after that we just don't bother....its easier to just order a case of water from room service when we get there....its vacation and I would rather splurge on things like that than lug a cooler around with me on board.

LIFERBABE
07-15-2005, 10:02 PM
We brought one the first time but after that we just don't bother....its easier to just order a case of water from room service when we get there....its vacation and I would rather splurge on things like that than lug a cooler around with me on board.

aprilgail2:

How much is a case of water from RS?

Billinaz
07-16-2005, 12:07 AM
I have one of those Mickey coolers that they had at disneystore.com. We load it with cokes and the stateroom hostess always filled it with ice.

I like being able to just get a coke without having to go out to get it....

http://members.cox.net/wcwill/mm_cooler.jpg

Pea-n-Me
07-16-2005, 12:14 AM
I like that cooler, Bill! :goodvibes

We don't bring a cooler but we do bring a box of wine and some small cans of ginger ale which I like to drink in our stateroom. We ask the room steward to keep the ice bucket full which they freshen twice a day. Otherwise we get the rest of our drinks on the ship. I'll also be bringing our CC cooler for shore excursions this time. I've been saving it since our last cruise. :boat:

pppiglet
07-16-2005, 12:24 AM
Room service water is about $27-29 for a case. We just brought a case of water from home and it fit perfect it a small roller suitcase that we just checked with our regular luggage. We also packed a small soft pack that holds 4 waters in case we wanted to take it on our excursions. We filled the fridge in the room with the water bottles and our small pack and our room steward kept it filled with ice for us. The empty small roller we put our souvenirs in for the trip home. The case lasted the 3 of us all week on the 7night cruise. We will do the same thing next time. I can't see spending $27 on water!

LIFERBABE
07-16-2005, 02:35 AM
Room service water is about $27-29 for a case. We just brought a case of water from home and it fit perfect it a small roller suitcase that we just checked with our regular luggage. We also packed a small soft pack that holds 4 waters in case we wanted to take it on our excursions. We filled the fridge in the room with the water bottles and our small pack and our room steward kept it filled with ice for us. The empty small roller we put our souvenirs in for the trip home. The case lasted the 3 of us all week on the 7night cruise. We will do the same thing next time. I can't see spending $27 on water!


Thanks ppppiglet! I don't think we will be spending $27 on water either!

Bill we have the same cooler! and I will definitely take it with. That's great that the room stewards keep the ice supplied.

kbkids
07-16-2005, 10:40 AM
We've got this Disney cooler too. Can it be used as your carryon luggage? We're only doing a 3 day, but plan to bring along some beer and a few soft drinks to keep from having to go up to deck 9 in case we're dying for a coke! Will probably have some water bottles in there too. I've just read that you can't check the drinks - I can understand why - but thought if I could throw in the few things we might need before we get to the room, this cooler would make a great carry-on piece.

Jsme
07-16-2005, 11:36 AM
We've got this Disney cooler too. Can it be used as your carryon luggage? We're only doing a 3 day, but plan to bring along some beer and a few soft drinks to keep from having to go up to deck 9 in case we're dying for a coke! Will probably have some water bottles in there too. I've just read that you can't check the drinks - I can understand why - but thought if I could throw in the few things we might need before we get to the room, this cooler would make a great carry-on piece.

I just bought the cooler too. I am considering taking it with me in September.

Sizing is 15'H X 14'W X 12" D can this be brought as a carry on?

gemjoy
07-18-2005, 08:57 AM
Ouch!!!!! :sad2: You actually have to pay for water in your stateroom??? :confused3
I thought water was free..... looks like I'm bringing a cooler!

gydell
07-18-2005, 01:34 PM
We take a rolling cooler on many trips. We use it as our carry on luggage as if it were a suitcase. When we get to our room then we unload it and we have a cooler until we go home.

