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Yes, but remember it is self serve which means it is limited interaction with staff.  

If you get rid of it, imagine how many more people will be lining up at the pool bars for sodas instead of hitting the free style machine in the WJ or Promenade/Esplanade before going to the pool

They are going to have to change, but I would think that will be on the bottom of the pile compared to the ice cream machines on the pool deck if you worry about spreading germs.

~ Never went to it, never will, because even before Co Vid, I saw how unsanitary it was.  Kids grabbing cones and putting them back.  Dads making multiple cones with ice cream on his hand as he makes the next.  Lines out the ying yang.  

 

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Just now, jaredhamburg said:

My guess is that there will be a card to scan and an attendant to get a beverage.

Yes, but you can do that now.  My hubby takes his freestyle cup to the pool bc he likes Powerade or cherry coke zero.  I just take my sea pass card because I am fine with diet coke.  

The problem the attendant issue is financial.  It is all about $$$.  Replacing the free style machine will mean they will need more attendants to be roaming certain areas, WJ, and pool decks quickly come to mind.  2nd. It will mean reinvestment in things like more glasses and those favorite paper straws.  You are talking about ships, such as Anthem with 4K+ passengers.  If 1500 of them had the free style, that is a lot less glasses to be purchased and washed.  Hence, financially it is cheaper in the long run.

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22 minutes ago, Pima1988 said:

Yes, but you can do that now.  My hubby takes his freestyle cup to the pool bc he likes Powerade or cherry coke zero.  I just take my sea pass card because I am fine with diet coke.  

The problem the attendant issue is financial.  It is all about $$$.  Replacing the free style machine will mean they will need more attendants to be roaming certain areas, WJ, and pool decks quickly come to mind.  2nd. It will mean reinvestment in things like more glasses and those favorite paper straws.  You are talking about ships, such as Anthem with 4K+ passengers.  If 1500 of them had the free style, that is a lot less glasses to be purchased and washed.  Hence, financially it is cheaper in the long run.

The real clue that labor is the biggest problem is that they put freestyle machines in in the first place. Those machines take cartridges that are orders of magnitude more expensive that the traditional BIB (bag-in-box) package that you see under traditional soda fountains. 

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5 hours ago, Baked Alaska said:

Three words: Single. Use. Cups. 

The freestyle machines only work with the chip imbedded multi-use plastic cups.

 If I missed it somewhere I'm sorry. Where did it say Royal was doing away with the freestyle cups?

3 hours ago, Momof4crazytocruise said:

I would be more concerned about the touch pad and the drink selection. Put a washy-washy right next to it, good to go. 

 That's all you need. Some kind of disinfectant wipe dispenser near the machine to wipe down the touchscreen if you like and/or a hand sanitizer dispenser you could use after you've made your selection. 

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5 hours ago, Pima1988 said:

 

They are going to have to change, but I would think that will be on the bottom of the pile compared to the ice cream machines on the pool deck if you worry about spreading germs.

~ Never went to it, never will, because even before Co Vid, I saw how unsanitary it was.  Kids grabbing cones and putting them back.  Dads making multiple cones with ice cream on his hand as he makes the next.  Lines out the ying yang.  

 

The ice cream machines had attendants on the last two cruises I was on (last June on Ovation and last Feb on Symphony).  You were not allowed to get your own. I imagine they'll change to this on all ships.

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12 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

The ice cream machines had attendants on the last two cruises I was on (last June on Ovation and last Feb on Symphony).  You were not allowed to get your own. I imagine they'll change to this on all ships.

We were on Mariner in December and we had attendants as well for the icecream, which was fine with us! 

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22 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

The ice cream machines had attendants on the last two cruises I was on (last June on Ovation and last Feb on Symphony).  You were not allowed to get your own

I think that is also a problem with RCL.  I am loyal to Royal, but every ship is different.

They did not do that on my Anthem or Adventure  that we took within 9 months of each other.  I sailed Adventure 2018.  

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17 hours ago, USFFrank said:

 If I missed it somewhere I'm sorry. Where did it say Royal was doing away with the freestyle cups?

I don't think you are missing anything. I think the poster was just making a suggestion for one way to get around several hundred/thousand people re-using the cups they have been drinking from on a single machine. 

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2 minutes ago, melmar02 said:

I don't think you missing anything. I think the poster was just making a suggestion for one way to get around several hundred/thousand people re-using the cups they have been drinking from on a single machine. 

Would be an interesting comparison to test the bacteria counts between the cup only I’ve touched and the ones the bartender has. On more than one occasion I’ve gotten a cup from the bar that looks dirty. 
What would be interesting would be if Coca-Cola’s vending division could create a machine that in between uses closed a lid to run through a cleaning (with water or UV) picture those old coffee machines in the 80s with the sliding door. 

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11 hours ago, Baked Alaska said:

Was considering purchasing the refreshment package for my son and his buddy for an upcoming cruise. I wonder if the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines will be a thing of the past.

I see what you are saying. A lot of fast food restaurants near me don't allow self serve refills anymore post covid. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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5 hours ago, Pima1988 said:

I think that is also a problem with RCL.  I am loyal to Royal, but every ship is different.

They did not do that on my Anthem or Adventure  that we took within 9 months of each other.  I sailed Adventure 2018.  

Been on anthem a lot. Most times there has been some sort of ice cream attendant. 

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12 hours ago, Branderson610 said:

I see what you are saying. A lot of fast food restaurants near me don't allow self serve refills anymore post covid. It will be interesting to see what happens.

I've been seeing this here in Maryland, and there are press reports of it happening all across the country. As for Freestyle machines specifically, I'll let you know in the next couple of days, when I go get a burger from the place near me that has a Freestyle machine. Once more, doing the dirty work for you fine folks. ? 

As for the ice cream machines, I'd welcome the attendants. Years of work in fast-food establishments in my younger days have made me loathe those machines...plus, watching people get their own ice cream just puts me off getting it. ?

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I think RCCL will ditch ALL self-service and any service ware that remains in possession of the customer past one use (e.g., re-usable cups like the chip embedded cups with the drink packages). 

This is kind of a fluffy article on RCCL, but I think it is the beginning:

https://cruiseradio.net/cruise-line-considers-ditching-traditional-buffet/

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