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#1
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I'm on the NCL Jewel and just ordered a frozen Bushwhacker at the pool bar. The bartender brought it to me and apologized that there is no straw.
I thought at first he meant they ran out or just didn't have any, but he went on to explain that the company said to no longer give out straws.
It's not easy to drink a frozen drink without a straw.
And this is the third day. I had no issues in earlier days of getting a straw. I had to ask for one each time, but I got one.

So I'm not sure if it's just a pool bar thing or a shipwide policy.

To whom do I complain?
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#2
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This breaking news came out about 2 weeks ago. This has been done for your convenience....ERR, environment.
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#3
New York
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Thanks for bringing this vital issue back to the front page.

To answer your question, you bring your concern to the bar manager or hotel director on board the ship that wouldn’t give you a straw.
#4
Germany
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On the Jewel as well. It is new policy coming from Miami yesterday or today. Straws are not anymore only available on guest request but completely banned. Don’t give the bar staff a hard time about it, the guideline from Miami was pretty strict the only venue still serving plastic straws is Starbucks on the newer ships.
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#5
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Straw ban came into effect on April 1, 2018 - purely for environmental purposes. This is fine with us.

On last cruise on Spirit, we were poolside, and I asked for a Mudslide ... with a straw. They complied.
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#7
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on our Star sailing no straws. we did get them with frozen drinks however. maybe they could switch to paper straws?
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#8
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Not an issue.
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#10
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Joined Jun 2005
Originally posted by BostonGal35
on our Star sailing no straws. we did get them with frozen drinks however. maybe they could switch to paper straws?
That would make sense
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#12
Houston
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Joined May 2017
Going to be on the Dawn in March 2019 and if there are no straws I am going to remove my DSC. Just kidding. Thought I would get this thread really fired up.
#14
Delray Beach, Fl
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Joined Feb 2008

I got these on Amazon. I like a straw with my drink. I won't be harming the environment.


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#15
QC
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Joined Sep 2016
For the people that wishes to bring straws on-board, please take biodegradable ones. Amazon sell pack of 100 for 10-14 CAD and it will be good for the environment. This is what I will do so my kids can have straws for their drinks.
#16
Peachtree City
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Joined Oct 2017
Originally posted by AshleyJax
Wait, so you are on a cruise at this moment and took the time to complain about straws on an internet forum?
Some folks like to let the world know of their problems 24/7.
#17
PA
2,211 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Plastic and paper straws can be recycled.

This is just a ridiculously cheap cost cutting move and could backfire by becoming the poster child for NCL nickel and diming.
#18
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Joined Feb 2018
Originally posted by Teibban
For the people that wishes to bring straws on-board, please take biodegradable ones. Amazon sell pack of 100 for 10-14 CAD and it will be good for the environment. This is what I will do so my kids can have straws for their drinks.
No thank you.
#19
North Carolina
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Joined Sep 2009
Some restaurants in this area are no longer giving straws or have switched to paper ones.
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#20
NJ USA
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Joined Feb 2003
Originally posted by micm
On the Jewel as well. It is new policy coming from Miami yesterday or today. Straws are not anymore only available on guest request but completely banned. Don’t give the bar staff a hard time about it, the guideline from Miami was pretty strict the only venue still serving plastic straws is Starbucks on the newer ships.
This is a change, so thank you. Last week, straws were available by request. To say that are no longer available at all is different. Some drinks are much better with a straw, so I will be bringing my own aboard next cruise.