Originally posted by Dave Beers:
I thought it was very cheap when the lines stopped serving complimentary soft drinks in the dining rooms and at the buffet meals. And I think espressos and cappucinos should be included too. Sure, if it is a coffee with alcohol in it go ahead and charge me.
It is annoying to go to the buffet to get a burger and fries, and then have to flag down a bar server and wait for them to return just to get a Coke.
I understand their thinking however, the soda costs them less than 2 cents per finished ounce. The espresso is about the same. So their profitability is very high on this sugar water that people seem to need so much.
To me, sodas are just mixers.
As we all know, not everyone buys the drink card, and not everyone drinks soda. So if they summarily increase cruise prices to cover this, they will stand to gain. It would make their profits less obvious and in the end make them look more "magnanimous" my making it