I have not cruised RCCL yet, but I have cruised Disney -- I'm assuming that waste on one line is similar to waste on another.
I vote for the soda package! You can get FREE soda in the dining rooms three times per day -- as much as you want. You can get water, juice, tea, lemonaide, etc. FREE all day long. On Disney it was $5/day for the soda package, or $140 per week for a family of four. My family cannot drink $140 of soda in a week. Think about it: you'd have to drink two sodas OUTSIDE THE DINING ROOM to "break even" -- you'd have to drink more than three to "save money". That's way over what's healthy, and it doesn't make financial sense.
Soda package on RCI is just as bad! Runs about $6 a day per adult, $4 a day per child. Soda is no longer free in the dining room and juice is "free" during breakfast hours in the dining room and the Windjammer. I haven't purchased the soda card for my daughter in a few years. It's cheaper for me to just buy pop at the first port and take it back to the cabin.
I agree that RCI's soda package needs to be revamped.
I agree Ali. Way too much money for the soda package. My DH has learned to not drink soda and we bring a few with us for those days he wants some. We still get it for my daughter but these next 2 trips will be her last soda cards.......she'll be 18...OH MY!
my vote is bingo..its fun.. but a waste... you can buy all the cokes and water at any port... and bring on board with you.. also we bought beer and wine and brought in on board with no problems at all...
We are going on RCL in October. So do they really not take your water or pop from you if you buy it in port and bring it on board? I wanted to bring some Diet Rites with us from home and a few waters. Would they take it from us before we enter the ship on day one?
I have no problem bringing a couple softdrinks and bottled water onboard. Make sure you keep them SEALED. That's really in any public event.
I'm with Madison.. BINGO is the biggest rip-off. It used to be a fun game for only $3.00 a game. The price now is ridiculous. People want that free cruise really bad. I didn't even use my C&A coupon for bingo. I just laugh at the people running to catch the games. It's not for me.
BINGO and SODA ! Surely there are more things I can waste my $$$$'s on! I was expecting more, more I tells ya, MORE!!!!! I am a rich Norwegian Prince with money to burn :king , suggestions on the front of a pile of Kroner!!!!!!!
BTW. I have seen a Norwegian Prince on TV.....does that count?????
My vote goes to Bingo also... total waste of money. It can be fun, but not for the price they want. I wont be playing it any more. You know, $5 (maybe even $10) per evening.... fine. But $35...... forget it!
Edited to add: Yes, you are allowed to bring soda and water onboard. They will not take it from you. You can bring it the first day, or if you are flying like me, get it at your first port.
Here are a few more "traps" to fall in to. What about:
$ - Art Auctions. Looked much better at the auction that it did when I got home...
$ - Casinos. Especially the slot machines. Just one more pull...
$ - <Dare I say it?> Pictures. It is just so hard to turn down that third pose you get on formal night....
$ - Shopping for jewelry on board. My wife would look so good with those earrings....
I know myself well enough to know that one of the reasons I'm addicted to cruising is that I like to spend money! For me anyway, the soda card is the least of my worries!