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

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old October 5th, 2006, 10:24 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 6
Send a message via AIM to mpm7389
Default Drinking? Too Pushy? What about underage drinking?

Hi,

My question is about drinking safely on the cruise ship! Are the bartenders extreemly pushy? And does anyone know about the probability of bartenders serving underage drinkers? Does it really happen often? I heard that the ship cards would mark whether or not you are 21 or older? Am I wrong? How does it work on a cruise ship? If anyone could get back to me on this subject it would be appreciated!!!

Thanks,

Cruise Man...lol 8)
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old October 5th, 2006, 10:46 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 2,617
Default

Bar tenders are not pushy, some of the cocktail wait staff will approached you several times, but that is their job and they take no for an answer. AS for drinking under age: absolutely not on your life. Yes, the cards are marked, no, on one will serve anyone who isn't old enough to drink. NMNita
__________________
ncl, carnival, HAL, Costa, RCI, commodore,chamdres,celebrity,Princess
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old October 7th, 2006, 08:53 AM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 27
Default

I didn't see any underage drinking on my trip on the Spirit. A LOT of underage gambling but those kids weren't drinking while they were gambling!
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old October 7th, 2006, 11:00 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 2,617
Default

On our cruise just after EAster, we did see lots of teen age guys, who certainly were not 18 gambling: they would play penny slots during the day, never at night. I think the ships are a little stricter at night as the casino is much busier. I got a kick out of watching them: if they won even a couple of dollars they would get so excited. NMnita
__________________
ncl, carnival, HAL, Costa, RCI, commodore,chamdres,celebrity,Princess
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old October 7th, 2006, 03:25 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Colorado
Posts: 36
Default

It is my understanding that underage cruisers have a hole punched in their card which should prevent them from buying alcohol.

PE
__________________
Proud founding father of FOMT

17 NCL cruises
7 "other" cruises

next up NCL Dawn 10/28/07
after that NCL Pearl 4/4/08
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old October 15th, 2006, 08:37 AM
Delft's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,790
Default

There was plenty of underage drinking on NCL spirit March 2006. The bar tenders would serve the drink to the underage kid, and then take the card to pay from the over age kid, and watch the underage kid give the cash to the kid ( adult) with the card. They served drinks to college kids that were clearly fall over dead drunk on this sailing. The kids were poorly controlled on the ship. The bar staff were relentless in their aproaching of " would you like a drink". Relentless as in every 15 minutes over and over again.............after a few days they realized we were not going to buy from them. If we wanted a drink we went to some one who didnt bug us all the time. Many complaints were made this sailing by many passengers. They had to bring on extra security in Miami because of the drinking and threw of several in Nasseau. NCL staff also offered my 16 year old son alcohol, in front of us. When we complained about this, we were told by the head bart manager that we were not to worry, when they pass his card they will see he is underage and wont serve it to him, they missed the point, they should offer to begin with. We were on arrival home and after a letter of complaint, given a rather large credit with apologies. Hopefully they have learned from this all.
__________________
"If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence."
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old October 15th, 2006, 10:14 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 2,617
Default

there will always be some under age drinking on a spring break cruise, no matter how hard they try to control it. as for the bar tenders serving the drinks to the underage kids, in all my cruises I have never seen this happen. I can't believe they would risk their jobs and indeed that is what would happen regardless of the cruise line. I do know older kids will order for the younger ones, take it back to the table, pool or whereever. As a rule, it is extremely hard for minors to get served on ships: it isn't impossible anymore than it is on land. If kids want to drink, they will. End of story!!!!!!

