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Old 08-14-2012, 12:29 AM   #1
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DCL souvenir water bottle: worth buying, and can it be purchased onboard?

Yet another n00b question from a 1st-timer:

We sail on the Magic in 3 days (squee!!) and I am finalizing my packing. Finally!

I saw the DCL souvenir water bottle on the DCL checkin/gifts & amenities page, and it has me seriously debating whether I want to bring my own bottle.

"DCL Water Bottle - Keep hydrated and stay refreshed with this collectible water bottle - Item 2168, $13 - Stay hydrated with this collectible 25oz DCL water bottle designed in a modern, slender shape. The easy-grip feature and no-spill sports top make quick sips a cinch when you're on-the-go."

We tend to like travel mugs or water bottles for our souvenirs, so we have plenty of choices. We WERE going to bring our own sturdy water bottles from home...but they are tall and narrow enough that they're obnoxious to stuff anything into other than underwear. CLEAN underwear... (The thought of anything else...ew!)

Anyway, I am seriously thinking of getting a couple of DCL souvenir water bottles, because it would be a nice souvenir to add to our collection, and that way I don't have to pack others to take along--especially given the massive quantities of junk food I've bought as little "thank you" gifts for our various CMs!

1) Is the water bottle available onboard? (I'm assuming YES, because otherwise that would just be silly.)

2) Is it better to buy it ahead of time, while I still can, and have it in the room--or is it easy to go get one in whatever gift shops they have on the Magic?

3) Is it even WORTH buying, or is it some super-flimsy plastic material that will not last? They look pretty nice, but if they're that thin plastic you can practically squeeze in half, it may not be worth it. Ours are very sturdy, like Nalgene-bottle-type material.

4) Oooh...just thought. Are they BPA free? (If anyone has one and knows.)

Okay, that's enough questions!

Thanks for helping a clueless n00b figure out the final details on our first cruise!
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:16 AM   #2
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I'd also like to ask - can you fill water bottles with soda from the self-serve machines? I remember the cups they provide you with are tiny.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:26 AM   #3
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I'd also like to ask - can you fill water bottles with soda from the self-serve machines? I remember the cups they provide you with are tiny.
I think you can fill your own container, they just ask that you use their cups (new and sanitary) to do so.
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I think you can fill your own container, they just ask that you use their cups (new and sanitary) to do so.
That would make sense. Since I'm a germaphobe - I like that!
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:57 AM   #5
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As someone who always carried a water bottle with me, I am curious about the DCL water bottle as well. Any opinions?
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:01 PM   #6
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We always take our refillable water bottles on board. We use the disposable cups provided to add ice and water from the soda machine on deck. We are water snobs, and the water from the fountain is quite acceptable to us. Be sure to take along some dish soap to wash your bottles.
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Be sure to take along some dish soap to wash your bottles.
Just a tip. To prevent packing fluids, I cut sponges up into small squares, soak them in detergent and dry them in the sun. Then I keep a baggie of them in our carry-on.
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Just a tip. To prevent packing fluids, I cut sponges up into small squares, soak them in detergent and dry them in the sun. Then I keep a baggie of them in our carry-on.
What a great idea! I have never heard of that!
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Has anyone ordered one of the bottles yet and can confirm their condition? I have 24 hours left to send in my form and would like to buy a couple if they are nice.
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I bought the water bottle but would not do it again. Would just get something out of the shops. Did not feel it was worth it.
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:02 AM   #11
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Mine is all foggy from the sunscreen.
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