I just read the prices in our ticket book for a soda card. RCCL wants $6 a day +15% tip for a soda/juice card...they are worse than carnival who i thought were being greedy at $5 plus 15%....on my upcoming 11 day cruise it will cost $75.90 for 1 soda card....if i didnt have so much luggage i would add one for cokes....i wonder what it costs on princess or cunnard?....i'm outraged they have to tag you for more money after you pay to get onboard...you know its funny that windstar cruises charges the most but has free cokes and alchahol on thier cruises.....what's next a charge for dessert? bargain cruises with service and everything else a la cart?...grumble, grumble......
They will let you carry on soda from each port. If you need to drink more than you want to carry on, maybe you would be cheaper off buying a card. Or if you drink more than 5 cans a day. I think the cans in your fridge are $1.50. There's free lemonade and punch if you really get in a bind. I don't drink that much soda, so the price of a soda card doesn't affect me.
My friend purchased the soda package last week on the Navigator, but it's not a card, it's a mug. I personally would not want to take a chance and leave the mug some where on the ship, since there are so many other things to remember and keep track of...and it was $50.
You get a souvenir cup but they also put a sticker on your cruise card in lieu of issuing a separate soda card. Many people are confused and think you have to use the souvenir cup. Not so. Just show the sticker and you get a bar glass of soda.
Originally posted by wise2u:
i'm outraged they have to tag you for more money after you pay to get onboard...you know its funny that windstar cruises charges the most but has free cokes and alchahol on thier cruises.....what's next a charge for dessert? bargain cruises with service and everything else a la cart?...grumble, grumble......
You are paying for it either way. A higher cruise cost that includes drinks or a cheaper fare that requires you to buy drinks. I feel that in most cases people are actually wasting money buy getting the soda card. It really depends on how much soda you drink, but the price comes out to roughly equaling a case of canned soda for a 7 day cruise. To me that is a lot of soda and it would be better to just buy it by the can.
You say you can buy soda on shore and they will let you bring it back on board with you. Does that mean that if I have a open one in my hand and 4 more in a bag they will let me take all of them to my room? Or is it just the one I am carring in my hand? and if so . We have a
D1 room . Does it have a fridge that can hold
them and a couple of bottled water ?
they let you bring a reasonable amount on board...which as far as i can tell is as much as you can carry..as long as you dont set up a black market coke operation on the back of the lido deck...(hey meester, wanna buy some coke, only $1 can) heh heh. we bought a 6 pack in an island store and they never even opened the carry on bag that we sent through the x-ray when getting back on, it could have been beer.
the only reason we did that was because my wife had the soda sticker and i did not, so it saved hassle of her having to get a diet coke then go to another bar to get me a coke...oh and they will let you fill up any sport bottle or cup you happen to have...i usually buy an insulated cup with the cruise logo on it from their gift shop and use it to make my own drinks. with the card pushing $7 a day even an overpriced island 12 pack would make sense. Instead of wrestling with all our luggage and drinks too i will just buy supplies in the islands, thanks for the reminder.