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Trip May 17th, 2012 03:40 PM

Do you, or do you not, mini?
 
I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal, about mini bars in hotels,which mentioned that a bag of potato chips, at the St. Regis in Bal Harbour, went for $9.00,and at the Ritz- Carlton in NYC, a bag of chocolate covered macadamia nuts, will set you back $14.00!

Which led me to wonder about the mini bars on cruise ships, outrageous, convenient, or please clean me out? What's your take on the mini?

nlb1050 May 17th, 2012 05:06 PM

Please clean me out!

Mike M May 17th, 2012 05:17 PM

In thirtysomething cruises I have probably hit the mini-bar about four times. I think each time was for a soda.

The nice thing about the mini-bar on the ship is that the price for a soda or liquor is basically the same as it is at the bar so you don't feel like your getting as ripped off.

I just wished the mini-bars would keep things a little colder.

Take care,
Mike

johnthed0g May 17th, 2012 06:23 PM

Mini bars frighten me to death, so many stories about rip off's.

PeterC May 17th, 2012 07:39 PM

First thing we've done is as the steward to empty the mini-bar. Don't want it, don't need it.

Donna May 17th, 2012 10:19 PM

Nope, not usually, mainly for the same reason Mike mentioned, they are cool, certainly NOT cold...

Lakers Fan May 17th, 2012 11:29 PM

Bars and I do not mix.

KDGodwin May 18th, 2012 07:25 AM

I don't recall any of my past cruises (all with Carnival) having mini-bars...

What lines have them? Does Princess?? Thanks!

Mike M May 18th, 2012 08:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KDGodwin (Post 1428940)
I don't recall any of my past cruises (all with Carnival) having mini-bars...

What lines have them? Does Princess?? Thanks!

I know the Spirit and Conquest class ships on Carnival have mini-bars. If I have sodas I want to keep "luke warm". I will empty out the mini-bar/fridge and give the contents to the room steward and put my stuff in there.

Often they are locked and you may have to ask the steward to unlock it so you can partake of the contents or empty it out.

Take care,
Mike

anniegb May 18th, 2012 09:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PeterC (Post 1428884)
First thing we've done is as the steward to empty the mini-bar. Don't want it, don't need it.

snap - I then use the space to store my wine.

Annie

snorklr45 May 18th, 2012 09:38 AM

For me, if am I on Carnival anyway..yes, the sodas are high but not so incredibly high that one would freak out. Hence, I bring my own sodas and if I run out (I always do)..I can get one from the mini bar. I like knowing I can do that and it is very convenient not to have to leave my cabin and go hunting around the ship for a soda..

ChadH May 19th, 2012 03:42 PM

I hate them because you never know how old the stuff in there is.

KDGodwin May 20th, 2012 08:08 AM

Maybe there was one, but I never noticed... How funny!

I think if I really wanted something, the 24 hour room service would be my first choice. :)

Fieldmouse May 23rd, 2012 10:02 AM

We've never used the goodies and drinks in a mini-bar. (afraid of the prices) We've always stored OUR drinks, etc in there...and come to think of it, the little mini is never cold...cool but never cold!


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