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WendyLovesPeter
10-22-2007, 07:43 PM
1. I know alcoholic beverages are obviously extra.
2. What about bottled water?
3. What about soft drinks/pop and juice?
4. What about milk?

Reason I'm asking... I thought soft drinks were provided free of charge. A friend told me only coffee, tea and tap water are free of charge.

Can you tell me an estimate for these beverages or show me the link.

Thank you.

mommasita
10-22-2007, 07:47 PM
There is a 24 drink station on Deck 9. Everything there is free.. Alcohol is NEVER free.(as you mentioned)

You will find. soft drinks (diet and reg), juice, water, ice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade...

Milk is free at all buffets, and in the dining rooms, as well as soft drinks and juice. Milk is in small containers, so you can take some to your room if need be.

Bottled water is sold, not given out. They sell an evian package, and I am not sure on that price. Any drink ordered from a bar will have a charge (including soft drinks).

Soft drinks ordered from room service, will also have a charge..

zack&alexmom
10-22-2007, 07:52 PM
1. I have the bills to prove it.
2. Yes, you must pay for it.
3. Soda is available free at drink station on deck 9 but you must pay if you order it at a bar or through room service.
4. I believe it is free at the drink station but I don't drink it very often so not sure.

WendyLovesPeter
10-22-2007, 08:00 PM
oh you made me think of something else - how much does it cost to order room service? Does everything ordered from room service cost out of pocket, or are some things "free of charge" or shall I say included in cost of cruise?

Do the rooms have mini-fridge? It would be nice to stock some milk in the room (my toddler), so we don't have to "make a run" every time she is thirsty.

Cruise
10-22-2007, 08:06 PM
Food from the room service menu is free. As someone else mentioned, ordering sodas from room service will incur a fee. You should be prepared to tip the person who brings your order though. We usually start at $2 for a snack and then tip up from there depending on how much we've ordered.

There is a "cooler" in your room. It looks like a mini-fridge, but doesn't actually have a refrigeration unit. It will keep things that are already cold cool, but I wouldn't trust milk that had been in it for more than a couple hours. Keeping a ziploc or two full of ice in there will also help keep things cooler.

SnowWhite2
10-22-2007, 08:14 PM
There are free drinks if you know when and where...

At the art auction, they give out free drinks. We've had champagne but I've also heard that they serve martinis. Free.

At the captains reception, again free drinks. It is in the atrium.

There used to be free drinks at the Castaway Club reception but I heard that has been stopped.

On the 7 day cruises, there is an Art of Entertaining series. They used to give free drinks at the cocktail making seminar.


Yeah, I'm frugal ;)

As for the fridge in the room, it is really only a cooler. If something is already cold, it will keep it cool. If it is warm, it will not get cool. Ask your room steward for a bucket of ice to put in the cooler to keep it cold.

Room service is free except for the tip. The tip amount really depends on how much you order. $1-2/small order/snacks, $3-4 if you order a meal. As stated before, the soda is NOT free from room service. You also have to pay for candy and popcorn through room service. On our second cruise, the kids would call room service at least once a day and get cookies and popcorn. It was the white cheddar type and actually reasonably priced. The same that I would pay at the grocery store at home. There are items that you can get through room service that are not listed on the menu. Mickey Bars, Uncrustables (grape), Pedialyte frozen pops. I'm sure there are more but these are the only ones I remember.

cruzings
10-22-2007, 09:12 PM
On our recent (Oct 6-13) cruise, Evian water bottles and soda in cans were given out during the Castaway Club reception at Rockin Bar D.

The Evian water bottle package was 20 bottles for the price of 19....but unfortunately my memory fails me on the exact amount, because we chose not to purchase it.

I think you also get milk free thru room service but don't trust the cooler with it for more than a few hours.

Mickeyhugger
10-22-2007, 09:23 PM
One other beverage which is NOT free, milkshakes. Now, I don't know if they're still served. We ordered one for our DD in the dining rooms one evening (a few years ago,) and were told they cost extra.

mazz1
10-23-2007, 03:39 AM
can i ask if the cups at the soda station are card or plastic? i was thinking of taking some insulated cups with me (the type with lids on) for any hot drinks

i was also thinking of taking some plastic beakers with lids on too for the kids sodas, will this be ok?

i was also wondering if the staff are good at telling you what costs extra? so you don't get such a shock when you recieve that bill

thanks mazz

granmaz
10-23-2007, 03:57 AM
We will have our resort mugs from POR with us so they will be good.

