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Brer-Rabbit
06-16-2004, 07:32 AM
Soda Now Complimentary on Disney Cruise Line®

Disney Cruise Line® now offers complimentary sodas on the Disney Magic® and Disney Wonder®.

Sodas are available at the 24-hour beverage station on Deck 9 Aft and during meal hours at Topsider Buffet/Beach Blanket Buffet. Complimentary sodas will also be available on Castaway Cay at Cookie's Bar-B-Q and the adult-only beach, Serenity Bay.

Sodas remain complimentary in full-service dining rooms


Very cool news!!!!!!!

My apologies if someone already posted this.

mmouse37
06-16-2004, 08:33 AM
Thanks for posting....it has been posted already...but it is such good news I knew you had to share!!!

MJ

RobinMarie
06-16-2004, 08:38 AM
We are so happy about this!

Now if only they'd switch to Diet Pepsi...<a href='*******************************************ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/29/29_5_12.gif' border=0></a>

loveBond
06-16-2004, 04:24 PM
We just came bk (6/5) cruise on the Magic 7-day. No one told us about this. We had mugs thru AAA, but saw others purchasing the mugs to get the deal (sodas).
Anyone know when this started? Do they not tell you??
V-

RickW
06-16-2004, 04:39 PM
Started 6/12 on the Magic and 6/13 on the Wonder. The first cruises with the "free" soda are still at sea.

snsfrady
06-16-2004, 06:59 PM
My husband was real happy when I told him we were on the last soda charging cruise.

BibbidyBobbidyBoo
06-16-2004, 11:46 PM
Wow, cool. Now I just have to hope they don't go back to charging before we go on our cruise! LOL

bicker
06-17-2004, 04:03 AM
This is actually a hot topic on a lot of the cruise forums these days. The cost of soft drinks aboard ship, especially for families with children, can be pretty steep. RCCL charges $6 per day for adults for unlimited soda, and about $2 per glass otherwise. And they prohibit (at least tacitly) bringing your own on board.

Memaw2Wm
06-17-2004, 07:19 AM
Originally posted by RobinMarie
We are so happy about this!

Now if only they'd switch to Diet Pepsi...<a href='*******************************************ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/29/29_5_12.gif' border=0></a>

Another vote for Pepsi ... but I prefer all the sugar and all the caffeine, LOL!!!

But I'm happy as a clam that I'm not going to have to pay extra for soda ... 6 x $15 = $90 that I can spend on souvenirs instead.

erikthewise
06-17-2004, 07:38 AM
Well now that the issue of cost is resolved, we can move on to the more important issues. :teeth:

(1) Coke vs Pepsi vs etc
Personally I prefer Coke products, but on an intellectual level I can understand that others might prefer Pepsi stuff. And what about Dr. Pepper?

(2) Fountain vs. canned
Fountain soft drinks are highly variable in quality and IMO much inferior to canned. Also diet drinks from fountain outlets are not 100% NutraSweet™ (not even close). I avoid fountain soft drinks in restaurants. So I don't find free fountain soft drinks as exciting as some.

So if DCL is imagining that this step will prevent people from schlepping cans aboard, I think they're wrong, though it will reduce that practice. We will bring fewer cans but will still bring some unless we are prevented from doing so.

ganurse
06-17-2004, 08:31 AM
hey yall, i love this idea. can someone confirm this? has anyone been on a cruise since this came about/

Amberle3
06-17-2004, 09:47 AM
Originally posted by ganurse
hey yall, i love this idea. can someone confirm this? has anyone been on a cruise since this came about/

Haven't been on a cruise since, but how's this for confirmation:

"Disney Cruise Line® now offers complimentary sodas on the Disney Magic® and Disney Wonder®.

Sodas are available at the 24-hour beverage station on Deck 9 Aft and during meal hours at Topsider Buffet/Beach Blanket Buffet. Complimentary sodas will also be available on Castaway Cay at Cookie's Bar-B-Q and the adult-only beach, Serenity Bay.

