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chasegct4 June 18th, 2011 07:23 AM

Alcohol Prices on a Cruise
 
Im going on my first cruise, Carnival Triumph, in March 2012. I know this is WAY to early to be asking questions, but im a organization freak who has to know everything and im very impatient! lol. This will be a week after my birthday and I am planning on drinking A LOT! I was wondering the price of drinks from beers to mixers to shots. Also I saw where 15% gratuity was added to your bar bill. This doesn't bother me (I plan on tipping over anyway considering i'm a bartender myself) but does the gratuity add to the overall total or everytime you go to the bar? I love to read so don't be afraid to go into deep detail! lol

rollerdonna June 18th, 2011 08:06 AM

Congratulations on booking your first cruise! I know you'll love it.
However, beware of drink prices, they are high, and with the added gratuities you may find that your bar bill outnumbers the price of your cruise.
I don't order beer, so I can't tell you how much they are, but cocktails and mixed drinks are $6.95 on Carnival, at least they were last November, probably gone up again since then.
I do know you can get a deal on beer by ordering by the bucket (not sure of the price) but it does save a little.
Enjoy your cruise!

donna

KayAnnie June 18th, 2011 08:39 AM

I've found a 1 shot mix like rum and coke to be around 4.95, then add the tip, and a more speciality drink like a margarita with good liqour, 8.95 (plus the tip, which usually brought it to right at 10)

chasegct4 June 18th, 2011 09:27 AM

Thank for the help! It's a long ways away, but I always like to plan any type of vacation months early!

Donna June 18th, 2011 09:24 PM

Hi Chase,
Yes, every beer or mixed drink you order will have the 15% added to the cost, so that is the tip, you can choose to add to it or not...Just be careful, all those drinks add up quickly. Also, keep in mind it goes on your sign/sail card and will be charged to your credit card at the end of the cruise. You can check your balance daily if you wish, on Royal Caribbean you can see it on your cabin TV...It is funny too, because the charges get on there almost to the minute you use it.

Snoozeman June 18th, 2011 09:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chasegct4 (Post 1376941)
Im going on my first cruise, Carnival Triumph, in March 2012. I know this is WAY to early to be asking questions, but im a organization freak who has to know everything and im very impatient! lol. This will be a week after my birthday and I am planning on drinking A LOT! I was wondering the price of drinks from beers to mixers to shots. Also I saw where 15% gratuity was added to your bar bill. This doesn't bother me (I plan on tipping over anyway considering i'm a bartender myself) but does the gratuity add to the overall total or everytime you go to the bar? I love to read so don't be afraid to go into deep detail! lol

Welcome to Cruisemates!!

Here's a link to the carnival bar prices:
Bar Menu - Unofficial Carnival Wiki

Mike M June 18th, 2011 10:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KayAnnie (Post 1376945)
I've found a 1 shot mix like rum and coke to be around 4.95, then add the tip, and a more speciality drink like a margarita with good liqour, 8.95 (plus the tip, which usually brought it to right at 10)

KayAnnie,

A mixed drink hasn't been that price for a few years. A well drink and mixer will run you $6.95 and a top shelf liquor and mix will run you $7.95+ i.e. a Crown Seven. I just got off the Liberty last week and that was the price. A Bombay Sapphire martini with three olives. $10.95.

Take care,
Mike

chasegct4 June 18th, 2011 11:55 PM

Thanks for the help guys! Another question, If my fraternity brother doesnt turn 21 til a couple of months before the cruise and we want to book at the end of july, will we run into any complications?

Mike M June 19th, 2011 08:34 AM

It makes no difference how old you are when you book but you must be 21 the day you board. Even if you turn 21 on the second day of the cruise you will still not be able to drink for the entire cruise.

Also, as you asked in another post. You will need one person 25+ in the cabin in order to book. You cannot book a cabin unless you are 25+.

Take care,
Mike

Snoozeman June 19th, 2011 08:47 AM

Better book Princess.

Dannyboy July 22nd, 2011 06:54 PM

Drinks
 
Carnaval is called the FUN SHIP for a reason, People PARTY!
Carnaval x-rays all baggage, irons, booze and any candles will cause your bag to be held in security, until you are present for the search, which will be performed in your presents.
Carnaval has a zero tolerance policy in regard to drinking and behavior.
Example: Carnaval will stop the music in the Disco, if you walk on the dance floor with a glass.
If you get involve in any dispute with anybody and touch a passenger or employee, while intoxicated or not, there is a good chance, you will be escorted off the ship at the next port of call.
Any rude or disruptive behavior will also warrent a visit from the chief security officer.
Read the cruise line policy, this will give you the heads up.
About the age requirements for boarding, you may want to varify directly with Carnaval before the final deposite is due.
I know anybody under 21 has STRICT requirementS, SENCE YOU WILL BE 21, YOU MAY BE OK, BUT CHECK THE POLICY ONLINE.
Passengers over 21 were allowed to bring onboard 1-bottle of wine per person upon disembarkation from home port only.
No charge, if poured in your room.
There is a corkage charge, if poured in dining room.
NO SPIRITS!
Security will check your mouth wash bottles and any other containers you bring onboard.
You wil not have this option during the cruise, any booze purchased will be collected at the gang way and returned on the last evening.
All items purchased at each and every port of call will be x-rayed upon boarding.
They also check for any controlled substance-ZERO TOLERANCE!
Very BAD idea to purchase any pills/bud from a port without a doctors prescrittion containing your full name on the container, including medical buds. The security at ports in LA are cracking down on passengers bringing enough bud for ten people onboard the ship for a seven day cruise.:mrgreen:

Dannyboy July 22nd, 2011 07:04 PM

Here is the liquor policy from Carnaval.
 
