Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Carnival Cruise Lines
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old June 28th, 2009, 06:17 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 15
Default Rush Charge at Bar?

I recall that a few years ago, when I cruised on Carnival, they would sometimes charge a "rush charge", or something similar, if you ordered your drink directly at the bar. I think it may have been only at certain bars, like the Lido deck. This was on top of the tip ofcourse.

Do they still do this? At what bars? All, only the ones with wait staff as well as bartenders...etc?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old June 28th, 2009, 06:51 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 1,514
Default

I have never heard of a rush charge.
__________________
Booked Cruises:
Carnival Dream for Thanksgiving
Eastern Caribbean- 11/20/2010

Past Cruises:
Carnival Ecstasy (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2003
Carnival Pride (7 Day Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Spirit (8 Day Exotic Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Freedom (7 Day Western Caribbean) 2008
Carnival Elation (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2009
Carnival Spirit (7 Day Southbound Alaska) 2009
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old June 28th, 2009, 09:38 PM
Trip's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Boston
Posts: 19,907
Send a message via ICQ to Trip
Default

Nor have I ...please give us an explanation..thanks
__________________


Trip, with her book & tea!
Chat Hostess & Board Moderator


Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 01:45 AM
Member
Familiar Face
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 94
Default

In ten years of cruising with Carnival I've never heard of a rush charge.
__________________
faraway
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 08:57 AM
skymaster's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 10,922
Default

Me either???? Have a GREAT "rush free" cruise.

Ken
"SKY"
__________________
Marine, Pilot, Singer, Tuba Player, Carnival "Diamond"!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 09:00 AM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 15
Default

Ok, I know I'm not crazy. Maybe it was Royal Caribbean then. I remember pretty well that I once ordered a drink at the bar at the Lido deck and was charged some sort of extra fee, on top of the tip. I'm not sure what it was called but another person called it a "rush", something like that.

What made me remember it was that I read this post from another person who experienced the same thing. Maybe they don't charge it all the time, or they got rid of it. I don't know. But I swear the same thing happened to me once on a cruise, and husband stopped ordering at the bar and using the waiters. Here is the other post i read which reminded me of this:

http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=607787
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 10:24 AM
green_rd's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Indianapolis (USA)
Posts: 5,599
Default

I remember seeing a post about this charge, and I think it was in this forum, but I couldn't find it during a quick search. The idea the OP gave was the "rush charge" was added because the bartender had to take a break from servicing the servers in the pool area. I don't know if this was from walking up the the service station at the bar or what.
__________________
Bob

A Bad Day At Sea [with power] Always Beats A Good Day At Work
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 10:55 AM
lhp lhp is offline
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Memphis area, TN
Posts: 1,706
Default

The OP "may" be thinking of the sales tax that some ports charge IF you order a drink before the ship is in International Waters on Embarkation Day.
__________________
COMPLETES THE FLEET

If it is Carnival and it floats....we have sailed it!

Hubby ... DIAMOND (every ship except the Carnivale)
Me ... DIAMOND (every ship starting with the Tropicale)
20 year old son ... DIAMOND (every ship starting with the Tropicale...he is the only DOUBLE Milestone under the age of 21)
24 year old son ... DIAMOND
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 11:21 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 1,514
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lhp
The OP "may" be thinking of the sales tax that some ports charge IF you order a drink before the ship is in International Waters on Embarkation Day.
Yeah, thats what it might be. I didn't even think about it, becuase I have never heard anything about a rush charge.
__________________
Booked Cruises:
Carnival Dream for Thanksgiving
Eastern Caribbean- 11/20/2010

Past Cruises:
Carnival Ecstasy (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2003
Carnival Pride (7 Day Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Spirit (8 Day Exotic Mexican Riviera) 2007
Carnival Freedom (7 Day Western Caribbean) 2008
Carnival Elation (4 Day Baja Mexico) 2009
Carnival Spirit (7 Day Southbound Alaska) 2009
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 11:36 AM
Snoozeman's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Bosque County, Texas
Posts: 5,430
Send a message via AIM to Snoozeman Send a message via Yahoo to Snoozeman
Default

Never heard on anything like that on any cruise line. Linda may be right, I know not ALL drinks are available in Galveston until they get outside the local waters OR if they were availabale they were at a premium price due to extra taxes. OP probably misinterpreted the post he was referring.