Andrew DEREK UK
10-23-2007, 06:08 AM
Kids 'smoothies' in the evening meal cost $3.50 + tip not free.

kaseyC
10-23-2007, 06:31 AM
Kids can order Shirley Temples (with extra cherries) in the dining room for free.

Bobbybear68
10-23-2007, 07:00 AM
i was also wondering if the staff are good at telling you what costs extra? so you don't get such a shock when you recieve that bill


In almost all cases you will get (for a lack of a better name) a charge slip to sign any time your onboard account is charged.

Parkhopper
10-23-2007, 08:27 AM
can i ask if the cups at the soda station are card or plastic? i was thinking of taking some insulated cups with me (the type with lids on) for any hot drinks

i was also thinking of taking some plastic beakers with lids on too for the kids sodas, will this be ok?

i was also wondering if the staff are good at telling you what costs extra? so you don't get such a shock when you recieve that bill

thanks mazz

The cups at the soda station are cardboard. You can bring your plastic refillable mug/cups, but please use a fresh cardboard cup to fill them (to avoid the spread of virus)

Suzi

Andrew DEREK UK
10-23-2007, 11:33 AM
The cups at the soda station are cardboard. You can bring your plastic refillable mug/cups, but please use a fresh cardboard cup to fill them (to avoid the spread of virus)

Suzi

Good point

pixie08
10-23-2007, 11:45 AM
Yes I know Disney (and many others including myself) perfer not to see people refilling their own mugs because as parkhopper mentioned virus can spread quickly!

I just plan to do as Parkhopper mentioned by filling the cardboard and transferring it to my mug!

biggroofy
10-23-2007, 12:11 PM
Food from the room service menu is free. As someone else mentioned, ordering sodas from room service will incur a fee. You should be prepared to tip the person who brings your order though. We usually start at $2 for a snack and then tip up from there depending on how much we've ordered.


Could you please clarify something about Room Service - say if I order Room Service for Breakfast, does it include any free drink (e.g. milk, apple juice)?

Thanks

Andrew DEREK UK
10-23-2007, 12:20 PM
Could you please clarify something about Room Service - say if I order Room Service for Breakfast, does it include any free drink (e.g. milk, apple juice)?

Thanks

When I ordered brekfast from RS Coffee and soft drinks jucies etc were free, its cans bottles etc you pay for.

I had coffee the kids had juice, If you look at the breakfast order form in room it covers whats inc.

stout
10-24-2007, 08:59 AM
For those with little ones, this is good to know: whole milk from room service is free (warmed and delivered in a carafe or cold in the cartons). We brought a bottle warmer for our first cruise, but didn't on the second cruise because we heard this tip. Since for our second cruise DD was only getting a bottle before bed, we would call up around dinner time and tell them when we would like it delivered later that night--only one time were they about 15 minutes late.

lborne
10-24-2007, 09:20 AM
Kids 'smoothies' in the evening meal cost $3.50 + tip not free.

We were with 2 other families, so we had all the kids down on one end. They all ordered smoothies. It was not much, and it was our fault for not looking at the menu (the price is listed for that one item and the kids did not notice, or care), but we had thought everything on the kids menu would be free so let them have a bit of freedom and order whatever they wanted.

Andrew DEREK UK
10-24-2007, 10:00 AM
We were with 2 other families, so we had all the kids down on one end. They all ordered smoothies. It was not much, and it was our fault for not looking at the menu (the price is listed for that one item and the kids did not notice, or care), but we had thought everything on the kids menu would be free so let them have a bit of freedom and order whatever they wanted.

I had noticed the menu but like you many do not.

winotracy
10-24-2007, 10:47 AM
One other thing not free is the coffee beverages in Cove Cafe. With or without alcohol there is a charge for these (though the snacks in there are free :thumbsup2 )

mazz1
10-24-2007, 11:32 AM
thanks for the info everyone, i will use the cardboard ones to fill my travel mug

got a question though what's a shirley temple? i'm british and it's not something i've heard of before, is it like a fruit punch type drink?

sjlupin
10-24-2007, 11:41 AM
thanks for the info everyone, i will use the cardboard ones to fill my travel mug

got a question though what's a shirley temple? i'm british and it's not something i've heard of before, is it like a fruit punch type drink?


