One Way to Solve the Cruise Coffee Conundrum — and Win a Sample

September 29, 2011 | By | 274 Comments

This contest is now closed. We’ll announce the winner as soon as we hear back from the lucky reader.
There’s nothing like a hot cup of fresh java in the morning. But it can be a challenge to find a quality cup on a cruise (trust us), as onboard options are limited and you can’t always hop off the ship to find your fix. Nancy Sechrist, known as trk_koa on the Cruise Critic forums and a site advertiser, owns Hawaii’s Makahiki Farms and offers a possible solution for do-it-yourselfers: the Cruiser Pak. Coffee-loving cruisers get two four-ounce packages of custom-roasted Kona coffee and a 12-ounce Bodum French press — enough for two passengers to each enjoy a cuppa every morning of a weeklong cruise. We’re giving away a Cruiser Pak to one java-loving reader, whom we’ll select at random Friday, October 7, at noon.
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Where is your favorite place to enjoy a cup of coffee onboard a cruise ship?.
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    274 Responses to “One Way to Solve the Cruise Coffee Conundrum — and Win a Sample”

    1. Susan
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

      That’s an easy one! On our balcony watching the sunrise!

      Awesome idea, by the way. I can’t get moving without my coffee in the morning.

    2. Heather B
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

      After dinner in the dining room chatting with my table mates.

    3. Barb
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

      I like mine first thing in the morning on our balcony…

    4. Candice
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

      On the balcony!

    5. Ken H
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

      My favorite place to enjoy coffee is in the Seattle’s Best on the Royal Promenade of my favorite RCCI Ships. It is a comfortable place to get a snack, a cup of coffee and people watch.

    6. Brenda Gerkin
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

      I Love to have my coffee on my balcony enjoying the start of the day.

    7. Chyrie Moore
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

      cove balcony

    8. Tracie J.
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

      I love enjoying a cup of morning java on the balcony. It’s especially nice if I can wake up early enough to see the sunrise.

    9. Sondra
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

      Out on the deck, where you can have it all: Watch the sunrise, enjoy the beauty all around you, do some people watching, catch a few rays and there’s plenty of room for the people you love! You can have it all! Isn’t that what cruising is all about!

    10. Debbie Houston
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

      Definately on the balcony with the gentle breeze blowing.

    11. Audrey
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

      My favorite place to enjoy coffee on a cruise ship is after dinner, while eating dessert.

    12. Cindy
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

      Since I love a good piece of dessert with my coffee, my favorite is to order a night time room service dessert and sit on the balcony to end the perfect day.

    13. Linda Anderson
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

      Anywhere on the ship…..There’s nothing better than cruising and a great cup of coffee!

    14. Jack Nickels
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

      I like sitting with an espresso or an iced latte on the Promenade deck.

    15. Hilary Sommer
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

      So far, our favorite place for coffee is Cova Cafe on Celebrity Century. Great espresso and great service!

    16. Amy
      September 29th, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

      My son (age 9) loves having his coffee (with cream and sugar) after dinner in the main dining room. I think it makes him feel very group up. Great memories.

    17. Constance Barkley
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

      Early morning at Johnny Rockets on Allure or Oasis with my breakfast.. Too bad the coffee on these ships is awful..really strong. I mix hot water with mine to make it drinkable.. Coffee has been the only complaint on any of the ships.

    18. Tracy Ellis
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

      First thing in the morning, I get my coffee and head out to my balcony with a good book…heaven!

    19. Debbie M.
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

      I like to sit in the Lido cafeteria, at a window table, and do a crossword puzzle while sipping coffee. A great way to spend those at-sea afternoons, and no additional expense to me–I find those drinks at the ship’s coffee shop overpriced and inferior quality.

    20. Rose Umo
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

      Love sipping coffee at the ship’s rail, looking at the ocean, grateful I am where I am.

    21. Sue Buchanan
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

      Strolling on the outside top decks of the ship when the wind is softly blowing and the sun is close to the horizon, with my DH by my side.

    22. Veronica fangue
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

      Room service on our balcony! We also bring insulated travel mugs to fill and enjoy while enjoying the view from carnivals serenity spa area

    23. Marilyn Wiggins
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

      Balcony of course. MMMMMMMM

    24. jennifer
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

      Only once have we had the pleasure of having a Balcony…..But that was THE best spot to wake up to. Coffee and Croissants on the Balcony overlooking the water! And Kona Coffee is divine!

    25. Eileen
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

      On the promenade deck!

    26. Catherine
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

      I enjoy a good cup of coffee in the library while reading…the scent of coffee along with the quiet and solitude on an ocean voyage is divine.

    27. Danita Conte
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:16 pm

      Late at night, after I’ve left the casino, on deck, with
      a full moon and the coffee has got to have a shot of Irish cream in it,…mmmmm.

    28. Gina
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

      Balcony for me too! Especially on an aft balcony, sipping my coffee and watching the ocean stream away… Just absolute bliss!