Mosey, don't over analyze the drinking details. All the details, sales, specials, etc. will be explained in the Capers each day. Just have fun!
__________________
Ray McDonald / Snoozeman

My Personal Cruise Blog: My Cruise Blog

Future Cruises:
Carnival Triumph-Caribbean-7/28/2014, Carnival Legend-South Pacific-8/30/2014, MSC Preziosa-Mediterranean-10/25/2014, MSC Fantasia-Mediterranean-11/2/2014, Navigator of the Seas-12/14/2013, Norwegian Jewel-1/3/2015, Emerald Princess-1/11/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/2/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/15/2015.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 11:50 AM
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 824
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lhp
The OP "may" be thinking of the sales tax that some ports charge IF you order a drink before the ship is in International Waters on Embarkation Day.

Getting dinged in port for a sales tax charge is a ripoff too. Funny how they dont print that charge in anything I have ever read. Just another way to stick it to the man!
__________________
1995-Jubilee
1996-Imagination
1998-Destiny
1999-Paradise
1999-Sun Princess
2002-Pride
2004-Pride
2006-Pride
2008-Valor and Glory
2009-Spirit and Splendor
2010-Freedom of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas
2010-Carnival Spirit
2011-Carnival Dream
2012-Allure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 02:13 PM
green_rd's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Indianapolis (USA)
Posts: 5,599
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by briguy
Quote:
Originally Posted by lhp
The OP "may" be thinking of the sales tax that some ports charge IF you order a drink before the ship is in International Waters on Embarkation Day.

Getting dinged in port for a sales tax charge is a ripoff too. Funny how they dont print that charge in anything I have ever read. Just another way to stick it to the man!
Isn't that the man sticking it to us?

Remember every transaction is time stamped, so the Federales know whether the ship was in their jurisdiction when you buy a drink. Maybe they should post something about local sales taxes if they will be charging them. Does the spa do that? I know the shops are not open in port, partly due to the duty free nature of their sales.
__________________
Bob

A Bad Day At Sea [with power] Always Beats A Good Day At Work
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 02:21 PM
green_rd's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Indianapolis (USA)
Posts: 5,599
Default

Here is where I first heard about a "rush charge". http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/vie...=rush+bar+lido

It was one of those sneaking on beer threads. The rush charge is brought up by BobsFamily about half way down the thread.
[/quote]
__________________
Bob

A Bad Day At Sea [with power] Always Beats A Good Day At Work
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 09:20 PM
Trip's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Boston
Posts: 19,907
Send a message via ICQ to Trip
Default

Ok, I need to know...what difference does it make what liquor is served, within or outside international waters???
__________________


Trip, with her book & tea!
Chat Hostess & Board Moderator


Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old June 29th, 2009, 09:43 PM
Snoozeman's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Bosque County, Texas
Posts: 5,430
Send a message via AIM to Snoozeman Send a message via Yahoo to Snoozeman
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trip
Ok, I need to know...what difference does it make what liquor is served, within or outside international waters???
I can't speak about other ports, but I am familiar with Galveston. If the cruise lines purchase the liquor in Texas it will have a TABC stamp on the bottles and they can be used and served while in port. If they purchase the liquor any place else and the bottles do not have TABC stamps then they can NOT be used while in Texas ports. It's really that simple.

Also it's the reason that they try to sail at 4:00 or 5:00 from Galveston so that they can start serving before first dinner. And thus this is also the REAL reason dinner on the first night is sometimes delayed. It's so that the wine list will not have to comply with local liquor laws.

BTW-Texans can only legally bring back one bottle of liquor which is another interesting TABC rule. Fortunately this is rarely enforced.
__________________
Ray McDonald / Snoozeman

My Personal Cruise Blog: My Cruise Blog

Future Cruises:
Carnival Triumph-Caribbean-7/28/2014, Carnival Legend-South Pacific-8/30/2014, MSC Preziosa-Mediterranean-10/25/2014, MSC Fantasia-Mediterranean-11/2/2014, Navigator of the Seas-12/14/2013, Norwegian Jewel-1/3/2015, Emerald Princess-1/11/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/2/2015, Carnival Freedom-2/15/2015.
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old June 30th, 2009, 08:06 AM
ScurvyDog's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Southeast Of Disorder
Posts: 2,364
Default

