We will be sailing on the Star Princess on Jan 11, 2003 to the Mexican Riveria, we can't wait! I have read so many interesting things here. Here's a few questions:
I've read about bathrobes that are available for use in your cabins. I know that bathrobes are offered with honeymoon/special occasion packages, but can I use a robe for free for the duration of the cruise? If so, that's one less thing to pack.
Also, when ordering room service is it necessary to tip the delivery person? I still don't understand if the automatice tip charge covers ALL the people who are at your service. Is it true that a gratuity is charged to your account when you get a soda with your soda card? Any clarification would be appreciated.
As for the soda card, do they serve Coke or Pepsi? What beverages are free if you don't buy the soda? Is soda not even included at dinner?
Thanks in advance for your helpful suggestions and comments,
Yep, you will not need to pack a robe, just use theirs for the week. As for ording room service and tipping, just tip the person who delivers it a few dollars. When they refer to the automatic tipping, that does not include room service, just about everything else though.
You can also buy one from them; we did purchase two, from our last cruise in 2000. I gave one to my mom for Christmas and I use the other one. I love that thing, it is so soft and feels wonderful after a shower!
Groovy baby, Yeah!! I'm glad you asked this question because I hope you know that you will be spending most of your time OUT of that robe!!! hee hee hee!! (Especially if you want to meet Mini-me and Goldmember!) ha ha ha! Do I make you.......oh do behave darling!!
Do I understand this correctly? You can use the robe for the week on the ship and then just leave it in your room - at no cost? If you want to keep it, there will be a charge? Wow, that's a great service! I'm curious, how much does a robe cost?
If I remember correctly, the cost of the robe if you want to buy it was around $50. Although, they will get you a brand new one if you want to buy it, not a bad deal if you need a robe, just remember to save some room in the luggage :-)
FYI, those terry cloth robes are really thick and bulky. For me, they were nice for a minute or two right out of the shower, but way too hot for more than that. If you like to lounge in a robe, you might want to consider bringing a lightweight one. Silk takes up no room in luggage and weighs practically nothing.
You understand correctly -- you use the robe for the cruise, then leave it in the room when you depart. They will launder it (with the towels, etc.) for the next user.
On my last couple cruises, they had the robes for sale in one of the shops. I don't recall the price, but there are two versions -- standard and deluxe. The deluxe robe has the embroidered logo and trim in gold.