"Cruises are geared for people that drink". Um, no there not! I have been on 12 cruises and the alcohol charges on my final folio were the least of my charges. The people you saw getting drinks for their friends, if they were caught, would have had the package removed with no refund. As for the soft drinks, the cruise line pays the beverage companies for it, so if you want it, you pay for it or you can drink all the free water, iced tea and lemonade you like! Too inconvenient to go to the bar to get a drink...really? I'll let that go! If booking your next cruise depends on the " soft drink situation" changing, guess your right, this was your last cruise! By the way, outside of your mention of the good entertainment, how was the food, your cabin, the ports, the fact you didn't have to cook, clean, make your bed or go to work? Seems like you spent too much time micro-managing the cruise as opposed to enjoying your cruise.
Review by otcrawley
In response to review, CrusinTim says ...
Buy an unlimited soda package and your issue is solved. Do not increase the price $ 30.00 per person for soda, not all of us drink soda.
A couple comments...
I don't disagree with the sentiment that cruises are geared toward individuals who drink but will qualify that with the word "alcohol". We do not drink alcohol for medical reasons. It gets a bit tiring to see a new alcoholic drink of the day, but not see a non-alcohol option offered... with the exception of the Crown Princess, ships we cruised have not done this.
- We enjoy a good cuppa joe. Unfortunately, most of the popular cruise lines use reconstituted concentrated coffee, not fresh brewed. To a coffee snob, it's no better than having to drink freeze-dried Sanka. So, we purchase the coffee club/card and we enjoy lattes or cappuccinos on demand. We do not expect every other passenger to subsidize our desire for freshly brewed coffee-based beverages by paying higher prices for their cruises.
- Same logic applies to soft drinks/soda. Neither of us drink cola or other soft drinks. I have no desire to pay more for my base cruise fare just so someone else can get hyped up on sugar water.
The concierge approach is the the best way to spread out common costs (e.g., gratuities) where appropriate and leave the optional selections up to the passenger to decide for him/her self.
If you drink a lot of soda, get the soda card.
If you drink a lot of alcohol, get the alcohol card.
The lines do not gear themselves to the alcohol consumers, but they do cater to them as passengers. As far as the Drink of the Day, ask the bartender for a non-alcoholic version -- they can be pretty good.
Alcohol and soda, as well as "special" water or other drinks should remain separately charged from the base fare, as not everyone indulges in these luxuries.
(Sorry CruisinCM - I had not expanded your comment before repeating it. I guess great minds think alike:)