    29. Linda Siegel
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:18 pm


    30. Katherine B Brown
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

      We love our coffee on our private balcony watching the sun rise. Makes for a beautiful morning and a great way to start the day.

    31. Lisa Ghita
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

      On the Balcony.. looking over the Deep Blue! Is there anywhere else?

    32. laurie steiner
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

      I like to sit by the pool after dinner with a hot cup of coffee, often watching as the sun goes down.

    33. Jon Davidson
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

      I head on over to The Neptune Lounge, read a newspaper, check e-mail and the stocks and have a cup-of-joe.

    34. Debra
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

      Looks like I’m not alone…I order my coffee to arrive just before sunrise, and drink it sitting on my verandah in my bathrobe while my husband sleeps. It’s the best part of the day.

    35. Susan Willis
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

      On my balcony!

    36. Rhonda
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

      In the International Cafe on Princess.

    37. DinaS
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

      The best place to have a cup of coffee is on our balcony, as the sun is rising beyond the endless blue water. Enjoying the beautiful colors while we are sipping our first cup of coffee is a highlight of our cruise.

    38. Michelle Buenzli
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

      In my bed!

    39. Jeanette
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

      Easy. On the balcony early in the morning looking at the amazing Alaska scenery.

    40. Tracy Hazen
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

      I love to have my Java in the morning on the lido deck while watching people strolling around starting their day.

    41. Deborah Phillips
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

      With my honey on the balcony

    42. Lee
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

      On the Royal Promenade while people watching. Or in Central Park on Oasis.

    43. Peni Berger
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

      In the cigar bar with my husband

    44. Joel Stalcup
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

      Eairly morning sitting at the rear of the ship. Cool breeze blowing, watching the ships wake and thinking of what was left behind and the enjoyment of the days ahead.

    45. Carolyn Terlouw
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

      Late evening watching the sunset from a quiet deck area:)

    46. Karen
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

      My favorite place to have coffee is while watching “Movies Under the Stars” on Pricess cruise ships!

    47. Kate
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

      I just took my first cruise in June, and unfortunately we did not have a balcony, but I think that would be my first choice. Otherwise I would say while taking an early morning stroll on the Promenade deck

    48. Lisa
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

      After a delicious dinner nothing is more perfect than to find a nice quiet niche in a bar (like the Wheelhouse Bar on any Princess ship). Order a cup of coffe and either a B&B or Amaretta Rocks and totally relax chatting with on board friends and/or your significant other. Perfect ending to a perfect day at sea…

    49. Stuart Orenstein
      September 29th, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

      Cova Cafe listening to a string quartet or trio.

    50. Trish R
      September 29th, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

      Mid-afternoon in the atrium/promenade while people-watching.

    51. June
      September 29th, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

      In the Crow’s Nest on a HAL ship

    52. Joan Westley
      September 29th, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

      On our balcony with our cozy robes on watching a beautiful sunrise, there is nothing like it.

    53. Janice
      September 29th, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

      every morning on the lido deck!

    54. Roger
      September 29th, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

      I love to sit by the pool and enjoy a good cup. We cruise RCL a lot but HATE the Seattles Best coffee. We learned long ago to bring our own instant and use the hot water available. Not the situation i would like but it’s what we have to do.

    55. Jeanne Snyder
      September 29th, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

      I agree with most of the previous posts! Cruise ships and coffee are two of my favorite things…so I love to have a cup of coffee ANYWHERE on a cruise ship!

    56. Sue
      September 29th, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

      In the privacy of my own cabin……..the perfect way to start the morning, the moment my feet hit the floor. :)

    57. James Wolford
      September 29th, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

      I like coffee in the premium coffee shop where I can sit and people watch.

    58. pcreek
      September 29th, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

      Best place to enjoy cup of coffee on a cruise? ON the balcony, watching the sun come up over the ocean. This means I am on vacation!
      Definitely love this idea! :-) Have often thought about bringing my own onboard..just haven’t..
      Thank yoU!

    59. monika
      September 29th, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

      CRUISE ships and coffee?
      What can be better :))???

      On the balcony, having the kids around playing, and us watching the sea :)

    60. Pat Prisk
      September 29th, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

      It has to be hot coffee on the balcony watching the sunrise. Especially good when we are out to sea.

    61. laurel
      September 29th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      i got in trouble for having a little coffe maker in my room. they will not let you make your own coffee. on carnival you can buy a decent cup at the coffeeshop or order a cappacino in the formal dining room.

    62. Tabitha
      September 29th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

      Curled up in a hammock on the Serenity deck at dusk…coffee and a good book..absolutely perfect relaxation. P.S. I think the cruise lines should start serving kona coffee…it is the BEST!

    63. Mike
      September 29th, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

      of course on the balcony in the morning.

