We are going on a Hollland America cruise on 3/20 on Ryndam and pop cards were listed on the web site gift list. I called and asked about them and were told they were good for that cruise so we purchased them for our sons. Will let you know if this doesn't pan out.
We sailed on the Zaandam over the Christmas Holiday and our youngest son (HS sophmore) got a pop card. However, the only advertisements on the ship for pop was for a 10 drink card. On day 2 of the sailing, a friendly bar waitress suggested the card for the whole week and we saved a bunch. You have to ask for the card if you don't buy in advance and it is not well publicized.
Make sure you can drink alot of soda, the cruise line is not going to lose money on those things, If the price is 27 dollars for the 7 day cruise that is 16 cans of soda or 192 oz of soda, since they are only used for fountain sodas, add ice in etc, you have to drink well over 20 plus glasses of soda, just to stay about even.
If the ten drink card was $17.50, I do not see the point of buying one. Each can of soda ordered from a bar steward or at the bar costs $1.75. Why would anyone buy a card that forces them to buy the ten??
It is a 7 or 10 DAY... Day not drink. That is what I read on the HAL site. Soda is not that important to me. I can definitely get by with water, iced tea, lemonade, juice, and coffee.... lots and lots of coffee!!!
Am considering a 5 Day Alaska Cruise round trip from Vancouver with Senic Inside Passage Cruise, Sitka, and Ketchikan on the Ryndam...how much for 5 day pop card? Also, considering msZuiderdam Bahama Cruise 4 day Key West, Nassau, HMC...how much for 4 day pop card?
There were two soda cards were available on the Zuiderdam in June. One for $27.00 which was only good on the ship. One for $32.00 (or close to that amount) which could be used on the ship and on Half Moon Cay. Often when my brother ordered a Coke, they would bring him two glasses of Coke. These cards are only for fountain sodas, not by the can.
Just an added note to Pete's previous posting, the cost of a fountain soda is minimal to the cruise line so they are making big bucks off that soda card. That is the major reason that all the mini-market/gas station/convenience stores went and installed the soda fountains, and jacked up the prices of the canned and bottle sodas. Major profits without a noticeable drop in soda sails.