akasleepingbeauty
07-18-2005, 01:54 PM
gemjoy - you only have to pay if you want bottled water delivered to your stateroom. There is unlimited free filtered water available 24/7 at the Deck 9 beverage station. So, if you like have a large water cup, you can just bring one with you and refill it. Or you can just use the smaller paper cups they provide at the beverage station. For leaving the ship, you could always bring a larger water bottle with you and refill it for excursions etc. You definitely do not HAVE to buy water for your room but it is an option.

pbharris4
07-26-2005, 01:40 PM
Just got back last night. We took a DVC cooler onboard (it's the same as the DCL cooler you can buy..and we bought one of those too. Don't know why, though). I had a medical form sent a few months before the cruise so no one said anything. We had Propel water in ours and a soda or two. They had soy milk on board for DD and we took Propel because it's the only water my DD's will drink. Room service will leave a card asking how many times a day you would like ice delivered. IMHO, I wouldn't take a huge cooler unless it's beer or a special brand you want because it takes up alot of room. The "beverage cooler" in the room is a joke. I wouldn't use it for drinks.

stingfancb
07-26-2005, 01:49 PM
Our family drinks ALOT of water - not much of anything else. We would always get a pitcher of ice water delivered with our room service breakfast and any other room service. We would keep it in fridge and then would have it when we were in the room (it comes covered with plastic wrap). The others are correct in that the fridge doesn't really cool things off, but with the water already being really cold it stayed just fine. Other times we would have our big insulated mug to fill at the drink station for while at the pool, etc. (Of course, it's a "Gator" mug - shame they don't offer Gatorade!)

glindamood
07-26-2005, 02:10 PM
We always take beer and Pepsi - just put it in a rolling bag and the luggage handlers always take it from us when we get to port and it goes straight to the room. I even tried to take it with me but they just smile and say no problem.

I also pack a collapsable cooler for the room and the cabin steward always keeps it full of ice.

BoardwalkBabe
07-26-2005, 02:58 PM
I usually pack a small rolling suitcase with cans of soda and bottled water. Now I have a rolling cooler, so I will use that instead. I do not drink coffee, so I prefer having a Diet Coke in the morning and we like having bottled water to take with us on excursions.

We found the little fridge in our cabin did just fine when it came to keeping things cold (soda). :sunny:

Busymom
08-27-2005, 03:11 PM
Does this cooler leak at all? I thought someone said they lined theirs with a bag? I don't want to have to line my cooler if I get this one? I am debating whether to get a disney cooler or just get one from Walmart. Thanks!

slindamood
08-27-2005, 03:22 PM
I find that extra luggage adds to the stress of a trip and don't think its worth the hassle.

I drink bottled water at home, but on board found the water at the drink station to be a good substitute. I did take a few bottles in my carryon and saved the empties to fill for free.

The first cruise we took a box of wine but did not drink it. We found the drink specials to be a good deal, especially the two for ones, and would buy a glass of wine with dinner. We would rather travel light and buy a drink or two a day as we feel like it.

cruzings
08-27-2005, 04:06 PM
We got our soft-sided cooler from Walmart. It's worked well for two cruises. It folds flat when not in use. When we go onshore, we fill two gallon size zip loc bags with ice, put those in the cooler along with our drinks. By doing this, the cooler stays clean and we can use the ice for our drinks. :p :p :p :p :p

moet7
08-27-2005, 04:15 PM
HI,
1) Why does DCL say you can NOT bring a cooler on board with personal drinks/snacks BUT everyone does without any problem at all?

2) Is this so that people who don't read our wonderful board don't bring a cooler and that way there aren't as many people doing it?

3) Do people roll their coolers around on the ship, like to the pool and just sit in a chair and pull out a beer or pop when they feel the need of a drink?

4) Are the cups that are available at the drink station on deck 9, plastic, or paper?

5) Anyone have a picture of the drink station?

6) Would it be a good idea to bring your own Large Plastic Cup to use when you are just sitting by the pool instead of using a smaller cup that is provided at the drink stationn?

Thanks!