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I am wondering if we should buy drink cards for everyone. I know DH will need one. He drinks soda all the time and it will definitely be worth it for him to have one. I like to have a soda once in a while, but I like water, tea, juice with breakfast. I don't like for my kids to have too much soda, but when we're on vacation I don't get too strict about it. They like juice and don't drink tea. Should we purchase drink cards for each member of the family? The kids will be 8 and 10 years old when we cruise on Celebration in June.
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My TA suggested we buy one card for my husband and I to share. You could buy one for the kids to share. It doesn't matter how often you get sodas. I know, I know, it sounds a little cheeky to me too.
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We buy the kids one every time we cruise. Sure comes in handy. I learned recently, not to purchase them while still in port, because they will include sales tax from the state you are boarding from. Wait until you get out to sea.


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Thanks for the replies. I hadn't really thought about purchasing cards for the kids, but I am considering it now. Now I just need clarification on what exactly is covered without the card and what is covered with the card. Can someone help me this one? I know that alcohol is always extra, but I just don't have a real clear picture on any of the other liquids.
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On the Fantasy in October, there were juices and lemonade available for free during the day. We purchased fountain cards and felt we got our moneys worth because we drink a fair amount of soda and at $1.75 per can in your room we would have spent that much or more.
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It covers soft drinks, specifically carbonated soft drinks. As you know, there is no charge for tea, lemonade, water, etc.

I've been told you can bring soft drinks and water on board. I like Diet Dr. Pepper and I don't think this is available onboard, so I'm bringing a case of water and a frig pack of Diet Dr. Pepper.
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The Carnival ships carry Coke products. This is what the card is used for. When you go to buy them, you will think it is so much money, but when you add up, all they drink for the week, you realize you have a good deal. The things on the ship to drink, are juices, water, etc.

As far as the water goes, it is a big misconception that the water is not drinkable, and that you need to buy bottled, but in fact the water is probably as good if not better than the bottled. What we do, is bring enough bottled for each of us to have one, and then we refill them.

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Is there a rule written anywhere forbidding sharing of the drink cards?
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No rule at all. You can only get one soda at a time, but other than that, no problem.

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That reminds me of a cute story! On our first cruise, we bought each of the kids a drink card. One day I was sitting in a common area on the ship and asked my then 12 year old to go to the bar and get me a coke using her fountain card. She was quick to inform me that it was her card for her to use. I then explained that her card was bought with my money and she really needed to go get me a coke! She is an honest injun to this day!

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Ron just sent the Capers from the Conquest. The cost of the Soda Card for this cruise is $28.00 for kids and $38.50 for adults. It's probably less on shorter cruises.
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Does anyone know the cost of a drink card for a 4 day cruise? Also, does the Fantasy serve Dr Pepper? My family is addicted to DP.

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Only coke products. Sadly, no Dr. Pepper, but you could take some with you.

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I thought that the soda cards were only for kids. At least that is what I remember from when we were on the Glory in 2004. It's nice to know that adults can get them too. Has anyone ever heard of beer or liquor cards? Someone at work told me last week that she was told that you could get them and they were about $100.00. I don't know that I would drink that much, but that would cover what my husband and I would drink.
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Iwas surprised to see on a menu posted somewhere that soda was not included with dinner.

Do the drink cards work at dinner?

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Drink cards are used at dinner, and no I have never ever heard of a drink card for beer or foo foo drinks.

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Soda cards are strictly for soda's. You can by drink coupons for beer and the foo foo drinks. ( those cute little drinks with the umbrella in them.)
If you average 2 or 3 sodas aday, the soda card will be worth it.
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So Carnival only carries Coke products. Do they carry Mr. Pibb? And does anyone know the price of drink cards for adults and children for a 5 day cruise. We are leaving on the Fantasy on March 10th.
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When we were on a 4 day cruise on the Fantasy in Oct. the drink cards were $5.50 per day + tax. I think it was $22.50. It was well worth it in my opinion. We also bought a Carnival thermal cup and used that during the entire trip, even to get soda during the shows.
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Thanks. We will have 5 kids in tow, but looking forward to our first cruise.
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Has anyone ever heard of beer or liquor cards? Someone at work told me last week that she was told that you could get them and they were about $100.00. I don't know that I would drink that much, but that would cover what my husband and I would drink.
Someone posted that if you are part of a very large group you can negotiate an all inclusive drink plan in your rate, which was about $150 more PER PERSON on top of their cabin rate. However, this is done only with groups - no drink cards for us!
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Mr. Pibb is like Dr. Pepper and I think someone said they didn't have that.
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It was me who posted the info about the open bar (liquor) cards....

