TRAVEL HERE: WETTING YOUR WHISTLE
Beverages on a cruise can be a challenge if you have a specific taste you crave. However, there are plenty of free and inexpensive solutions, too.
Let’s Start with What’s Free
If you don’t drink alcohol and you’re not addicted to sodas ( like someone who will remain unnamed, but does write for this blog) then you need not read any further. You can get all the tea, coffee, juice, lemonade, milk etc. etc. etc. that you want on a boat. You’ll have to drink tap water, because bottled water comes at $4 each, but otherwise you’re golden.
With a little craftiness you can manage to get a few glasses of complimentary champagne or a free sample of rum. You might even score a bottle of water or two on a shore excursions. You just have to watch the daily schedule and go where the treats are – but you will never ever for any reason get a free soda.
Back in my early cruising, wine with dinner was included and sodas were free. Obviously, that was a long time ago. The wine at dinner wasn’t the greatest wine in the world, but I’m no connoisseur. I can talk wine all day long and love to attend tastings, but in reality I’m quite happy with a glass of pinot grigio from a box. Wine with dinner is part of the reason we like all-inclusive cruise lines like Viking, but outside of that, wine with dinner is not included and neither are sodas. Most cruise lines will allow you to bring a couple of bottles of wine on board, but be careful, some still charge a corkage fee.
Getting My Soda Fix
I’m not really addicted to soda. When I need to lose weight I restrict myself from having it, as a sort of carrot. “When you get down to your goal you can have a Diet Dr Pepper,” I tell myself, but while I’m not drinking it, I’m not really suffering. No headaches. No cravings. I just happen to like Diet Dr Pepper – several a day as a matter of fact.
However, cruising is supposed to be about having fun and indulging yourself a little bit. Being restricted from sodas detracts from the pleasure for me. The kicker is that a soda is $4. FOUR DOLLARS. Actually $4 plus 18% for tips. Were I to get charged almost $5 every time I had a soda, my husband would not be happy with me.
Enter the soda package. For $8 a day you can have all the soda you want and at that price someone else in this household can get a sip from time to time. You also get a nice thermal cup to carry around all over the place. And here’s a bonus for Mr. Bill. While I love wine, margaritas and rum drinks with little umbrellas in them, if I have a soda package I’m perfectly happy to have another cup of caffeine. So that $8 goes a long way.
Now if you’d like a glass of wine with dinner, a margarita by the pool or a cold one as you enjoy your day in the sun, beware! We’ll talk about that next week!