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Old May 7th, 2007, 09:28 PM
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I am not being judgmental. In my opinion you can drink as much as you want if you are not driving.

I am curious how much people drink on a cruise. I am not much of a drinker. I think the last time I had a drink was one drink at my wife's office Christmas party in mid December.

Some of the other threads imply that people get hammered. People are drinking cases of beer and multiple bottles of vodka in their rooms. Is cruising a real alcohol event or are there people like me that will have one drink per night or less?

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Hi Brian,

Yes, some people do drink "excessively", but we've rarely seen them on the ship. Usually, it's the 20 something's who drink too much on shore and have to be "wheeled" back to the ship .

I generally drink about 5 drinks a day. That may sound like a lot, but I have a Bloody Mary about noon, a couple of "frou frou" drinks in the afternoon by the pool, and two or three drinks in the evening.

Unless you're on a 3 or 4 day "party cruise" you shouldn't find people drinking more than they can handle 8) .
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I am not being judgmental. In my opinion you can drink as much as you want if you are not driving.

I am curious how much people drink on a cruise. I am not much of a drinker. I think the last time I had a drink was one drink at my wife's office Christmas party in mid December.

Some of the other threads imply that people get hammered. People are drinking cases of beer and multiple bottles of vodka in their rooms. Is cruising a real alcohol event or are there people like me that will have one drink per night or less?

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Brian, I cruised in Feb just before spring break and met many people that did not drink alcohol at all. In fact, we were sharing a table with several people by the poolside and I had to make them a sign that said "No Drinks, All Set" as the waiters kept asking them for drinks.

I on the other hand will have about 5 drinks or so; like fern usually have a bloody mary or two for the first few hours and then something lighter for the rest of evening and at the casino.

You will probably see the occasional drunk, but really it seems in past experience that more drinking goes on at the ports; ie. the bars like Senor Frogs, CarlosN Charlies, etc. than actually goes on in the cruise.
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I can't drink, because it effects me so quickly. If I shared a Bloody Mary with Fern at lunch, I would sleep all day.
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I don't have a set number. I may drink 5 foo-foo's in one night and 5 the next nights but by the third night, I am a teetotaler and will nurse one weak foo-foo for the night.

On one cruise, I sat at the bar with another lady and had the bartender top off every one of my Fun Ship Specials with Rum, right to the brim. I think she and I downed at least 7 each. Woooo Baby the next day my stomach and head was a wreck. That was my first ever hangover. The next two nights, I made do with one or two foo-foo's. In spite of all of that alcohol that first night, I was always in control.

The reason why people let themselves go is b/c they are on vacation, they are steps from everything they need: their cabin, the casino, the dance club, the hottub, the food. They do not have to worry about getting back to a hotel safely in a cab in an unfamiliar location as is the case with most land vacations. No matter how much you drink, how late you stay out, your bed is less than 1 city block away.

Every now and then you see someone who can't hold their liquor. Usually you only see that person behave like that on one night. Carnival can block or limit a person's sail and sign card or, in the worse case scenario, an out of control drunk can be confined to their cabin or put off the ship all together. All cruiseships also have brigs. Most drinkers are mellow. Very few are falling down drunk.
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I don't drink but on the spring break cruise I went on with the boys there was a lot of booze drank. One of the dads that I was traveling with had a tab around $200 a day.......... On the other cruises I have taken I found very few people drunk to the point they can't walk.. But as I said, spring break was a different story!
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I am glad that someone asked this question because I was also getting the impression that we were going to be on a shipful of drunks! My wife and I won a 3 night trip to the Bahamas several years ago and there was one poor guy on the plane with us and at the resort that, for the whole time he was there, drug a hair dryer around by the cord. He thought he had his dog on a leash! I know he was drinking a lot, but also suspect he might have been doing other stuff too. I guess you never know what you will see on vacation!
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I usually have about 4-5 drinks a day. Usually start out with a Bloody Mary (to die for) then a couple frozen drinks by the pool and then I have a glass or two of wine or champagne at dinner.

I wonder what I will do this cruise though, I am the only drinker. My DH doesnt drink and my parents are both recovering alcoholics. So it will be interesting. My DH doesnt care at all but I dont want my parents to be uncomfortable. They have been around me when I have drank before but its been at a dinner or something. So we will see.
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We only saw one person who was obviously drunk the whole time we were on the Pride. It was a woman on formal night, and probably wasn't used to drinking.

I am not usually a fufu rum drink enthusiast, but It was fun to try the "drink of the day" every day. I would usually only have one of those, and then a "miami vice" or two spread out over the whold day from lunch on. The drinks are also mixed kinda lightly, so I don't think anyone gets wasted.

We also enjoyed Pacifico beer in the ports. There's nothing like a cold beer on a warm beach . . . but just one or two.

My hubby, who likes beer did overdo a couple of times, but it just made him want to go to bed early. I didn't see anyone get obnoxious.

It was all just fun!
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I am afraid my husband is going to overdo, because he is talking about drinking all day but I don't want to be drunk on my vacation! I will maybe have a drink at the pool, and then a drink at dinner, and then a drink at the club at night. That's it. I don't want to have a hangover on my cruise!
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Brian, you appear to have a level head on your shoulders, so, if you choose to drink, stop when you feel you should. Not fun being sick.
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Brian, you appear to have a level head on your shoulders, so, if you choose to drink, stop when you feel you should. Not fun being sick.
I'm not worried about me. I figured out many drinking patterns right after high school which was to many years ago now. A drink for me in the morning would ruin my whole day, but that's just me.

