I called ncl as well about our cruise on the sky on 9-20-03 to Alaska. They told me yes as well but said they were $20. go figure! If anyone here will be sailing with us let me know, I would love to chat
We just got back from the Dawn . . . and we were charged $28. This included a nice insulated Coke cup to refill (we lost ours the last night . . . tho you can always show your key card to get the soda, even without the cup). I think the kid's version of the pop program is cheaper. And yes, iced tea is always available for 'free', as is coffee, tea, and milk. Have FUN . . . it's really a beautiful ship. . . I'm sure you'll love it, as we did!
the soda card is $28, but well worth it if you plan on having a few drinks a day. taking into consideration how much ice goes into their soda as well, you do go through quite a few in the hot sun. my husband and i 'shared' a card, because they give you a refillable coke container, plus put a special sticker on your cabin card, so we would just go to different locations, or servers and both of us drank 'free' for the entire cruise