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Old July 27th, 2009, 03:59 PM
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quick question: When is a soda, water or ice tea complimentary and when is it a charge item?

If we are eating dinner in the dining room or bistro, is a soda, water or ice tea complimentary or a charg item?

If we are by the pool and want a water or ice tea is it compimentary or a charge item?

Also, for you veterans out there, if we have a cup and pour a soda from our room into the cup, can we take it to dinner or by the pool?

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Old July 27th, 2009, 04:06 PM
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When you refer to the sodas in your cabin, I have to assume that they are ones you bring on board. The ones they put in your cabin are not free, just so you know. Neither is the bottled water in your cabin or the snacks.
Water, ice tea, lemonade, sometimes fruit punch, and coffee are free 24/7 up on the Lido deck. Self serve. In the dining room, milk, tea, coffee and water are free. But, all sodas you have to pay for, everywhere on the ship. I happen to love a half lemonade/half ice tea with lots of ice, so I carry around one of their insulated mugs. You could do that with drinks from your cabin.
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Thanks Marty,
As a follow up: where did you get the insulated mug? Did you bring it onboard?
Also, yes, we are bringing my Diet Pepsi and water onboard.
Can you bring your own beverages to dinner? Like a glass of wine from the bottle you can bring onboard? Or do you have to order one there?

Thanks a bunch..newbies here!

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Old July 27th, 2009, 04:16 PM
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JServ,
I buy an insulated mug as soon as the on board shops open. We have now replaced all of our coffee mugs at home with those from cruises. Kind of fun to have my morning coffee in the same mug as I used on a cruise.
They frown on you bringing any beverage into the dining room. And, a glass of wine would definitely result in them telling you to get rid of it...stated more politely, of course. But, they want you to buy wine for dinner. Part of how they make their money.
Any more questions. feel free to ask. It's why we are here!
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We usually bring a "Bubba" mug with us. (available in any size variation from 16 oz.-64 oz. at your local Wal-Mart) Incredibly well insulated mugs.
Will keep ice poolside for hours on end.

We use them anytime we eat at the Lido buffett and keep refilling them with lemonade/tea or juices(mornings) while we are about the ship all day.

Never tried to take a drink to dinner in the dining room. (but I usually just drink water anyway)

We also bring a 12 pk of various pepsi products onboard with us and use the mugs for that in the room throughout the day.

Hope that helps and that you have a great cruise.
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Marty,
Thanks, I'm getting the picture.
1. We can walk around the decks etc..with a mug of our water, soda.
2. We can go up to the Lido deck and fill our mugs with ice tea for free
3. We should order our drinks at dinner and pay for them accordingly and
4. We would pay for any drinks at the bar, lounge etc..

Am I right?

And lastly, Do you know if you can order two bottles of wine in advance to be used at dinner only?

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You've got it! And, usually, there is a sommelier waiting to take advance orders as you board the ship. You can probably pre-order on line, but I'm not sure, since we rarely drink. But, they will cork any wine left at the end of a given dinner and bring it right back to you the next evening as soon as you sit down to eat.
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Thanks all!
You guys have been a great help.
I really want this to go well. My husband has never really wanted to go on a cruise and this year he said he would do it for his bigt 5-0! So, if he likes it, then I can get to go again!

Thanks again!
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Trust me, he will love it. It took me years to get my hubby to go and now he is as addicted to it as I am.....you have been warned.
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Jserv,

You can also buy the Fountain Fun Card which allows unlimited soft drinks during the the entire cruise at a time purchase price. I believe it can us used in all bars and restaurants. Sadly, Room Service is not included..


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I'm going to throw in a couple of things along with a question I have. It's my understanding Carnival ships only carry Coke products, so I you like Pepsi or Dr. Pepper you might want to bring that along.

Also a little known fact is you can pre order bottles of alcohol to be delivered to your room from the Bon Voyage department. But you can only order them before you get on the ship and this information isn't available on the website you have to call the Bon Voyage department directly. Here is the phone number and hours of operation 1-800-522-7648 Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm, Eastern Time. You need your booking number to order bottles. If you buy bottle on board ship they will hold the bottle until the end of the cruise.

We like Vodka and rum. On Carnival you can bring one bottle of wine per person on board, however, if you drink it in the dining room there is a corkage fee of $10. The fee is $14 if you drink it in the supper club.

Okay here is my question: is there a charge for cappuccinos and lattes that are ordered in the dining room at dinner? I thought I heard somewhere cappuccinos and lattes ordered in the dining room were free.
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katlady,
You are correct. Cappuccino and expresso are free in the dining room for dinner. Never tried ordering a latte, so not sure if they offer that. But hubby always has a cappuccino with dessert. So, yes, those voices in your head are giving you good advice!

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We carried on just less than a dozen plastic bottles of Coke and Dr Pepper for our nieces (14 and 19) and there were no questions, not even in the dining room. No one frowned and they even brought glasses of ice for them. After the second day there were glasses of ice waiting on our table for the girl's drinks.
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katlady,
You are correct. Cappuccino and expresso are free in the dining room for dinner. Never tried ordering a latte, so not sure if they offer that. But hubby always has a cappuccino with dessert. So, yes, those voices in your head are giving you good advice!

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This is why I always listen to the voices in my head. Instead of taking orders from my dog. Hey where are my Twinkies.

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If you've sailed Carnival before there will be complimentary drinks at the Past Guest party as well.
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