Apparently this is true. The steak is one from the Chops menu, and they no longer offer the "free" steak alternative - at least on the Freedom. I don't know if this is a test or being rolled out fleet-wide. It wasn't on the Sovereign last week.
I do know I don't like it. I'll be damned if I am going to use my cruise card as the only way to get a steak in the dining room. Obviously, removing the normal steak option is a way to force people into buying one if they don't like the other menu options. I hope this plan fails miserably.
As Mike said, why pay $15 for the steak when for $20 I can get the full meal at Chops?
This really torques me, a new diamond C&A member at that.