A Shirley Temple is a non-alcoholic drink that kids often times order, as it looks like a fun fancy drink. It is sprite with a little grenadine (a cherry- flavored syrup). The grenadine is red, so it gives it a nice color and most places will garnish them with dherries and other things so they are like a kiddy cocktail. My DDs love them! :thumbsup2

birkner
10-24-2007, 11:59 AM
thanks for the info everyone, i will use the cardboard ones to fill my travel mug

got a question though what's a shirley temple? i'm british and it's not something i've heard of before, is it like a fruit punch type drink?


Off topic but a bit of trivia about Shirley Temple and Roy Rogers drinks, one being made with ginger ale or seven up and the other with Coke:

A Shirley Temple is a non-alcoholic cocktail (or mocktail) made with ginger ale, grenadine syrup, and orange juice garnished with the maraschino cherry and slice of lemon [1]. The ginger ale is commonly substituted with 7 Up, Sprite, or similar lemon-lime soft drink, and the orange juice is commonly left out. It is often served to children dining with elders to let them share the experience of drinking a cocktail, which is why it is sometimes called a kiddie cocktail.

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel at Waikīkī in Honolulu, Hawaii claims to be the inventor of the Shirley Temple cocktail [2]. There are several other popularized claims as to the origins of the drink. One notes a bartender at Chasen's restaurant in Beverly Hills, California is the inventor [citation needed].

The drink was named for the famous child actress Shirley Temple, who often visited the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Beverly Hills restaurant. She was too young to drink alcoholic cocktails like the adult movie stars when she attended parties or visited with them.

When Temple herself is asked for her opinion of these drinks named for her, she invariably replies that she dislikes them because they are too sweet, and that she does not gain earnings for the use of her name.

A Roy Rogers is a non-alcoholic cocktail (or mocktail) made with cola (such as Coca-Cola) and grenadine syrup, garnished with a maraschino cherry. It is sometimes referred to as a "Darth Vader" or a "Shirley Temple Black"; however, in recent years, both this name and the original "Roy Rogers" have given way to the term "grenadini." It is considered an acceptable cocktail drink for children (since there is no alcohol). For this reason, it may also be called a kiddie cocktail or simply a homemade Cherry Coke. Grenadine is almost always a non-alcoholic beverage. However, buyers should check the label, since some versions contain alcohol.

It was named for the cowboy actor and singer Roy Rogers.

Andrew DEREK UK
10-24-2007, 03:14 PM
Thank you for the info.

Got Quattro?
10-24-2007, 03:25 PM
The cups at the soda station are cardboard. You can bring your plastic refillable mug/cups, but please use a fresh cardboard cup to fill them (to avoid the spread of virus)

Suzi


That's a little extreme. If the soda fountain has a push button, there is zero physical contact with the fountain and the cup. If it's a lever you puch a cup against, the lever is so far down the side of the cup it should not contact where someone was drinking, unless they licked the cup.

Germ interaction is healthy. Obviously, if you know you are sick or have a virus you want to avaoid spreading germs, but it wont kill you to touch a cup were someones saliva was. If that were the case everyteenager in the world would be dead by the time they turn 20. unless they dont kiss on dates anymore.

If you completely isolate yourself from every germ, your body loses its abillity to fight off infection when you do hit a major germ string.

be smart...but dont go overboard.

tap water will be fione for us as well.

ldb1030
10-24-2007, 03:29 PM
That's a little extreme. If the soda fountain has a push button, there is zero physical contact with the fountain and the cup. If it's a lever you puch a cup against, the lever is so far down the side of the cup it should not contact where someone was drinking, unless they licked the cup.

Germ interaction is healthy. Obviously, if you know you are sick or have a virus you want to avaoid spreading germs, but it wont kill you to touch a cup were someones saliva was. If that were the case everyteenager in the world would be dead by the time they turn 20. unless they dont kiss on dates anymore.

If you completely isolate yourself from every germ, your body loses its abillity to fight off infection when you do hit a major germ string.

be smart...but dont go overboard.

tap water will be fione for us as well.


