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Just returned from the Carnival Conquest and another item seems to have been cut or eliminated. The Fruit Punch from the lido drink stations is gone.

I certainly mentioned it on my comment card.
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Just water and tea? Bummer.
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WTF? Are you serious? But wait, just curious, you said, "Yet another item" What other things have reportedly "gone away"? Is there ANY chance they just ran out or something?

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WTF? Are you serious? But wait, just curious, you said, "Yet another item" What other things have reportedly "gone away"? Is there ANY chance they just ran out or something?

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They weren't just 'out', they removed the Fruit Punch last week.

Another example: Gala buffet is gone as of last month.
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WTF? Are you serious? But wait, just curious, you said, "Yet another item" What other things have reportedly "gone away"? Is there ANY chance they just ran out or something?

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They weren't just 'out', they removed the Fruit Punch last week.

Another example: Gala buffet is gone as of last month.
You missed the postings over at CC two weeks ago that reported the same thing on other ships. I talked with John Heald and he assures me this is a temporary thing. They are changing vendors for the fruit punch because the current one has too high of a sugar content and stains teeth. Not all of the ships have the new supply yet.

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WTF? Are you serious? But wait, just curious, you said, "Yet another item" What other things have reportedly "gone away"? Is there ANY chance they just ran out or something?

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They weren't just 'out', they removed the Fruit Punch last week.

Another example: Gala buffet is gone as of last month.
You missed the postings over at CC two weeks ago that reported the same thing on other ships. I talked with John Heald and he assures me this is a temporary thing. They are changing vendors for the fruit punch because the current one has too high of a sugar content and stains teeth. Not all of the ships have the new supply yet.

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You mean Cruise Connections? It wasn't mentioned before I boarded the ship last Sunday 10/12.

We'll see if it comes back. There were no plans of it when I mentioned it to a senior officer. (although there HAS been discussion about bringing back the Gala buffet)
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Just returned from the Carnival Conquest and another item seems to have been cut or eliminated. The Fruit Punch from the lido drink stations is gone.

I certainly mentioned it on my comment card.
Oh no, not the fruit punch. I'll have to cancel my reservation now that they don't have free fruit punch!
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I love to mix the lemondae and the punch, toss in some lemons and ice and kick back
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I loved the morning Guava punch, mix it with the fruit punch, and a couple of fresh squeezed lemons. Very good. Even DH like it that way when I got his - never told him. I just left out the lemons.
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You mean Cruise Connections? It wasn't mentioned before I boarded the ship last Sunday 10/12.

We'll see if it comes back. There were no plans of it when I mentioned it to a senior officer. (although there HAS been discussion about bringing back the Gala buffet)
Actually Cruise Critic, the other other CC. There was also a response to me on John's Blog.

"I have just checked with the Food and Beverage Manager who informed me that we did stop service of the fruit punch fleet wide, although it was never served at breakfast just lunch and dinner.
The reason we stopped this, is the sugar content was very high and it also left a stain on the teeth.
We now have a new supplier and fruit punch is now being served at lunch time again."

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Well I hope the fruit punch comes back.

Whats odd is that RCCL didn't used to have it, but as of a few weeks ago NOW they have it. Bad timing for Carnival.
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I second the return of the fruit punch. None of the remaining drink choices really appealed to me to be honest. But if they switch suppliers and there's less sugar in it, I guess that's a good thing too. I also noticed that in the post above "It will be served at lunchtime" ??? Only lunch? Not dinner? Maybe they are rationing it. I really wish the soda cards were cheaper. Heck, I'll pay a $1.00 for a can of soda, which would also be a lot cheaper, and not likely, but I'm sure there's still a decent profit on a can of soda for a $1.00

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I really don't like the fruit punch, so maybe the new stuff will be better. I prefer the lemonade much better.
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The killer thing on cans and bottles is recylcing. They keep all the recyclables in cold storage until they return to their home port. At least that is what Samantha Brown siad, and if Samantha said it - it has to be true 8)
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Sounds like others are like me in thinking " I ain't paying extra for nothing"
I do feel that I paid enough already and all inclusive should be all inclusive, so I hit the Lido deck pretty hard for it's "complimentary" beverages. On my first Carnival cruise ( Inspiration 2001) I paid a fortune for hot chocolate until the last day or so when I found the "free" stuff on the Lido. Haven't paid for chocolate since!
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I hope the new Fruit Punch is less sweet than the previous version. When I did drink it I cut it with water. It felt like I would go hyperglycemic if I drank it straight.