I figure my bar bill for me and my wife will be about $30 on our 4 day cruise. That would not include the soda cards.

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I will usually start out with a bloody mary or rum and coke late morning. At lunch, I will have a glass of wine. At afternoon tea, I always have a scotch instead of tea. I will have another scotch in our room while getting ready for a dinner, and then one or two in a lounge or the restaurant. I will have several glasses of wine at dinner and then a good port or sherry after dinner. For the rest of the evening, I usually nurse a glass of wine or a scotch. I try to get a low level buzz going and then not overdue it.
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Wow! We put way too much thought into how much we're gonna drink and when! I say, just go with the flow and have fun! After all, as one bartender pointed out to me on the Pride, you're not drivin'!
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[. Is cruising a real alcohol event or are there people like me that will have one drink per night or less?

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COunt me in in the "or less" crowd. We don't drink at all...well FREE ice tea and Diet Cokes and water...that's about it.
we are boring on a cruise...hardly even leave the room...spend HOURS on the balcony!
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You'll be fine! Just have fun doing whatever makes you happy. You will have a much less expensive cruise than those of us who had to try the Drink of the Day every day, plus wine with dinner etc.!

I enjoyed that, but certainly didn't have time to notice whether others around me were drinking!
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I am curious how much people drink on a cruise. I am not much of a drinker. I think the last time I had a drink was one drink at my wife's office Christmas party in mid December.

Some of the other threads imply that people get hammered. People are drinking cases of beer and multiple bottles of vodka in their rooms. Is cruising a real alcohol event or are there people like me that will have one drink per night or less?

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I saw people this week that were completely trashed at the lifeboat drill before departure!
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I'm really not much of a drinker, and if I do have one, it's usually a Killian Red in front of the TV here at home. On my upcoming cruise in June, I plan on having for the first time in my life....drum roll pleez......a Bloody Mary! Yep, I've lived to the ripe age of 60 and never had a Bloody Mary. I guess I always thought that it was an old fart drink......lol, now that I am one maybe that's why the desire.
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Marc, you must have a lead stomach! I counted 11 drinks!

I don't drink until or unless I've had something to eat and I don't mean a salad! After that I can drink until I become thirsty.....then it's water and diet coke for me!

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Many years ago, when I was a young stud, I'd put them away with the best of 'em, however after getting a little older, and a lot smarter, I have managed to slow down a bit. Now, on a seven day cruise, I will probably have a beer. If the ship is really "gettin down" then I'll get with the program, and have a second beer!
I do, however, have a great time "people watching" and seeing the others aboard "having fun". I have no problem, at all, with others around me drinking, as long as they don't get obnoxious.

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I did all my drinking in my younger "stupid" days. Fortunately I never killed anyone on the way home. I'm 48 now, and I occasionally (once every 1-3 months) have one glass of wine when out to dinner and not driving. On the cruise I don't expect to have any alchohol as I'll be with my teenage son. We love to laugh at all the drunk idiots we see talking too loud, barely able to walk, and exhibiting other such behavior and we do our best to avoid them. Like David Hasselhoff, if people really saw how they looked, talked and acted when having even a couple of drinks, they'd be so embarrassed! We have a saying in our family that I'm happy to say is pretty widespread - boozer-loser. Anyone who needs to drink on a regular basis has some problems. It's not healthy and causes the death of tens of thousand of innocent non-drinking people every year. Grab an iced tea or iced mocha coffee instead. Better to be buzzed on caffeine than alcohol!
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yes, but I actually prefer to get the benefits directly from red seedless grapes, rather than from wine. Like I said, it's a few times a year. Drinking is a habit people get into and unfortunately, a really bad habit.
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Good question Brian!

I useually drink 2-3 glasses of wine at dinner all year round. Weekends include other drinks. However, when on a vacation (cruise) where drinks are NOT included, I limit myself to one glass of wine at dinner and maybe a ber throughout the course of the day.

Hoarding cases of beer and 40oz of booze into your cabin clearly indicates to me that you having intentions of overdrinking.

I'm on a vacation not a frat party. We spent a total of $200 on alcohol on our last cruise for the week, big deal. Not worth me lugging bottles around.

And as previously stated, some ot the best cold beer is in the ports of call, in the warm carribean air.
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I can't drink, because it effects me so quickly. If I shared a Bloody Mary with Fern at lunch, I would sleep all day.
! I'll buy you half a drink so you'll only sleep half a day !

Seriously, in my "younger" days (a long, long time ago) I could drink almost anyone under the table. Now, I prefer to enjoy my vacations instead of missing all the good things because I'm oblivious or hungover! Why pay big $$$ to miss most of your cruise? IMO, if you go on any vacation and want to be drunk the whole time, stay at home and save some money !

It seems that all the people posting here agree! A slight "buzz" is fine, passing out is not !
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I don't drink at all myself and still love cruising. It is generally easy to steer away from those who appear to be problem drinkers while on these mega ships. Lots of room for everyone.
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I have a suggestion to all those folks who enjoy dishing out $$$ for all those drinks, you might as well swallow your money I can't see wasting my money on those fancy drinks. Either bring your own on board or at least buy some booze when you get to the ports and mix your own drinks, or not and you will see what an alocholic you really are when you see your final tab at the end of cruise.
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I don't drink either but if people want to drink, go for it. The money Carnival makes off the drinks helps keep the price of cruises down. So drink up!
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