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Old 04-27-2013, 02:57 PM   #31
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Wow, this makes me really nervous. I'm allergic to shellfish and iodine and I get really sick if I swim in salt water. I wonder if the water will be a problem for me. Also my dad is on dialysis and has to be very careful about his salt intake. I'm guessing the same water is also fed through the fountain drink machines?
All the water onboard (preparing food, making ice, from the drink stations, from the tap in your room) is processed the same as bottled water (reverse osmosis and filtered). I've always found the water to taste good.

I don't know if there are (or could be) problems with allergies, or dialysis patients, but, if you're concerned, certainly you may bring onboard your own bottled water. Or purchase it onboard (much higher cost).
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Wow, this makes me really nervous. I'm allergic to shellfish and iodine and I get really sick if I swim in salt water. I wonder if the water will be a problem for me. Also my dad is on dialysis and has to be very careful about his salt intake. I'm guessing the same water is also fed through the fountain drink machines?
I'm so sorry for you not being able to swim in the ocean!
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:07 PM   #33
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My DW is highly allergic to shellfish, but had no problem with the water.

However you should find another place to dine for lobster night. Even though she did not order lobster, all the shells cracking put juice in the air and almost landed her in sick bay.

We booked Palo that night.
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My DW is highly allergic to shellfish, but had no problem with the water.

However you should find another place to dine for lobster night. Even though she did not order lobster, all the shells cracking put juice in the air and almost landed her in sick bay.

We booked Palo that night.
I've read that Palo also serves lobster on lobster night.
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Is there a lobster night on the 4 day Dream? I hadn't read about that. I'm already nervous about the amount of seafood they serve. I don't even go into places like Red Lobster or Joe's Crab Shack, but I've read so much about how great they are with allergies on the ship I thought it would be ok.
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I'm so sorry for you not being able to swim in the ocean!
I was thinking I might just wade a little bit at CC. I'm guessing it was just the water that got in my mouth that caused a problem in the past, but I suppose it could be absorbed through my skin with enough exposure.
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Is there a lobster night on the 4 day Dream? I hadn't read about that. I'm already nervous about the amount of seafood they serve. I don't even go into places like Red Lobster or Joe's Crab Shack, but I've read so much about how great they are with allergies on the ship I thought it would be ok.
The lobster is generally served on the Captain's Gala menu, so the 4 night cruise would most likely not have it.

The menus for the 4 night would be the 3 signature menus & Pirate menu.

Captain's Gala menu is usually only on the longer cruises.
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Wow, this makes me really nervous. I'm allergic to shellfish and iodine and I get really sick if I swim in salt water. I wonder if the water will be a problem for me. Also my dad is on dialysis and has to be very careful about his salt intake. I'm guessing the same water is also fed through the fountain drink machines?
I understand that reverse osmosis removes all of the salt. Salt particles are larger than the openings in the filters. Someone mentioned that the food was salty. This is true but it is because they use too much salt in the food perpetration process, not because the water is salty. Most of the bottled water companies use the same reverse osmosis process that Disney does to purify the water.
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I was thinking I might just wade a little bit at CC. I'm guessing it was just the water that got in my mouth that caused a problem in the past, but I suppose it could be absorbed through my skin with enough exposure.
I'm pretty sure the pools on the ship are salt water as well.
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I'm pretty sure the pools on the ship are salt water as well.
No, most cruise lines do just fill their ships with ocean water. Disney uses the same water they process through reverse osmosis. So they are technically fresh water (though heavily chlorinated) pools.
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Thanks! It sounds like it should be fine. At least I know there's bottled water available on board. If we have any problem with the ship's water, we'll just have to shell out the cash for bottled. I really don't want to carry on a case if it's not necessary.
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I've read that Palo also serves lobster on lobster night.
We just got off the Fantasy, where we booked Palo for Lobster night to avoid the shellfish. I can state with certainty that Palo did not serve lobster during lobster night. They had their regular menu (which I think may include a shellfish menu item, but it's a far cry from giving everyone lobster!).

My DW had Viel, and I had steak.
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Boiled/condensed, not reverse osmosis (on Fantasy)

On the Fantasy, they had a "behind the scenes" video on one of the channels. They explained that to get potable water, they boil the sea water in a slight vacuum (boiling point about 70 C), then condense the steam.
They have lots of spare heat from the engines that they can use for this and other purposes.
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Just sailed on the Dream, not sure I'll be doing another DCL for a while, but trust me, I will be bringing my own water on board, using it to brush my teeth, bringing it to meals, taking it into port; that ship water was SOOOOOO NASTY! I really think it depends on what your tap water tastes like ordinarily, this stuff was nothing like what I was accustomed to. So glad it was a quick, 3-night sailing.

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On the Fantasy, they had a "behind the scenes" video on one of the channels. They explained that to get potable water, they boil the sea water in a slight vacuum (boiling point about 70 C), then condense the steam.
They have lots of spare heat from the engines that they can use for this and other purposes.
Yes, that is one of the methods used. However, they can't make enough potable water just using that method for all the uses onboard. Reverse osmosis is another. They also take on water in some of the ports to fill the water reserve tanks.
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