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#1
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I know someone will be able to help me decide if I will purchase the soda package. About me, I drink wine (which I bring with me) and an occasional cocktail. I sometimes drink club soda and occasionally will splurge on a ginger ale.

How much is a soda to purchase?

If I decide to purchase the soda package in board do my two cabin mates also need to buy it too?

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The soda package was a total of $66.78 for a week on the Escape earlier this month. You can purchase it for one person when you board the ship. They usually have a table set up in the Atrium and will put a small sticker on your key card.
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#5
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If you only occasionally have a soda then it may be cheaper for you to purchase them a la carte.

Also like the others have mentioned be aware that EACH bottle of wine that you bring for consumption aboard will incur a MANDATORY $15 corkage fee.
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Sodas are $2.50 to $3.00 from my (faded) memories, with the per drink gratuity. I got the soda package on one cruise and decided it wasn’t worth it for me. I usually just pay per soda and drink a lot of (free) tea and water. Come to think of it, most of my sodas ended up with rum in them.

I found that tea and water are readily available in the restaurants (as in, there are pitchers around) and soda isn’t. So, even with the package, it takes longer to get a soda delivered (and refilled) than to just drink iced tea.


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Sodas are $3.45 each. With mandatory gratuity, that comes to $4.14 each.

Soda package for a week is $66.78 ($7.95/day + mandatory gratuity). So, if you typically drink more than 2 sodas a day, then get the package. You can buy it for one person only.

If you bring wine onboard, regardless of where you consume it, it will cost you $15 corkage.
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You may also want to take in to consideration that the soda package is FOUNTAIN soda and the "a-la-carte" soda is usually in a can....
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Pretty big gamble on 66 bucks.....
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Originally posted by TrumpyNor
You may also want to take in to consideration that the soda package is FOUNTAIN soda and the "a-la-carte" soda is usually in a can....
Yup. When you walk up to a bar or in a restaurant and you order a soda, the bartender puts on his magic x-ray glasses to determine what kind of card you will hand him as he pours the soda.

The bartender has no way of knowing how you are paying. They don't give you the "good stuff" if you are paying cash, otherwise the cheap stuff.
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"FOUNTAIN SODA"

Sodas Pop (aka faux Coke) dispensed with a gun !
Gun has several buttons on top of the dispenser.
Pressing one of the buttons dispenses the drink.
Options limited to the number of buttons.
Pepsi
Diet Pepsi
Mountain Dew
Diet MD
Club Soda
others - - -

For uncommon drinks i.e. Ginger Ale a can will be
opened and maybe all the contents maybe poured
to make the drink.
Other uncommon drinks: Root Beer; Orange and
Club Soda if the gun dispenser is used for another
drink selection.

Gun dispensed drinks:
Hose from the gun goes beneath the counter to a
junction with the tanks holding the simple syrup
mix of the beverage. When the gun button is pressed
the flavored syrup is mixed with cold carbonated
water and voila your drink is served.
The gun can dispense as little or a lot of the beverage
that is selected. BRING a BIG cup for a generous pour !
Tip the bar tender optionally for a generous pour.
Limit the ice for more beverage.
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Originally posted by BirdTravels
Yup. When you walk up to a bar or in a restaurant and you order a soda, the bartender puts on his magic x-ray glasses to determine what kind of card you will hand him as he pours the soda.

The bartender has no way of knowing how you are paying. They don't give you the "good stuff" if you are paying cash, otherwise the cheap stuff.
Well, they actually do. If they try to give me the fountain soda, then I just point out (in a polite manner) that as I do not have the drink package but pay the "full price" I would like a can please. And they always give it to me in cans.....
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Originally posted by Love my butler
Pretty big gamble on 66 bucks.....
Not really a gamble at all to be honest. If you have a soda at lunch, one or two at dinner, possibly one by the pool and maybe one at the nightly show.. That's 3-4 a day. The per day charge with gratuity for the package works out to $9.54/day. As long as you average 3 sodas a day, you come out ahead for the week easily.
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Originally posted by rtkenmore
Not really a gamble at all to be honest. If you have a soda at lunch, one or two at dinner, possibly one by the pool and maybe one at the nightly show.. That's 3-4 a day. The per day charge with gratuity for the package works out to $9.54/day. As long as you average 3 sodas a day, you come out ahead for the week easily.
The post was pure sarcasm. Thanks for doing the second grade math for us.
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Originally posted by Love my butler
The post was pure sarcasm. Thanks for doing the second grade math for us.
Sometimes sarcasm doesn't come across in print. I thought you were being serious as well. No need to be snarky, when your joke falls flat.
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Originally posted by cats04
Sometimes sarcasm doesn't come across in print. I thought you were being serious as well. No need to be snarky, when your joke falls flat.
Bingo! ;-)
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Originally posted by Rellim1960
As long as it’s Pepsi products and not coke products I’m in!
You are in luck. Only Pepsi products.
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Originally posted by cats04
Sometimes sarcasm doesn't come across in print. I thought you were being serious as well. No need to be snarky, when your joke falls flat.
Falls flat? Only with a few of the slower folks.....
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Originally posted by Love my butler
Falls flat? Only with a few of the slower folks.....
Or you can continue being an ass in return. No worries.
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