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Old 05-06-2013, 10:52 PM   #1
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Bringing food on excursions

Does anyone know if you can bring snacks like, Muffins or dry cereal off of the ship to take on excursion?
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:57 PM   #2
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Does anyone know if you can bring snacks like, Muffins or dry cereal off of the ship to take on excursion?
In many ports, only pre-packaged foods are allowed off the ship. In some ports no food is allowed off the ship.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:16 AM   #3
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Not on DCL, but another cruise line we would always laugh at the pile of bananas that would accumulate at the gangway as people would go to exit and were not allowed to bring them. The rules vary by port and the fines can be stiff. You will hear about people who pack a lunch to take off the ship, but in many cases it is not allowed and DCL does not encourage the practice.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:26 AM   #4
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I was hoping to bring some trail mix and packaged crackers when we go to the ruins in Costa Maya. Do you think that would be ok?
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:37 AM   #5
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Prepackaged food is acceptable We usually grab a box of cereal at buffet and throw in a bag.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:54 AM   #6
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I was hoping to bring some trail mix and packaged crackers when we go to the ruins in Costa Maya. Do you think that would be ok?
That should be fine as long at the trail mix is packaged. We brought Cheezits and fruit snacks.
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I have many food allergies and have to pack my own food for excursions as I am unable usually to eat anything that is provided especially on excursions where lunch is included. Will I have to get a letter from a doctor in order to bring food off the ship?
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:45 AM   #8
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Glad I saw this thread and good to know about prepackaged food! I always carry snacks for my kids just in case so I'll be sure to buy the smaller snack sized ones so they can be finished before we get back too.
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I have many food allergies and have to pack my own food for excursions as I am unable usually to eat anything that is provided especially on excursions where lunch is included. Will I have to get a letter from a doctor in order to bring food off the ship?
What kind of food are you packing?

It's probably going to depend on what the laws are in the particular country you are visiting. A country that does not allow fruit to be brought in is not going to make an exception because of a food allergy, if their reasoning is to keep certain types of seeds or parasites from entering the country. As noted, many countries allow sealed, packaged items to be taken off the ship. Are there any items like that you can bring?
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I have many food allergies and have to pack my own food for excursions as I am unable usually to eat anything that is provided especially on excursions where lunch is included. Will I have to get a letter from a doctor in order to bring food off the ship?
As long as it's factory pre-packaged and unopened, you should have no issues. The rules are not DCL's, it's part of being allowed off the ship in a foreign country. You'd have to contact each port and see what their rules are, and what documentation they'd require (assuming they'd make an exception, which is doubtful).

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Old 05-07-2013, 12:29 PM   #11
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Thank you everyone for your responses. I am just wanting to bring a couple of snacks for 1 yr old, seems as though they just need to be prepackaged.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:43 PM   #12
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I didn't even think to ask whether or not we could take food off the ship. Our day in San Juan DH wasn't feeling up to eating breakfast and I knew if I didn't eat something I would fall over, so I grabbed a couple bowls of the prepackaged cereal to keep me upright until we were able to grab lunch. This is good to know for next time.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:34 PM   #13
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We always take prepackaged foods off the ship, especially while traveling with an infant/toddler. Just make sure everything is sealed in it's original packaging and you should be fine. If you don't want to bring things with you onboard you can likely find cereal, chips, and Uncrustables PB&J sandwiches (order from room service, but ask that they keep them sealed).
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