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.
Explorer E. Carib. 1/12/02
Explorer W. Carib. 1/18/03
Summit Alaska cruise/tour 8/3/03
Adventure S. Carib. 2/8/04
Galaxy Panama Canal 2/3/05 --9 days, 9 days, 9 days!