I'm sailing on the Dream on 3/13. If you buy a soda card does this entitle you to bottles of water? Sitting outside in the sun all day I want to stay hydrated (and still drink some beer). How is the water situation on the boat handled? Thanks!
I totally agree with Kuki, the water on board is very good, we always bring our own bottles, fill them with ice then top them off with water. Then we're all set for heading off exploring new destinations.
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I also bring my own thermos onboard and fill it with ice and water from the Lido deck beverage stations, not only do I use it when we are at sea but also fill it up and bring it onshore. The water bottles that everyone purchases as they are getting off the ship, turns warm very quickly in the hot weather, yuck.
Personally, I would just bring my own water bottle(s) and fill them from the tap. The price of on board bottled water and the hassle of carrying on bottled water isn't worth the chance that there may be a slight issue with any ship's water. Note: None of the issues mean that water is not potable. The cruise lines check the water on a daily basis and the water itself is comes from distillation or reverse osmosis processing of sea water.
"Usually" the water is as good or better than any public water source with no off taste or discoloration. However, it is possible that there is a chance there will be some taste or discoloration in the water. This comes from the pipes getting older or because of maintenance.
I never had a water problem until the last few cruises. Carnival Pride had an off flavor to the water on both my 11/08 cruise and 5/09 cruise. The Statendam had some discoloration in 2006 and Radiance of the Seas had a few episodes of very brown water that lasted a few seconds. They were working on the plumbing on Radiance.
Because of these experiences I no longer make the blanket statement that "all" cruise water is as good or better than bottled water.
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