Royal Caribbean Claims First Starbucks at Sea on Their New Ship
Cruise ships these days have though of just about every creative way to squeeze a couple extra dollars out of you, including yoga classes, Johnny Rockets and "premium" restaurants, but they still don't have Starbucks. That is, until today. Royal Caribbean announced this morning that their newest ship, the Allure of the Seas, will be the first to have Starbucks at Sea.
As it is, most modern cruise ships already have specialty coffee stands (like "Creams" onboard the Carnival Glory), and although they can make you all the frappuccinos and venti soy lattes you wanted, they couldn't call them that (because Starbucks owns copyrights, you see). USA Today has the first image of the Starbucks at Sea here, and it looks pretty meh. You could be anywhere, like a suburban mall, from the way it looks. And although we understand that Starbucks has their brand to maintain, but this is just super not exciting.
Anyways, the ship debuts next month and knowing that it'll hold some 5,400 passengers, who wants to place bets that the Starbucks line will be even more annoying than morning rush hour at your nearest local drive-thru 'bucks?