Sodas remain complimentary in full-service dining rooms."

Straight from my last weekly D-Mail from Disney.

loveBond
06-17-2004, 10:23 AM
How do you get the D-mail or where do you sign up? Do you remember? I would be interested in receiving this information from them as well.

Of course, just coming off the cruise, I still had no idea that starting the wk after we get off, the sodas were free.

How wonderful this would have been, oh well, always a next time for a cruise...:D

ThreeCircles
06-17-2004, 10:24 AM
I don't think this was a step taken to deter people from brining their own canned soda onboard. It seems that DCL really doesn't have a problem with that.

ganurse
06-23-2004, 12:51 AM
my husband is a diet coke freak. this will really helpe us out especially if we dont have to carry that mug anymore. i dont drink beer but there is still a way to get unlimited beer right?

ClarabelleCow
06-23-2004, 07:13 AM
maybe I'm the odd one out here, but I kind of enjoy having to pay for soda, why? because I don;'t and to go a week without it is great!! It's good for the kids also. They can drink all the water, juice or iced tea they want. The occasional sode is fine, but now unless they are "soda policed" it's all they will want to drink!

4myguys
06-23-2004, 08:03 PM
I was on the 6/12 cruise and the free soda was very popular. It is self-serve and is set up beside the original drink station on Deck 9. On the first day the line was pretty long but things calmed down by later that afternoon. There was a pretty good selection of different Coke products.

MrsPete
06-24-2004, 07:09 AM
Erickthewise -- Are you saying that fountain Diet Cokes contain regular sugar (since you said they don't contain 100% NutraSweet)? How can that be? Does it come from the mixer stuff, not specifically from the Diet Coke "syrup"? Why don't diabetics go into seizures when they drink fountain diet sodas?

I don't claim to know much about how fountain drinks work, but I do drink Diet Coke, so I'd like to know more about this!

jwann
06-24-2004, 07:30 AM
Originally posted by ClarabelleCow
maybe I'm the odd one out here, but I kind of enjoy having to pay for soda, why? because I don;'t and to go a week without it is great!! It's good for the kids also. They can drink all the water, juice or iced tea they want. The occasional sode is fine, but now unless they are "soda policed" it's all they will want to drink!

ditto, my friend

FLGalInTN
06-24-2004, 07:49 AM
Mrs. Pete - I think what Erickthered means is that the syrup used in the fountain version of Diet Coke still contains saccharine. It has that nasty after-taste (to me anyway).

erikthewise
06-24-2004, 07:53 AM
Originally posted by MrsPete
Erickthewise -- Are you saying that fountain Diet Cokes contain regular sugar (since you said they don't contain 100% NutraSweet)? How can that be? Does it come from the mixer stuff, not specifically from the Diet Coke "syrup"? Why don't diabetics go into seizures when they drink fountain diet sodas?

I don't claim to know much about how fountain drinks work, but I do drink Diet Coke, so I'd like to know more about this!

I'm not an expert either; I know just enough to be dangerous. :rolleyes: Fountain beverages are not the same as the canned versions, just run through a hose.

When I say they are not 100% Nutrasweet (as canned diet drinks are), I do not mean they use sugar. I mean they use part aspartame (Nutrasweet) and part saccharin; I believe it is roughly half of each. Apparently Nutrasweet does not "hold up" well under fountain mix conditions.

Saccharin was the artificial sweetener most widely used before aspartame was invented. It has been used for over a century but was the subject of considerable controversy when shown to cause cancer in laboratory rats under some circumstances. It is hard to get reliable information on its safety as nearly everyone has a political axe to grind on the issue.

My concern is more about flavor than safety. I've had fountain diet coke that was a reasonable imitation of the canned version, but I've also had fountain diet coke that tasted like diet pepsi with turpentine added! This happens at national chain restaurants. You just never know what you're going to get.

sitchu2
06-24-2004, 08:13 AM
Does anyone have the link to the aaa website where they post the onboard credit offer as a substitution for the soda mugs?