Effective July 15, 2001 Princess Cruises is initiating a new program fleetwide that will
allow all passengers (no age restrictions) to purchase fountain dispensed sodas
(Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Diet Sprite, Ginger Ale and Tonic Water) for the
duration of their cruise for one pre-arranged price. This program should appeal
especially to passengers with children and/or passengers who do not drink alcohol. Passengers will be able to purchase the package at embarkation at the
below listed prices:
$17.50 - 7 day cruise
$20.00 - 10 day cruise
$22.50 - 12 day cruise
$30.00 - 13-16 day cruise
A gratuity of $2.50 is included.
Please note that the soda package is valid in all bars and dinning rooms that
have a fountain dispenser. Room service is excluded.
A small sticker will be placed on the passengers cruise card which will indicate
that the soda package has been purchased. The soda package is valid for the
passenger with the cruise card, and only one soda may be purchased at a time.
Thanks for sharing this valuable information since I will be sailing on the Regal Princess 7/22 for 7 days. I am sure that I will take advantage of this new program. I am just hoping that the equipment is readily available in many locations on the ship and not just in one place where there would surely be a long line. I usually like a soft drink with lunch and sometimes dinner so that alone is possibly 14 cokes for $15.00 (less $2.50 built-in tip). And, for sure I will be sipping on a soft drink in the casino and while playing Bingo so I will be saving total cruise.
Just returned from Med. cruise on Golden P. WE had 2 13 yr old boys and 1 5 yr old girl and the soda cards are wonderful. The 3 of them must have consumed barrels of Coke, Sprite, etc. so the cards were a real bargain and were acceptable everywhere from the plushest dining rooms to the pizza stand, hamburger stand to the 24 hr buffet.
The soda card are available to both adults and children for 17.50. (We just got off the Grand today). Our cruise was the first cruise they had this program. It is for fountain soda and not for canned soda, so my kids got this program where a sticker is placed on their shipboard credit card account that shows that you paid for this program. My husband didn't buy the soda program as he likes his soda from cans. You can't get cans of soda with this soda program. Yes, this program is offered throughout the ship including in the dining room.
I just got home today from the 7/15 to the western carib. on the Grand. This was the first trip to use the soda program. We were a group of four. (2 adults, 2 teens) The program worked well for us. Here are the facts:
Cost- $17.50 for the 7 day trip($15.+ 2.50 for tips)
Coke,Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Tonic Water, Club Soda (all the "gun" drinks) Iced tea is still free.
Available virtually everywhere except room service, and onshore at Princess Cay (no guns)
We ate at Davinci, Michelangelo, and Sabatini's. We used the program everywhere including all shows, bingo, horse racing, etc.
Now some notes. The program needs refinement in the way paperwork is handled. The waiters and bar staff hate it because they have to fill out a slip for you to sign for each individual drink. Even though the cost shows $0.00 on the slip, you still have to sign for it. In addition, many of them believed that they weren't making anything when they served a soda from this program and some actually seemed to ignore you once they knew you had the sticker. Also, you cannot combine on one person's card, even if you all show that you have the sticker. This creates a huge load of paperwork for the staff. One waiter had a table with a group of 18, all with stickers. He had to write a slip for each individual for each and every drink! On the plus side, it seemed to be changing already towards the end of the cruise, with some bars just making you show the sticker and letting you order a large soda while the dining rooms and theaters seemed to be sticking to the original program. Also, make sure that you tell them when you order a soda that you have the sticker and want a fountain soda or they will often try to sell you a can, even though the "gun" is available to them. Hope this helped. By the way, the trip was a blast!
We are going on the Mexican Riveria Cruise in Nov. Would like suggestions for shore excursions in Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta and Cabo. I have princess' pamphlet but not sure they are worth going on or is there other excursions that may be better. Also traveling with a 12 and 17 yr old. Is it true there is a charge for ice cream bar????