Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Celebrity
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old January 15th, 2011, 05:20 PM
Junior Member
Welcome Newcomer
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 6
Default To purchase a drink package or not

We are first time cruisers and are debating whether to pre purchase a package or get a bill at the end of our cruise. I looked at the classic package and the premium package..the classic package for 2 of us would be around 670.00 and the premium package would be 900.00. Our cruise includes 3 ports and 3 days at sea so because the port days we would be off the ship anywhere from 2-6 hours we would not be drinking on the ship during those times. Is it really worth pre buying a package or get a bill at the end of your vacation. Both my hubby and I are social drinkers and love a few glasses of wine at dinner.

I averaged the classic package as being about $47-$49/day/person and the premium as $65-$70/day/person...

My question is to seasoned cruisers what is your preference; have you done your cruise both ways and what are the pros and cons in both situations; and what was your average bill at the end of your cruise.

Another idea I had was to purchase one wine package so we could have a bottle of wine at our dinner and purchase one pop and water so we could have something other than alcohol during the day.

Some tips would be great

Shelley
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old January 15th, 2011, 05:27 PM
Mike M's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 23,679
Default

The cost of the classic package would be the same as 7 or 8 glasses of wine per day. Or six $8 mixed drinks per day.

You have to weigh how many drinks and what kind you will drink a day and decide if it's worth the cost.

While my wife and I, especially my wife , have a two or three drinks a day we could never cost justify the package even with purchasing bottles of wine with dinner.

Take care,
Mike
__________________
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old January 15th, 2011, 05:47 PM
johnthed0g's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 2,653
Default

Celebrity drinks packages seem too expensive, so do the cabin drinks deals.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old January 15th, 2011, 07:19 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 1,084
Default

I don't buy the package because I don't drink enough to justify it however if you make the purchase on board, make sure you buy it once you are out at sea. If you purchase it while in port, they are required to charge taxes to your account.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old January 16th, 2011, 08:48 AM
Junior Member
Welcome Newcomer
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 6
Default

thanks for your great ideas...i think your right that buying a package may not be worth it..we enjoying a few drinks socially during the day, and a few glasss of wine at dinner so it may not be a good idea for us to buy a package..i certainly don't want to feel like i have to drink alot just to get my money worth if we did buy the package..
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old January 17th, 2011, 10:48 PM
Banned
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 185
Send a message via Skype™ to Iamboatman
Default

The wine packages aren't worth the money in my opinion. Celebrity states the discount is about 10%...so why would you pre-purchase and lock yourself into x bottles of wine and only a limited choice.

OTOH, if you drink premium liquors then the premium package can save you quite a bit. At $12 a drink it can add up quickly.

You need to do the math...and if you think it is a close question, go ala carte.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old January 18th, 2011, 09:53 AM
Kamloops Cruiser's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,130
Cool

We never buy a drink or soda package that is on a per day cost . On HAL they used to

have punch card system for soda's . 24 soda's for $50 . These cards where/are good

between different ships if they weren't fully punched . We always buy a coffee card or

two for our Princess Cruises (again transferable between ships)
__________________





Ships Sailed:

SS Ithaca , Volendam , Mariner of the Seas (x2) , Veendam , Coral Princess , Island Princess (x3) , Emerald Princess,Sapphire Sapphire (x3),Diamond Princess
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
average, beverage, bill, buy, celebrity, cons, cruise, cruises, drink, drinks, island, package, packages, princess, pros, tips

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Traveling with young kids (7,4) -- purchase drink card or not? kirbchr Princess Cruise Lines 5 August 11th, 2010 03:10 PM
drink package chef All Things Cruising 1 March 24th, 2009 09:07 PM
Purchase Drink Coupons or Not? Andrea007 Carnival Cruise Lines 18 July 22nd, 2008 01:51 PM
anyone ever purchase a Romance package? funnygirl65 Royal Caribbean International 5 March 31st, 2005 09:00 PM
Unlimited soft drink purchase Bill Princess Cruise Lines 1 October 18th, 2001 04:41 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:43 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1