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#1
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I found a old coffee card which I hope to use on my upcoming cruise. I have many specialty coffee slots left but I prefer regular brewed coffee. Do you think I can get away using my old coffee card for regular coffee?
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From my experience, it depends on the Barista. Some will let you have brewed coffee without a punch while others will take a put for it.
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I don't even try. You "may" get away with it but is it really that important to cheat the system?
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I was told my unused card can be used on a future cruise. I was told this by the staff at the pursers desk. We caught two coffee cards last May and we only used one of the cards. My husband is not big on specialty coffee so when I asked if I could return the unused card I was told I could keep it and use it on my next princess cruise or they would refund my money. We chose to keep the card and plan on using it on our cruise this coming May.
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#9
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Originally posted by toescat
I was told my unused card can be used on a future cruise. I was told this by the staff at the pursers desk. We caught two coffee cards last May and we only used one of the cards. My husband is not big on specialty coffee so when I asked if I could return the unused card I was told I could keep it and use it on my next princess cruise or they would refund my money. We chose to keep the card and plan on using it on our cruise this coming May.
IF the card has no punches and IF there is no previous voyage info on the back of the card and IF it is not the style not being used on your future voyage then it should be fine for fresh-brewed coffee on a future cruise. However, if any of the previous criteria are met - card previously punched, card wrong style, or card has prior voyage info on the back - then it is only good for punched beverages. It will be good for all of the "snazzy" drinks and also good for fresh-brewed coffee but it will require a punch for any of them.

That's how it is "supposed" to work with Princess. You "may" find a barista that ignores the rules but don't count on it happening. Remember that the fresh-brewed coffee is supposed to be for the card holder only while the punches are free to share with anybody.
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#11
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Originally posted by 1025cruise
Yes, but they will use a punch per coffee.
That first word should have been "probably". I (and several others) have had them refused on subsequent cruises.
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Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
That first word should have been "probably". I (and several others) have had them refused on subsequent cruises.
I guess that can happen when you buy a card on eBay...
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Originally posted by pablo222
I guess that can happen when you buy a card on eBay...
That's why the "newer unmarked cards" are sold at a premium.
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Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
That first word should have been "probably". I (and several others) have had them refused on subsequent cruises.
What do you mean? Did you raise the issue? Policy is clear that partially used cards are good on future voyages - but a punch is required for all beverages. This is printed right on the cards.
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Originally posted by steelers36
What do you mean? Did you raise the issue? Policy is clear that partially used cards are good on future voyages - but a punch is required for all beverages. This is printed right on the cards.
I had a couple of old coffee cards - the all brown cards - and took them on a recent cruise on Emerald Princess. They were using the new cards on the ship. I had the beverage package from the Sip and Sail promo and also have it on our next cruise so I gave the cards to a dinner mate. She had no difficulty at all using the punches and was really happy to have the cards. They both still had almost all of the punches left and she used them all. (It was a fairly long cruise.)

If I had someone refuse to honor the punches on an old card I would take it directly to management immediately.
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Originally posted by Thrak
I had a couple of old coffee cards - the all brown cards - and took them on a recent cruise on Emerald Princess. They were using the new cards on the ship. I had the beverage package from the Sip and Sail promo and also have it on our next cruise so I gave the cards to a dinner mate. She had no difficulty at all using the punches and was really happy to have the cards. They both still had almost all of the punches left and she used them all. (It was a fairly long cruise.)

If I had someone refuse to honor the punches on an old card I would take it directly to management immediately.
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#17
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Originally posted by pablo222
I guess that can happen when you buy a card on eBay...
No, it was bought on board. Silly comment.
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#18
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Originally posted by steelers36
What do you mean? Did you raise the issue? Policy is clear that partially used cards are good on future voyages - but a punch is required for all beverages. This is printed right on the cards.
Again: It depends on the ship. Not all are the same. This is Princess, remember.
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#19
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Please forgive me ahead of time for not knowing this...but that's what all of you guys are for!

Never got a coffee card before. We will be on for 34-35 days and was wondering how many punches you get and if I can use them for that entire time, actually, it would be just my hubby. He only drinks brewed coffee and not the specialty ones. So, how would that work? I would switch the bar out for 2 cards then, could he use mine too. And how much is a single coffee card to buy if I did that instead?

Thanks for helping.
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Originally posted by UpcountryTravelers
No, it was bought on board. Silly comment.
Sorry. I believed your other post.

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/show...6&postcount=25

Or, have you had problems with multiple cards?

If so, you must have really, really bad luck, as 99.99% of the other posters here
have re-used their punches from cruise to cruise.
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