NMnita
__________________
ncl, carnival, HAL, Costa, RCI, commodore,chamdres,celebrity,Princess
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old October 15th, 2006, 11:42 AM
Delft's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,790
Default

I agree , they were stupid to do something that risks their jobn, but in general the staff was very poor including the cruise director. You dont let a drunk college kid stay in a contest after he pulls down his bathing suit and bares his butt to every one THREE times around the pool. Sure made for interesting video which is probably why we got such a large credit.
__________________
"If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence."
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old October 15th, 2006, 03:28 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 2,617
Default

Spring break and cruising do not go together. We have cruised on the Sun twice, the week after Easter. Though in both cases, especially this year the ship was filled with kids, no college kids were there. NMnita
__________________
ncl, carnival, HAL, Costa, RCI, commodore,chamdres,celebrity,Princess
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old October 15th, 2006, 05:51 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 8
Default

We always travel spring break, loads of young people, Carnival , RCI always had lots of securtity,underage drinking was minimal. We did not find this on spirit during spring break leaving out of New York. We dont mind the noise or young things kids do, we have kids, we did mind the drinking to excess and serving to those intoxicated.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old October 15th, 2006, 07:07 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 2,617
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bella1963
We always travel spring break, loads of young people, Carnival , RCI always had lots of securtity,underage drinking was minimal. We did not find this on spirit during spring break leaving out of New York. We dont mind the noise or young things kids do, we have kids, we did mind the drinking to excess and serving to those intoxicated.
i find it inetersting that suddenly this subject pops up after 6 months or more. There was little referance to this following spring break. As a TA I do read all cruiseline threads almost daily to some degree. Yes, there were some who had trouble with partiers on ships the entire month of March with RCI seeming to have the most complaints, but none ever were as strong as what I am reading now. Many would think Carnival would have the most trouble, but they are so much stricter with who can cruise under the age of 25 that they don't have the same spring break problems; they have more during the early summer after college is over for the year. About 6 years ago, we were on an RCI cruise with my granddaughters, daughter and another family from her high school. It was a mom with her college daughter, soon to enter college daughter, a couple of her friends and my granddaughters: I don't think, from the stories any of them had much trouble getting booze. They just had the older kids buy it for them. This was a 4 day cruise after school was out for the summer. NMnita
__________________
ncl, carnival, HAL, Costa, RCI, commodore,chamdres,celebrity,Princess
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old October 15th, 2006, 08:31 PM
Delft's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,790
Default

I think people are making coments only because a topic was started and opinions were asked. I didnt wait six months to give my story, I did that as soon as I walked off the ship. If the topic re appears ten years from now, I may well answer again, with the same answer but hopefully I would be able to write it did not happen again!
__________________
"If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence."
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old October 15th, 2006, 11:17 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 11
Default

Unless you have someone to buy drinks for you, you're not drinking on the ship.

The keycards that you use to charge drinks say if you are underage.

Have a fun sober time!

BTW, to everyone complaining about pushy cocktail servers, Wake up. NCL is running a business, and they run it through fear. Bar Managers push the servers to always sell more, they post sales figures where everyone can see, offer incentives to the highest revenue generator. If a poor cocktail server isn't making the grade, or dares to say they don't want to be pushy, they will be given a written warning, or transferred to a slower bar where they face even more pressure.

If you actually knew everything that goes on "behind the scenes" you'd boycott NCL forever.
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old October 15th, 2006, 11:38 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 6
Send a message via AIM to mpm7389
Default

BRB
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old October 15th, 2006, 11:38 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 6
Send a message via AIM to mpm7389
Default Pushy Drink servers

Quote:
Originally Posted by mizzougypsy
Unless you have someone to buy drinks for you, you're not drinking on the ship.

The keycards that you use to charge drinks say if you are underage.

Have a fun sober time!

BTW, to everyone complaining about pushy cocktail servers, Wake up. NCL is running a business, and they run it through fear. Bar Managers push the servers to always sell more, they post sales figures where everyone can see, offer incentives to the highest revenue generator. If a poor cocktail server isn't making the grade, or dares to say they don't want to be pushy, they will be given a written warning, or transferred to a slower bar where they face even more pressure.

If you actually knew everything that goes on "behind the scenes" you'd boycott NCL forever.
Wow you just made me feel bad for those servers...They are facing a lot of pressure while at work but hey they do get to see the world literally and that was there choice for their job!! So I can buy 2 drinks for myself? Wouldn't they think I'm buying it for a minor or they just don't care if you asked for two? How about at the bar? What if I order a beer and a mixed drink? Will they ask me who is it for? Or whatever.. Thanks for the post and please reply.
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old October 16th, 2006, 10:23 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 2,617
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Delfthuis
I think people are making coments only because a topic was started and opinions were asked. I didnt wait six months to give my story, I did that as soon as I walked off the ship. If the topic re appears ten years from now, I may well answer again, with the same answer but hopefully I would be able to write it did not happen again!
I really wasn't referring to you: I remember your original post, I was referring to someone who had posted only once before which was yesterday I beleive. They always come out of the wall and usually disappear about as fast.