    64. Janet
      September 29th, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

      I can picture it now: I am out on deck, a warm breeze is blowing, the sky is ablaze with color as the sun prepares to rise, and a cup of good warm is the explanation point on the start of another day onboard.

    65. Larry Gustafson
      September 29th, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

      On our balcony, of course.

    66. MaryPat
      September 29th, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

      On the balcony of NCL Pearl in 63 days

    67. Joyce K-H
      September 29th, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

      Since we always have an Inside on the lower decks, I grab my Room Service pot of coffee and head up the stairs to Deck 5, the one with the life boats hanging overhead, and the old fashioned deck chairs. It’s close to the ocean, quiet, and sipping on my “tolerable?” coffee, is the perfect way to start my day.

    68. Mary Fortin
      September 29th, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

      This seems like a no brainer. That’s one of my favorite things on a cruise, morning coffee on my balcony while I journal on the wonderful time I’m having.

    69. Cynthia
      September 29th, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

      Coffee must come via room service…even if I am planning to go eat breakfast in one of the dining rooms. I love to sit with it on my balcony and enjoy the quiet beauty. The day and night will lead to lots of adventure and raucous good times but for that little moment it is relaxation, serenity and, ahhhhhhh, bliss!

    70. Leslie Robertson
      September 29th, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

      Curled up in one of the big round windows with the wide sill to sit in and read or watch the waves with my cup of coffee……… any time of day!!!

    71. Sonya Sherow
      September 29th, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

      Sun Deck at sunrise alone with my thoughts.

    72. Nola Murphy
      September 29th, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

      I love my coffee, but on the rear deck of P&O’s Pacific Dawn anytime of the day or night makes ANY coffee, taste FANTASTIC!!

    73. Sabrina
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

      Balcony all the way!

    74. Todd Kowalcyk
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

      On my balcony!

    75. L Townson
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

      Working out on the track early in the morning and having a cup afterwards on the pool deck….and next time we’ll bring somne Starbucks Via Instant coffee, it’s really good…

    76. Carolyn Corcoran
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

      Sailing Alaska while sitting on the aft deck watching the ship’s wake and searching for whales at 4am in the morning while wrapped in a cozy deckside blanket as I recline on a lounge chair, sipping my hot coffee that’s keeping me warm inside and taking the chill off my hands as I grasp the warm mug, trying not to spill my mug as my excitement gets the best of me when I see a whale breach! Best moments ever!!!

    77. Darla Howorth
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

      Early in the morning on my balcony as we go into port!

    78. D Patterson
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

      Served by room service with all the pretty necessities of life aboard ship.

    79. Lily Minas
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:49 pm


    80. Dobiemom
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

      Room service coffee in the morning is my alarm clock. ;) Then I enjoy it on my veranda. :)

    81. Laura
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

      As long as I am on a cruiseship,I don’t care where I drink my coffee.

    82. Cindy Ebner
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

      On our balcony watching the sun come up!

    83. Trace
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

      On the balcony in my cabin — nothing beats that!

    84. Brenda Johnson
      September 29th, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

      Room service coffee in the morning on our balcony! Not the best coffee, but the best ambiance hands down!!! (and the perfect way to start the day!)

    85. Violet Sandoval
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

      On the balcony, of course!

    86. Susan Brooks
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

      I like to take a nice cup of coffee up to the Serenity Deck on Carnival.

    87. Mike
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

      Enjoy having my morning coffee on the top deck as the sun rises.

    88. Elizabeth
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

      At the Promenade Cafe on a Royal Caribbean ship!

    89. Karen Smith
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

      Nice hot latte from the ship coffee shop playing morning trivia. :)

    90. K R
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

      sunrise, hoping the bow has the best view, out on the lido deck…

    91. Adam
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

      On the balcony, wearing the ship’s waffle-weave bathrobe, watching the world go by.

    92. Jane Sandona
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

      Ohhh…balcony, dining room….afternoon…I have a problem:)

    93. charlene
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

      on the balcony in the morning

    94. Nancy Pleimann
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

      I love sipping a good cup of coffee on my balcony watching the waves.

    95. Bellas Mom
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

      On my balcony early morning watching the sun come up or pulling into a port early morning !
      Also in the evening on the balcony with a dessert!! Nothing like a good cup of coffee on a cruise !

    96. Courtney
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

      As long as im on a ship any place is good for a cup of coffee!!!!!!

    97. Ken L
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

      This is a great idea, great coffee on a great vacation, my answer is any where on the boat, I am on vacation ;-)

    98. Donna
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

      I make the best coffee in my room with things I bring from home! An early a.m. Essential (Capital E intended!) to start my days off roght!

    99. Donna
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

      I make the best coffee in my room with things I bring from home! An early a.m. Essential (Capital E intended!) to start my days off right!

    100. Joy Scherer
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

      Love cruise coffee. We sit on the deck and watch the world pass by.

    101. Patrick Landis
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

      On the balcony watching the sun rise.

