I bought 5 sets of 4 drink coupons for $19.50 (total: $97.50). The Carnival Website says that these drink coupons include gratuity. The Carnival representative says that these are their most popular Bon Voyage gifts purchased. My question is this: Each coupon comes out to $4.50. If I purchase a glass of house wine for $4.75, then add gratuity, it comes out to $5.46. Am I SAVING $.96, or do they charge you the difference between the $4.50 coupon and the $5.46 total amount for the drink? The Carnival representative says the coupon helps you save on the gratuity, even though your server WILL get his tip. Any coupon experts out there? Is the coupon merely a convenience to help you prepay your bar tab, or is there actually a savings?
I've only been on two other cruises and my third is coming up in April. I buy the drink coupons to take the edge off my cruise bill. Both cruises were on the Inspiration. We used the coupons to buy beer buckets, foo foo drinks, shots, high end liquor and specials of the day. I usually tipped over the coupon if I felt the waiter was extra special. All I use them for is prepaid expenses so hopefully someone can answer all the other questions which you have about drink coupons.
They gave me the beer bucket and I threw the dude a couple of dollars. I think they do not know how the coupons worked so when my fiance' ordered his beer bucket they took the coupon. I tipped alot that week so they got to know me well.