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I noticed on the Princess website it states you can save 20% if you buy the card before your cruise. Am I correct in thinking that is basically the gratuity? If you bought it on the ship, you would pay gratuity?

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Can you point out where you see a 20% discount on the Princess site?

 

Edit: Oh, I see what you are looking at. It is not 20% less to purchase in advance. It's 20% cheaper than buying 15 specialty coffee drinks individually. The coffee "card" (now electronic and added to your cruise card) is the same price whether purchased in advance or onboard.

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Can you point out where you see a 20% discount on the Princess site?

In my cruise personalize , i see this:

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I noticed on the Princess website it states you can save 20% if you buy the card before your cruise. Am I correct in thinking that is basically the gratuity? If you bought it on the ship, you would pay gratuity?

 

 

No card anymore its a package they put on your account.

The 20% savings is what you get versus buying each drink individually.

You get charged the gratuity regardless.

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In my cruise personalize , i see this:

 

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The coffee package costs $35.65 whether purchased in advance or onboard. That is $31.00 for the package and $4.65 for gratuity.

 

 

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Thanks for the information. I wonder what the 20% savings is?

As note in multiple posts above, the 20% savings WITH the coffee package (not off the coffee package) is a 20% savings over buying the individual drinks without the package. ..

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As note in multiple posts above, the 20% savings WITH the coffee package (not off the coffee package) is a 20% savings over buying the individual drinks without the package. ..

 

But if you do not use up all the "punches" the savings rapidly go away.

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But if you do not use up all the "punches" the savings rapidly go away.

I would think that was obvious, but thanks for pointing it out.

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Sorry, the minute I hit enter I read what the savings was.

Keep in mind it also allows all the brewed coffee YOU want without paying anything more. Not sure how many "normal" coffees you might drink.

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Keep in mind it also allows all the brewed coffee YOU want without paying anything more. Not sure how many "normal" coffees you might drink.

 

 

 

Larry?

 

 

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Do note, though, that, since this is now on your cruise card, it's only good for the cruise on which you've purchased it.

 

 

 

We just got off the Royal and were told we had until the end of the year (2018) to use up the punches on my "real" coffee card (paper version). Apparently there are newer paper cards that give you until March, 2019, too, but then it's all on the cruise card.

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On the Regal now and coffee card is all on your account with no more real cards. They still honor our old coffee cards although some of the staff was ignorant of this fact

 

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Is the coffee card worth it for a 7 day cruise? My wife and I both drink about 3-4 cups a day...don't like the "made from syrup" drink that they call coffee.

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On the new Royal Class ships (Royal; Regal, Majestic, and soon to be Sky) brewed coffee is available all over the ship. The beans used at the International Café are just better beans.

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You can get brewed coffee at the International Café.

 

I don't think the Island Princess has an Intl Cafe now. So where on her?:(

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Do note, though, that, since this is now on your cruise card, it's only good for the cruise on which you've purchased it.

 

 

 

We just got off the Royal and were told we had until the end of the year (2018) to use up the punches on my "real" coffee card (paper version). Apparently there are newer paper cards that give you until March, 2019, too, but then it's all on the cruise card.

Some incorrect info here, somewhat.

 

Paper coffee cards are good/valid until August 31, 2019 - UNLESS the paper card has a pre-printed expiration date on it, then it's only good till that date.

There's no end of year or March universal cut-off - it's August 2019 unless pre-printed expiration date.

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You also get “free” tea and hot chocolate in the IC
The tea (Mighty Leaf) and hot chocolate at the IC are only “free” if you have a coffee package or PBP. Otherwise the cost is $1.44 for tea or $1.73/$3.45 for hot chocolate.

 

On Royal class ships there is complementary hot chocolate, and hot water and tea bags in the Horizon Court.

 

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You get brewed coffee for the entire trip by buying one card? 15 special coffees and all the brewed coffee and tea you want. What about really long trips? Covered? In MDR too?

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You get brewed coffee for the entire trip by buying one card? 15 special coffees and all the brewed coffee and tea you want. What about really long trips? Covered? In MDR too?

 

 

Yes yes yes and yes.

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You get brewed coffee for the entire trip ...... In MDR too?

 

Not sure if coffee in MDR is brewed. which ever it is, no card is required for it.

