Sorry for your disappointment in the Unlimited soda package but this issue is not just related to Princess Cruise Lines. Of the 4 lines I have sailed, it is all done the same way with fountain soda and glasses of water as opposed to cans or bottles with the package. The cruise lines only care that you are paid in full 70 - 90 prior to sail date, paying it upfront has no bearing. The only way to get extra amenities like you explain is to be a past guest (tier system) and with the more cruises you do with a certain line, the more amenities you get. The nickle & diming of extras offered onboard are optional. Although cruises include many free amenities, they are not "All-Inclusive". Cruising is a learning experience as you see. I am glad you enjoyed your cruise to some extreme. You will see with the more cruises you do, that what you have experienced in the past will help to make future cruise planning easier.
Review by webrown1952
In response to review, CrusinTim says ...
Thank you for posting your review.
We occasionally purchase a fountain drink package and figured out pretty quick that the reason it is referred to as a "fountain" drink package it that it excludes canned beverages. I think the charge issue is due to disposal / recovery of the cans and bottles. There are strict regulations and costs associated with disposal of refuse. There is also a level-of-effort (which equates to cost) associated with recycling. The convenience or preference for having a canned/bottled beverage is going to reflect the additional cost of disposal/recycling.
We never purchase the beverage package but we do order wine at dinner. We really don't consume enough beverages to make it worthwhile for us. Sorry that the package did not suit your needs but next time you cruise, at least, you know how it works.
I can understand your disappointment with Victoria but was wondering why you were disappointed in Seattle. We loved the city. We even flew up a couple of days before a cruise to see as much as we could of the city. I want to go back to see what I missed.
Thanks for the review. I can understand the dissatisfaction with the soda package.
I don't drink enough sodas to make the soda package beneficial so I just buy a can soda at the bar when I really want one, they're only a few dollars (cheaper than bottled water).