    102. Cheryl
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

      On the balcony.

    103. Rosemarie
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

      Early in the morning while watching the sun rise.

    104. Hope M
      September 29th, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

      I sneak up to the buffet with my special teal coffee mug from home along with a Starbucks VIA instant coffee (better than the ships coffee) and get the hot water and walk to the bow of the ship and sip and enjoy the sunrise. I would so love the french press and amazing KONA coffee instead though, and of course enjoying it on a round trip LA-Hawaii cruise. Ahhh, heaven in a cup :)

    105. Tania
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

      At the Starbucks on Allure of the Seas!

    106. Mary
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

      On my balcony as the sun turns the early morning sky from peach to blue in the morning…
      On the Royal Promenade as an everchanging parade of people pass by the afternoon….
      At dinner as the ship comes alive with the glitz, glow, and glamor of all the evening’s possibilities.

    107. wendy wallach
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

      i like enjoying my coffee first thing in the morning delivered by room service1

    108. caroline
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

      Enjoy having my morning coffee with my husband out on our balcony watching the beautiful view and sunrise.

    109. Ron A
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

      on our Veranda as the sun rises to greet a new day!

    110. Ron A
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

      on our veranda watching the sun rise on a new day!!

    111. Pat P
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

      International Cafe on the Ruby Princess…. with a lucious piece of pastry of course!

    112. Bev J
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

      The best place for a great cup of coffee is on our balcony! Yes brewed in our French Press, none of that pretend coffee….

    113. Joy
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

      Best Thing about roomservice is it is the best Alarm Clock As they show up in the morning with coffee My Favorite time of day on balcony !! I cant wait for my next cruise

    114. Ben Johnson
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

      Easy, on the front of the ship when everyone is asleep

    115. André L. Lee
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

      I love having my Kona Coffee in the Crew Mess onboard NCL’s Pride of America after a day of massaging passengers in the Santa Fe Spa.

    116. Ken
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

      In our stateroom and on the veranda as we make plans for the day!

    117. AtlFolks
      September 29th, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

      Early in the morning while the family is still sleeping, I head down to the Promenade to have my barista, Boris, prepare my morning ritual. After prepping my treasure with the right amount of sugar and cream, I head up to Deck 11 and weave my way past the joggers to the front of the ship. As the sun cracks the horizon, I sip my morning perfection as I feel the cool breeze of the Caribbean wisk through my hair. It’s a rich beginning for what will turn out to be a great day in paradise.

    118. Nancy Arnold
      September 29th, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

      I love having room service deliver my first pot of coffee. Then enjoying that first cup on my balcony with my husband.

    119. pam marshall
      September 29th, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

      On my Balcony!

    120. Suszy
      September 30th, 2011 @ 12:08 am

      I love to have my coffee in my ultra-comfy stateroom king size bed, under the fluffy bedding , snuggled with my hubby!

    121. Rich
      September 30th, 2011 @ 1:54 am

      Where else but on the veranda enjoying the sunrise.

    122. Steve Graham
      September 30th, 2011 @ 4:14 am

      The forward facing balcony of cabin 10000 on Pride of America, enjoying the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean.

    123. Cheryl Lesage
      September 30th, 2011 @ 4:17 am

      On a warm cruise, one the back deck with breakfast. On a cold weather cruise, next to the pool by the wind guards afdter sail out.

    124. Ronnie Norris
      September 30th, 2011 @ 5:16 am

      Any where on ship I can, all day long. Wife and I love coffee.

    125. LouAnn Jacobs
      September 30th, 2011 @ 5:36 am

      We love to order room service coffee very early so we can drink it on our balcony. I love a good cup of coffee while I’m praising God for all the beauty around me and looking at my husband and thinking how lucky I am. Sounds corny but this is all true. :)

    126. Cindy Wade
      September 30th, 2011 @ 5:38 am

      On my balcony….enjoying my husband and the beautiful sunrise.

    127. Matt hamm
      September 30th, 2011 @ 8:20 am

      On my balcony as we pull into port and watching the port operations!

    128. Karen Jean Howard
      September 30th, 2011 @ 8:23 am

      Until you asked the question, I’d never realized that I equate my “coffee experience” with an act of love. Early every morning, my husband trudges out to find coffee to bring back to me to enjoy while I’m still in bed. His daily quest speaks to his devotion to our relationship and his desire to start my cruise day with mocha love!

    129. Sarah Leidy
      September 30th, 2011 @ 8:37 am

      In a lounger on a quiet deck, with nothing but a book and a long, drooly nap in my future.

    130. steve mcg
      September 30th, 2011 @ 9:43 am

      Coffee and balconies seem to be a recurring theme. I have to agree. I always got up earlier and went out to get a couple of mugs (we brought our own mugs) back to the cabin for my wife to enjoy on the balcony. Go, with the joe!

