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Old January 20th, 2005, 04:41 PM
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Hi -- we will be taking our first cruise in May on the Summit....are you allowed to bring wine on the cruise ship? What is the price range of alcoholic drinks served on the ship? How do you join the Captains Club and what is it? Thank you in advance for any help.
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Old January 20th, 2005, 05:21 PM
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Virginia, I will try to answer some of your questions: yes, you can bring wine on board the ship to consume in your cabin or at dinner. if you take it to the dining room there will be a $15.00 corkage fee (a little steep in my estimation) The wine can not be a type the ships stocks. The price for drinks will range from about $4.50 to $6.50 plus a 15% gratuity. The drinks is the fancy glasses are pricier, but you can keep having the glass re-filled at a little lower price. As for joining the Capt club, you have to sail once first. Have a great cruise. NMNita
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Old January 20th, 2005, 11:29 PM
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Hi Virginia,

We didn't take wine aboard last May, but know folks that did with no problem. They did consume it in their staterooms however because they didn't want to pay the corkage fee. Our bar bill was pretty high due to the wonderful Martini Bar...those martinis run about $8.95 each if I remember right, so we'll have to watch it this time around...whew! Are you on the Summit's San Diego to Alaska repo cruise? This is our second year in a row on this cruise and our third with Celebrity. (We're hooked on this cruiseline). Have a wonderful time, only 15 more weeks!

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Old January 22nd, 2005, 01:55 PM
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Sailed on the century in november. Drinks were reasonably priced- prob cheaper than in any of the bars we were in in miami. There are various drinks of the day and specials eg cocktail of the day $4.95, or 2-4-1 offres.
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Old January 23rd, 2005, 06:13 PM
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Do you just bring the wine bottles in your suitcase? I don't drink wine but I would like to bring a bottle to maybe make a drink while we are getting ready for dinner. Are you allowed to bring a bottle of alcohol on???
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Old January 23rd, 2005, 09:53 PM
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We have taken liquor aboard on several cruises. We just take it in a tote bag. It has never been questioned...also have taken "beer runs" in several ports on our Mexican cruises.
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Old January 25th, 2005, 10:55 AM
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We took the Summit on an Alaska Cruise/tour in Aug. '03. You will love it. Be sure to check out the dance band on the top deck.
On our cruise the drink prices started at $4.50, but were a nice size for the price. Every night there was a special on selected cocktails, which I took advantage of most nights at dinner.
We don't take any beverages on board.
You can join the Captain's club on board before you leave the ship or wait till you get home and do it on the website. It's a "loyalty" club that gives repeat cruisers perks on subsequent cruises. This is our second cruise with Celebrity, so I am curious to see what they give us. Since the Alaska cruise/tour was 12 days we actually have 2 cruise credits already instead of one. Any cruise package of 12 days or more is worth extra credits.
We have cruised 3 times with RCI and so far have received free belly bags and large totes, special cocktail parties, coupon books that we used for 2 for 1 drinks, wine tasting parties, free $$ at the casino and Logo shop discounts. Other coupons for discounts at bingo and casino games and other stuff that we aren't interested in are there, too.
Membership is free at Celebrity now, which is why we joined. They used to charge for it. I can't see paying for it when other cruiselines offer it free. Of course, there are a lot of Celebrity snobs, oops--long-time cruisers-- who see the free membership as lowering standards . Free is free as far as I'm concerned.
Depending on your level (how many cruises credits you have), you can get more benefits. Check out the website for more detailed info.

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