Nita
__________________
ncl, carnival, HAL, Costa, RCI, commodore,chamdres,celebrity,Princess
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old October 16th, 2006, 10:26 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 2,617
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mizzougypsy
Unless you have someone to buy drinks for you, you're not drinking on the ship.

The keycards that you use to charge drinks say if you are underage.

Have a fun sober time!

BTW, to everyone complaining about pushy cocktail servers, Wake up. NCL is running a business, and they run it through fear. Bar Managers push the servers to always sell more, they post sales figures where everyone can see, offer incentives to the highest revenue generator. If a poor cocktail server isn't making the grade, or dares to say they don't want to be pushy, they will be given a written warning, or transferred to a slower bar where they face even more pressure.

If you actually knew everything that goes on "behind the scenes" you'd boycott NCL forever.
and boycott other lines as well as casinos in Vegas,etc. Business is business; do you think any line is much different from the others? NOPE
__________________
ncl, carnival, HAL, Costa, RCI, commodore,chamdres,celebrity,Princess
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old October 16th, 2006, 06:14 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 11
Default

Speaking from experience, I can say that casinos in Vegas are far superior to cruise lines in terms of working conditions, (far safer) compensation, (NCL is the highest paying cruise line, but it's still minimum wages), insurance (none from NCL) as well as retirement and severance packages.

Another difference is the casinos in Vegas are upfront with you. They will come out and say they only want you there if you are spending money. NCL pretends they care about your experience, they don't have the stones to say they only want to turn a profit.

I left NCL on good terms, with the promise of a job if ever decided I wanted to return. I'm happy where I am now, but I never say never. The facts are there.

Oh, and someone asked if they would inquire about multiple drink orders. Maybe, if it is obvious there are underage kids around, or if there are two entirely different orders (Beer and a Bahama Mama, for instance). The servers and bartenders aren't stupid, they may require two separate keycards in this case.
[/quote]
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old October 16th, 2006, 07:15 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 2,617
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mizzougypsy
Speaking from experience, I can say that casinos in Vegas are far superior to cruise lines in terms of working conditions, (far safer) compensation, (NCL is the highest paying cruise line, but it's still minimum wages), insurance (none from NCL) as well as retirement and severance packages.

Another difference is the casinos in Vegas are upfront with you. They will come out and say they only want you there if you are spending money. NCL pretends they care about your experience, they don't have the stones to say they only want to turn a profit.

I left NCL on good terms, with the promise of a job if ever decided I wanted to return. I'm happy where I am now, but I never say never. The facts are there.

Oh, and someone asked if they would inquire about multiple drink orders. Maybe, if it is obvious there are underage kids around, or if there are two entirely different orders (Beer and a Bahama Mama, for instance). The servers and bartenders aren't stupid, they may require two separate keycards in this case.
[/quote]I didn't mean for my remarks to come across quite the way they did: yes, Vegas does have much better working conditions, I was giving an example trying to point out NCL is no different than any other cruise line when it comes to selling drinks to kids or whateve

Nita
__________________
ncl, carnival, HAL, Costa, RCI, commodore,chamdres,celebrity,Princess
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
bartenders, break, clubbing, cruise, drinking, experience, kids, line, norwegian, served, serving, ship, ships, sign, spring, underage

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Underage drinking? WoahItsChao Carnival Cruise Lines 22 July 15th, 2008 02:33 PM
Underage drinking? WoahItsChao Ask CruiseMates Staff 1 October 3rd, 2007 06:58 PM
Underage drinking Mikey Sr Travel Gripes! 23 June 17th, 2004 12:35 PM
Underage drinking Mikey Travel Gripes! 12 April 17th, 2002 07:54 PM
underage drinking girl Carnival Cruise Lines 18 December 21st, 2001 04:13 AM


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 04:12 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