It is available to groups of 30 or more only, and the next cruise that I booked is going to cost about $250 more per person (special group rate) than it would have cost if booked through a regular booking with a past guest discount. Still, on a 7-night cruise, I normally run up my Sign and Sail card for about $500 in booze alone, although that includes several bottles of wine during the week in the dining room and supper club. Thus....I'm really saving only about $250 on a 7-night cruise.

The following is the details provided by Carnival regarding the open bar policy:

Carnival’s Sail & Sign Open Bar and Wine Program

Carnival’s Sail & Sign Open Bar and Wine Program provides a convenient option to clients that wish to enhance their sailing program as well as to budget and plan their overall cruise experience. This program is only available to guests with special permission from Carnival’s Special Services department and such permission may be withheld for any reason and this program will never apply to individual reservation bookings.

Open Bar and Wine Program
Includes open bar and wine as well as bottled wines at dinner
Inclusive of Gratuities

Open Bar and Wine Program will include all beers, malt beverages, liquors, sodas, small bottles of water, and non-alcoholic beverages priced at or below $7.50.

A selection of fine wines by the glass consisting of sparkling wine, white zinfandel, white wine, and red wine will be offered at all bar locations.

All bottled wines served in the main dining room with dinner will be selected at the discretion of Carnival with both red and white wines being offered each night.

Open Bar and Wine Program is exclusive of drinks over the price of $7.50; any wine by the glass other than those offered in the program; souvenir glass drinks; bottle sales of liquor, wine and/or champagne; large bottles of natural spring water; in-cabin mini bars and/or any other in-cabin beverage program; beverages or drinks ordered through room service; cigars; cookbooks and/or bar books; coffee and/or food items from the Coffee Shop Café; and any retail purchases or service charges.

Two (2) Sail & Sign cards will be issued to each guest. A standard Sail & Sign card will be issued to all group members and will be processed as per Carnival’s established procedures for typical onboard purchases (spa, shopping, casino, shore excursions, etc.). The second specialty “Sail & Sign Open Bar Card? will include the guest’s name and will indicate “For Beverages Only?, and will be in each of the group guest’s cabins upon arrival. This card may be used to purchase the beverages only as outlined above as part of the Open Bar and Wine Program.
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No rule at all. You can only get one soda at a time, but other than that, no problem.
The soda cards are not meant to be shared. Read the guidelines when you purchase the cards or on your cruise lines website.

The soda cards are never worth the pure cost of the card. What does justify the expense is the benefit of speedy service at the bars, dining room and in the theatre. All you need to do is flash the card and order your soda. If you don't have the card then you must wait for the transaction to be rung up and posted to your sign and sail card.

The card allows you to also get juices at the bars after exercise in the mornings. We use them to get pineapple juice and fruit juices during the day, and after our morning run.

The theatre and the dining room beverage service also make it easy, as your dining waiter will have your soda waiting for you each evening after you show the card to he/she and place your order the first night.

Ask yourself a question based on the logic from the response above. Let's say you and a friend go to a buffet and both of you are not very hungry. Can you and that friend go through the line one at a time, and then justify that you ate only as much as one hungry person? If you can live with that answer then do what you wish...

Finally, the cost of the actual soda is a fraction of the expense of serving a drink to cruise passengers. The shipping costs, human costs of labor involved and the entire expense result in only a small profit for the cruise line.

A Tylenol costs about $2 at one of my hospitals by the time it gets to a patient. The difference is the expense of handling, dispensing and human cost to get it to the floor.
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I've never had a soda waiting for me in the dining room, you must have had a very exceptional bar server that really didn't care that they were not getting an individual 15% gratuity on your soda.
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