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Old March 2nd, 2010, 08:42 PM
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This bit was on Johns Blog today....

"....bottled Budweiser and Bud Light are $5.75 However, the cans are $3.95. I realize that this may be a little bit more than what you may want to pay but I am told this is in line with the current cruise industry standard. We are currently doing a fleetwide offer of a bucket of 4 beers for $21 which is $2 off the price."

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Old March 3rd, 2010, 10:53 AM
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one beer = $5.75 on cruise ship

4 beer bucket = $21 or $5.25@ on cruise ship

12 single beers = $69.00 on cruise ship

3 buckets beer (12 beers) = $63.00 on cruise ship

12 beers = $11.95 everyday price at my local liquor store or $1 @ :-D

525% markup price from $1@ to $5.25@ for bucket of 4 beers

575% markup price from $1@ to $5.75@ for one beer on cruise ship

Cruise companies buy in large quantities which reduces the price that they pay for any item including alcohol.

So the real markup price is even greater for the cruise lines.

There is a 15% gratuity on each bar item so the consumer is helping pay the bar staff salary.

If two thousand passengers purchase one beer a day @ $5.75 = $11500.00 x 7 days cruise = $80500.00 :o

$80500.00 - $2000.00 (my cost at liquor store) = $78500.00 :o

I'm in the wrong business. All this money paid for a product that is mostly water.

Imagine what the profit is for liquor drinks!

I am NOT a math wizard, hopefully my figures are correct. If they are not correct then blame the sorry education I received in Florida.
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While I'm not a beer drinker, I think the prices they charge on a cruiseship are in line with what you would pay eating at your local restaurant, right? This is a business, same as a restaurant.

I do, however order a glass or two of wine both out for dinner at home and while cruising, and both seem to be about the same. Its just the way it is.
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I always go for the special of the day. Don't drink much beer on the ship. In port I will where they seem to be cheaper if you find one of those non-cruise price gouging places.
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depending on the beer.....most restaurants charge between 2.50 and 4 dollars a beer. The cruise lines are even higher then this and you can bet that they buy they're beer from some place cheaper, like Mexico then the U.S.

Then the cruise lines wonder why folks sneak beer on board!!
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depending on the beer.....most restaurants charge between 2.50 and 4 dollars a beer. The cruise lines are even higher then this and you can bet that they buy they're beer from some place cheaper, like Mexico then the U.S.

Then the cruise lines wonder why folks sneak beer on board!!
I own a deli here in upstate NY. Just got a Bud delivery. They cost me $.72 a can, coors light is around $.65 a can. Restaurants here pay the same as I do but, in their defense, they pay a lot more for a full liquor license. Going rate here for a bottle of beer in a restaurant is anywhere from $3.25 to $4.00. Draft beer and pitchers cheaper. Anyone buying volume gets big discounts.

You're a captive audience on a cruise ship - not like you can walk around the corner to a store We bought a case of coors light in Puerto Rico for something like $35 a case and it was still far cheaper than the ship. We split the 4 six packs between 4 of us and carried back on. Like the fact that Celebrity is now offering liquor packages. Somebody's finally getting it - if you are fair you'll get the customers, if you're taking the advantage you're going to lose in the long run. My last Princess cruise a martini was $6.50 - my last Carnival $9.75. Where did I buy more martinis? Princess. I own a business, I know you need to make a profit to survive but you bite people in the a$$ it will come back to bite you in the same spot.
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Thanks Space women,
I totally agree with you, of course they should and do make a profit, but they don't have to totally take advantage of their custumers knowing that they have to buy it from them. Make a little less profit and more people would purchase it onboard and they should end up making more. Then everyone is happy and people don't have to try to sneak booze onboard.
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what I wanted to further clarify within all our comments is this --- paying $3.75 a beer in a restaurant is an expected cost ---on a cruise you are at a giant hotel complex (for lack of a better phrase). So--- if you paid $4 or so for a beer at DINNER you don't mind and/or expect that. During the day time, say if you're lounging by your hotel pool, you could be enjoying a six pack you picked up at the convenience store near the hotel. I think that's where all of our logical think is on this one.

