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Old January 17th, 2004, 01:26 AM
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Just heard a rumor today that RCI has just begun to charge for orange juice and lemonade. Is this correct? Seems like it would be tough to do - they have the OJ and lemonade lined up in the Windjammer in the a.m.s for you to just pick up. Please say it isn't true!!!!
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Old January 17th, 2004, 09:05 AM
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Hi Mlbcruiser,
I sure hope thats wrong, I need that glass of OJ in the am. We'll be on Voyager in a few weeks now, so I will find out for sure then, hope this is wrong?

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Old January 17th, 2004, 12:35 PM
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Default Re: New fees for juices on RCI?

Got back yesterday from a 4 day cruise on the Sovereign and they were not charging anything for juices, tea or lemonade either in the Windjammer or the dining rooms. We also took a tour of the kitchens with the executive chef and he didn't mention anything about charging for these drinks.
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Old January 17th, 2004, 06:03 PM
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Tanker47: how did you arrange the tour of the kitchen? I would love that!
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Hi Syr,
The tour will be listed in the daily compass you'll receive every evening. Just make sure to read through it for the time/place where to meet. YOu simply just show up there, very easy.

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Hi Syr,

Donna is right about a listing in the daily compass for a food cooking demonstration (but not a kitchen tour). It was conducted by the executive chef in one of the lounges on the ship. After the demonstration, I asked him if we could tour the kitchen and he said to meet him at 4:00 outside one of the dining rooms, and invited the 20 or so people at the demonstration also. He told me on the tour that they could not make a general offer to all on board as the crowd might overwhelm them. We spent over an hour touring all areas of the kitchen and it was very interesting. Don't know how they handle it on other ships but suspect that if you are able to talk to the chef one on one, it can probably be arranged.

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Old January 18th, 2004, 10:03 PM
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Just read something on another board where the original poster who said you now had to pay for juice posted (FROM the official RCCL site) the info. about getting their new drink/juice card.. There is a new beverage/juice card that is $6 a day (you cannot buy just one day's use) and allows adult passengers to get unlimited fountain (only - not canned) soda and O.J., pineapple juice, or cranberry juice from the bars, dining rooms and in the Windjammer. It didn't specify whether you can still get OJ at breakfast, for instance. I am going to email them and ask. Will report back when/if I rec'v. a reply.
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Thanks Mlbcruiser,
Will be intersted too as to what the "official" word is on this. Will be on Voyager in a few weeks, so it would be nice to know if I can get OJ for breakfast in the windjammer or if I'll have to pay for it??

Do let us know what you find out, OK?

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Old January 19th, 2004, 11:25 AM
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I just called royal, because on the web site, it does say $6.00 plus gratuity a day for a fountain card which listed juice, and she said it is free, and I said then why is it on your web site stating you have to pay for it ,so she put me on hold and came back on, and said effective Jan 2004, you do have to pay for your juice, and She said lemonade was free , because that was not listed in the juices you had to pay for ,and I inquired about that also. I had her put in a comment that I don't think it is right that you have to pay for your juice, when you didn't have to before. She also said I could e-mail them my comments also, I will do that also. 1/19/04, so maybe if enough people call with their reservation #, Royal carribean can go back to free juice, which should be included in the price of the cruise.
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Thanks PV,
I think I too will write an e-mail. Seems if we booked a cruise almost a year ago, the juice should be included?? I too will post back with what they reply for, but I wrote an e-mail over a week ago on another matter and still am waiting for a reply??

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Default Re: New fees for juices on RCI?

Another friend called RCI and got a slightly different response.... which is sort of typical when you call the cruise lines (no one ever really seems to know the real answer).

Their reply was that juices would remain free at meal times, and the "soda/juice" cards would be for use at bars throughout the ship, other than at meal times.

Even if this is the case, pretty darn dumb IMHO.

RCI has never had self serve juice stations. Always have staff pouring small glasses in the Windjammer around meal times. They make it seem like they're handing out gold bars <G>

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I just completed a 7 day cruise on VOS, and there was NO CHARGE for any types
of JUICE during Breakfast ( I'm not sure about other times).

FREE Lemonaide is only available in the Windjammer (Buffet Dining),
I dont think you could get it in the Dining Room.

Water & Ice Tea is always available for FREE

Soda is sold by the Can (12oz) for $1.73 (Total Charge) Everywhere
except Johnny Rockets, the only have Fountain Soda, But if you ask
they will give you a FREE Refill.

I purchased a Soda Card ( 48.30 Total Charge for an Adult) and it was
worth it, since I received about 47 soda's. (28 soda's is the break even)
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Old January 19th, 2004, 02:52 PM
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i heard they started the charge for juice at all times of the day in order to stop the people from taking the juice and making thier own drinks because they were losing money from the bars but if you pay all that money for the cruise you should be able to get what you want
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