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I hope the new Fruit Punch is less sweet than the previous version. When I did drink it I cut it with water. It felt like I would go hyperglycemic if I drank it straight.

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I liked to cut my fruit punch with a little Rum. It tastes great that way.
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Here's my little recipe I like when cruising...

Take 3 parts fruit punch
Take 2 parts water
Discard fruit punch
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I hope the new Fruit Punch is less sweet than the previous version. When I did drink it I cut it with water. It felt like I would go hyperglycemic if I drank it straight.

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I liked to cut my fruit punch with a little Rum. It tastes great that way.
I was joking on another board that the new fruit punch has a new ingrediant that turns rancid if alcohol is introduced.
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I hope the new Fruit Punch is less sweet than the previous version. When I did drink it I cut it with water. It felt like I would go hyperglycemic if I drank it straight.

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I liked to cut my fruit punch with a little Rum. It tastes great that way.
I was joking on another board that the new fruit punch has a new ingrediant that turns rancid if alcohol is introduced.
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The old fruit punch had a weird after taste and it seemed like it was really thick.
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My LIDO potion:

2 parts iced tea
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It stains teeth? Thats good.. I wondered why my teeth and gums always seemed to bleed while on cruises. Now I can rest easy...
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Wanted to bump this...

We were on Liberty Nov 8-15 and there was no fruit punch, but the gf was prepared as she likes her vodka. Crystal Light Singles is the NEW fruit punch! Excellent drink, and I don't care much for liquor!

Here's the weird part...The day we returned at 7am in the morning, the fruit punch was flowing again! I don't see it being possible that there were able to dock that early in the morning, load the fruit punch and fire up that fast! I think it was on the ship, but just turned off! Why? Hmmmm, turns out, I remembered our cruise was actually "on sale" now while we purchased our cruise with reward miles, we used less of those too. I kinda have to wonder if the fruit punch fiasco was a business decision! Low selling cruise, put it on sale to fill it, reduce a service to save some money maybe? GF drank the punch on the first cruise, but hence, it was replaced with inexpensive water for her on this one. Makes me wonder....Hmmmmm

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We were on Liberty Nov 8-15 and there was no fruit punch, but the gf was prepared as she likes her vodka. Crystal Light Singles is the NEW fruit punch! Excellent drink, and I don't care much for liquor!

Here's the weird part...The day we returned at 7am in the morning, the fruit punch was flowing again! I don't see it being possible that there were able to dock that early in the morning, load the fruit punch and fire up that fast! I think it was on the ship, but just turned off! Why? Hmmmm, turns out, I remembered our cruise was actually "on sale" now while we purchased our cruise with reward miles, we used less of those too. I kinda have to wonder if the fruit punch fiasco was a business decision! Low selling cruise, put it on sale to fill it, reduce a service to save some money maybe? GF drank the punch on the first cruise, but hence, it was replaced with inexpensive water for her on this one. Makes me wonder....Hmmmmm

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I don't think they didn't put the fruit punchout becuase it was a low selling cruise. Becuase every person on that ship didn't pay a low price. Becuase the people that booked way in advance had a high price and what about all the people in suites. They wouldn't do that becuase it was a "cheap cruise". It could of been that it wasn't working and someone finally fixed them. Or yes they could of just recieved it when they docked. When did you go up to the lido deck? Becuase they usually dock around 6 and start putting and taking stuff on immediatly.
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2 points on your post....

We booked out cruise ON SALE 8 months before the actual cruise date!!!

We were on Lido having breakfast before 7am, again, just seems a little interesting that it was "fixed" on the last day.

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2 points on your post....

We booked out cruise ON SALE 8 months before the actual cruise date!!!

We were on Lido having breakfast before 7am, again, just seems a little interesting that it was "fixed" on the last day.

Krunch
Did you have a port on the last day of your cruise.
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no port on last day....

We had..

Miami
Day At Sea
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