If your waiter asks you what you would like to drink & you just say water, you get bottled water this you pay for they are told to do this more profit for the company ,you have to say i will have a jug of ships water with ice this is free .
I the wine waiter comes to you and asks you if you would like a wine or the bar staff who also come round during yhe meal ask you if you want a drink of water or alcholol you pay, but if the waiter offers you a glass of water there is no cost. When you arrive at the tabled and are seated the waiters assistant will turn the glass upwards and ask you at that stage or thereabouts.
To add to the other comments, water 'a la tap' is poured by the Assistant Waiter within seconds of you being seated. It's just a case of being street wise (or should that be cruise wise) to these little tricks of 'their' trade.....Wilba.
We sailed on the Celebrity Summit last summer and there was always a jug of iced water on the table. Our waiter came over and poured it whenever we sat down. Fab service. Would definitely recommend.
Well many thanks for the answers, we have cruised six times now and it is obvious we have a lot to learn and what of RCI is this the same.
Yes no different to Celebrity......Wilba.
Most ships staff work on short term contracts either through a agency or with a particular line at the the end of the contract if the line that they are on no longer needs them they have to get a new contract on another line ,so work practices spread throughout the whole industry.
Cruise lines may have different policies, but I doubt many will give you bottled water for free! (though you might get one on one of the expensive excursions 'included' in the price).
We were on the Constellation earlier this year, I think there were jugs of water on the table. Celebrity and RCI are the same company, so their policies will probably be the same.
And further to previous answer, I am reminded by other half that the (Celebrity) Constellation provided an (iced) jug of water in the cabin each day; a later cruise on MSC last year found that they only wanted you to have bottled water they could charge for.