Can we get suggestions on what you do for an all day outing? I've heard of some who bring a collapsible cooler, order room service just before heading out for the day and filling the cooler up for later. What do you do?
I've heard of people taking some fruit or crackers with them from the Lido but not ordering room service and putting it into a cooler.
How are you going to keep the food cold? Sure you can get ice from the cabin steward and put it into platic bags, but the ice could melt before you even start your lunch. You can't take freezer packs because there is no place in the fridge to freeze them.
We always come back to the ship for lunch.
Where are you going? The Caribbean? If so, why not have lunch at one of the little restaurants by the beach, if that is where you are going or in town.
Oh, forgot. There was a thread about this some time ago, I think. Some ports do not allow you to bring food off the ship.
Many foreign ports have restrictions about what food may brought off the ship. Specifically, many forbid fruit, vegetables, or meat, fish, and poultry.
The daily program should give you port specific info. Also, some ships and port have signs posted about restrictions.
Personally, I wouldn't want to lug a cooler around with me. I do what DeeDee says...spend a few dollars and enjoy the local cuisine. Also, many ports, especially poorer ones, depend on tourist dollars for their economy.
Most Shore Excursions that are "all day" affairs will note that they provide a meal or a snack of some sort.
Also, many ports do not allow food (particularly fruit) to be taken ashore. At least, I've noticed this in many ports in the Caribbean and Mexico (west coast). If there are no restrictions at a certain port, I usually take a package of crackers or some sort in case I have a blood-sugar crash of some kind. I also almost always take a bottle of water (though I NEVER buy one from the crew, but fill a bottle I've used already with water from the Lido).
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