Also if you purchase a drink while the ship is in port or local waters on top of everything else you will be charged a local sales tax. I have seen this happen at ports in Florida and also San Diego. Once the ship leaves the port area waters the tax goes away.
__________________
58 Carnival: Mardi Gras, Ecstasy X2, Fascination X6, Celebration, Elation X5, Glory X5, Fantasy X4, Valor, Holiday X3, Imagination, Liberty, Spirit X2, Freedom, Destiny X2, Splendor X2, Dream X2, Conquest, Legend X3, Victory, Sensation, Paradise, Inspiration, Magic X3, Triumph X2, Miracle X2, Breeze, Sunshine X3
7 Norwegian: Sky, Jewel, Dawn, Epic, Pearl, Breakaway, Getaway
8 Windjammer: S/V Legacy X3, S/V Polynesia, S/V Caledonia, S/V Diamant, S/V Sagitta X2
HAL Statendam
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old July 3rd, 2009, 10:41 AM
bobsfamily's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: iopscusa
Posts: 402
Default

Yeah it happened to me... it was the Lido bar and it was on the Sensation March 2008. I noticed it about the 2nd day and refused the beer when I saw the charge. Told them to either remove it or the "tip" (which you can do although I would not recommend it) or the rush fee. They got huffy and said that it was because I was interrupting the "flow" of the bar... What a crock! Many others ordering and I'm sure getting the same fee without noticing. In fact I heard several others saying "Hey what is this charge"? Long story short I quit getting beer from the bar, except for buckets and never saw it again. Did Fascination in Jan. and the first beer 2nd day (had some with me) from the Lido bar had the same fee - I looked - pointed it out and said the same about tip. It was removed with sorry included and never saw it again. Did not see it ever on the Triumph in May out of Charleston.
__________________
Dream - Nov. 2012 - Platinum cruise
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old July 3rd, 2009, 07:55 PM
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 937
Default

We were once charged more for a DOH on RCL when we ordered it in the theater. I know the price wasnt that high elsewhere. I think $10.95 for one of those drinks where the glass lights up 3 ways, you click the bottom to change the lights or click off.

It was only $9.95 when I priced it up by the pool.
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old July 3rd, 2009, 08:35 PM
MrPete's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: New York
Posts: 488
Send a message via AIM to MrPete
Default

21 years cruising on Carnival, and another thing I never heard.
__________________
Past Cruises: Explorer of the Seas 2008 Explorer of the Seas 2007 Carnival Victory 2007 Explorer of the Seas 2006 Legend 2005 Miracle 2004 Disney Wonder 2004; Pride 2003 Legend 2002 Disney Wonder 2002 Destiny 2001 Victory 2000 Triumph 1999 Jubilee 1998 Imagination 1997 Imagination 1996 Fascination 1995 Ecstasy 1993 Fantasy 1990 Jubilee 1990 NCL Seaward 1989 Jubilee 1988
Reply With Quote
  #20 (permalink)  
Old July 3rd, 2009, 09:02 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 128
Default

Sales tax is just another way of the states sticking it to especially in New York right now - if he could tax us to breathe he would. I believe we paid sales tax on drinks in Puerto Rico as well
Reply With Quote
  #21 (permalink)  
Old July 4th, 2009, 02:23 PM
bobsfamily's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: iopscusa
Posts: 402
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MrPeteLI
21 years cruising on Carnival, and another thing I never heard.
It was the first (and second) time I had ever it happened and as I say it did not happen on the Triumph. Maybe it was something they tried? and enough people caught it and complained... I know I did.
__________________
Dream - Nov. 2012 - Platinum cruise
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
No Rush Tours bigguy6 Caribbean & Panama Canal 0 October 29th, 2007 03:57 PM
No Rush Tours In St Martin - has anyone used them? Paul D Caribbean & Panama Canal 0 July 8th, 2007 02:29 PM
Ken Rush cruisequeen Crewmembers 2 March 30th, 2005 08:21 AM
rush hour travisb85 Teen Cruisers 1 February 11th, 2004 03:24 PM
Rush in, rush out! Thomas Travel Gripes! 7 October 23rd, 2003 02:11 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:23 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1