by Alan Walker
Premature News Release
A major US-based cruise line is expected to announce shortly the introduction of an innovative price-slashing program based on the "user-pay" principle - a principle which is beginning to catch fire in the minds of senior cruise line executives. Our investigative reporters from SeaLetter have been able to obtain copies of confidential plans of the specific user-pays programs. Here are some highlights (all prices are in US dollars):
USER-PAYS DINING ROOM MENUS
Water: free (glass rental $10)
Beef consomme: $3
If using your own bouillon cubes, deduct $2
If using your own hot water, deduct further $1
Shrimp cocktail: $5
Add $1 if you won't accept tofu-shaped shrimp
Deduct 50 cents if your own ketchup and horseradish
Peas: First 25, $2
Add one cent per extra pea.
Broccoli: we pay you $1 per branch if you eat it
Sorbet: Free, except between courses
Grand Marnier Souffle: $3
Add $120 if Grand Marnier added
Deduct $1 if fallen flat.
Baked Alaska: $5
If on fire, add $1
With ice-cream, add $15
If accompanied by marching and/or music, deduct $3
If music is the Macarena, deduct further $5
Wine: Free if your own;
Corkage Fee: $20
Screw cap fee: $25
If you can spell it correctly, deduct $1
USER PAYS DINING ROOM SERVICES
USER-PAYS CABIN SERVICES
Fresh fruit: $4 per day;
Deduct $2 per day if you bring your own fruit and share with your cabin steward.
Sheets: Deduct $1 if no change requested during cruise
Deduct $20 if no change requested at start of cruise
Daily newspaper: $1.50 per day.
Add 50 cents if you don't want the boutique daily flyer.
USER-PAYS DECK SERVICES
Daily Tropical Drink Special: $1
If made fresh this cruise, add $10
Swimming Pool: $10 per day
Add $5 if with water
Passenger Talent Show every night: Free!
Add $1 per night if you're in it;
Deduct $5 if you attend every one.
Disco: No cover charge before 6.00 p.m.
Deduct $5 per cruise if you bring your own Bee Gees records/tapes
Deduct further $5 if you have 8-track tapes.
Captain's Cocktail Party: if going, add $1
If the Captain speaks in English, add an extra dollar
If expecting free drinks, add another $25
Bingo Deduct $1 per day if you bring your own cards.
Stay tuned for other scoops on economy cruising.
Originally from Australia, Alan has for some time been permanently settled in Vancouver where he is a practicing Attorney. He has been a SeaLetter columnist, reviewer and our resident humorist for some time now.
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