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Old September 26th, 2008, 02:52 AM
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ok, my boyfriend and i are going to be first time cruisers on the Pride, leaving on the 5th (oh, the agony of the wait!).

anyway, i am a freak water drinker. i'm considering bringing my own bottled water on board. do i leave that with the luggage and they'll take it to the room? how does that work?

how much can i really bring? i mean, i don't like sodas or juices or fruity drinks (unless masked with alcohol ) where can i get my daily hot green tea?

or...do i just drink the water on board? where's the good water? what do you think? is it good water? they don't refill in mexico do they? KIDDING!

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Old September 26th, 2008, 05:19 AM
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Gosh you sound just like me. I cant wait for the responses! I think I will be talking at least a 6 pack of Ozarka onboard. I have heard that water is like $4 a bottle on the ship. I guess that we can always buy water in port that would be cheaper. I wonder if they let you carry it back on?

I wish I was going that soon! I am not leaving for a whole year and half and I am chomping at the bit to go sooner! Why oh Why cant I be independatly wealthy?
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Old September 26th, 2008, 11:21 AM
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You don't need to bring any water. The water on the ship is equal to any bottled water I've ever tried. If you seriously want to lug around extra weight then I've seen people bring a case as part of their luggage. I bring one bottle and refill with the tap and ice.
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I bring an empty bottle with me then fill it with ice and water from the ship before leaving the ship or to carry around with me during the day.
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I usually bring two 1.5 liters of bottled spring water in my carry-on mainly to use for pill taking in my stateroom, I don't want to be running out to the Lido deck every time I need water. I've seen people carry on huge cases of 16.9 oz. water bottles and they have not been stopped, especially if it is a brand that the ship does not carry, like Fiji. I don't know if you can check it with the porters or not, everyone I have seen with the huge cases have carried them on. The bottles of water supplied in your stateroom, I believe, were $3.50 or $3.75 per 1.5 liter bottle. I'm trying to remember what the brand is, maybe another cruiser will know. Cruise lines boast about the quality of their drinking water and if you have fountain drinks, coffee, tea, etc., you are drinking their water. The drinking water is located at each fountain station in the buffet restaurant.

They definitely allow you to bring drinking water back onboard from any port. I have purchased 1.5 liters of bottled water in San Juan (you don't even need to go into the city..there is a small store located in their terminal just before you exit the building), Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, etc.

P.S. If you like a particular tea product, I suggest you bring your own. I'm not a tea drinker so don't know what products they offer on the ship. The same goes for soft drinks...they don't serve Pepsi, for example.
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The water onboard is perfectly good. I will suggest is pack a few bottles with you for refilling. That way when you head out on port days, you will have your stash and not have to worry.
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By the way, the $4 bottle is a very big bottle... and considering the price of everything else or even a small bottle of water here, I thought it was very reasonable, and my sis and I ended buying two from our wet bar...
I mean some vending machinces charge $1 bottle or more...
By the way, the water on the Pride was just fine to me.
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the water on board is great, after all, we bought some dansani water the other day and its just filtered Dallas water lol. You wont taste any funny taste as its filtered to death on board. I wouldnt suggest you buy water in mexico lol
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Thanks for the great and helpful tips! I think i will just bring a 6-pack and then do the refills...great ideas!

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I have taken a case of Crystal Gyser on board. We printed out a couple of luggage tags and used clear packing tape to strap it on. Which also helps secure the wrapping on the case of water. We checked it through at the pier with our luggage. Didn't have a problem.

I'm a big water drinker too. But I'll tell you the last cruise I just bought a bottle or maybe 2 from the cabin each day. And refilled it on the Lido.

However, I recently found a product that helps me have filtered water and helps me be more "Green". Here is a link to Pure water to go.

http://www.purewater2go.com/bottles.html

These are great. And a lot easier than lugging a case of water on board.

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The selections of tea on Carnival are actually pretty good - green tea, black tea, earl grey breakfast tea, celestial seasonings teas, lemon tea, plus the usual lipton regular and decaf plus other nice teas I don't remember...
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I usually take a water bottle on board and then fill it up, the water next to the juice machines and out of the sink are just fine. When in port we go to the pharmacy and buy bottle water there, nothing wrong with that water either and very inexpensive as far as bottle water goes.
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thanks for the help!

one week from tomorrow...

i enjoy reading all your other posts and responses, too, thanks for taking the time to respond to mine!
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Default Re: i can't wait! but questions!

"anyway, i am a freak water drinker. i'm considering bringing my own bottled water on board. [b]do i leave that with the luggage and they'll take it to the room? how does that work? how much can i really bring?"

Reasonable amount. We usually bring a 12pk of water and a 12pk of soda. If you are drving to the port you can pack it in the checked bags and send it along with the porters at the pier. If you are flying, buy the water in the port city and pack it before you board. Don't put that much liquid in baggage that will be on an airplane first!

"where can i get my daily hot green tea?"

Pack the tea in your baggage and get hot water from the self serve coffee/hot chocolate stations.

"or...do i just drink the water on board? where's the good water? what do you think? is it good water? "

The water onboard is just fine. The pool water is local sea water.
I would only drink bottled water in Mexico.

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