Bring Food on board during Port stops?

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  1. Scrappy_Tink

    Scrappy_Tink DIS Veteran

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    I know you can't bring food onto the ship when you get on at Cape Canaveral (except pre-packaged commercial), but if you, say, buy a bunch of French pastries at St. Maarten, are you allowed to bring them onboard with you?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. PrincessShmoo

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    The DCL website info doesn't specify where the food restriction is applied. It just says:

    Q:
    What food or food storage containers are not permitted?
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    Food coolers containing personal snack foods and drinks may not be brought onboard. They are only permitted if needed for medications, baby food or items related to special dietary needs.

    Homemade, pre-cooked or other perishable items plus any open snack containers cannot be brought on board. Limitations on permitted food items are directly related to concerns for food safety and contamination prevention.

    Disney Cruise Line regrets that the crew members on board are unable to provide food preparation, refrigeration or storage for personal food or beverage items. Disney Cruise Line cannot verify the cleanliness of the environment in which pre-cooked or homemade food items were prepared, and so for the safety of all Guests and crew, these items are not permitted aboard the ship.


    https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/planning-center/my-cruise-plans/faqs/prohibited-items/food-storage-containers

    I take it to mean it cannot be brought onboard at any point.
     
  4. Scrappy_Tink

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    Yeah, I knew about that, but wasn't sure if it applied to the other countries....like Cuban cigars are "illegal", but several people buy them in Nassau and bring them onboard, but smoke them before they return to Cape Canaveral.
     
  5. Gigi22

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    I know that certain foods purchased in ports can be brought aboard, for example, you can bring pre-packaged rum cakes aboard. I've also had no problem bringing a box of chocolates with me. I would not try to bring fresh fruit/veg., plants, flowers, or meats. Not sure about the French pastries--if I were visiting a Caribbean port, I would be too worried about spoilage issues with custards, & etc. to try to bring pastries with me.
     
  6. Scrappy_Tink

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    Thanks! There's a famous pastry shop in Marigot, St. Maarten, that is supposed to have out-of-this world bread and pastries. Maybe they can box and seal them.
     
  7. kiford

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    Food items brought on board need to be commercially packaged and sealed. Sealing a box in a shop is not considered commercially sealed which is something that would be done in an industrial setting in a sterile contaminant-free environment.

    If you are really keen on the pastries, I'd eat them there unless you're prepared to have to give them up at port.

    BTW, I don't believe that it is illegal to purchase and smoke Cuban cigars if you are from the US, it is illegal to import them. So Disney doesn't care if you bring those on board - it's the attempt to import them to the USA that is illegal and that is a US customs issue, not Disney. Bringing unpackaged fresh food on board is more of a contamination issue but some may also have customs issues if they find their way to US shores.
     
  8. Aby

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    Anyone have any thoughts/comments on this for the Alaska cruises?

    I know you can't bring food off the ship into the Alaska ports (except commercially packaged stuff), and that I couldn't bring stuff onto the ship when boarding from Canada, but I never even thought that we might not be allowed to bring food back from Alaska ports onto the ship!

    We went to Alaska through DCL in 2011, and we brought back some yummy hand crafted chocolates/cookies from Ketchicandies in Ketchikan...the chocolate covered oreos (seriously to die for!) were in boxes, but they weren't what I would call "sealed" boxes - and no-one said anything when we brought them on board.

    Does this kind of thing count as "commercially prepared food" or do they just not care because it isn't fruit/meat/veggies and it's from the USA? Or, were we just lucky? I'd hate to find out I can't get some in a few weeks when we go back!

    Aby
     
  9. neg58

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    It doesn't matter that it's the USA, as you can't bring opened or homemade food on in port Canaveral or Miami or San Francisco either. It's either allowed or not allowed.

    It is commercially prepared food since it came from a commercial kitchen. You just need to check with DCL.

    Nancy
     
  10. acourtwdw2

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    We buy chocolate in St Martin Every time we go there. They deliver it to the port and we bring it home with us. It's some of the best chocolate I've ever eaten.
     
  11. Jrex21

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    Of, I've never heard of the French Pastry shop... do tell!! :goodvibes Chocolate? What kind of chocolate! I have no problems about scarfing things down before getting back on the ship!! Just tell me where! ;)
     
  12. acourtwdw2

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    The belgain chocolate box by beatrix
    http://www.thebelgianchocolatebox.com/home.htm

    Makes my mouth water just thinking about them.
     
  13. MND

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    You just brought up Cuba to rub it in to us Yankees, right? Thanks! :)

    I have to go, I'm have to refresh my Havana Club and Coke cocktail! :thumbsup2
     
  14. disney1990

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    Sarafina's is awesome. So hard to decide what to pick (I picked the raspberry tart). We finished all of our pastries before boarding the ship, so I am not sure.
     
  16. Scrappy_Tink

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    Below is the one I've heard rave reviews from on St. Maarten! It's in Marigot.

     
  17. Slappy32

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    We are going to Sarafina's on our cruise and I daresay the judicious use of a backpack may solve your issue a the risk of starting a flame war.
     
  18. ImprovGal

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    I think you may have been just lucky. Technically, they could have told you it couldn't be brought onboard.

    That said, I've cruised a variety of itineraries on DCL (or.. well.. as much of a variety as they've offered) and lately most of my souvenir purchases have been local foodstuffs, some of which were bought specifically to be consumed on the ship. I sailed on an Alaska cruise their first season and had a screener question the smoked salmon (which was factory-sealed in plastic and boxed) I'd purchased in Juneau. It was only after I showed the packaging and that it was smoked and shelf-stable that he finally let me board with my salmon.

    On other itineraries, I may or may not have boarded with plastic wrapped cheeses that I may or may not have consumed in the Cove Cafe during the cruise. That kind of stuff may be denied boarding, but hey it's the only kind of gambling I get to do on DCL. ;)
     
  19. Scrappy_Tink

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    :thumbsup2 :rolleyes1
     
  20. disney1990

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    Yes, that is the one I provided pictures from. It is just so hard to choose.
     

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