Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Practical Advice > Travel Gripes!
Register Forgot Password?

Travel Gripes! Gripe about cruises or getting to one.(airlines, taxis)

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old November 1st, 2000, 12:25 AM
Anne Campbell's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: New York City
Posts: 1,131
Default Coffee!

I admit I'm an addict, but my biggest complaint is not being able to have a cup of coffee delivered to the cabin the day of disembarkation. If ever one needs a bit of cafeen it's the last morning, when we get up early. We're paying for seven days of service and we're entitled to this.

Also, the quality of coffee on some cruise lines is dreadful, especially on Princess and Royal Caribbean. It's made with syrup and is identical to the dreadful stuff served on airplanes. Carnival shelled out $250,000 per ship for machines that brew each pot individually. So, why can't Princes and Royal Caribbean give you something decent to drink?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old November 1st, 2000, 09:44 AM
hdawson
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Coffee!

Anne, thanks for this post. Ship's coffee is a major gripe for me. Even on my recent Century cruise it took a full two days to get used to the coffee. When every thing else from the kitchen is so very good, why this terrible coffee substitute? First thing I did when I got to St Johns was stop and have 3 cups of real and satisfying coffee. Glad you recognized this shortcoming too.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old November 1st, 2000, 06:49 PM
Judy Lofland
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Coffee!

Amen to the above. Absolutely worst coffee I ever tasted except the time I ordered "black coffee" in New Orleans. Big mistake, the spoon stood straight up in the middle of the cup. I swear I am going to carry those coffe bags that you brew like a tea bag on my next cruise. Hot water is available and all I will need is to pull the little bag out of my purse. Thanks Anne for the post.

Judy
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old November 2nd, 2000, 05:53 PM
TWOFER
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Coffee!

I also agree with all these posts about the coffee. I let Princess know that my only suggestion would be better coffee and that Carnival had better.. As for the coffee in the individual bags,IMHO, don't! The coffee on board was even better!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old November 6th, 2000, 07:22 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Posts: 133
Default RE: Coffee!

OK. So tell me, a coffee snob who only drinks brewed decaf that I won't be totally disgusted by coffee on the Carnival Destiny. Also, how's the cappucino?
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old November 7th, 2000, 01:15 PM
Dawn Stefano
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Coffee!

Judy:

Great idea about the bags! I'll have to remember that next time.

New Orleans coffee is outrageously strong due to the addition of chicory. To me, the only palatable way to drink it is to order it "au lait." That's half coffee and half steamed milk. Throw in a couple of beignets and you've got a little taste of heaven!

Dawn
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old November 18th, 2000, 11:50 AM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 493
Default RE: Coffee!

Anne, is the coffee any better in the coffee and pastry shop aboard Princess< maybe I could take my thermos coffee cup and get it filled there before going for lunch etc. just a thought. jean
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old November 20th, 2000, 06:20 PM
TWOFER
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Coffee!

I thought that it was on the Crown. Don't know if they will fill anything but the usual cups that they serve. Worth a try.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old November 28th, 2000, 10:32 AM
emgrace
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Coffee!

There is something else we all could try for good coffee. I know that Starbucks sells these small, individual coffee brewers. it looks like two small plastic cups with a metal screen inside. I got one for a gift a few years ago and it worked great. If you all have a Starbucks nearby you may want to check it out and see if they still sell them. I don't think they cost very much. Now that I have heard how terrible the coffee is on RCL, I might have to bring mine along!
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old November 29th, 2000, 01:30 PM
Senior Member
Yeoman
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 678
Default RE: Coffee!

Hi: We just got Dawn Princess last week. They must have improved their coffee as was great. We walked to the Horizon Ct on Sat am for that last cup of coffee as we watched people leave and while we waited for our turn.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old December 1st, 2000, 12:08 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Posts: 146
Default RE: Coffee!

