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Old January 12th, 2008, 05:05 PM
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We are planning a group cruise for early 2009 and have heard that you can pay extra when you book a group to have your drinks included in the price of your cruise. Has anyone ever done this?

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There is a way to pre pay for liquor in a group only but ALL of the group must agree to it is what I have heard. I know there is a post on here that adressed that. Kuki had written abit on it.

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We are getting our group together to go for 4/19/08 and the key is there must be at least 15 couples, and EVERYONE in the group must buy a liquor card. We are going for the 5 night cruise and it will cost $200 pp for the liquor card. To me I think it is a toss up, could be a good deal if you drink alot or might not be. None of us have ever cruised before so we are all going to give it a shot and see. I'd rather spend $400 and have peace of mind than worry the whole time and walk out owing them $800, lol.....

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Thanks for the information. We are trying to plan a cruise for the first part of 2009 and we think that it would be a good thing for our group. We just went on the Sensation the first week of January and most of our tabs at the end of the cruise were more than $400.
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Just confirmed our liquor card and our TA informed us that Carnival has raised the price from $200 pp to $225 so they are squeezing another $25 out of us pp. Damn they just keep getting more and more. First the extra $50 for the fuel and now another $50 for the card, lol...

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A few years back, when I was in Florida, I heard on the radio, they were having a 3 or 4 day cruise, that was all inclusive. I think it was Majesty of the Seas..I was surprised, since I had never heard of this before..could have been a test cruise, since I never heard of it again...I bet the cruisers were a happy bunch that sailing!
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I have never had the money or the opertunity to go on a cruise, But I am glad that I found this site now I can look into it!
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I am cruising on Freedom in February and booked an all inclusive. Our travel agent books an annual cruise for a large group usually 100+ and sets it up as all inclusive. We went 2 years ago on the Liberty and had a blast (free drinks usually help). All drinks below $6.75 were free which covers most everything you need. I don't know the details of how many need to be in a group but to clear things up they do exist. If you run across an opportunity to go on one I recommend it. You can relax a little more when you don't have to worry about your bar bill. Can't wait until Freedom in February......25 days and counting.
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I can see where that 200.00 pp works out to be about four drinks per day for a 7 day cruise.
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Well the $200 price (actually $225 since the increase) is for a 5 day cruise. It goes up the more days you are there. So the 7 day one would be more than $225. I only know the price of the 5 day one since that is the one we are going on, lol....

Hopefully we will get our money worth, lol...

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wow i could never drink that much in 5 days, well i could, but probably never would. wouldnt that be 5-8 foo'foo's a day?

On our 7 nighter last sept i think i drank around 8 drinks on board the whole week...i drank a little off ship, in cozumel and caymans, but drank all inclusive in jamaica.

I even snuck a couple of tiny bottles on board and didnt touch them! I wont even try to sneak this trip, but do plan on having a couple a day on board.

I'm just betting that it must be HUGE to get everyone in a group to drink, what if there are some kids in a group situation, would they have to buy a drink card also?

that would be 7 ot 8 of the 6.75$ drinks per day (im not counting debarkation day, but did count the first day) I guess if you really think you will drink more than this, then it would be a good deal I'm sure you'd still need to tip...

im kinda glad they dont openly offer all inclusive, since that just opens people to get snockered and obnoxious (not all, just some and we all know some can ruin for a lot lol). I do remember seeing a group of younger people IN TEARS the day before debarkation when they found that thier tab for 8 people (all looked barely 21) was well over 3,000.00. Credit cards were maxed and girls bawling...not good! I remember seeing them alot around the casino, always falling down blubbering drunk...
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Yes I do see what you are saying that would not be good for EVERYONE to have a drink card b/c not everyone is pleasent when drinking that is for sure, lol.... Then the cruise ship would be one big party barge, lol... The way it works for kids that are under 21 that CANT purchase the drink card, they HAVE to buy the soda card which is only $30 so that is not bad, my son would have gotten that anyway. But we are all early risers and late nighters so I figure 8 foo foos would be easy in one day, lol.... Now the guys I am sure they will do way more than 8 beers a day, lol... But I dont think they will do that everyday for sure. So I am thinking we will come out even. But like I said we are gonna give it a try and see how much we would have spent so next time we go (this is our first cruise) we will know if it was worth it for us, lol....

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I like a drink just like the next guy, however I want to make the point that I don't need a drink to have a good time. The high cost of alcohol onboard turns me off, I'll have a 'few' ashore where its almost allways very cheap. Not interested in a booze cruise, go for the cruise itself, good food,entertainment and a nap anytime I want. Love getting up early, going for a big breakfast, then taking a cup of coffee down to the wife and ' turning in' again till she's ready to get up. I can do anything or nothing, whatever turns me on.
Would love to go on a cruise where the ship docks overnite tho, anyone know of one. Been on eight or more cruises, mostly to the Eastern Carribean, but would enjoy seeing the nightlife, anyone know of a cruise that do'es an overnighter?
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I have never had the money or the opertunity to go on a cruise, But I am glad that I found this site now I can look into it!
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If you can get a debit card that is tied to a frequent flyer program. You can "charge" your rent, groceries, gasoline, etc. and it comes out of your checking account and this is a good way to at least get free airfare. I do that and it allowed me to fly myself and my son for our first cruise last July and I'll be flying for free again this year on a solo cruise.

I'm a single mom on a tight budget and was finally able to cruise for the first time at 48 years old (my son is 14). I'll be (gulp) 49 next month.
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We are a group of anywhere from 4-30. Some of us over 21 some not. Since we are booking within the 70 days we can't actually book as a "group" would they still offer me a way to pay for all you can drink that way my tab will be a little lower? I am a drinker on these things. considering that we always order buckets of beer etc what could they do for me? let me know or email me sag1804@yahoo.com
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Good Lord Almighty............if a cruise ship offered me a $200 or $250 drink card I'd bend over backwards to get it.........

the last cruise I was on.....the very BEST deal for drinks was a bucket of corona (four cold 12 ouncers in a bucket of ice) for $15. Thats the best you can do. If you only drink hard alcohol, its not even close. If a single guy hooked up with a girl and they wanted to get loaded at the disco (the guys usually pays, lets face it) you could easily spend that in a night or two if you buy drinks for a couple friends as well. Start adding it up. I think the "daily special" drink was a chick drink for $3.75 so continue adding it up...and that was the "special" Not what you or her may want......it amounts to $200 real fast.

I'd say take it if you can get it......and if you like to drink.......I imbibe more on cruise ships because I dont have to work that day, or the next day, or the next 7 or 8 days........

Of course this would only be cost effective if you were on a 7 night or longer cruise. A short cruise would be a wash, or worse.

I know this thread is old.....but I saw it and thought I would comment.

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Stephen,

From what I know (ask your TA to be sure) you have to be booked as a GROUP of 30 people or more and EVERYONE in that group has to get it. If anyone is under 21 they have to get the soda card, but everyone over 21 must get the liqour card. At first my TA didnt know about it, but I knew about it from these forums so I had her check into it and she knows now, lol.... We are about to finalize all of it next month. Check with your TA and see if there is anything for you.

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