Royal Caribbean has announced they plan to roll out "ValidFill" soda dispensers fleetwide, starting with the Freedom Of The Seas. These dispensers will sense a microchip on the souvenir mug people receive when they buy a soda package. No need to show your soda stamp or wait for a bartender or waiter. I have no doubt this is good news to the bar staff, who secretly hate the soda program.
The dispensers will be on the pool deck of Freedom, so if you are elsewhere on the ship you'll still be able to go to a bar and show them your SeaPass card with it's soda stamp. And of course to use the dispenser you will have no choice but to use the souvenir cup, so it you want a bar glass of soda you'll have to do it the old fashioned way.
This will help cut down on crowds of kids dive bombing a bar. Good idea RCI.
No time line has been announced as to when this will be rolled out.
I wonder how this will be abused? I hate to say it, but someone can use the souvenir cup to get soda while the person with the stamp on their cruise card goes to the bar and gets one. I have to think they have some plan to control it.