Originally Posted by RRB
Sorry, but you are incorrect. We sailed on the 10/18/12 Dream cruise and.....
brought the folded cooler on board in our luggage,
set up the cooler in the ottoman in the stateroom
tipped the attendant to keep ice in it at all times
joked with the attendant about how much ice we needed
walked out of the ship to CC with the cooler filled with ice/beverages
walked the cooler back in the ship at days end filled with ice/empty containers
never had a CM questions us, told us we couldn't do it or put us in the brig
we have been doing this since 1997 and have cruise with DCL 13 times
I believe the rule change (or strict enforcement) began in October this past year so you may have sailed just prior to that. What has been allowed "since 1997" on 13 cruises is not pertinent when the rule changed in late 2012.
Originally Posted by ccemtperic
We purchased dcl coolers when we were on our cruise on the fantasy.
The coolers sold onboard are 6-pack size, not large and therefore they may not feel it would cause a problem. However, just because something is sold onboard does not necessarily mean it was intended to be used onboard. Think of all the different "souveniers" that can be purchased, most are clearly not expected to be used onboard -- framed artwork can be purchased onboard but DCL doesn't expect you to decorate your stateroom with them on the walls. I suspect that if/when the small coolers start to cause a similar problem as those now banned from bringing onboard, then DCL will either stop selling them or include a warning not to use them in staterooms. With the fridges on the new ships and the cooling boxes on the classic ships, I don't know why a small 6-pack size cooler is necessary to be used in a stateroom anyway. It's appropriate to follow the rules, regardless of where you can purchase an item.