One of the more pleasant experiences we had on the Westerdam last year was the coffee machines that were available 24/7 for espresso, capuccino, latte, etc. Since I only drink "black coffee" -- no milk, cream or sugar to mask it -- lousy coffee can truely make a great dinner go downhill in a flash! Drinking black double espressos on board, though, was one of the niceitys . A great way to wake up in the AM and a nice cap off to dinner, as well as a great pick-me-up during the day. Even my hubby, who can usually take coffee or leave it, really got into his AM cafe latte and evening capuccino. So I am looking forward to these same machines being available on the Rotterdam -- we leave next weekend for a 10 day cruise. Can't wait!
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old December 1st, 2000, 01:10 PM
Donna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: on my computer
Posts: 26,433
Send a message via AIM to Donna
Default RE: Coffee!

Hi Jules,
Wow, I really like that idea, wish the other lines would join and have that coffee available all day.

Donnassei/Sealover
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old December 18th, 2000, 05:19 PM
Janman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Coffee!

We have taken those Starbuck (brew your own) mugs on a Princess cruise-also a 2 person French press. Boy did we get stares of jealousy! Even from crew members. Traveling on Celebrity in a couple of weeks with some friends who also have their French press packed.
Janet
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old January 4th, 2001, 07:59 PM
jeanuk
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Coffee!

just returned from a xmas cruise on Ocean Princess, anyone who drinks coffee PLEASE take your own with you, the coffee on board was awful, I wasn`t sure if I was drinking coffee, tea, cocoa or gravy!!! you can purchase a decent cup of cappuchino, latte or espresso in the patisserie for $2 and up but that gets expensive after a while, jean
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old January 6th, 2001, 12:13 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Posts: 146
Default RE: Coffee!

Really sorry to read that. Haven't been on Princess yet, and this may sway me not to. Recently returned from the Rotterdam and those wonderful coffee machines were there (see my post below). Staff fills the top with whole coffee beans and the machine grinds as needed -- wonderful espresso, latte, cappuccino and even plain old plain old. Sure was an added plus to our cruise, if it seems that most other lines do not have these machines on board...
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old January 20th, 2001, 08:34 PM
BEAV
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: Coffee!

I'm a Starbucks addict! I grind a pound of coffee before I leave home and actually tote a small coffee maker in my carry-on. This way I have my kind of coffee in the morning, all in the comfort of my robe & cabin! The closest thing I can get to Starbucks while on board a ship is to order capaccino. What they call "coffee" in the buffet, dining room is just darkend water to me!!
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old September 1st, 2004, 05:53 PM
JImeeee4
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Coffee!

Several Princess cruises we have been on (18 in all) The cofee was lousy but the atrium bar brewd fresh cofee and had pastries. I think the cofee was actually brewd for cofee type drinks, but they never refused us.....enjoy.
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old September 1st, 2004, 09:05 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 301
Default Re: Coffee!

I hate to admit this, but I am a coffee snob. So needless to say, I was worried about my 'coffee fix' before my Carnival cruise last month. I was pleasantly surprised with how good the coffee was. And, I was able to order it from room service whenever I wanted it (even on the last day).
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old September 1st, 2004, 09:13 PM
UConn1's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 2,033
Send a message via AIM to UConn1 Send a message via MSN to UConn1
Default Re: Coffee!

To confirm what jeleja said - we had a pot of coffee delivered to room the morning of debarkation, but they may have just changed the policy since this original post was made almost 4 years ago.

Reply With Quote
  #20 (permalink)  
Old September 1st, 2004, 09:27 PM
bigjohn461's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hot Springs, Ark.(just below farrimco
Posts: 4,118
Default Re: Coffee!

I am with jeleja and Jodi..we had coffee via room service on the last morning too..and the coffee was good..a little strong but good.

Reply With Quote
  #21 (permalink)  
Old September 2nd, 2004, 06:40 AM
DougR.'s Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Erial, New Jersey
Posts: 3,310
Default Re: Re: Coffee!

