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Old January 16th, 2009, 06:18 PM
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Th last cruise I was on ( Jan 08 ) I met a couple that was a part of a large group. They had a Sail and Sign card that I have never seen before. If memory serves it has palm trees on it. When I inquired about it they said that they were part of a large group and that if you have 30 or more berths that Carnival had an option of adding unlimited drinks to the group for an additional $150-200 depending on the cruise.
I am looking at booking a group cruise this fall and when I contacted my TA she told me that no cruise line offers such a thing.

Can someone tell me if this is a program that Carnival does or did offer, was the couple pulling my leg, or does my TA not know here stuff? Thanks for your help.
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I have never seen a S&S card that looks like that at all. As for free drinks, that doesn't exist. I doubt any cruise line would do that because if you did offer unlimited free drinks you could drink $200 worth of drinks before dinner time. Land based resorts that are all-inclusive offer free drinks (domestic only), but cruise lines make a lot of money on alcoholic drinks

The free drinks are offered at the Captain's cocktail party and Past guest. If you are not a past guest then that party is one you won't be invited to. They also have a sales pitch for the "book on board" desk if the ship has one. They offer wine and champagne at that one.

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Carnival did offer this to large groups, so probably a regular PVP wouldnt know about it? Everyone in the group had to sign up for it and pay for it. Since some dont drink it didnt ever catch on. I wouldnt have wanted to pay that much, $36.50? or whatever it was per person if I hardly drink. Every person had to pay.

It was only offered to groups, not individuals. Iv heard lately Carnival has discontinued this offer. You might check with the group dept. Yes, it was offered for years.
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Thank you both. I have been on 5 Carnival cruises so while I am no expert, I knew that it was more than Captains Dinner drinks, the past cruisers reception, or even the free champaign offered at the art auction that they were talking about.

Our group is mainly comprised of 25-35 year olds that would really take advantage of this offer. I hope they still have it.
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I haven't found it on the carnival site but it did exist. You have to have a group of 30+ . Everyone in the group has to be legal drinking age 21+. The last time I saw the package cost around $275 per person. It can be more or less depending on the length of the cruise. The only way you can get this is if everyone in the group pays for it.
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I am thinking (not positive) it has gone up to $40.00 per person per day....and yes, EVERYONE in the group has to participate to get the card.

I have only seen one or two groups with this....and sadly ..it was not a pretty sight.

Seems some people thought they just had to get their money's worth....
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As others have said, it definitely was avaiable to groups over 30 (not sure if it still is). EVERYONE in the group has to participate and pay.

We looked at the option breifly several years ago, and at the time, for a 7 days cruise, if I recall, I belive the price was @ $ 550 Per Person.

$200 per person certainly doesn't like it would be in the ball park, unless perhaps its was a 3 day cruise.
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It is called an Open Bar Card. It has your name on it and your Folio number. There is a place on the back for you to sign.

And yes you can be denied a drink if you over indulge.

It is mostly for large groups. I believe Carnival is curtailing the program to just Corporate bookings.
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We met people on the destiny that had something like what you mentioned and they were from a large group. If I remember correctly there were some restrictions. I think one of them was that the drink had to be below a certain price and I think the drinks that they serve in the souvenir glasses were above the price range. Not sure about that though. They did pass a couple free drinks our way though.
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Well, here is an answer, sort of, on the question.

I wasn't going to post it entirely but then I changed my mind !

It is from a group cruise planned around April 2008....

http://www.thebigmusiccruise.com/terms.html

Carnival’s Sail & Sign Open Bar and Wine program (AS PROVIDED BY CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES)

Open bar and Wine Program is made available and provided for the package trip to enhance the group’s cruise program, as well as budget and plan their overall cruise experience. Please read the below important details and regulations regarding this special inclusion:

Open Bar and Wine will include all beers, malt beverages, liquors, sodas, 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 Cruise Lines 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 sale of liquor, wine, and/or champagne; large bottles of natural spring water; in-cabin mini-bars and/or any other in-cabin beverage program; 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 Sail & Sign Cards will be issued to each guest. A standard Sail and Sign Card will be issued to all group members and will be processed as per our established procedure. The second specialty “Sail & Sign Open Bar Card” will include the guest’s name, will indicate “For Beverages Only” , and will be in each of the group guest cabins upon arrival.

The following terms and conditions will apply to the Open Bar and Wine Program.

Carnival reserves the right to verify a guest age at any time and further reserves the right to confiscate a specialty “Sail & Sign Open Bar card” in the possession of a minor guest. In such cases, the specific account will be closed and the program purchaser, group, guest and/or agency will not be afforded a refund.

The specialty “Sail & Sign Open Bar Card” cannot be used for purchases of drinks over the price of $7.50; any wine by the glass other than those offered in the program; souvenir glass drinks; bottle sale liquor, wine, and/or any retail purchases or service charges. Large bottled natural spring water, in cabin mini-bars and/or any other in-cabin beverage program and drinks ordered through room service are also excluded from the Open Bar and Wine program. In the event a program member wants to purchase any specialized item that is not included or covered under the Open Bar and Wine Program, he/she will need to use their standard Sail & Sign Card (their personal account).

