OK obviously we have heard this since the time I knew where Mexico was...but where does this really apply on our cruise. I know the ship is safe...We will be in Cabo, PV and Mazatlan.
I had gone on a Missions trip to Juarez a few years back and a few of the guys with our group got sick from the ice in the fast food drinks.
I am more concerned in going to the restaurants and eateries, the shore excursions - drinks provided w/ice and such????, the small places to eat - like on Stone Island and water out of fountains at the water park and such. Just trying to cover the basis with having kids on the trip.
Carnival Pride - September 30, 2007
If you're going to a restaurant, order soda from a can. Bring your own bottled water - the ship will be selling some when you debark, or it should be fine to purchase from a farmacia or grocery store.... we always pack a water bottle that has a strapped cover - fill it with ice and water from the ship before we get off.
"Tourist" areas usually have filtered water supplies. I've never gotten sick from frozen or iced down drinks on the east coast Mexican resort areas - Cancun, Cozumel, etc. I tend to stay on the beaten path though.
Michele, it must be a concern because our excursion guides in Cabo told us that their ice is safe to drink since it's purchased directly from Coca-Cola. Now, if he was telling the truth is a whole other matter. I took him on his word, had ice in my drink and didn't get sick.
I like bottled water, just by preference. My husband and I have been violently ill in both Cancun and Cozumel in the past. I'm sure people react differently. All I know is, I never want to experience that feeling ever again.
I've never had a problem... but come to think of it I think I only drink beer at the ports there. You get off the ship and for a buck you get a Dos Equies (spelling?) or Sol or some other ice cold really good Mexican beer.
Probably not a good idea for the kiddos. Stick with bottled water and canned Coke or similar. Better safe that sorry!
My advice is to avoid mixed drinks or iced drinks at ANY Mexican port of call. My wife and I suffered "montezuma's revenge" from just a couple of frozen drinks purchased from Carlos and Charlies Cozumel. I have always done bottled beer but I let my guard down and ended up king of the porcelain throne. Be careful.