The coffee on RCCLs Enchantment was decent as of the 8/21/2004 sailing. I beleive they are serving Seattle's Best throughout the ship, if not it is a good blend. They also have a Seattle's Best coffee bar on deck 6.

__________________
Doug




Explorer of the Seas October 2013
Caribbean Princess July 2006, May 2010 & November 2012
Monarch of the Seas November 2008
Crown Princess November 2007
Celebrity Zenith November 2005
Enchantment of the Seas August 2004
Reply With Quote
  #22 (permalink)  
Old September 2nd, 2004, 12:23 PM
ehogan
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Coffee!


Boy do I relate to this gripe!

We are used to great coffee on the West Coast and we have been taking our small espresso machine with us on all our vacations for the past 10 years. It is the first thing that goes into our suitcase- (along with our thermal mugs to take coffee on deck). For the first few years, it was always given a careful once over by customs, but I guess now it is so common they don't even blink a eye.

You used to be able to get nice coffee (espresso, cappo, latte) with dinner at no extra charge on Carnival but I think they are the only ones that do that - and since our last cruise with them was 2002, maybe they have stopped that too.
Reply With Quote
  #23 (permalink)  
Old September 2nd, 2004, 01:01 PM
Dorothy's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 4,239
Default Re: Coffee!

I hated it, but had to *buy* coffee from the speciality coffee bar/pastry shop. The regular brewed coffee was AWFUL on the Fantasy.

I like mine black and strong.

dorothy

__________________

Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
Reply With Quote
  #24 (permalink)  
Old September 2nd, 2004, 02:52 PM
JaneMarlow
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Coffee!

Makes me glad I quit coffee in 2000!
Reply With Quote
  #25 (permalink)  
Old September 2nd, 2004, 03:04 PM
DavidB's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,128
Default Re: Coffee!

Cant stand coffee, we should have thrown it all into the bay at Boston many, many, years ago <g>

The wee Brit DavyB
Reply With Quote
  #26 (permalink)  
Old September 2nd, 2004, 03:45 PM
bigjohn461's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hot Springs, Ark.(just below farrimco
Posts: 4,118
Default Re: Coffee!

Dorothy? you should have liked the coffee on the Fantasy..That is the one we were on and I liked it..just a little strong for the wife though..Hmmm..got me there.

Reply With Quote
  #27 (permalink)  
Old September 2nd, 2004, 06:45 PM
ptime
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Coffee!

funny things this gripe from 2000
Reply With Quote
  #28 (permalink)  
Old September 2nd, 2004, 09:40 PM
bigjohn461's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hot Springs, Ark.(just below farrimco
Posts: 4,118
Default Re: Coffee!

Oh Welllll..the thread is old but the coffee is fresh..>G<

Reply With Quote
  #29 (permalink)  
Old September 3rd, 2004, 08:36 AM
Dorothy's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 4,239
Default Re: Coffee!

Maybe I just got a bad cup, BigJohn. Of course, what a normal person thinks is strong and what *I* think is strong.....

Anyway, I'm trying the FREE coffee on the Glory.

dorothy

__________________

Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
Reply With Quote
  #30 (permalink)  
Old September 3rd, 2004, 11:29 AM
bigjohn461's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Hot Springs, Ark.(just below farrimco
Posts: 4,118
Default Re: Coffee!

Dorothy..true,true..I am use to that truck driver coffee..you know the kind that talks to you and wakes you up..>G<

Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
COFFEE hooters Holland America 1 July 17th, 2007 03:19 AM
Coffee macabea Princess Cruise Lines 21 August 25th, 2004 12:49 PM
Coffee anyone? cruisingks Chit - Chat for Cruisers 2 January 9th, 2004 09:34 AM
COFFEE excited to cruise Carnival Cruise Lines 7 February 15th, 2003 10:57 AM
Coffee cruzenkaren Celebrity 10 February 19th, 2002 05:40 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:04 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1