I've sailed HAL 6 or 7 times but do not remember "soda cards" being available. From reading other posts on this site, it looks like other lines have them - wondering if HAL offers such a thing. Anyone seen/used them on HAL?
Yes. We don't drink much soda, so don't buy the cards. I think for a seven day cruise, the card costs something like $22 (maybe a bit more) for unlimited soda from the bars in glasses. It does not include cans of soda, nor soda taken from a cabin mini-bar or soda at HMC. I have heard varied reports as to whether it includes soda in the dining room. Some ships, some people say it did include the dining room. Others have said on other ships, it did not. Inquire when you are aboard as to the ship's policy that particular cruise. There seems to be alot of inconsistency.
They were $27.50 for our 7-day Zuiderdam cruise in June. Beleive they are the same on other ships for 7 days cruises. Not sure of the price for longer cruises. You do not get cans -- get dinks by the glass. But were able to use the card anywhere on the chip, including all dining rooms and bars.
For all of you trying to decide if it is worth the money for a soda card, just think, you have already spent at least several hundred on the cruise, why be a cheapie about the drinks. The first day of our last cruise, I tried to hold out, just getting them for my kids (by the way on Royal Caribbean the kids' soda cards are cheaper than adult ones). Well, by the next morning I had a migraine type headache and thought I might have motion sickness. In reality, I think I was dehydrated, missing my usual caffeine, and the meclazine (motion sickness pill) was making me feel worse. I found that having my usual Coke for breakfast, lunch and dinner made me feel a lot better.
If you are a soda drinker, definitely get the cards!!! We were just on a Norwegian's Hawaiian Islands cruise, and it was HOT!!! Having a soda card sure kept dehydration at bay. They were $25 for a 7 day cruise on NCL...I think the kids' cards were less (for those 12 and under).
We will be on the Maasdam in November and will for sure buy a soda card!