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Old March 24th, 2006, 11:22 PM
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Can someone please clear up exactly what drinks are "free"??? I was told coffee, tea, and iced tea only. But, I also read that juice is included with breakfast only. Is that true? Is it just OJ or other juices as well? And, another thing, I heard to be careful of waiters walking around offering drinks, but then asking for your cruise card - How would I know when offered drinks are "free" and when I will be charged for them?
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tere is always free coffee, tea and iced tea and in the morning the juices are free in the buffet area. but that's about it, they walk around offering soda and such too but you need to pay for those, you will see..
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There was no juice in the Horizon Court (lunch & breakfast) on the Grand and the Island. I asked about some juice and was told to go to the bar - and pay for it!

I could not believe that there was no bug juice or lemonade.
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If someone ask for your cruise card...... it is going to cost you .... one way or the other! After a couple of time you will know what is "free". If you ask for water at dinner, they will ask, "bottle", you will pay, in the glass it is "free." On our cruise to Mexico last October they hade "softdrink" cards you can pay for in advance where you are not paying each time you have a drink! First day check with your cabin steward and ask if you have soft drink delivered to the room if there is a charge. Have fun!
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The cruises I have been on all drinks are free except alcohol, sodas and shakes.
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hmmm...seems to be a lot of different answers (I have also checked on other cruise boards) - interesting! thanks for the input everyone!
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It seems a little confusing but if you read the answers here closely, everyone is saying about the same thing.

Alcohol is not free except at the Captain's Welcome Party. If they are walking around with a tray of drinks, the first day, they are not free.

In the buffet area, if they walk up and ask if you want something to drink, it comes from the bar (soda pop/alcohol) and it isn't free.

The stuff you pour yourself in the buffet area is free. Different cruise lines have different things available in the buffet.
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Suzie has it exactly right.
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Except that you cannot call them "drinks" at the Captain's Welcome Party. It is more like a glass of ice that somebody used an eyedropper to dispense the booze.
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I've found that the champagne at the Captain's welcome party is not diluted, neither is it at the first art auction.

The buffet should have coffee, tea (both iced and bagged for hot drinks) all the time. Morning juices vary, but figure on orange juice and either apple or cranberry. I seem to remember milk was available all the time too.

Bring a water bottle with you - all Princess ships (I think) have refridgerators in the cabins, so you can fill your water bottle with OJ in the morning for later use.

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I've found that the champagne at the Captain's welcome party is not diluted, neither is it at the first art auction.
Champagne? What Champagne? All we ever has was 1/200 of an once of a vodka martini or manhattan. There was also fruit punch type non-alcoholic drinks.
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Susancruzs - your explanation really simplified everything
Thanks everyone for your help (and especially for not making me feel dumb)!!!
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Champagne? What Champagne? All we ever has was 1/200 of an once of a vodka martini or manhattan. There was also fruit punch type non-alcoholic drinks.
Maybe you had to be a Captain's Circle member. Or get there early. Or know the secret handshake...

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I did all that and was even very sly with the handshake, but alas no bubbly stuff.
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Champagne is free at the "Champagne Waterfall" party Princess has on the next to last night on 7+day trips. Not too bad either, and they are not stingy on the Coral.
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They did the waterfall thing on the Island, but on the Grand the seas were too rough (Atlantic crossing).
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On my cruise in march orange juice and cranberry juice were available at breakfast, along with tea, coffee, decaf coffee, iced tea and chilled water which were available 24 hours. Also you could buy a 'coke@ sticker for 25 $ for week long supply of coke, diet coke, sprite. (waiter advised us to buy just 1 sticker between the 2 of us and we had no problem getting 2 glasses of coke at a time).
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Also thought the free drinks being offered at the captains welcome party were actually very tasty and not watered down at all.
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The juices were available at the Horizon Court when I went on the Grand in '04
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We loved all six of our Princess cruises, but you can get iced tead to death. Love the lemonade on both Carnival and RCCL and really miss not having it on Princess.

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