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scottyboy1964
06-02-2003, 02:03 PM
Hello

Just wondering do they change the design of the soda mug from year to year and what is the price of it these days? Do people bring back their mugs from past cruises?

Thanks

FOJMO
06-02-2003, 02:32 PM
I'm not sure how often they change the mug design. We were on the Magic last week and the cost was $35.00/week (I guess that's unlimited soda?).

Personally, I can't even imagine drinking that much worth of soda in a YEAR, much less in a week. But, I guess there's some real soda drinkers out there! ;)

crazylion
06-02-2003, 03:09 PM
on the wonder last week they did have the same mugs as last year although they have gone back to the sicker on your ktwk the mug is now just a souviner

IrishCowboy
06-02-2003, 03:59 PM
5/17 Magic had new "Finding Nemo" mugs.

Unlimited soda package was $35 and they placed a sticker on your KTTW card. Mug was $3 extra.

ohioMickey
06-02-2003, 08:39 PM
The soda program ends up being $5 per day. So:
3-night is $15, 4-night is $20, 7-night is $35.

This price gets you the sticker for your kttw card. The mug is $5 extra, but technically you still need to show the sticker on your kttw card to get it filled. Therefore, if you bring an old mug, you couldn't use it without showing a sticker on your card. In practice, we were seldom asked to see the sticker on our Wonder cruise last month.

With regard to mug design, I have heard they plan to change designs every couple months beginning later this year.

lovndisney
06-02-2003, 09:39 PM
I am not a real big soda drinker, water or tea suits me just fine.

I will however be going with my fiance and son. Do you suggest
at least getting one?

What about at meals, does the soda ( if wanted ) cost extra or is that included with the meal?

In case you couldn't tell by the questions, I will be a first time
disney cruiser in 2004.

Thanks,
Kim
:bounce:

ohioMickey
06-02-2003, 09:50 PM
lovndisney:

I see this is your first post, so let me be the first to welcome you to the DIS boards!

You are going to LOVE your first cruise (and all subsequent ones as well).

To answer your questions, soda is included with meals. The soda/mug program is for soda at non-meal times, such as when you are lounging by the pools, partying at sail-aways, playing on the sports deck, etc etc etc.

If someone in your party will be drinking soda, it is a good idea to purchase at least one sticker. As long as you are together, you can all share the card (but you can only get one drink at a time--then again sounds like that won't be much of a problem for you).

Again welcome to the boards. It's a friendly group and all questions are welcomed.

CommandoImagineer
06-05-2003, 01:48 AM
ok, this soda thing really confuses me, I can go to taco bell and get free refills, and yet DCL will charge me for a soda when I'm not eating. However, this leads me to my question, What other options do I have if I want something to drink whenever... can we buy a can of soda somewhere, or I read tea and water is available, How about Lemonade, punch, orange or pinapple juice. perhaps I should bring some kool-aid. is there cups for water. Do other cruise line do this same trick?

June 26th 2003 -Wonder
:earsboy: :earsgirl:

SlyHubby
06-05-2003, 04:49 AM
Originally posted by CommandoImagineer
What other options do I have if I want something to drink whenever... can we buy a can of soda somewhere, or I read tea and water is available, How about Lemonade, punch, orange or pinapple juice. perhaps I should bring some kool-aid. is there cups for water. Do other cruise line do this same trick?

Lemonade is also at the drink station on Deck 9. All the ice and cups for free that you like. Each morning, I would go to Deck 9 after my morning run and fill 4 or 5 cups with lemonade and then just put them in the room fridge so they would be there whenever I wanted.

At the meals, there is fruit punch as well as apple and orange juice at Topsiders.

Unless you're a sodaholic, there is absolutely no need to shell out $35 for one week of soda. There are plenty of options for free non-alcoholic drinks.

labr
06-05-2003, 08:41 AM
I am still alittle confused about the drink options. Can you get juice and lemonade during the day at the drink station on deck 9. According to Mickey's Cruise Guide, you can only get water, milk and coffee. My DD drinks water and juice, do I need a soda mug to get her juice during the day or would I be better off to bring a a bunch of juice boxes for her?

ToDisney
06-05-2003, 09:13 AM
Originally posted by labr
Can you get juice and lemonade during the day at the drink station on deck 9

Lemonade is available, not juice.

joyv
06-05-2003, 09:23 AM
I was on the Wonder last week and they had unlimited lemonade, fruit punch, tea, coffee and water on Deck 9. You can drink these anytime. Soda is free at meal times, but has to be purchased at other times.

