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Old July 17th, 2006, 01:58 AM
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I've been following this issue for a while now, and am beginning to formulate a hypothesis: Most cruisers are not big drinkers, or at best, are social drinkers. Likewise, we prefer a cruise because of the well-behaved (for the most part) atmosphere.

What do you think?

I've been trying to get a number of my 40-ish friends, as well as my brother-in-law to try cruising, with no luck whatsoever. Case in point: my BIL got married a few years back, and honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta. When he got back (his first vacation EVER), he said they had an awesome time, and were "in the bag, completely trashed" for the whole two weeks. I came to the conclusion that he would never be happy on a cruise, because of the bar bill.

Case in point 2: A while back, I polled the BB to ask if my fellow BB'ers were big drinkers.... the unscientific reply was a resounding, overwhelming no. While the conclusion cannot be drawn from this that cruisers are not big drinkers per se, I can definitely say that BB regulars claim not to be big boozers.

I would be curious to compare inebriation levels on a land-based all-inclusive vs the average cruise. My guess is the hypothesis would be supported.

***note: most alcoholics tend not to admit having a problem, and love the "social drinker" label***
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Old July 17th, 2006, 03:52 AM
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I agree that most of the cruises I have been on I haven't seen "too" many blind drunk folks but I have seen few and there's nothing that irritates me more than a "mean or nasty drunk." A happy drunk doesn't bug me too much as long as they are not being obnoxious or you can send them to bed.

I definitely did have a few drinks per day on a cruise and wine with dinner but I never got "trashed". I still have one or two a day.

The cost is the other thing that will stop most people from drinking. If two people have three drinks per day that is six drinks: $5 x 6 = $30 x 6 = $180. Plus wine with dinner. $30 x 4 = $120. $180 + $120 = $300 on your on board account for alcohol for a one week cruise. That doesn't take in if you bought a few top shelf drinks, a drink for a someone else, or higher priced wine. ($30 is cheap wine on a cruise) With this much alcohol over a 24 hour period you are not drunk. (We're not driving cars or operating heavy equipment.) To be "trashed" for the week you would have one heck of a bar bill or have to smuggle Everclear.

You will rarely get someone to admit that they are wild drinkers on a message board, especially one that they are a regular poster, so it isn't too scientific.

One other thing I have always found humorous. I've seen a number of people who say they aren't big drinkers sure down the drinks when they're free.

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Old July 17th, 2006, 07:06 AM
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Personally, I probably have a few more drinks than normal on a cruise, just because I'm on vacation, don't have to drive, operate machinery, or get up early to work the next morning. But it's not all that important, I can take it or leave it, and don't even order wine with dinner. With all the sun I get on a cruise, I usually need lots of water to re-hydrate anyway!

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Old July 17th, 2006, 07:56 AM
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On our cruises we have wine with dinner. Which is what we have at home.
I have to drink lots of water (meds) so drinking till in a stuper is out of the question. My dh like a beer while at the pool, and may order a bucket to share with friends.
Our bar bill is always the lesser of on board purchases.
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The only time that I do enjoy a drink is on a cruise..I like to try different "island drinks" because of the cruising spirit, so I plan on my GF and I having a drink a day at sunset
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Old July 17th, 2006, 09:10 AM
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I normally drink one Pina Colada, and the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) drinks an occasional glass (or bottle) of wine with dinner. Other than that, couldn't care less if there is a drop of booze aboard or not!
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Old July 17th, 2006, 11:39 AM
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Booze used to be important on all of our travels, but that changed when Keith had brain surgery. He hasn't had a drop for over two years now. Alcolhol cab cause seizures. I still enjoy a few drinks, though I plan to cool it in Key West (New Year's Eve Day). I don't like hang overs.

I still think people say one thing about drinking but do another, especially on a cruise. The big test will be New Years Eve on the Cruise of the Century. We'll see!

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I can take it or leave it. It all depends. I do enjoy a frou-frou drink of the day. On some evenings i will order a cocktail with dinner, some nights not. An after dinner cordial is nice in the lounge enjoying a show.
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Maybe folks on the BB might not fess up, but a quick poll of my 40-something buddies shows that free booze is A TOP PRIORITY on a vacation, coming in higher than free food.

9 out of 10 Cynic buds agree. Well, free BEER at least.... they don't care if the Mrs. drinks or not. Typical guys.
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Old July 17th, 2006, 03:19 PM
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I sometimes try the drink of the day if it is interesting.
I find the mixed drinks are not very strong.
While I enjoy beer, the ships I've cruised on never carry dark beer, which is my preference.
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I enjoy beverages on vacation. I took some with me and the guy at the duty free loaded us up before getting on Destiny. None of it was confiscated. We still ended up with a $500 bar tab but I'm sure it would have been more if we didn't have a stash. As far as we were concerned, that's just what happens on the ship. We saw some people who got really tanked but not many. Mike's right. It adds up. A few drinks on deck during the day, a drink with dinner then a few more after dinner adds up.
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My wife likes to read a good book in a comfortable chair in the shade. I get restless and like to roam around the ship, meet and talk to people. People sitting at a bar are always willing and wanting to talk. Everybody has a story to tell. No two people are the same.

