Delayed boarding on Wonder today

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  1. steveandtonya

    steveandtonya We're starting to love this cruising stuff!!

    Feb 21, 2003
    Strange Smell Delays Boarding Of Disney Ship

    POSTED: 3:03 pm EDT September 29, 2005

    A suspicious smell emanating from a suitcase turned out to be food but it was strong enough for a pair of alert bomb-sniffing dogs to keep passengers from boarding the Disney Wonder cruise ship Thursday, according to Local 6 News partner Florida Today.

    The Brevard County sheriff's bomb squad was called into Port Canaveral to search several pieces of luggage being loaded onto the 964-foot-long ship about 11:30 a.m. after two bomb-sniffing dogs picked up on the scent.

    The ship was scheduled to leave about 5 p.m. for the Bahamas.

    "There was a suspicious suitcase found and as part of our standard procedures, we evacuated the ship," Rena Langley, a spokeswoman for the Disney Cruise Line told Florida Today.

    The suspicious smell apparently came from food someone packed away in the suitcase, said Andrew Walters, spokesman for the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

    Bomb squad members X-rayed each piece of luggage on the cart headed for the ship, Walters said.

    Passengers waited just over two hours before being allowed to finally board the vessel about 2 p.m.

    "It's just the climate that our country is in right now," said Bill Nowak, an Orlando man who was cruising with his wife and two children.

    Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.
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  3. RetroJulie

    RetroJulie Mouseketeer

    Aug 15, 2005
    That's hilarious. Well, maybe not the the cruisers... but it's still funny. I'd love to know what the food item was.
  4. Kim&Chris

    Kim&Chris dreaming of relaxing & soaking up the warm sun at

    Mar 23, 2000
    EEWWWWWWW! What the heck did that person pack that needed bomb-sniffing dogs to check it out? :rotfl: :rotfl:

    Hmmm, I can't wait to read those trip reports :rolleyes:
  5. mommasita

    mommasita DIS VETERAN Moderator

    Aug 3, 2004
    I am glad it turned out to be nothing serious....Although it may be frustrating for those cruising today, it is nice to hear about the security being stepped up.. :sunny: Happy Sailing to all.. :goodvibes
  6. johare

    johare DIS Veteran

    Aug 30, 1999
    Could have been dogs can smell a single bacon bit from 100 yards.
  7. my3kids

    my3kids <font color=blue>Helpful Cruise Board regular!<br>

    Oct 16, 2000
    I wonder if it was a Disser if they'll fess up upon return!! :rotfl:
  8. jenschaef1

    jenschaef1 Mouseketeer

    Jun 5, 2001
    How embarrasing :blush: for the person that packed the stinky food!!! :rotfl: :rotfl:

    Note to self: Leave the shrimp at home, there is plenty for everyone onboard.

    Thanks for posting this...made me smile :)

  9. scrapperjill

    scrapperjill DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2004
    Oh my...I also wonder what the heck the food was :smooth: Of course I feel for those people who had to get back off the ship...but then again it did give me a good laugh.

    I wonder what those people who's bag it was were thinking.
  10. auntie k

    auntie k If not at Disney, I'm scrapbooking!

    Jul 28, 2005
    Evidently they don't realize how much food is available on a cruise.

    I feel for the other passengers....bummer!
  11. michelle9343

    michelle9343 DIS Veteran

    Dec 9, 2004
    I can't imagin what kind of food it was. I'm thinking maybe hard boiled eggs!! :rotfl2: I also feel bad that so many people had the start of their vacation messed with. But on the other hand it does give some comfort to know how through they do check the bags.
  12. snelsonbrown

    snelsonbrown "We are all travelers in the wilderness of this wo Approved Advertiser

    May 23, 2001
    Hello there - Norm was at the port when it went into lock down - the bridges were raised and NOONE and I mean noone could get off or on the port - I understand that the cruise lines were giving out water and snacks for those that got into the waiting game - Norm turned around and came back to the shop and we waited until we got the phone call that all was clear - I will know more tomorrow as to what happened - stay tuned :) I do know everyone was in turmoil - I understand a suitcase was left unattended but didn't hear about the food -
    BTW while I am posting - the speed limit has been changed on HWY 528 and please take heeded, you speed you will be pulled over - the speed limit has now been dropped from 65 to 55 also there are a lot of troops out inforcing the new speed law - I passed a number of cars pulled over - anyhow do not know when this was done, but it has to be just very very recent - like a few days?
    Anyhow all stay safe.
    Blessings always
  13. DVC Jen

    DVC Jen DIS Veteran<br><font color=blue>Wigs out even the

    Jan 11, 2004
    the wonder is STILL at port. Anyone know when they will be leaving?

    I really feel for those people.
  14. Toni300z


    Feb 2, 2005
    I wonder what that was!
    It takes forever to board , I know that was a mess getting back on.

    I so want to do a DISNEY CRUISE!
  15. MelissaE1

    MelissaE1 Truly believes in the Magic

    Sep 5, 2002
    The Wonder just sailed by the Two Palms webcam at 5:48 CST (6:48 Port Canaveral time). I wondered if they would leave on time after that delay, guess not.

    Hopefully the rest of the trip will be smooth sailing!
  16. justmestace

    justmestace <br><img src="

    Mar 25, 2002
    WHY in the world would someone take FOOD in their suitcase???

    That's just unbelievable. Can't wait to hear what you find out, Shirley!
  17. videogal1

    videogal1 DIS Veteran

    Jul 22, 2003

    Well, actually, if I don't pack food for Cash, he doesn't eat and, furthermore, I smell a rat. Drug/bomb/contraband detection dogs are trained to ignore everything but their training objective PERIOD. No service dog hired for his selective sniffer would alert on food. Sorry, I just don't buy it. Even Cash, as a part of his training, ignores food. However, the scamp, does alert on small furry mammals, which he is also supposed to ignore.......

    Thank goodness no one is likely to board the ship with a live bunny in their suitcase...

    In this case it's probably someone's golf shoes.....
  18. justmestace

    justmestace <br><img src="

    Mar 25, 2002
    I definitely wasn't thinking DOG food. And Cash's food wouldn't fit in a suitcase anyway....a trunk, maybe...but not a suitcase! :dog2:
  19. videogal1

    videogal1 DIS Veteran

    Jul 22, 2003
  20. logan1_2000

    logan1_2000 <font color=indigo>DIS Veteran<br><font color=red>

    Nov 26, 2002
    You people are all so nosy--just focus on your own food and dont pay any attention to my food choices. Its my vacation and I'll bring and eat whatever I want. I've paid my fare and want to enjoy my vacation. It is an invasion to be sniffing the interior of my luggage. Everybody does it. Those food rules dont apply to me....

    Round about now I'm wondering how many of you realized that this was all written sarcastically, and that I am mocking some of the dress code arguments that are posted all the time, to show what the same attitude would look like if applied to food brought on board. So this is not a serious response, fellow DISers, okay?

    Just thought that there were some common thematic threads running through the act of packing food that turns stinky (or perhaps started out stinky) and also declaring independence from the published dress codes.
  21. sandiegosusie

    sandiegosusie DIS Veteran

    Oct 20, 2002
    I can't believe that someone would pack food for a cruise...snacks for the kids, sure...water bottles, I can see it! But food. Especially stinky food! Crack me up!

    How unfortunate for the people who were delayed at the port. Their excitement had to have been dampened...sad that those responsible didn't take others into thought. Hope everyone's cruise is better tomorrow... ::MinnieMo

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