I think I've read about people packing their own bottled water or soda to bring onboard, but I'm wondering- is this people who drive to the port or are there people out there who have actually packed cases of soda and/or bottled water in their checked luggage to be taken aboard upon arrival? I'm worried about leakage (esp. soda).
Maybe I'm a cheapskate, but I'd rather lug a $4 case of bottled water onto the ship, than pay $60 or more for the same number of bottles. Also, I highly doubt the ship has my fave soda, Diet *caffiene free* Dr. Pepper, onboard
I'm sailing on the Infinity for Alaska one week from today!
Thanks in advance for any advice!
Alaska Cruise on the Celebrity Infinity 09.02.2007
If you are flying from California then wait and buy the soda before you get aboard ship, if you are driving then take it with you. We toured Vancouver before our cruise and I feel sure had we wanted to our driver would have stopped so we could purchase soft drinks to take aboard. Have a great cruise.
I agree with the previous posters, don't chance packing that and then flying. I've always drank from the tap while onboard, and the water is fine...I'd just fill your own bottles with that. If any soda or even water should break while in route, that would cost something to repair, just not worth it to save a few dollars.
Distilled water for a CPAP is something you must bring with our purchase.
When I used a CPAP I carried it with me in my CPAP carrying case. This was a carry on and considered medical equipment and allowed. What I used for the distilled water were two Tupperware, 1 liter, plastic bottles. They fit perfect into my CPAP case and two of these would easily work for a two week cruise. DO NOT fill them to the top. The water will expand when the cabin pressurizes and it possible they may leak.
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How we handle soda and water -- getting it on the ship
We are addicted to Diet Coke and bottle water and would drink ourselves out of house and home if we didn't bring it on board. This is what we do.
We have two suit cases, large and medium. We put the medium into the large and then pack the medium full of our clothes, etc. Once we get into the port , we hail a taxi to the ship and ask the driver to stop at any near-by grocery store or convience store. (as a side note, we always buy the 20 oz plastic bottles, they are great to have in your pool bag on deck or take on shore with us). We then take the medium suitcase out of the large and fill it with the soda and water and check it through at the ship.
The cab costs only a little more than the transfers plus we're not packed on a bus with all the other people and have some flexibility and then we can buy all the water and soda we want.
Coming home now we have all the room we need in our suitcase to pack all the stuff we bought during the cruise -- you know how your suitcase always seems to shrink.
Whatever you decide to do, check with the airlines ahead of time about what, if any type of liquid, you can carry in a carry on bag. They are now not allowing any type of creams, aerosol's or, I think, any type of liquids at all in a carry on bag and they are inspecting ALL bags for this. Many women were told at the security check point to go back and check in their hand lotions, shampoos etc or else throw them away. They aren't kidding around with this.
Interestingly, I was allowed to bring home some nice Martini glasses that RCI gave us in my carry-on bag ( I specifically asked the airline if it was ok before boarding). All one would have to do is break it while on board and have a very sharp edged weapon as good or better than a knife....But don't bring on that Jergens lotion lol....Makes alot of sense, doesn't it??
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