    131. Judy Viles
      September 30th, 2011 @ 9:56 am

      I love coffee! It is wonderful anywhere on a ship..balcony, atrium, dining room, aft, forward. I guess I would sum it up by saying as long as you are drinking coffee on a ship, you are in for an amazing day!

    132. Mary Ellen Adamson
      September 30th, 2011 @ 11:07 am


    133. Cathy
      September 30th, 2011 @ 11:45 am

      Definitely on the balcony first thing in the morning.

    134. Ken
      September 30th, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

      Morning coffee on our balcony.

    135. Kevin McKay
      September 30th, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

      Early morning on the balcony … no doubt!

    136. Brian
      September 30th, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

      After my morning workout, in the Celebrity Aquaspa cafe.

    137. Tom
      September 30th, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

      Is real early out on the Deck before anyone is awake with a Chocolate Croissant

    138. Linda
      October 1st, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

      I love to have my first cup of coffee on my balcony wrapped in a robe, before anyone else is up.

    139. Mike
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 6:06 am

      After dinner surrounded by family and friends planning our next adventure!

    140. Kristine Minteer
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 6:08 am

      No other place like, On your private balcony looking out over the ocean or port during sunrise…

    141. kay
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 6:16 am

      I love to have my coffee about three in the afternoon in the Atrium, enjoying the view outside the window and watching the people going places and chatting to anyone who stops to enjoy their coffee with me….,

    142. Ronnie Norris
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 6:38 am

      In our cabin when we first wake-up!!!
      Sure helps us make it through the day.

    143. Kristopher
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 7:01 am

      On our balcony!

    144. Susan
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 7:17 am

      I love to have my first morning cup of coffee on top deck during a Caribbean sunrise, after a brisk walk. <3

    145. Steven Hite
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 7:20 am

      I love to have my first cup of coffee on my balcony wrapped in a robe,smoking a cuban cigar, before anyone else is up.

    146. Allyson
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 8:04 am

      I love waking up to a rich cup of coffee outside on my balcony with my husband by my side, a book in my hand, and the sun rising in front of me. My favorite ship that I did this on was the Pride of America in the Hawaiian islands.

    147. Karin
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 8:50 am

      My absolute favorite place to enjoy my coffee is on the balcony, gazing over the sea…but as long as I’m on a ship, anywhere is great!

    148. Bev
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 9:17 am

      To me, there’s no better place to enjoy a ‘good’ cup of coffee first thing in the morning on our balcony listening to the water splash, feeling the morning breeze, enjoying quiet time with my husband while watching the sunrise.

    149. Anthony LeMehaute
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 9:21 am

      Out on the balcony, enjoying the seaviews!

    150. Robin
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 9:56 am

      On our balcony, getting lost in the sunrise.

    151. Cindi Hauge
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 10:01 am

      I love having coffee in the mornings on my balcony as the sun is coming up. What a beautiful way to start the morning. After watching the sun come up and enjoying the serenity with my coffee, off to the dining room for my eggs benedict with coffee by a window to look out at the beautiful ocean waters….

    152. Genny
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 10:19 am

      Late night after the show, in the snack bar with my mom. With french fries.

    153. Tami
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

      On the balcony!

    154. Lanore
      October 2nd, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

      In bed, reading a newspaper or book.

    155. Rose
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 2:42 am

      Either on Windows Cafe deck or in Mosaic Cafe on one of the Azamara ships

    156. Shawn
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:01 am

      On the balcony while my wife is getting dressed.

    157. Leah
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:36 am

      Best coffee I had was on the Carnival Ecstacy. Not a fancy cruise but best coffee around. No matter where on the ship it always tasted fresh and always the perfect temp.

    158. Roberta Gerlach
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

      Early morning on deck before we do our morning mile walk around the ship.

    159. Diana
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

      On our balcony every morning..

    160. LAURIE Hopper
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

      Anytime, Anywhere on a Cruise ship is a great place for a coffee fix!!

    161. Karen Colvin
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

      On the lido deck before everyone gets up with my breakfast!

    162. Karen Patrick
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

      Early in the morning before the sun is up outside on the Promenade Deck. Not many people are up and it is quiet and the air is fresh.

    163. Sheryl Maldonado
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

      On my balcony with my hunny in the early morning hours. Mmmmmmm!

    164. Jerry Cross
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

      At the cova cafe

    165. Norma Pacheco
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

      Get up early brew the coffee, and let hubby wake to the smell of it brewing…makes him smile then take it out on the balcony and watch the ocean….feel that ocean breeze while enjoying our coffee.

    166. Tricia
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

      I love to sit by the pool in the morning and drink my coffee. I like to feel the sun and the sea air.

    167. Bill
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

      first thing early in the morning at the back of the ship watching the wake, then off to the gym

    168. Laura
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

      anywhere and everywhere!

    169. Jake Low
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

      Sitting on the balcony watching a sunrise.

    170. ROn vaughan
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

      I like going to the highest point on the ship, the wind blowing and a great cup of Joe.