It's like going to your favorite coffee shop in your home town. Most of us don't really care that much for the coffee we go to chat with friends , it's a social thing.

You meet interesting people playing shuffle board and you say: "Let's get together for a drink before dinner." The drink is just an excuse for a get-together and socialize. We met a lovely couple on this board before going on a particular cruise. They telephoned us and asked us to come on over for a drink. If it was only the drink, I would have said: "No, we have some here".

We've been on four cruises and the number of drunks that we've encountered is very minimal.

A cruise without booze would be booring as far as I'm concerned.

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My wife likes to read a good book in a comfortable chair in the shade. I get restless and like to roam around the ship, meet and talk to people. People sitting at a bar are always willing and wanting to talk. Everybody has a story to tell. No two people are the same.

It's like going to your favorite coffee shop in your home town. Most of us don't really care that much for the coffee we go to chat with friends , it's a social thing.

You meet interesting people playing shuffle board and you say: "Let's get together for a drink before dinner." The drink is just an excuse for a get-together and socialize. We met a lovely couple on this board before going on a particular cruise. They telephoned us and asked us to come on over for a drink. If it was only the drink, I would have said: "No, we have some here".

We've been on four cruises and the number of drunks that we've encountered is very minimal.

A cruise without booze would be booring as far as I'm concerned.

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We usually bring our own booze; typically a bottle each to last a week. It's enough to mix one or two vodka fruit punches each day by the pool, and we usually end up having one late drunken night per cruise (we're a big group and usually have a few tables on the Lido Deck playing cards or we take over a hot tub, so we never bother anyone else, but anyone who wants to join our party is always welcome). Other than that, sometimes a cocktail at dinner, or some beers in the casino is about it.
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We usually have a bottle of wine with dinner. I seldom drink at the ship's bars, as they are over priced. I never order mixed drinks in the dinning room!

I usually, cruise on Princess ships and haven't seen anybody knee walking drunk or obnoxious there. Of course, I don't frequent the bars, at night, so that might help.

Recently; however, Princess changed the rules about buying regular sized bottles of booze from room service. They blame it on the recent rash of people missing off the ships after rowdy parties, etc. I somehow doubt this is the real reason, I tend to think, it's just a way to get deeper into your pockets.

This new rule really made me angry, as I always picked up a bottle of Jack Daniels and a bottle of Stoli's Vodka for our room during the trip from room service and replenished it if needed, from them. It was nice, not to have to carry booze (Duty Free, etc.) or try to hide full sized bottles in our luggage from home. Now, we'll have to carry in our luggage or purchase some in our ports of call and sneak it on board.

My Wife & I both like to fix a couple of Bloody Caesers in the AM, when we have time and especially on those days at sea. I also like to have a JD on the rocks before dinner in the room at night or other times when I feel like a drink.

I do think that booze available on a cruise, is important for an enjoyable vacation for those that like to drink. Could I do without? I sure could; however, I would rather not!
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One of the reasons I enjoy cruising as a vacation is the fact that you can have a few (or a lot) of drinks and not worry about driving; getting lost, etc. I love to party; however, I usually only drink on vacations and special occasions; luckily I get several mini-vacations per year. If there was no booze on the boat, I don't think I would cruise anymore; I would just go to Vegas more often. I have cruised I believed 6x times now; starting in my early 30's; the first cruise I drank way tooooo much, but I had a blast, thank god for the bloody mary cures first thing in the am. Do I drink booze every day of the cruise; if it is a real short cruise, heck yeah!!! If it is a 5 day or longer cruise, I usually take a break in the middle. Am I an alcoholic, most would probably say so based on the amount of alcohol I drink on vacations, but I rarely drink when I am not on vacation; I don't even have a beer or wine with dinner; I don't even keep alcohol in the house. I just like to enjoy vacations and lighten up a little. Have I ever been in trouble on a cruise ship for drinking too much? absolutely not!

Have I seen really tanked cruisers before? Absolutely, just watch the cruisers at Sloppy Joes or CarlosnCharlies, we watched one guy get thrown out of Fat Tuesday's in Key West before NOON, because he was soo tanked; that fellow also was escorted out of the pool bar on the cruise ship; but this was a short cruise where you are apt to have more partying.

So yeah, booze is important aspect of cruising. I imagine a lot of people that don't drink on a regular basis for various reasons, i.e. children in the house, and life's little emergencies; will want to be able to relax and have a few drinks.
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