This specialty “Sail & Sign Open Bar Card” will be used to purchase drinks only within limitations of the program, and will not be accepted in the Gift Shop, Beauty Salon and Spa, Photo gallery, Formalities Shop, “Coffee Shop” café, Supper Club for Reservations, for Camp Carnival Babysitting Fees, Casino, Shore excursions, or any other retail purchases or service charges. Program members will need to use their standard Sail & Sign card (their personal account) for these programs.

When requested by a guest, small individual size bottles of natural spring water will be served as part of the Open Bar and Wine Program. When ordering bottled natural spring water one small individual size bottle will be provided at a time, the bottle will be opened by the bar server, and the bottle cap will be given to guest upon request.

Bottled wine at dinner is restricted to the selections chosen by Carnival for that evening in the Main Dining Room. Groups will be seated in the same area of the dining room to facilitate bottled wine service. While in the Main Dining Room, guests can also order any drink from the bar that is covered by the Open Bar and Wine Program. If while in the Main Dining Room a guest would like to order a bar drink not covered by the program or a bottle of wine/champagne other than the selections being served as part of the program for that evening, he/she will need to use their standard Sail & Sign card (their personal account) for the purchase.

It is the guests’ responsibility to show the “Sail & Sign Open Bar Card: for each beverage purchase covered in the Open Bar and Wine program. If a guest should accidentally charge a beverage covered on the program on their standard personal Sail & Sign Card, Carnival will not be liable or able to transfer the beverage charge to their specialty “Sign & Sail Open Bar Card”.

The specialty “Sail & Sign Open Bar Card” can be used to purchase drinks for the cardholder and for members of the same group only, providing everyone is present and shows their specialty “Sign & Sail Open Bar Card” to the server. The specialty “Sail & Sign Open Bar Card” cannot be used to purchase drinks for other guests not traveling within the same group. In the event a guest wishes to purchase drinks for a non-program member, he/she will need to use their standard Sail & Sign Card (their personal account) for such purchases.

Carnival Cruise Lines reserves the right to refuse to serve alcoholic beverages and/or confiscate the specialty “Sail & Sign Open Bar Card” of any guest who is visibly intoxicated. Such a decision is completely within Carnival’s discretion and Carnival shall not be liable to the guest, the group, the program purchaser, or the agency for its decision. In such cases, the specific account will be closed and the program purchaser, group, guest and/or agency will not be afforded a refund.

Carnival Cruise Lines reserves the right to confiscate the specialty :Sail & Sign Open Bar Card” from any Open Bar and Wine Program member who uses their card in any manner other than specifically approved. In such cases, the specific account will be closed and the program purchaser, group, guest, and/or agency will not be afforded a refund.

GALVESTON SAILINGS ONLY-Texas Liquor Law states that all liquor consumed while the ship is in port, and within 9 miles of Texas must be purchased directly from the State of Texas. Due to this Law there is a condensed menu of drinks being served while our vessels are in this territory. The areas that will be open upon embarkation serving the condensed menu will be the Casino Bar, Lido Pool Bar, & Lido Grill Bars.
All price quotes are in US Dollars and are subject to change without prior notice.

Carnival reserves the right to modify or cancel the Open Bar with Wine Program at any time.

Acceptance of the Open Bar and Wine Program by the agent, program purchaser, group, and guests is based on the above terms and conditions, which are non-negotiable.

This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, without giving effect to choice of law principles. Exclusive jurisdiction for litigation of any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or the breach thereof shall be brought only in the Federal or State court with competent jurisdiction located in Miami-Dade County, FL.

This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties with regard to the Open Bar with Wine Program. The provisions of this Agreement supersede and replace any and all prior agreements or understandings between the parties, whether written or oral.

Please Note: Open Bar and Wine Program is not available or applicable for the “land portion” (Galveston Island Hotel portion or on Cozumel Island) of TheBigMusicCruise. The program is offered only while onboard the ship under the terms and conditions provided by Carnival. Enjoy and please drink responsibly.

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I have never seen a S&S card that looks like that at all. As for free drinks, that doesn't exist. I doubt any cruise line would do that because if you did offer unlimited free drinks you could drink $200 worth of drinks before dinner time. Land based resorts that are all-inclusive offer free drinks (domestic only), but cruise lines make a lot of money on alcoholic drinks

The free drinks are offered at the Captain's cocktail party and Past guest. If you are not a past guest then that party is one you won't be invited to. They also have a sales pitch for the "book on board" desk if the ship has one. They offer wine and champagne at that one.

Sorry to burst your bubble
I'm going as a past cruiser for the first time next month-Tell me more about the free drinks that I'm entitled to!
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I'm going as a past cruiser for the first time next month-Tell me more about the free drinks that I'm entitled to!
First night- FREE liquor tasting. Just keep getting back in line
2nd night- FREE liquor at the Captain's Reception
Art auction- FREE champange-usually there are two events.
Past guest party- FREE liquor at the party.

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Thanks to everyone for thier input. I have verified with Carnival that the program still exists, but even when I called direct I couldnt get a price. I will update when I learn what it is.
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