At Castaway Cay, soda is sold when you get your food from Cookie's BBQ, but if you have a soda sticker (meaning you bought the unlimited soda which cost $20 on the 4-day), you can get the soda refill at the bar without paying extra.

MFan
06-05-2003, 10:57 AM
Originally posted by joyv
I was on the Wonder last week and they had unlimited lemonade, fruit punch, tea, coffee and water on Deck 9. You can drink these anytime. Soda is free at meal times, but has to be purchased at other times.

At Castaway Cay, soda is sold when you get your food from Cookie's BBQ, but if you have a soda sticker (meaning you bought the unlimited soda which cost $20 on the 4-day), you can get the soda refill at the bar without paying extra.

I was on the 5/10 Magic Western. Unless they have changed since, Magic''s deck 9 drink station had lemonade, tea, coffee, ice and water, but not fruit punch.

tchrmom
06-05-2003, 09:06 PM
We bought 2 mugs last year for DD and DS. ($70.00!) There is NO WAY that my 2 kids even drank $10.00 worth of soda! However...my complaint with the mug is that you always have to carry it around with you. What a pain, to try and keep up with 2 mugs everytime you went out of the room. We did take a Sharpie marker, and put our room # on the lids, but it was still a pain to keep track of them. I think I'd like the sticker idea better, and let them give me a glass each time I wanted a drink. Also, once my kids discovered $3.00 smoothies........that was all she wrote!

ohioMickey
06-06-2003, 07:45 AM
tchrmom

When we cruised May 4 WONDER, the mug by itself wasn't even an option. You had to buy the sticker first for $20 and then the mug was an add-on for an extra $5 (for a four day cruise). So everyone who had mugs also had stickers.

With regard to getting your money's worth...

Disney would likely charge at least $2.50 for a bottle/cup of soda. 2 sodas a day would be the break-even point. So if you drink more than that it is definitely worth it.

SlyHubby
06-06-2003, 07:06 PM
Originally posted by ohioMickey
Disney would likely charge at least $2.50 for a bottle/cup of soda. 2 sodas a day would be the break-even point. So if you drink more than that it is definitely worth it.

sugar water is sugar water. free sugar water is better than sugar water you have to pay for - especially when you've already put down a couple thousand dollars first.

ThreeCircles
06-06-2003, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by SlyHubby
sugar water is sugar water. free sugar water is better than sugar water you have to pay for - especially when you've already put down a couple thousand dollars first.

I suppose you could say the same thing about that darn "fermented water" too, huh?

ohioMickey
06-06-2003, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by SlyHubby
sugar water is sugar water. free sugar water is better than sugar water you have to pay for

If sugar water is sugar water, then a ship is a ship. Why pay extra for a Disney Cruise when Carnival is right next door?

Me?... I'd rather have a Disney cruise and a Coke by the pool.

SlyHubby
06-07-2003, 06:06 AM
Originally posted by ohioMickey
If sugar water is sugar water, then a ship is a ship. Why pay extra for a Disney Cruise when Carnival is right next door?


That's interesting logic. I'm not quite sure how you've come up with it, but I am sure Coca-Cola appreciates the free marketing representation you're providing.

wdw47
06-07-2003, 08:36 AM
help us to understand this if we buy one sticker can everyone in the family use the card or do we have to have the mug for refills we could just take turns going up ty

ThreeCircles
06-07-2003, 11:38 AM
Disney makes it clear that each mug purchased is for one person only. Each family/party member that would like to take part in the soda program needs to purchase their own mug.

The Disney Cruise Line website has more on this if you need more info.

platypus123
06-07-2003, 07:49 PM
We booked our cruise with AAA which told us we get a mug as a booking bonus. Does anyone know if this means we just get the mug, or do we get the sticker for unlimited soda?:Pinkbounc

ThreeCircles
06-07-2003, 07:56 PM
We sailed on the Magic in May and booked our cruise through AAA. Each member of the party received a mug but we did not get the stickers.

jlp651
06-08-2003, 08:17 AM
ok now I'm curious...do other cruise lines charge for soda and other basic non-alcohalic beverages -by basic I mean soda, lemonade, tea etc...I can understand charging for non alcohalic specialty drinks ie smoothies and stuff...but honestly it costs like 0.50 cents....

dizneykids
06-08-2003, 08:45 PM
you don't have to buy the mug to get the program. i noticed plenty of guests with old magic or wonder mugs (they used to be ship-specific) who had simply purchased the soda option. with dcl's going back to the sticker, they aren't losing out if someone brings a mug from a previous cruise. i'm sure that's the reason they went back to the sticker is because people were using old mugs and there was no way to tell if the soda plan had been purchased or not. they didn't change the mugs back then as they are now. as of the 5/24 magic cruise, the mug is a really cute Nemo one.

