I see that the drinks that are included are juice, fruit drinks and tea. Does anyone know if the tea is the kind that is brewed or is it the kind that comes out of a soft drink machine? Also, do they have sweet tea?
You also have coffee, and by the coffee stations there will be an assortment of tea bags for making hot tea.
Cruise ship iced tea is a constant source of debate - usually derogatory. I've had some passable tea on various cruises but it never seems to be consistent. Although the tea on the Freedom Of The Seas last year was pretty decent. However, I usually stick with water at dinner - the ship's water and not bottled water.
Sounds like the fountain card might be a good bet for me. I don't drink coffee, fruit drinks, and not very much juice. I only like the real tea (yes, I am from the south). So it looks like the fountain card might pay off for us. Do you know if they have Dr. Pepper?
About the fountain card.....I think it is not a good deal for adults. The price you pay for it on a 7-night cruise is about equal to what you would pay to buy 25 cans of soda at the bar. If you drink that much soda then fine and dandy, but that is a lot. Note that the card does not get you full cans of soda (or juice). You get a bar glass full per serving, and this has been poured from a can on all of our recent Carnival cruises.
The card does offer convenience, and it's full price is also hit for the 15% tip when you buy it.
It is really easy to do your own fresh tea. Use a water glass with the hot water and tea bags at the beverage station. I bring my own water bottle and fill it with ice. I also find the dining room tea to be better than the lido buffet tea. I also make my own milkshakes. Just fill a glass with soft serve and ask for a carton of milk, always available at the buffet, and stir with spoon.
My wife and I bought Fountain cards on Glory the last time we went. It was good for the occasional Coke fix...but, I REALLY enjoyed the juices and the hot chocolate, so I won't be getting the card again. I'm very picky about my hot chocolate having that REAL chocolate taste (not watery taste) and their machines did a good job on it.
I think whether to get a card or not is totally up to the person...some people just have to have their cokes all the time.
Carnival Glory - May 2009
Carnival Glory - April 2007
Carnival Glory - April 2005