We sailed on the Carnival Liberty in June and I was surprised by the size of the martini glass....I don't remember it being so small. I drink Ketel One Vodka and the price for this premium martini is $8.95. Don't mind paying the premium price but would enjoy a premium size glass!!
I think that is one of the ways that the cruiselines (or any other service company) cuts costs without any noticeable effect on the product being offered.
Not only the martini glass but the regular cocktail glass, the souvenir glass, the dinner plates, the plates in the buffet, dessert plates you name it, it has all gotten just a tab smaller.
I would imagine if they shave even a half ounce off of each cocktail glass, they can reap major savings. If the buffet plates are a 1/4 an inch smaller in circumvence, then you put less food on your plate saving major bucks. If the dessert plate is smaller, the cut of cake is smaller reaping hugh overall savings for the cruiseline. Same with the cups/glasses used for the free punch/ice tea, etc. They are prettier but also smaller.
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Traditional martini glasses hold 7.25 ounces. they are not the big wide glasses that people get served in bars today. Perhaps they are going retro.
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[quote="rosetattoo"]We sailed on the Carnival Liberty in June and I was surprised by the size of the martini glass....I don't remember it being so small. I drink Ketel One Vodka and the price for this premium martini is $8.95. Don't mind paying the premium price but would enjoy a premium size glass!!
Are the glasses getting smaller or is just me?[/quote]
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And ... when they are not smaller, you'll notice that the drink glasses are not being filled to the top. I actually watched a bartender lean down eye level with the drink glass to make sure he hadn't filled it higher than he was supposed to.
I also sat with a group in the dining room. One couple was ordering glasses of wine on their wine card. The guy got annoyed that the glasses weren't filled. He was told that if he wanted the glass filled to the brim, he would have to get two holes punched on his card.
Cruise lines very carefully regulate the consumption of alcohol on the ships. Every liter has to be accounted for. If a bartender is being too generous with his drink pours, not following the cruise line guidelines, he could very easily find himself out of a job. At least that's what we were told on the Veendam this past April.
We recently cruised on RCI. It's very simple to get bigger drinks, complimentary drinks and even some nice martini glasses to take home free as souveniers...Do what most cruisers fail to do and that's treat your servers, bar tenders etc with a great deal of respect and get to know them...It's not just about the tipping. Talk to them and genuinely make them your friend. The staff/crew are the most interesting people to get to know on board. Talk to them about their families and their country. Joke with them and let them know how much you appreciate them and respect them for how hard they work. It makes me laugh whenever I read on these boards that you can never get a free drink on a ship and how tight they are with the booze etc. I lost track of how many free drinks we got and how many goodys we got to take home. Be good to them and they will be VERY generous to you in return, trust me.
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