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Not sure if coffee in MDR is brewed. which ever it is, no card is required for it.

 

 

One can use their punches in the DR for the specialty coffees.

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Do note, though, that, since this is now on your cruise card, it's only good for the cruise on which you've purchased it.

 

 

 

We just got off the Royal and were told we had until the end of the year (2018) to use up the punches on my "real" coffee card (paper version). Apparently there are newer paper cards that give you until March, 2019, too, but then it's all on the cruise card.

 

Well, dang. This makes the coffee card much less attractive to me. I loved the fact that I could just use it on another cruise if I didn't use all of my punches. I have one that I have used on several cruises. I like the coffee drinks and hot chocolate but wouldn't get 15 of them during a single cruise.

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Well, dang. This makes the coffee card much less attractive to me. I loved the fact that I could just use it on another cruise if I didn't use all of my punches. I have one that I have used on several cruises. I like the coffee drinks and hot chocolate but wouldn't get 15 of them during a single cruise.

 

I think many a cruiser will be in this situation. As a result, I wouldn't be surprised if coffee revenue actually goes down bit once things settle in. I mean, it's only a 20% discount and some of that % get's even lower due to time value of money. So people overall will purchase fewer specialty coffees. And frankly, we're not talking big dollars either way, so I wonder why they even changed it. I suspect that accounting wanted it cleaner and those paper cards are likely impossible to keep track of. I mostly understand, but still a bit disappointed.

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I think many a cruiser will be in this situation. As a result, I wouldn't be surprised if coffee revenue actually goes down bit once things settle in. Only a guess, but I expect them to start pricing the coffee package by the day like the soda package has been all along.

 

 

I wonder why they even changed it. I suspect that accounting wanted it cleaner and those paper cards are likely impossible to keep track of. I mostly understand, but still a bit disappointed.

 

I think they changed it to enter the electronic age with the package. The soda package is on your cruise card now instead of a sticker. And the adult beverage package has always been on the cruise card.

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I think many a cruiser will be in this situation. As a result, I wouldn't be surprised if coffee revenue actually goes down bit once things settle in. I mean, it's only a 20% discount and some of that % get's even lower due to time value of money. So people overall will purchase fewer specialty coffees. And frankly, we're not talking big dollars either way, so I wonder why they even changed it. I suspect that accounting wanted it cleaner and those paper cards are likely impossible to keep track of. I mostly understand, but still a bit disappointed.

 

If you drink espresso it's nowhere near 20% saving, it's about 30 cents per cup. Not worth buying the new packages IMHO as it only needs two coffees missed to be losing money on the deal.

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There is "free" tea at the IC? Hmm, new one on me, must be missing something here.

 

Yes there is. Just show your current coffee card(s) when you order your tea.

 

If they only have the “perfumed” tea, take my own tea bags from the buffet.

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Thank you Colo cruiser for the happy news. We are on a 33 dayer, so it makes my decision much easier... heck, i might even buy two cards to get a drink a day! There are lots of sea days, so my coffee consumption will be up somewhat. Brewed is nice too.

Seems you like coffee a lot too.

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FAMSKI...you note that on the Royal brewed coffee is available all over the ship. Does that mean in the buffet too? or is there a place in the buffet you can use your card to get the brewed cup. Where else is " allover the ship?" Thanks for the insight.

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FAMSKI...you note that on the Royal brewed coffee is available all over the ship. Does that mean in the buffet too? or is there a place in the buffet you can use your card to get the brewed cup. Where else is " allover the ship?" Thanks for the insight.
There are coffee brewers for complementary regular and decaf on each side of the Horizon Court with an adjacent hot chocolate dispenser. I assume that the complementary coffee in the DR’s, specialty restaurants, and room service is also fresh brewed but I can’t confirm. Fresh brewed coffee at the IC or bars is not complementary and would need a coffee package or individual purchase.

 

 

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I thought th coffee in the main aisles in the Horizon Court was made with coffee “syrup”. Am I misinformed? Assumed dining room coffee was also

easy make with water just added to coffee concentrate.Hope I am wrong. Did not even know coffee is available at bars.....they must use one cup brew machines as they would never go through a carafe before it was cold and bitter! Anybody know? Thx

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