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Old January 23rd, 2007, 04:52 PM
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This is my first cruise and I have heard that there are Beer cards like there are Fountain Drink cards. I have done some searching and I didn't find anything. Is this true?
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I've never heard of one. This is how they make their money. You can get 4 beers in a bucket for around $15.
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15 bucks for 4 beers in a bucket doesn't sound way out of line.

...how about a good mixed drink?

(Key is GOOD)
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They have well stocked bars with all of the premium stuff. Drinks cost about the same as if you went to a nice bar at home. They have the special drink of the day at a "discount" price.
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Thanks Dina,
I'll use my old rule of thumb and tip for the NEXT drink.
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I'll use my old rule of thumb and tip for the NEXT drink.
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hi dan.. I have bad news.. they add the tip when you sign with each order. 15%.. it adds up you pay for everything with your ship and sail card. They don't take money.
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If I remember correctly from our Alaska cruise a hunnert years ago...
I could spike the tip when I signed for the drinks.
Yes?
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You can do that for any thing you sign for but they really do work hard for very little money.


OK. I have to ask.. is your name rinker250 your boat? I owned one of those. Our first boat. I loved it.
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If you are traveling with a group of 30 or more, you can request a special rate that will allow each member of the group to have an open bar. I just booked a cruise this way. It cost me about $250 per person more than if I had booked the ship directly through Carnival with a past guest discount.

The details about the open bar that were sent to me along with my other travel information is as follows:

Carnival’s Sail & Sign Open Bar and Wine Program

Carnival’s Sail & Sign Open Bar and Wine Program provides a convenient option to clients that wish to enhance their sailing program as well as to budget and plan their overall cruise experience. This program is only available to guests with special permission from Carnival’s Special Services department and such permission may be withheld for any reason and this program will never apply to individual reservation bookings.

Open Bar and Wine Program
Includes open bar and wine as well as bottled wines at dinner
Inclusive of Gratuities

Open Bar and Wine Program will include all beers, malt beverages, liquors, sodas, small bottles of water, and non-alcoholic beverages priced at or below $7.50.

A selection of fine wines by the glass consisting of sparkling wine, white zinfandel, white wine, and red wine will be offered at all bar locations.

All bottled wines served in the main dining room with dinner will be selected at the discretion of Carnival with both red and white wines being offered each night.

Open Bar and Wine Program is exclusive of drinks over the price of $7.50; any wine by the glass other than those offered in the program; souvenir glass drinks; bottle sales of liquor, wine and/or champagne; large bottles of natural spring water; in-cabin mini bars and/or any other in-cabin beverage program; beverages or drinks ordered through room service; cigars; cookbooks and/or bar books; coffee and/or food items from the Coffee Shop Café; and any retail purchases or service charges.

Two (2) Sail & Sign cards will be issued to each guest. A standard Sail & Sign card will be issued to all group members and will be processed as per Carnival’s established procedures for typical onboard purchases (spa, shopping, casino, shore excursions, etc.). The second specialty “Sail & Sign Open Bar Card? will include the guest’s name and will indicate “For Beverages Only?, and will be in each of the group guest’s cabins upon arrival. This card may be used to purchase the beverages only as outlined above as part of the Open Bar and Wine Program.
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Thanks Loan,
We'll never travel in a group of 30 but good info.

Dina, I have found that good tipping goes a long way and yes Rinker 250 (our 2nd) is our current boat on the ladder of 4 foot-itis!!

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