    171. Brenda
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

      Probably the quiet of the early morning on a secluded back deck, enjoying the magnificent view!

    172. Lauren McRae
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

      On the observation deck while reading a good book.

    173. Gma Pat
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

      On the Balcony.. watching the sunrise or sunset over the deep navy sea.. Oh Yeah!

    174. Linda
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

      On the balcony! I have never used a press but have been thinking about buying one for my next cruise.

    175. Busman723
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

      Setting on our balcony, in our robes and house slippers watching the sunrise. And with a gentle breeze in our face. What a place to be with a great cup of coffee.

    176. Peter
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

      Just enjoyed my first cruise last month and thoroughly enjoyed a morning cup of coffee on my balcony watching the sunrise.

    177. Kevin Gilhooly
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

      On my balcony at sunrise.

    178. Deb
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

      First thing in the morning on our balcony!

    179. Diane Beasley
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

      On my balcony with coffee from room service!!
      olargat some

    180. Eric Emanuel
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

      At a table on the open stern deck watching the sea and taking in the who;e scene.

    181. Eric Emanuel
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

      At a table on the open stern deck watching the sea and taking in the whole scene.

    182. Todd Kowalcyk
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:53 pm


    183. virginia anderson
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

      Room service on balcony with the love of my life!

    184. Theresa
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

      In the morning on my balcony…looking out into the ocean

    185. J Rosenberg
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

      I drink coffee all day, so where I am at the any point in the cruise is the best time!

    186. Wendy
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

      Early morning up on the deck watching the sunrise!

    187. Tabitha Candler
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

      The perfect place I had a cup of coffee on a cruise was on Carnival Legend on our balcony with my mom. We were waiting for the sun and listening to the waves. It was so peaceful. Not like at home, with four kids I never get to sit down and enjoy my coffee.

    188. Lynn
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

      Many, many places,
      early evening while getting ready for dinner,
      in the dining room for breakfast.,
      after a midnight snack on the lido deck..

    189. Ann Martin
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

      Love having coffee anywhere anytime on the ship but my very favorite time for coffee is room service in the AM on the balcony. However, when on vacation I really don’t need to see the sunrise so I will have my coffee a bit later.

    190. Sue
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

      In my robe on the balcony watching the world go by!

    191. Dana Abrams
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

      My ideal location for a coffee is in an empty bar lounge around 3pm. Most od the time I am all by myself…just me and my Kindle!

    192. xo-cruzar
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

      I always look forward to having my first cup of coffee in the morning on my balcony as I watch the world go by.

    193. Adam Bergman
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

      Cappucino in the main dining room, accompanied by dessert

    194. deb
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

      I enjoy a good cup of coffee anywhere, anytime of day! A cruise adds to the enjoyment.

    195. karen spencer
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

      On the deck watching the sun rise

    196. Bil
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

      We shared a verandah with friends aboard Costa’s Mediterania and each morning we would share coffee and the sunrise before going for the full breakfast. Even bad coffee goes good with friends and warm breezes.

    197. Marc Platt
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

      I enjoy my coffee with dessert after dinner.

    198. Debora Penson
      October 3rd, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

      copious amounts on the Lido Deck around 11 a.m. after a session ending at the Crow’s Nest around 2:30 or three in the morning.

    199. 78goldwing
      October 4th, 2011 @ 12:32 am

      On our balcony of course!

    200. pam marshall
      October 4th, 2011 @ 1:27 am

      Lido deck!!

    201. Robert Stephenson
      October 4th, 2011 @ 8:23 am

      On the Balcony of course!

    202. Arlene Prinselaar
      October 4th, 2011 @ 10:29 am

      The best place for enjoying a cup or two of coffee is on our balcony with the love of my life, watching the sun rise and flying fish skim the waves.

    203. Jo Ann Smiarowski
      October 4th, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

      From the back of the ship first thing in the morning.

    204. Brenda Danner
      October 4th, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

      I love enjoying a cup of coffee on the balcony, listening to the ocean. A great way to wake up!

    205. Susan Daggett
      October 5th, 2011 @ 7:55 am

      People watching on the promenade.

    206. Denise
      October 5th, 2011 @ 7:57 am

      This would be absolutely perfect to take on my upcoming cruise! No waiting for anyone to bring the coffee it would be right there to make and enjoy, not to mention delicious too! I’d be overjoyed to win, bring on the love!!

    207. Denise
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:00 am

      This would be absolutely perfect to take on my upcoming cruise! No waiting for anyone to bring the coffee it would be right there to make and enjoy, not to mention delicious too! I’d be overjoyed to win, bring on the love!!

      opps, forgot to mention my fav place. To be honest, in the cabin with my mate :)

    208. Brian D
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:01 am

      I’d have to agree with most. In my robe on the verandah first thing in the morning while DW sleeps or showers.

