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Billy K. October 4th, 2009 03:58 PM

Drinking water...
 
We are about to leave on our first cruise in a couple of weeks, my wife, teenage daughter and myself. I have seen several posts about people bringing their own drinking (bottled) water. Is the tap water safe to drink on the ship? or is it just a taste difference?

I have also seen a few posts that say to bring a water filter with you. Do you recommend this?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Mike M October 4th, 2009 04:07 PM

Re: Drinking water...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Billy K.
We are about to leave on our first cruise in a couple of weeks, my wife, teenage daughter and myself. I have seen several posts about people bringing their own drinking (bottled) water. Is the tap water safe to drink on the ship? or is it just a taste difference?

I have also seen a few posts that say to bring a water filter with you. Do you recommend this?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

The ship's water is as safe or safer than any public water system in the U.S. The water is seawater that either goes through distillation or reverse osmosis.

Bringing a water filter is a waste of luggage space. Some people just like to bring their own water but I can't really understand why.

The only ship that I have sailed that had water that didn't taste good was the Carnival Pride. The water was fine but it just had a taste to it. It's the only ship in about 20, that I have sailed, that had a "taste" to the water.

Take care and leave the filter at home.
Mike

Dave Beers October 4th, 2009 06:36 PM

In addition to the use of the onboard distilling plants, ships also take on fresh water in port, which is filtered, sampled, etc. It is perfectly safe to drink. In fact it is held to higher safety standards than most tap water or bottled water. I've been drinking ship's water for years - in fact I used to "make" it while in the Navy. People get hung up on perceptions and think a bottle of water just has to be better for them. Fact is, most of it comes directly from some municipal water supply. I recently read an article which referred to bottled water as the "pet rock" of this current era.

cuzzx October 4th, 2009 07:28 PM

water thoughts
 
the waters fine come on in.

jdh October 4th, 2009 10:02 PM

Interesting thing about the water onboard the ships. All is fine and all is good, but we learned that the ice makers are filtered as well. Which means the water used to make the ice is "double filtered" and actually tastes somewhat better. My husband takes medication in the AM before breakfast so in the evening we move the top off the ice bucket allowing some of the ice to melt. In the AM there is more then enough water for him to take his medication. It actually has a fresher taste then the tap water. I will say, there is nothing wrong with the ships tap water!

Another thing we have done is when in port we sometimes stop at a convenience type store and purchase a six pack of bottle water. Much cheaper then onboard prices. Also eliminates the ice bucket routine!

bobsfamily October 5th, 2009 03:50 AM

We have found that the water from the tap in the room is not as good as the water in the MDR. I agree that melted ice "water" is better tasting - then again it's COLD.. lol

green_rd October 5th, 2009 08:14 AM

I use water bottles when in port - I fill them from the lido deck :)

Billy K. October 5th, 2009 11:04 PM

Thank you all for the advice. My wife will sleep much better now.


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