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We've taken reusable water bottles to the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Europe with no problem. We don't believe in plastic water bottles when there is an option to refill our bottles with potable water either from the ship or onshore (obviously some discretion on this is strongly advised in some countries!) and we figure we've saved at least 3000 plastic bottles from going to the dump and have kept thousands of dollars in our pocket since we switched to reusable.We had no problem with bringing re-filled water bottles ashore in Australia. They checked our bags for food items, but did not care about the water.
The only countries which may not allow you to bring a filled water bottle onshore would be Australia and New Zealand, however you should be able to carry an empty refillable and then fill it with potable water once on land.
For hygiene reasons, there might be a restriction on filling personal water bottles direct from the dispensers in the buffet. It's better to ask a server to fill them, or use a pitcher, or fill them in your cabin.On Princess there are signs asking people not to refill glasses. I get a clean glass, fill it with ice or water and pour that into my bottle. Repeat until full. BTW, we like the bottles with the wide mouth as it is easier to fill with ice.
If you are worried about that empty bottle taking up valuable luggage space, you can look into the Vapur and Platypus brand "bottles". They are totally flat when empty, except for the spout. Various sizes are available. You can find them at REI, Amazon, Eddie Bauer, etc.You can also fill the bottle with other items if space is a problem.
If you are worried about that empty bottle taking up valuable luggage space, you can look into the Vapur and Platypus brand "bottles". They are totally flat when empty, except for the spout. Various sizes are available. You can find them at REI, Amazon, Eddie Bauer, etc.We filled ours after security at the airport and carried them on, they don't count as a carry on item. We have gotten into the habit of carrying a water bottle with us everywhere, and drinking from it regularly. We drink a half gallon a day minimum this way, which is very healthy for your body.
In Florence, we were not allowed to take any water into the Uffizzi. Again, we just emptied our water out and carried the empty bottle in our bags. People who had regular bottled water had to throw their bottles away before they could enter the museum.just curious... couldn't they have also emptied out the 'regular bottled water' and re-used the bottles later?
On my recent cruise to the Med, we took our water bottle off the ship everyday. There was one port however (I don't remember which one) where we were told we could not bring water back on board. It wasn't a big deal though. We just dumped the water out and carried on our empty bottle. In Florence, we were not allowed to take any water into the Uffizzi. Again, we just emptied our water out and carried the empty bottle in our bags. People who had regular bottled water had to throw their bottles away before they could enter the museum.Reusable water bottles are fine, whether rigid, collapsible, or even the Brita filter type. CDC/USPH requirements do not allow anything that has touched your mouth to be used to depress the dispensing lever of the drink dispensers onboard, or to touch the spout of the dispenser. This is the reason for requiring a clean glass every time, and why you use a clean glass to fill your bottle, not the bottle directly. If you carefully pour from the glass to the bottle without touching the glass to the bottle, you may reuse the glass to continue to fill your bottle, but if the two items touch, you should use a clean glass every time. Don't worry, there are plenty of glasses, and separate dishwashers for glasses, so they get done quicker.