I'm not saying Carnival should be offering drink deals so cheap that you've got a bunch of idiots seeing how plastered they can get either. I'd like to see them offering something in the range of the 30 plus group deal of $55 a day
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Here's the deal...

This discussion comes up time and time again. MANY people I believe bring on liquor or beer. You've heard from a few of them on this board that decide to speak of it. Then there's a group of people on here who HAVE done it, but don't speak of it. Maybe because of the controversy that surrounds it, maybe they fear getting caught and linked somehow through this board, who knows. Now what percentage of cruisers are not even ON this board? There are a lot of people doing this and I think Carnival as well as other lines need to strike a compromise where they can maximize profits, and minimize smuggling.

The answer is not to raise booze prices like thet have recently, and then emphasize their liquor policy in hopes that it will curb smuggling.

I believe Carnival is a great, and SMART company but they need to get creative on how to handle this to get the best result for everyone.

There has to be a middle ground where they can reduce the cost of liquor and people would say, now it's not worth their time and effort to smuggle it on, and they would still make profit.

Someone posted numbers above on beer prices, we can all buy beer for about a $1.00 a piece at our local vendors. To drive this price up to $5.75 is ridiculous! Plus, you know they are not even paying $1.00 per beer, they can buy in bulk! I wouldn't be surprised if Carnival pays less than that!

Someone said above, comparing carnival to restaurants?!?! Not the same. Who goes to a restaurant for week?!?!

Then there was another poster who made an analogy about picking up a 6-pack at a convenience store to enjoy by the pool. THAT'S more accurate of what the majority of people do.

Hence, my example...How many of you enjoy a few drinks at home, or a friends house before heading out for a night on the town?!?! I'd say a LOT of us do that. I know I do! Why? To reduce the costs of when you go out. What's wrong with this? NOTHING. Hence, Carrnival needs to look at this issue more. What are the solutions? I don't know.

Suggestions?

1.) Reduce drink prices accross the board.
2.) Allow certain ammounts of beer / liquor to be brought into your cabin for personal consumption. You are allowed to bring on wine, but why is there a predudice against beer and liquor?
3.) Differeing prices throughout the day maybe. As the night wears on, the prices go up? You could almost dictate WHEN people drink and hence somewhat controlling their drunkeness.

I dunno. Just be fair Carnival!

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Correct me if I am wrong here. I started cruising back in 1983. I was more of a drinker then than I am now. I think I remember the prices were less on the ships than at land based establishments. I remember there being something about the 3 mile limit but my older mind fails on this. Anyone else remember that?

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Every body was buying buckets of beer last week. Seems it don't matter what the cost is, people will pay it when on vacation.
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In my experience Carnival has always looked the other way from people who smuggle on board. If they really cared about it the room stewards would be instructed to rat on the customer. The stewards of course dont want to do that because it would affect their tips. I smuggle a small amount every time and have never gotten hassled. If I dont finish everything I leave it for the attendant to do what he wants with it. I have heard recently that RCCL is clamping down hard on this and Ive heard people being denied boarding when caught with alcohol. Drastic maybe but it is clearly outlined in their policies. You are not allowed to even bring a soda or a single bottle of water according to the same policy. That to me is completely stupid. I am taking my first Royal cruise next month and although I dont plan to smuggle booze I will try bringing couple bottles of water and see what happens.
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I agree 100% with your post. But as it stands right now, IIRC, there is nothing in the Carnival policy about being denied boarding. For those that do so, I see no real risk in bringing anything on a Carnival ship, IMHO, as long as it is in moderation. Worse case scenerio, again, IIR their policy, it would be confiscated and returned at the end of the cruise.

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Do they sell the Open Bar cards any more? I know they used to sell them for $55 per person per day, but would only sell to groups of 30 or more.... anyone know if they ever sell them to individual pax?
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