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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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Ditto. Bar steward at Piazza also does not check the back of card at times.

 

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My 2 cents on Coffee Card.

I purchased a coffee card on Star Princess. All my coffees were free on Star Princess and Specialty drinks were punched. Three months later I was on Ruby Princess. I still have 8 unused punch holes which can be used for any purchase of coffee and/or specialty drinks. I used 6 punches which left me 2 unused punch holes. Three weeks ago I was on Regal Princess. Because I still have 2 unused punch holes, I used 1 for coffee and 1 for specialty drink. Then I bought a coffee card on Regal Princess which gave me all the free coffee I can have while on Regal Princess. I used 4 Specialty drinks which left me 11 unused punch holes for my next princess cruise. To make a story short, I was testing the Café Staff. I was notified by a few of the Café staff that Complimentary coffee/tea is only applicable to voyage of purchase. It is also stated on the card. I am looking at the card as I'm typing this :D I hope this is helpful.

Happy Cruising everyone...........................

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My 2 cents on Coffee Card.

I purchased a coffee card on Star Princess. All my coffees were free on Star Princess and Specialty drinks were punched. Three months later I was on Ruby Princess. I still have 8 unused punch holes which can be used for any purchase of coffee and/or specialty drinks. I used 6 punches which left me 2 unused punch holes. Three weeks ago I was on Regal Princess. Because I still have 2 unused punch holes, I used 1 for coffee and 1 for specialty drink. Then I bought a coffee card on Regal Princess which gave me all the free coffee I can have while on Regal Princess. I used 4 Specialty drinks which left me 11 unused punch holes for my next princess cruise. To make a story short, I was testing the Café Staff. I was notified by a few of the Café staff that Complimentary coffee/tea is only applicable to voyage of purchase. It is also stated on the card. I am looking at the card as I'm typing this :D I hope this is helpful.

Happy Cruising everyone...........................

Wow, keeping track of cards & punches seems to be a full time job. :D

Why didn't you use the old cards punches on you last cruise for the Specialty drinks on the Regal & only show the current card for the free stuff when necessary? :confused:

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Wow, keeping track of cards & punches seems to be a full time job. :D

Why didn't you use the old cards punches on you last cruise for the Specialty drinks on the Regal & only show the current card for the free stuff when necessary? :confused:

 

LOL...that is kind of our procedure. We recently left the Regal with 1 unused coffee card and another with 4 remaining punches (we had traded our mini bar for 2 coffee cards). We will be on a long Golden Princess cruise in a few months and will again trade our mini bar for 2 more coffee cards. So I will have to always carry 2 cards....one of the new Golden Princess cards and one of those older cards. Its all kind of crazy....but every line has their idiosyncrasies.

 

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LOL...that is kind of our procedure. We recently left the Regal with 1 unused coffee card and another with 4 remaining punches (we had traded our mini bar for 2 coffee cards). We will be on a long Golden Princess cruise in a few months and will again trade our mini bar for 2 more coffee cards. So I will have to always carry 2 cards....one of the new Golden Princess cards and one of those older cards. Its all kind of crazy....but every line has their idiosyncrasies.

 

Hank

I usually bring the new current coffee card with me a few times until they get to know me & after a few days most of the crew gets to know me and I no longer need to carry it.

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I usually bring the new current coffee card with me a few times until they get to know me & after a few days most of the crew gets to know me and I no longer need to carry it.

 

On royal we received card -- apparently they were left over from a previous cruise...

They had put a small plain white sticker over a date, and written the current date/voyage.

 

Nothing official about it, and pretty had to tell if room service, or a passenger had done it.

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On royal we received card -- apparently they were left over from a previous cruise...

They had put a small plain white sticker over a date, and written the current date/voyage.

 

Nothing official about it, and pretty had to tell if room service, or a passenger had done it.

Now that's interesting indeed.

I always thought they just dumped the marked unsold/distributed cards at the end of that voyage.

Maybe it's a cost savings measure like the butter on the DR table. :D:D

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I usually bring the new current coffee card with me a few times until they get to know me & after a few days most of the crew gets to know me and I no longer need to carry it.

 

We have usually had the same experience. But on our most recent Regal Cruise (the end of October) the staff did flip over the card every time....even though they even knew our name. I am guessing that a supervisor had laid down the law :). On another Princess cruise we only had one coffee card (for DW and me) and one day we tried to order a regular coffee and some tea. The server said they could only give us one....because we had one card. DW happened to have her purse where she had a few tea bags (normal for her)....so she pulled out a tea bag (taken from the Lido) and asked the server for some "free hot water." It was a funny moment. Part of cruising is to simply learn how to roll with the waves ;p

 

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I plan on bringing a partially used coffee card on my next Regal cruise in two weeks. It is not dated on the back, but does say Regal. I expect to be able to get my lattes with it, but will probably not get free from punches brewed coffee. We will see. I can always buy a new card and use that for free brewed, saving card for next princess cruise lattes, repeat...