If I remember right, it is push button so the cup would not come in contact with anything! Rest assured, someone WILL correct me if I'm wrong!;)

AmberDaClown
10-25-2007, 06:53 AM
That's a little extreme. If the soda fountain has a push button, there is zero physical contact with the fountain and the cup. If it's a lever you puch a cup against, the lever is so far down the side of the cup it should not contact where someone was drinking, unless they licked the cup.

I disagree. I have seen more than one person at places where you can refill your own drink hold the cup right up next to the dispenser instead of putting on the soda filled bottom. Frequently they will fill their drink to the tip and the dispenser invariably will make contact with the liquid that is filling the cup. Many many people do not know about the importance of an air gap and backflow prevention.

I have watched some of these same people not wash after using the restroom, eat with their hands and then drink from the soda fountain. Some germs may be good, but lots of germs can do nasty things to your body especially in the closed environment of a ship.

I would encourage everyone to use a separate clean paper cup with each refill and not to fill their own beverage container. It is far more sanitary to fill the paper cups and transfer the beverage into said container.

melissaknits
10-25-2007, 07:02 AM
Um, how much are these beverages that we have to pay for out of pocket?

For example, how much might a beer be? Or a glass of wine (generally, I know there's a range with wine)? Or a mixed fruity thing with an umbrella? Or a can of diet coke?

And does one need to tip for delivery of said foofy umbrella drink? I read someplace that a 15% gratuity was automatically added. Anyone have any experience with this?

Andrew DEREK UK
10-25-2007, 07:42 AM
Um, how much are these beverages that we have to pay for out of pocket?

For example, how much might a beer be? Or a glass of wine (generally, I know there's a range with wine)? Or a mixed fruity thing with an umbrella? Or a can of diet coke?

And does one need to tip for delivery of said foofy umbrella drink? I read someplace that a 15% gratuity was automatically added. Anyone have any experience with this?

The prices are not too bad I have cocktails and I think they were $5.75 and the tip is added on at bars and in meals.

melissaknits
10-25-2007, 08:24 AM
That's not bad at all!! Thanks!

iluvepcot
10-26-2007, 01:21 PM
When you go to pool snack places for pizza etc. do they charge you for a drink, soda, water? I realize if drinks are in cans or bottled water but if you go there instead of a sit down lunch, can you get a free beverage or do you still have to go up to sit downs?

WendyLovesPeter
10-26-2007, 06:50 PM
I disagree. I have seen more than one person at places where you can refill your own drink hold the cup right up next to the dispenser instead of putting on the soda filled bottom. Frequently they will fill their drink to the tip and the dispenser invariably will make contact with the liquid that is filling the cup. Many many people do not know about the importance of an air gap and backflow prevention.

I have watched some of these same people not wash after using the restroom, eat with their hands and then drink from the soda fountain. Some germs may be good, but lots of germs can do nasty things to your body especially in the closed environment of a ship.

I would encourage everyone to use a separate clean paper cup with each refill and not to fill their own beverage container. It is far more sanitary to fill the paper cups and transfer the beverage into said container.


Got Quatro is right - I work in infectious disease - germ interaction is good - antibacterial everything is BAD - it only kills the weak germs & the strong ones survive & become stronger.

Obviously I'm not saying its a good idea to share unwashed items with others. But, out in the world, germs are EVERYWHERE. We don't want to know what goes on in the kitchens behind closed doors. Plus when you go to a public place, you don't want to know who sat there before you, who slept in that motel room before you or if they have draining wounds on their body. We and all our children have been exposed to lotsa, lotsa stuff. Theres no way to cover all the bases to prevent cross contamination of germs. If its not on the paper cups, its on the pop machine button or the lid dispenser or the salt/pepper. Can't think too hard about this if you want to live your life. Otherwise we would all be plastic bubble people.

iluvepcot
10-26-2007, 09:35 PM
Can someone answer ? about pizza and fast food spots? What about beverages by the pool when you are getting pizza etc. Do you get free food and then have to go to deck 9 for free drinks?

inkkognito
10-26-2007, 09:43 PM
On the 7 day cruises, there is an Art of Entertaining series. They used to give free drinks at the cocktail making seminar.

Yeah, I'm frugal ;)
You forgot that they also give free accompanying wine with the food at the cooking demos.

As for the deck 9 drink and food question, the beverage station is close to all three fast serve counters. Get your food, then go a few steps to get your drink.