I was curious, why do people need to bring their own water on the boat? I was on a Carnival cruise last year and the regular water they had tasted fine to me. Which is surprising for Carnival. Don't most ships at least filter their 'tap' water? I will be on the MSC Divina in a week. I figured I'll just bring a water bottle to fill up as needed. This should work fine, right?

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On most of our previous cruises we almost always drank tap water. Very safe and it never tasted all that bad. My wife would fill up bottles for shore excursions etc. I don't care much for the taste of chlorine though, especially in my coffee. Bottled water was preferable for me except it was rather expensive and my wife would give me a bad time when I bought them on board. We cruise on three lines, Princess, HAL and Regent. Regent gives us bottled water for free, so I really get spoiled on them.

Recently though, I discovered that on Princess we could order a case of 12, waiting in the cabin, for .57 cents per bottle---500 ml. It is my understanding we can get the same on board by the case anytime for the same price, but a case for two weeks is more than enough. For a month cruise I would order two cases. I'm not about to pack an entire case on board in my luggage, besides some lines are beginning to prohibit that practice.

I'll be bringing my kids on a cruise later this year and I will definitely bring water supply enough for the whole duration of the trip just for my two kids, Me and the mister can drink anything it's just that the kids have sensitive tummies. Making sure they won't get sick on board.

I let the ship ice cubes melt in the glass ,then I drink the water , it seems to taste better

I've never had a problem with ship water.

Not all lines allow you to bring bottled water on the ship....or anything in a bottle, just cans (this is because people would sneak booze on in water bottles). check with the cruise line your booked on. Some cruise lines let you order a case of water to be delivered to your cabin for a very reasonable cost.

I'm fine drinking tap water. If it is a long cruise I may get one of the bottles that has the Britta filter in it so I can filter the tap water.

From what I understand, the ships distill their own water. Generally cleaner than bottled water, and would probably be a waste of a filter.

The only advantage I find in bottled water is that you can take it off the ship in a port call.

I bring a lidded water bottle with me. We purchase bottled water onboard and refill my own bottle. It also helps me keep track of water intake, especially important in warm and/or dry climates to which my system is not accustomed. It is a personal preference and I have never heard of anyone getting sick from drinking water on a modern cruise ship.

We usually take water with us, the better half prefers it. I am good with what comes out of the tap.

I went to the port today for an interview and saw people with cases of water and soda. I remember there was a similar post (or rant) about the reasons why. I personally don't understand it. I would not want to haul a 24 pack of water while i'm trying to board the ship or a few 12 packs of soda because the brand is not the right one (or you don't want to spend the money on a drink package).... But whatever floats your boat....as long as the ship don't sink!

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