We like it. Some say you only saves a few dimes per drink. We drink a lot of Diet Coke and a few dimes per drink is better in my pocket then theirs. We buy a soda card every time. It works by the pool to the dining room. You cant lose. Also you get cans of coke also. You here fountain drinks only. We have always gotten cans.
Not sure how much the soda card is on Carnival - I take my own 6-pk of 16-oz. bottled Cokes.
However, I do know that - NO, soft drinks are not complimentary anywhere on the ship, including the dining room. Only children under 12 can receive soft drinks at dinner (dining room only) at no charge.
Also - in the dining room, your waiter does not take your soft drink order. There are bar attendants who come around to tables taking drink orders (alcoholic & soft drinks).
Yes, it would be cheating. Soda cards are for one user only.
The cards are $5.50 per day (you can only buy them for the number of days of your cruise - you can't decide you only want one for 2 days) and you cannot use them with room service.
Sodas are between $2.00 and $2.50, so if you drink more than 2 or 3 sodas per day it's worth it. My dh and son consume large amounts of soda - they will each get one. I just buy a soda (usually only one per day) whenever I want one.
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Yes, as mentioned above, CARNIVAL does allow a 'reasonable amount' of soft drinks to be brought on board. That's why I take a 6-pk. of 16-oz. plastic-bottled Cokes. I don't consider it a problem to take them, as I pack them in my second medium piece of luggage and check it w/my other piece of luggage. I take Cokes because ONE Coke in the cabin is $2.50, and I can buy a whole 6-pk for that amount!
We were on a Carnival cruise in May, my husband bought a soda card, the kids and I really don't drink enough to really make it worth buying the card. The first night in the dining room, our waitress who took our drink order said that my son who is 12 could order a coke at no charge, my husband showed his card and I just went with water. The next night in the dining room, I decided to order a coke and figured I would have to pay for it but she didn't make me sign anything so I figured it was being billed to my card as we were in assigned seating. Every night she brought me a coke, but I was never billed for them. So I'm not sure if she thought that because my husband had one that I also had a card or what. I didn't even question it. As I'm sure everyone knows, that bill at the end of the cruise is usually high enough.
My parents were going to get me and my sister a soda card aboard the Carnival Pride but then realized we really dont drink that much soda so why waste around $30 each to get them. We also noticed that in the Mermaid Grille they had free punch and apple juice and water so why not just take advantage of that. So if you drink a lot of soda then go for it. But if you can live without it for a week, just drink the punch.
I think it is worth it on Princess and Carnival where it will run you anywhere from $22 to $30 for a seven day cruise. On RCCL it is $42 for a seven day cruise. I find that a bit too steep for fountain soda.
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