Posted April 2nd, 2012, 09:03 AM
And I can get those anytime? Either at MDR, lido buffet or room service?
Im puzzled then why people would bother to bring their waters abd sodas on board?
Honestly I am trying to avoid bringing case of water with me. We are coming to port via car rental shuttle bus, if would be difficult for us to bring heavy drinks on top of our luggage.
Some people are "picky" about their water...only will drink bottled water, only certain brands. And if you want bottled water, then you'd pay for it on board, so they schlepp on cases of bottled water. But the tap water is just fine. We usually buy one bottle of water, then reuse the bottle (but being VERY careful not to bring the mouth of the bottle near any dispenser on board -- filling from a glass, or in our cabin. Good way to get/spread viruses, holding your "used" bottle up to a public tap!)
Regular coffee, regular tea is free, as is most of the food you order with room service (there is a charge for some items - many lines are charging for pizza if brought to your room). There'll be a menu in the room, and it'll be clearly marked with charges, if any. So you can safely order tea and coffee. If you want "designer coffee" -- cappuchino, specialty flavors, ice-cream based, etc., -- there are generally charges for those.
Soda is another story. You do have to pay for soda. And there is an additional 15% gratuity tacked on to each can. Again, if you drink a lot, or drink a particular kind, then you might want to bring some aboard. Otherwise there are plenty of other things to drink...or you can budget accordingly, at around $2/can.
We don't drink all that much soda, and so simply budget for what we might drink, and otherwise drink water, juice, or coffee.
I've cruised on Princess, Carnival, HAL,
NCL, Hurtigruten and a couple of even smaller lines in the past. HAL is (for now) my favorite!