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1 hour ago, Nunciec said:

What is the status regarding straws on the Gem?

Straws are available by request 

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1 hour ago, esm54687 said:

Straws are available by request 

Are they paper straws?  If so, do they last for the duration of the drink?

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8 minutes ago, TiiiSailor said:

Are they paper straws?  If so, do they last for the duration of the drink?

My frozen drinks have been plastic straws 

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4 minutes ago, esm54687 said:

My frozen drinks have been plastic straws 

Thank you.  That was my concern.

 

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We just got back from Bermuda, on the Gem, May 24th.  The blended drinks, ie: Bushwacker, Strawberry daquiri, Pina Colata, etc all came with paper straws. They lasted long enough to finish the drink. 

Edited by farkell
poor grammer

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1 hour ago, farkell said:

We just got back from Bermuda, on the Gem, May 24th.  The blended drinks, ie: Bushwacker, Strawberry daquiri, Pina Colata, etc all came with paper straws. They lasted long enough to finish the drink. 

I'm on the Gem as we speak (still docked in Bermuda) and my frozen drinks in the casino / Great Outdoors and Bloody Mary's with breakfast in Moderno came with plastic.  Maybe different at each bar. 

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Interesting news on the straws.   I didn't like the paper straws on Bliss & Breakaway on our cruises earlier this year.   They were too long for most glasses and they kind of added a strange taste to the BBCs.     

I was planning on bringing my own for our Gem cruise in August.

 

7 minutes ago, esm54687 said:

I'm on the Gem as we speak (still docked in Bermuda) and my frozen drinks in the casino / Great Outdoors and Bloody Mary's with breakfast in Moderno came with plastic.  Maybe different at each bar. 

 

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13 minutes ago, Sand and Seas said:

Interesting news on the straws.   I didn't like the paper straws on Bliss & Breakaway on our cruises earlier this year.   They were too long for most glasses and they kind of added a strange taste to the BBCs.     

I was planning on bringing my own for our Gem cruise in August.

 

 

So, in the interest of this thread.... I just ordered a frozen drink and it came with a paper straw.  I asked if I have been getting these all along and she said yes...... so, I stand corrected and have to give NCL credit for purchasing "plastic like" paper straws. Sorry for the confusion 

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1 hour ago, esm54687 said:

So, in the interest of this thread.... I just ordered a frozen drink and it came with a paper straw.  I asked if I have been getting these all along and she said yes...... so, I stand corrected and have to give NCL credit for purchasing "plastic like" paper straws. Sorry for the confusion 

It could be an 'improved' paper straw over the ones we had on Bliss & Breakaway🤔

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On our last cruise, straws disappeared mid-voyage. I guess when the plastic straw issue came up they just took them all away. I asked to have a spoon with my Bushwhacker.

 

Since then, I bought a nice package of steel straws. 2 each of 8.5 bent and straight, 2 each of 10.5 bent and straight, 1 larger diameter (for milkshakes?), and three cleaning brushes. I tested on one a well-iced Bloody Mary and didn't freeze my lips, so I'm happy to forgo plastic straws for the environment. If you've seen the picture of the sea tortoise with a plastic straw jammed up his nose, you might also decide it's time for the plastic to go away. Can't even recycle them anymore.

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When my friend ordered a mixed drink on the Gem last week, she said that they gave her a heavy paper straw.  All I had was wine, so no straw for me.

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We were on the Escape and they automatically gave you a paper straw. Didn’t have to ask and the straws were fine

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On 5/28/2019 at 11:14 AM, esm54687 said:

So, in the interest of this thread.... I just ordered a frozen drink and it came with a paper straw.  I asked if I have been getting these all along and she said yes...... so, I stand corrected and have to give NCL credit for purchasing "plastic like" paper straws. Sorry for the confusion 

 

Love Ordering a Drink...

""In the interest of this thread..."

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In April, there were only paper straws on the Escape and they old gave them for frozen drinks.

 

But wait,,,, now available in the gift shop (selling out during the cruise),,,

 

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Gem cruise : impossible to finish a cold Mudslide by the pool before the paper straws cave in ! No way to suck those thick ice-cold mudslides thru those straws !!

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On 5/28/2019 at 4:43 PM, IMNOFUN said:

 If you've seen the picture of the sea tortoise with a plastic straw jammed up his nose, you might also decide it's time for the plastic to go away. Can't even recycle them anymore.


Actually we never could recycle plastic straws.  But that didn't stop people from stuffing them in to their recycling bins.  The only plastics that can be recycled are the specific items with the recycle triangle emblem embossed on it, along with the number inside the triangle telling you how many times it has left to be recycled, which should cause you to consider reusing or stop buying that item.

The Michigan Recycling Coalition has begun a new TV ad campaign aimed at educating people at what they're doing horribly wrong at the recycling bin.  Because if states can't get it right, the industries that buy those resources are going to stop buying them and recycling won't even be an option to keep plastics out of our landfills and oceans anymore.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/michigan/articles/2019-06-24/michigan-launches-2m-education-campaign-to-boost-recycling

 

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9 minutes ago, MotownVoice said:


<snip> The only plastics that can be recycled are the specific items with the recycle triangle emblem embossed on it, along with the number inside the triangle telling you how many times it has left to be recycled, which should cause you to consider reusing or stop buying that item.<snip>

The number inside the triangle did not mean how many times it could be recycled. It signified the type of plastic and how recyclable it was, (the lower number the better) https://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/recycling-by-the-numbers.html

 

 

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, KarlChilders said:

"... The number inside the triangle did not mean how many times it could be recycled. It signified the type of plastic ..."

So, you see the point of an educational ad campaign.

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