Carnaval Liquor and Beverage Policy.
A liquor and beverage consumption policy was created in order for Carnival to be able to control the liquor consumption of minors and the quantities consumed that lead to the disruptive behavior of others on board.
Liquor and Beverage Policy
Bringing Alcohol On Board - Embarkation Day:
Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on board. However, at the beginning of the cruise during embarkation day, guests (21 years of age and older) may bring on board one bottle (750ml) of wine or champagne, per person, only in their carry-on luggage. A $10 corkage fee per bottle will be charged should you wish to consume this wine in the main dining room; $14 corkage fee per bottle in the steakhouse. (A corkage fee is a charge exacted at a restaurant for every bottle of liquor served that was not bought on the premises)
On embarkation day, guests may bring a small quantity (package of 12 per person) of non-alcoholic beverages onboard, only in their carry-on luggage.
All alcohol/hard liquor/beer (sealed, unopened bottles/cans), wine/champagne over the allowable 1-bottle per guest (sealed, unopened bottles) or excessive quantities of non-alcoholic beverages (over 12 per person, sealed, unopened bottles/cans) will be confiscated and stored for safekeeping until the end of the voyage. The retained item(s) will be available for collection in onboard designated location on the morning of debarkation. Unsealed liquids that are prohibited will be discarded, as well as any unclaimed items left after the voyage, and no compensation will be given in either case.
Large cooler restrictions:
Carnival Cruise Lines does not allow guests to bring large coolers on board its ships. However small, personal-sized coolers, no larger than 12H x 12L x 12W for the purpose of housing small quantities of non-alcoholic beverages and/or medications are permitted as carry-on luggage. Screening and movement of large coolers through embarkation is an impediment to the boarding and security screening process. Therefore, large coolers are not permitted as carry-on or checked luggage.
Ports-of-Call:
Alcoholic beverages of any kind purchased in any Port-of-Call will be retained at the gangway, stored on board and held by Carnival until the end of the voyage.
Gift Shops On Board:
Alcoholic beverages of any kind purchased in the ship's gift shop will be stored on board and be retained by Carnival until the end of the voyage.
Drinking Alcohol On Board:
The minimum age for the purchase and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the bars, lounges and gift shops is 21 years of age. In the event that Bar/Restaurant/Gift Shop staff are in question that a guest is less than 21 years old, they shall request picture identification, prior to serving the drink or selling the bottle of liquor.
Carnival reserves the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone.

Dannyboy July 22nd, 2011 07:15 PM

Age requirements on Carnaval Cruise lines.
 
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Guests are required to be 21 years old (on embarkation day) to travel. Guests under the age of 21 must be accompanied in the same stateroom by a parent or guardian 25 or older. The exceptions Carnival will make to this policy are: Married minor couple -The booking must be documented that the couple is married. The couple must have proof of marriage at embarkation or they will be denied boarding without the benefit of a refund.
Domestic Partners/Same-Sex Union minor couple -The booking must be documented that the couple are legal Domestic Partners/Same-Sex Union. The couple must have legal proof of partnership/union at embarkation or they will be denied boarding without the benefit of a refund.
Guest ages will be verified at embarkation. Guests not conforming to this policy will be denied boarding and assessed a 100% cancellation penalty. NO exceptions will be made at embarkation.
The Group policy is slightly different because of stricter group terms and conditions including mandatory chaperones, damage deposits and other considerations

addy November 15th, 2011 09:43 AM

10$ for a drink :(

Golden1 November 15th, 2011 04:39 PM

When I go, I figure $10/per drink because I dont know if I will feel like drinking, beer or frozen drinks, so I like to round up. When you do this, you are pleasantly surprised at the end of the cruise. You wont drink as much as you think you will if you go on excursions every day.

snorklr45 November 15th, 2011 04:45 PM

Just got off the Triumph
 
I just got off the Triumph earlier this month. Beer drinkers told me they were paying $6 for a beer. I was buying rum punch the entire time and they charged me different amounts every time. Most times, I was charged 6.95 for a SMALL. Sometimes, I was charged 5.95. Once, I was charged 4.95. For a large rum punch, I was charged a whopping $14!!!

Just as a side note..Not that I encourage it...But I know of 5 women that each put a liter of alcohol (of their choice - vodka - rum, etc.) in their checked baggage. 4 of the 5 got their booze confiscated. the 5th managed to get her booze and keep it throughout the cruise (party at the 5th womans cabin..lol). The ones who got theirs confiscated got their booze back at the end of the cruise so no real loss to them.

Just know that with automatic 15% gratuities, you will rack up quite a bill if you plan on partying a lot.

Have a great trip!

NevilleJ March 20th, 2012 04:35 PM

Are there any tips or secrets to saving money on beer and wine? Is buying in bulk as in a bucket of beers better? And can you buy a bottle of liquor rather than individual glasses to save money?


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