We have 3 adults and we were each going to carry on two 750 ml (small bottles) of wine, pretty much to have 1 bottle of wine at each meal. Guess we will each carry on one 1.5 litre (BIG bottle) so we'll have the same amount of wine and comply with Carnival's new policy. Hopefully, they won't turn around and specify the size that each bottle has to be.
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If Carnival would just lower the price of their soda to .75 a can instead of the ridiculous amount they charge now...I could suffer through drinking Coke. But to pay an outrageous price for a brand that I don't even drink...is over the top for me.
Originally posted by teachabcdee:
This July is my first cruise, I am not sure of the prices for drinks. What is the cost for a soda or a mixed drink? What about the fountain card I have heard about?
If you drink 2 sodas per day or more the fountain card is a good deal. It has a down side however, it is only good at a bar, you cannot have a soda delivered to you in the theater or on deck for example. you have to go to a bar and show the card. The is yet another way to reduce at least a little the price of soda. On some ships (and maybe all) there is a vending machine, like you would find in a hotel. It is still not cheap but does avoid the 15% gratuity.
Originally posted by CruiseDad:
It has a down side however, it is only good at a bar, you cannot have a soda delivered to you in the theater or on deck for example. you have to go to a bar and show the card.
Are you sure about that? My son gets the soda card and waiters bring sodas to him - they did so this past week in fact. The card doesn't work with room service though. Fountain Fun Card.
I did find one thing interesting, and it may only apply in Mobile. While at port, they have a limited selection of beer. We asked for one of those aluminum bottles and were told they would not have them until we left port. Something about the state tax on beer I suppose, but I don't ever remember seeing that before.
Back to bringing alcohol and other beverages, if you don't make a big deal out of it the cruise line won't either. My guess is if any liquor is confiscated, it is from the suitcases of minors that brought more booze than clothes.
Just remember, they have to have a printed policy for safety liability purposes. Imagine what would happen if the policy stated "passengers may bring onboard unlimited supplies of liquor, beer, and wine." They would have to cut the cruises short a day just to get everything loaded...and then we would gripe about that.
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Funny thing happened to me on Victory 2 weeks ago. The had that Mexican fiesta at midnight outside on the Lido deck when we left San Juan. I got a couple of Corona's from the bar.
Later back at home my wife checked the receipts and i paid more for the first beer because it had sales tax on it. 20 min later it was tax free.
Carnival has always said no alcohol...but no soda???
My guess is that it was simply getting out of hand. Coolers...cases of stuff...etc.
My drinking schedule will remain the same.
1 beer with my grilled reuben at lunch
1 Willie Moffatt in the afternoon
Water in my insulated mug from Lido all evening during karaoke
1 Cosmopolitan in the piano bar at the end of the evening!