another option for those who want the soda, but don't want to shell out the $5/day...if you are a AAA member and booked directly with DCL (not with another travel agent), contact AAA and have them assume your reservation. not only does everyone in your party get the soda program and a mug (NOT the cute Nemo mug, but a AAA/DCL one, so it does look different), but you also get a discount (10%) at Treasure's Ketch on purchases over $75. that is the current benefit from AAA and is likely to change next year. the benefit a couple years ago when we last made the switch was a cool framed pin set.

platypus123
06-08-2003, 09:16 PM
Our AAA agent told us that we will get our mugs w/free daily soda once we board the ship. They are holding our reservation, and have assured us that we don't have to purchase the $5/day option. That was one of the main benefits they offered by booking through AAA (rather than Disney direct). Thoughts???

We know...it's only SODA, for crying out loud, but we're just curious. THANKS!: Man-o-man, are our kids getting excited...bounce: :jester:

Stewblue
06-08-2003, 09:40 PM
Cruise lines have always charged extra for drinks that were not part of the meal. When we cruised 23 years ago on Carnival we were charged for sodas etc. Just one of those cruise things I guess.

dizneykids
06-08-2003, 10:48 PM
platypus...when you get your cruise docs from AAA, there will be a page in them that you pull out and show to the folks that sell the mugs. they will mark the card that you picked them up, then give you the mugs and put the sticker on your KTTW card.

the AAA mugs are different...same size, but the design is yellow and white wavy stripes with the dcl logo and AAA/CAA on front.

the same card you pull out of your cruise docs entitles you to a 10% discount on purchases over $75 at Treasure's Ketch.

CarolAnnC
06-09-2003, 07:20 AM
It is a cruise industry standard to pay for sodas. In fact, most cruise lines will charge you for the sodas you consume at sit down meals as well, whereas Disney includes those at no cost to the passengers.

Disney also provides each stateroom with a coldbox/fridge so passengers are welcome to bring on their own sodas, juices, etc if they prefer. I usually bring a few caffeine free Diet Cokes, bottled waters and Gatorade for DD.

Nothing is "free" in this world as I see it. You either pay by the item, or it is figured into the overall cost. Then again, I remember when public restrooms cost a nickel to use!! :) :)

logan1_2000
06-09-2003, 12:46 PM
I think it is worth emphasizing a point in the previous post--sodas are complimentary during all meals at the sit-down restaurants on DCL, but sodas are not complimentary at the buffet on deck 9 during the meals. An earlier post in this thread mentioned sodas being "free" during meals, but forgot to qualifiy that by stating "free in the sit-down restaurants".

I am a diet-coke-aholic, and have done both the Wonder and Magic, and I did not get a mug/sticker either cruise and it was not a problem. I did have extra-motivation to go to the sit-down restaurants or breakfast and lunch, but honestly, those environments were more relaxed anyway, and fit in with a premium-priced(but not over-priced) vacation.

Favorite Auntie
06-09-2003, 02:32 PM
My second cruise this past January, I got the mug for booking through AAA. The first one that I went on I bought the mug, and I would do it again. I have been struggeling with weight and I know that if Lemonade were free and I had to buy a Diet Coke, I would drink a ton of calories in lemonade and not even think about it. But that is just how I decided.... My cruise in November we get the AAA mugs again.

dizneykids
06-09-2003, 11:34 PM
We sailed on the Magic in May and booked our cruise through AAA. Each member of the party received a mug but we did not get the stickers.

So, you had to have your mug to get the soda? When we went on the 5/24 Magic, they gave us the AAA mug AND a sticker (all 5 of us), so we could either present the mug or the sticker to get the soda. If we presented the mug, generally, they filled a class and poured it into the mug.

ohioMickey
06-10-2003, 10:43 PM
Originally posted by CarolAnnK
I remember when public restrooms cost a nickel to use!! :) :)

I always seem to have a ton of nickles in my "change can."

At least back then you could put them to use in the other can.

CarolAnnC
06-11-2003, 06:42 AM
Mike, you gotta take inflation into consideration!!! That five cent "visit" would probably cost ya at least fifty cents now!!! ;)

Skierkid546
06-11-2003, 10:44 AM
When i was on the may 24 cruise they had Finding Nemo on the mug. They also had a premear of it and they gave out buttons to the people on that cruise if they were under 18. I am under 18 and did not get one. I am very disapointed.