I understand there is a drink card for sodas and such, but what exactly is complimentary...iced tea? Hot tea? Coffee? What about bottled water? Is it possible to bring bottles (like sports bottles) on board, even if they are empty so that we can have water in our room at night? Can you drink the water from the sink? What about ice...i understand the ice machines aren't accessible, but can we get a bucket or two a day? Another cruiseline mentioned bringing (or maybe he bought it at an onboard wine tasting) some wine, is that possible? Or is anything alcaholic or liquid prohibited?
Ok, here's some info on beverages.
Free are water, coffee, tea, iced tea.
There is a soda card. Runs $22-25. This is for unlimited fountain soda at the bars. They give you a drink cooler, small size. But, they do have a jumbo sized glass if you ask.
There is bottled water, that you pay for. They give you a large bottle in your room, which they will replace for a cost.
The tap water is drinkable they say. I'll drink it in the dining room. You can certainly bring bottled water yourself, even soda & beer.
You have an ice bucket in your room. They fill it when you need it. But, basically they fill it in the morning & eve keeping it in the frig!
You can always go to Horizon Court to get ice anytime.
Wine you can bring on board as well.
The say if you want to bring it to the dining room they charge a corkage fee. To be honest, I have never been charged this fee.
The one thing they do not let you bring on is alcohol, at least in it's normal bottle. However, if you put it say in a listerine bottle in your suitcase you'll get it on.
I have been charged the corkage fee 3 times on Princess on 2 different ships. A trick to avoid this is ask for several wine glasses to be brought to your stateroom by your steward and pour it yourself. You can take glasses of wine in with you for free. Just carry one/two glasses per person who is drinking it and they don't even raise an eyebrow. It's not as classy/elegant as having them do it for you, but having someone else remove the cork and pour it into my glass isnt worth $10 to me.
Another trick on the soda card---$25 per person per week is a lot, considering it costs them about a nickel a glass. So having 2 kids, I bought one card, gave the cup to one kid and the sticker to the other. The one with the sticker can request a large coke, walk into the next room and hand it to another family member, then go to the next bar and get another. They will also fill the glass without the sticker. I didnt feel bad about this because most lines offer free juice or lemonade, at least.
Don't get me wrong tho, I love Princess. Happy Sailing!!!