 

 

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I plan on bringing a partially used coffee card on my next Regal cruise in two weeks. It is not dated on the back, but does say Regal. I expect to be able to get my lattes with it, but will probably not get free from punches brewed coffee. We will see. I can always buy a new card and use that for free brewed, saving card for next princess cruise lattes, repeat...

 

 

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If it's one of the latest cards with the green stripe at the top they might not look twice.

The worst they would do is write the current voyage on it & still give you all the free brewed coffee, tea & hot chocolate for that trip.

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This will be our second time on Princess. From what I’m reading here, does Princess charge for regular coffee? I thought the coffee is complimentary and available anytime.

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This will be our second time on Princess. From what I’m reading here, does Princess charge for regular coffee? I thought the coffee is complimentary and available anytime.

There is free regular coffee available on all the ships.

The regular coffee on the older ships is made from a liquid additive & not good.

The regular coffee on the newer Royal and Regal is all dripped no matter where you get it. (IC or Horizon) and isn't to bad.

 

The coffee card gets you 15 Specialty coffee's which most people prefer over the regular.

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I have never sailed Princess and would like more info on the coffee card. As I understand it, you get a card with 15 places to punch - are some of the places designated for specialty coffees like lattes and are others designated for brewed coffee? Can two people share one card? I read that it is good in the MDR and the IC. What is the IC? Are there other places it can be used? Does the purchase price include the gratuity? Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and knowledge.

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I have never sailed Princess and would like more info on the coffee card. As I understand it, you get a card with 15 places to punch - are some of the places designated for specialty coffees like lattes and are others designated for brewed coffee? Can two people share one card? I read that it is good in the MDR and the IC. What is the IC? Are there other places it can be used? Does the purchase price include the gratuity? Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and knowledge.

The 15 punches are for specialty coffees and teas--like the stuff at Starbucks. THese come in two size. If you have a card, the price for either size is "one punch." People can share the punches. You can treat someone in your cabin or a random stranger.

The card is also good for unlimited brewed coffee, tea, and hot chocolate on the voyage where the card was obtained only, and you can only get one cup at a time with this benefit. If you want to get two cups of coffee (or any combination of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate), you can get one "free," and the second one will use a punch. Or you can wait 5 minutes and get the second one. The "unlimited free" concept is supposed to be for one person; that's why the second one uses a punch.

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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?

 

I am asking (out of ignorance) but if you paid for an older card on a previous cruise, how is that "cheating" the system. What I mean is, you bought the card originally, and you are on a Princess cruise. Sorry, but I don't understand.... ;p

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This will be our second time on Princess. From what I’m reading here, does Princess charge for regular coffee? I thought the coffee is complimentary and available anytime.

 

As I understand it - regular coffee in the dining room or buffet is free. However, as many have stated on this forum - it's somewhat akin to mud.....I don't know, I drink coffee at Breakfast and that's about it.

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Does anyone have info about the available teas onboard? Also can anyone direct me to a menu? Sailing in Emerald soon.

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Does anyone have info about the available teas onboard? Also can anyone direct me to a menu? Sailing in Emerald soon.

On the April 1. Caribbean Princess, they had a combination of Twinnings and Bigelow available in the beverage areas of the buffet. I was fine with that, so I never explored what the stuff was in the International Cafe area. They also had regular and decaf Lipton. It was a pretty reasonable assortment of standard teas (English Breakfast, Earl Grey, etc.) and herbal varieties--mint, lemon, etc. There were about 12 types in all.

 

The specialty teas were fruit infused ice tea....apple, mango, etc.

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As I understand it - regular coffee in the dining room or buffet is free. However, as many have stated on this forum - it's somewhat akin to mud.....I don't know, I drink coffee at Breakfast and that's about it.

I don't drink coffee at all, but DH says it tastes like Taster's Choice to him.

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Never got a coffee card before. We will be on for 34-35 days and was wondering how many punches you get (15) and if I can use them for that entire time (yes), 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? (Yes. There are no names on the cards) And how much is a single coffee card to buy if I did that instead?

I can never remember the exact price (haven't bought one since we hit Elite), so I looked it up...$35.65. You can look in the Personalizer, click on "on board reservations", "beverage packages".:D

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