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Old June 13th, 2004, 06:43 PM
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I have always wondered why all the cruise lines charge for soda/pop. My interest increases when I see some of my cruising companions order two or three main courses at dinner, including multiple servings of lobster. Would it not be cheaper for the cruise lines to have everyone fill up on soda/pop? After all the mark up for soda/pop has traditionally been very high for fast food joints, gas stations, and other outlets. Do the cruise lines make so much money on selling soda/pop?
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Old June 13th, 2004, 08:19 PM
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That's a good question, and i've always wondered too?? I can see some taking advantage of it but why can't they maybe put a limit of free soda--they offer other things and some more expensive than sodas, although most don't hoard OJ or Milk like they do sodas. It would just seem to make since--or if they have to charge lets say in the dining room you order 1 and get free refills like they do in utah. I know in utah--not sure about other states but when you order a soda you can have unlimited refills as long as you're in the restaraunt. (ie you can't leave then come back and expect a refill.)
They do this at all eating establishments from hambergar joints to elegant restaruants.
Maybe we're just spoiled here in utah

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Old June 13th, 2004, 08:45 PM
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Plain and simple, it's a money maker for the cruise lines.

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Simple answer: Because they can.

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Not all cruise lines charge for soda; please don't generalize.

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Not having been on ALL cruise lines, (only Celebrity, Carnival, NCL, and Princess, and they all charge) please list the ones w/ free soda?? Just interested...won't make me run to a cruise simply 4 the free sodas...;-)
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I'm pretty sure all the mass market lines charge.

When you get into Silversea, Crystal, etc., they don't. But they don't generally charge for booze, either. However, as we know, in general their fares are not comparable to mass market lines
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I can see your reasoning. It seems almost petty to have to pay out of pocket for a glass of soda when you can get 3 lobsters at dinner if you want them?? Soda must be a HUGE money maker for the major cruise lines, same goes for alcohol.
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Old June 14th, 2004, 10:57 AM
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I still don't understand why cruise lines charge for soda/pop.
- Charging for soda/pop generates a fair amount of ill will. I have heard numerous complaints about the lack of free soda/pop. Soda/pop served through those big cannisters cost pennies to the gallon.
- One would think that the cruise lines would rather have their customers fill up on soda/pop than lobster and steak.
Yes - the cruise lines can charge for soda/pop - so they do. But I have always wondered from the standpoint of customer relations as well as costs why they do it. It would be interesting to learn the economics behind that decision
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Hey there,

It's not just because cruise lines can charge for pop that they do it - it's because cruisers are prepared to buy the cards during the cruise. There's not enough ill will floating out there - or they simply wouldn't be sold.

Fountain cards are marketed to look like they are a great deal. Drink as much pop as you want for one low price. This appeals to rabid pop consumers and parents alike - they now feel that they are smart to buy these cards for themselves or their kids as it will save them money.

And yes, percentage-wise means a nice rate of return for the cruise line - even if one of us is out there throwing back 5 or more pops a day!
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