Disney Cruise Line has a number of rules in place when it comes to food and drink items guests bring on board, as well as the containers in which you can store them. Note, I said rules, not guidelines. While I find their carry-on policies to be generous, DCL is very strict when it comes to food products and coolers it allows. This is why I will provide you the word-for-word guidance issued directly from Disney on this topic.
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What You May Not Bring
- Homemade, precooked or perishable foods or open food containers.
- Ice chests or coolers, except as noted below.
- Electrical appliances such as rice cookers, hot plates, coffee makers, blenders, bottle sterilizers and bottle warmers
DCL does have a limited number of approved bottle warmers and bottle sterilizers available upon request through Guest Services. In addition, you can request hot water to be delivered to their stateroom at any time from room service.
What You are Welcome to Bring
- Nonperishable, government-approved snack foods in sealed, original packaging. All items must either be consumed prior to returning to your home port or remain unopened.
- Breast milk, in carry-on luggage only.
- Coolers no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 12″ [30.5cm x 30.5cm x 30.5cm], as carry-on luggage only for storing medications, baby food or items related to dietary restrictions only.
You may also carry on bottled water or distilled water as needed. DCL may have a limited supply of distilled water available for medical needs. For medical requests, contact DCL’s Special Services team directly:
Phone: (407) 566-3602 Fax: (407) 566-3760 TTY: (407) 566-7455
Carry-On Alcohol Policy
Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port of call. These beverages must be packed in carry-on (not checked) bags or luggage.
Guests wishing to consume wine or champagne that they have brought on board in one of the dining rooms will be charged a corking fee of $25.00 per bottle.
- Any alcohol packed in checked luggage will be removed and stored until the end of the cruise.
- All alcohol brought onboard must be in an original unopened container. Partially used bottles and those in which the seal has been broken will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.
- Any wine or champagne in excess of 2 bottles or beer in excess of 6 beers will be stored until the end of the cruise.
- Bringing liquors and spirits (including powdered alcohol) on board is prohibited. These items will be stored until the end of the cruise.
- Guest MUST retrieve any stored alcohol at the end of the cruise. Items not retrieved will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.
- Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.
Carry On Coolers
Disney allows each guest to carry on one cooler no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 12″ [30.5cm x 30.5cm x 30.5cm]. Every stateroom has a refrigerator, so if your items can be safely stored at room temperature until you are in your room (usually around 1:30pm on boarding day), then I recommend forgoing the cooler.
However, if you have medical items, breastmilk or formula, etc., which must be stored in a cooler, Disney Cruise line allows you to do so.
I found these coolers for breastmilk or formula storage on Amazon. Isn’t the Nautical Ju-Ju-Be cooler so adorable, and the link includes a helpful video describing its anti-bacterial properties. I also searched for “medical coolers” and was delighted to find a number of travel-friendly, TSA-compliant options.