    209. Bob K.
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:03 am

      As long as I’m sailing on a cruiseship, I’d enjoy my coffee ANYWHERE onboard!

    210. Amie
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:05 am

      Love to enjoy morning coffee on the balcony with my husband. Watch the sun come up, watch the ship reach port and relax. That’s what holidays are about!

    211. Christine Dulak
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:10 am

      On my balcony contemplating the wonderful day ahead!

    212. Christine Dulak
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:11 am

      On my balcony, contemplating the beautiful day ahead of me!

    213. Rebecca
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:16 am

      While on our balcony, of course!

    214. Jan Davidson
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:18 am

      On my balcony with the sea breeze in my hair and my DH arm around me enjoying the morning!

    215. Kirk
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:20 am

      In the morning, before the sun rises and after we have ordered room service. We are on the Balcony when they knock on the door! Waking up with your loved one on a cruise is THE BEST! and being pampered by the excellent room service makes you “BOTH” feel special! Coffee just puts the icing on the cake!! :)

    216. Kay Porter
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:24 am

      I enjoy having coffee out on deck in the morning, especially watching the ship pull into port at various destinations. The morning breeze, smiles on the people, the sights, smells and sounds. The awakening of all the senses as you begin a new day. It’s the best way to gain full relaxation on your vacation.

    217. Winfred
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:32 am

      On the balcony!

    218. Ronnie Norris
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:48 am

      On the Lido with my wonderful wife of 51 years of marriage. Watching sun rise!!!

    219. Kristopher
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:48 am

      On a starboard balcony while watching us dock.

    220. Heidi
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:54 am

      On the balcony with my DH. No better way to start the day!

    221. Matt Vanscoy
      October 5th, 2011 @ 8:56 am

      Love my coffee sitting on our balcony, first thing in the morning, watching sunrise, the ocean, or docking at the next Port of Call!!

    222. Sheila
      October 5th, 2011 @ 9:08 am

      Balcony, without a doubt!

    223. Steve
      October 5th, 2011 @ 10:43 am

      VERY early on the promenade with my wife – just a few brave souls with the same goal – good, strong coffee – unfortunately a hard thing to find at 6 am or so – even if I search for espresso.

    224. Karen (meow1788)
      October 5th, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

      Out on the Lido deck at 4 am with a good book.

    225. mrs frances taylor
      October 5th, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

      I love my after dinner coffee, I find it so relaxing with a chat.

    226. Di
      October 5th, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

      In Bed! Love sipping my morning coffee in my comfy bed looking out the balcony door, inhaling the mornings’ freshness, with all the silky covers around me keeping me toasty warm! Ah…………… :)

    227. Melissa
      October 6th, 2011 @ 12:49 am

      I love coffee any time of the day! Best place sitting on the balcony watching the world go by with my hubby!

    228. Michele Cunnigham
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:11 am

      Either on our balcony or on Deck 4 (on Disney) Plenty of chairs to sit back, take in the sunrise and enjoy that first cup of the day. Ahhh…..

    229. janet bishop- magina
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:12 am

      On my balcony, it’s one of the reasons I can’t sail without a balcony. Plus I DO bring my own coffee and filters and brew “my” blend in the cabin.

    230. Mike
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:14 am

      Believe it or not, it’s while checking my netbook computer first thing in the morning.

    231. Jess
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:15 am

      In our cabin first thing in the morning while looking at the Fun Times deciding what we are going to do that day.

    232. VirginiaS
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:15 am

      snuggled next to my husband with our balcony door open (air conditioner off of course), the gorgeous ocean breeze while enjoying being married since 1987 and a trip without the kids!

    233. Pamela Gilmore
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:16 am

      on my balcony!

    234. Mike
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:16 am

      Believe it or not, it’s while I check my netbook computer first thing in the morning.

    235. Bruce
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:19 am

      I love getting up before anyone else and pulling up a deck lounge chair on the panorama deck with a cup of coffee watching the sunburst! Must be up around 5am :)

    236. Eric
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:20 am

      I don’t drink coffee but wife NEEDS a pot to wake up in the morning. So when we cruise, I am the first to rise, I sneak out to the self-serve coffee bar, pour the largest cup I can find (w/ plenty of cream & sugar), sneak back in the room and set it on the bedside table next her. When she awakes (moments later), she quietly meets me on the balcony and we sit and enjoy the hustle & bustle of the port activities.

    237. Kathryn Dalton
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:20 am

      On the top deck watching sunrise!

    238. Joyce
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:24 am

      I order room service, that pot of coffee somehow seems better than the coffee anywhere else! Then we sit on our aft balcony and enjoy the view.

    239. Annette
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:25 am

      On my balcony, of course! Nothing like sipping on a cup of coffee relaxing while the breeze is blowing, hearing the sound of the ship gliding though the water. Doesn’t matter if the sun is up or down… It’s always the perfect place to be!

    240. Barbara
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:27 am

      In the early morning on the balcony with family. Best one we saw dolphins leaping alongside the ship.

    241. Ann marie
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:31 am

      On the lido deck early in the morning to watch the sun rise.

    242. Debbie
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:34 am

      Preferably my balcony but really anywhere, anytime, just put a cup in my hand that’s why it’s so important that the coffee is good!

    243. Judy
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:34 am

      On the promenade deck!

    244. Gerry Clarke
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:34 am

      On the Balcony, if you can find a good cup…which is hard…

    245. Joanne Flanagan
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:35 am

      Love a cup on an outside deck.

    246. Cindy Wade
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:35 am

      On our balcony, watching the sunrise. Nothing better except the company of my husband.

    247. Christine Dulak
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:35 am

      On my cove balcony of course!

    248. Nicole Y
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:37 am

      My favorite place for coffee like many would be my balcony, some serenity time. But most of the time it is on the lido deck, especially early in the morning when most people are not out yet. coffee, the sun, calm of the sea and the seabreeze! Heaven

    249. Jacalyn Bognar
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:39 am

      At least one cup before I even think about getting ready for the day. Totally at peace on the balcony watching the world sail past.

    250. michelle elbanan
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:40 am

      I love a cappucino with my dessert! I don’t do coffee in the morning, so its the best way for mto recharge for the night

    251. Kristen
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:42 am

      On the verandah, early in the morning before the kids are up. (Watch-out, Mexican Riviera . . . the Arriaga’s are coming soon!)

    252. Pat
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:43 am

      On our balcony when we have one – otherwise on deck VERY EARLY AM meeting new friends who also enjoy their coffee and the peaceful atmosphere before the crowds descend! :)

    253. Andrew Chen
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:48 am

      Back of the Lido or Windjammer-preferably outside!

    254. april keiek
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:49 am

      coffee? yay!!!! 24-7….I love it on board period!!!!!Any coffee I have on a cruise ship will be enjoyed……just saying lol

    255. Kate H
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:51 am

      In bed relaxing and waking up to a great new day!

    256. Lea S.
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:53 am

      People watching on the Promenade.

    257. Sue Jeffrey
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:54 am

      On my balcony for sure! Love having my morning coffee while sitting on the balcony watching the waves or looking for flying fish! So calming and peaceful. Great way to start the day.

    258. Jim Ashmead
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:54 am

      In the morning on the balcony.

    259. Cindy
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:56 am

      When I have a balcony, that was a great place to sit with a cup of coffee. However, when I have an inside cabin, I will go to the buffet, get a cup of coffee and sit out on the deck and watch the waves in the sea or watch the other passengers as they come awake and get their breakfasts. A good cup of coffee can be enjoyed anywhere.

    260. Sandy Witzak
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:58 am

      Enjoying a great cup of java on my balcony both in the morning and at night with my husband. Here we can escape from the rest of the world!

    261. Jackie ferguson
      October 7th, 2011 @ 11:09 am

      After dinner, while eating desert.

    262. Gail
      October 7th, 2011 @ 11:18 am

      On the promenade deck talking to other passengers, such a great way to start the day!

    263. Julie Vass
      October 7th, 2011 @ 11:25 am

      On our balcony!

    264. Bryan Foster
      October 7th, 2011 @ 11:37 am

      My wife and I love to enjoy coffee on the balcony of our spa suite.

    265. Bill
      October 7th, 2011 @ 11:46 am

      On the balcony in the morning but this time sharing with our good friends who are travelling with us.

    266. Connie
      October 7th, 2011 @ 11:57 am

      Out on deck as the sun is coming up.

    267. Becky
      October 7th, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

      On the balcony early in the morning!! We cruise with several friends and our rooms are all together. We open all of the partition doors, which makes one long balcony. We all meet out there in the morning to talk about the day before, and to plan the day ahead. Heaven!!

      October 7th, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

      Aft watching the wake and sunlight playing with wales and dolphins off in the distance :-)

    269. Jacqueline
      October 7th, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

      It’s gotta be the balcony for that first morning cup, but on sea days I also like to find a quiet corner in Horizons (Oceania’s Insignia) with my book and a fine cuppa.

    270. Sandy B
      October 7th, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

      absolutely anywhere on board. I love my coffee

    271. Kevin Patrick
      October 7th, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

      On the Serenade of the Seas, in Alaska, cruising through Tracy Arm Fjord — sitting in the outdoor section of the Windjammer Cafe.

    272. Linda
      October 7th, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

      On the balcony in the morning with my husband!

    273. neta platt
      October 7th, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

      In our 2 bedroom suite on any of the NCL ships, but not using the espresso machine they have on all the ships, horrible coffee!!!!! It needs to be pressed coffee from Cagneys!!! It’s the best!!!!

    274. Suzanne
      October 7th, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

      I love my french press, and perhaps I’m missing something but where are the folks taking presses with them planning to get their piping hot water to make it with?

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