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DAn, I am from Ca and know you are right about the prices there: here in NM they are much higher; we keep getting new taxes every year and we still have one of the highest rates of DWIs in the nation: go figure: as for some stupid agent claiming they no longer have bar set ups: well if this is the case, it happened in the last 48 hours or less. As for enjoying a drink on the balcony, I am with you. Actually on our last HAL cruise about 2 months ago, we ordered 2 bottles for our cabin: (less than NCL) and beleive it or not our bar bill was almost nothing. Of course we were traveling with friends that don't drink as much as we do. We brought 12 bottles of wine on board, did pay the corkage fees at dinner each night, but really didn't drink too much else. On our last NCL cruise (with my daughter btw) it was a little different story. We did drink in the cabin and in the lounges. NMNita
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inger---Call Maybelline, the ship coordinator for the Pearl at the # posted in this thread. You can order the bar set up from her. I did about 10 days ago. And you can't get a bar set up after you get on the boat. Any liquor you order then will be held and delivered to you when you are ready to get off the boat at the end of the cruise.

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Whoa....are you saying this info from my TA is false?
I can set up a bar?

Lemme look for the number. In this thread, right?
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Right. The # is 866-625-1159. Ask for Maybelline, the Pearl ship co-ordinator. She will take your order right thene.

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I called NCL and talked to "Nancy".
She` advised that they will not do a bar set up unless you have booked a suite. When asked why she said "probably because of abuse"... more like "lack of us being able to gouge you at the bar"!

She did say I could go to the bar and take a drink back to my room. How convienent.

Do you have an ext.# for Maybelline because the operator could not connect me.
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Pleaee keep us informed; I hope thay haven't changed their policy just like Princess. I do know just a couple of days ago (probably last week) they were still doing bar set ups in cabins.

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btw, I don't think it has anything to do with abuse; you are right; give me a break1!!!!
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don't have Maybeline's extension #. I just asked for the ship coorinator of the Pearl and I was connected to Maybeline's extension. Left a voice mail message and she called me back about an hour later. You might try to send an e-mail. I was also told on another message board that you had to order at least 2 weeks in advance. If your cruise is Feb. 2 then it probably to late now, but if cruise is more than 2 weeks away you should be able to place your order.

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Thanks Charles,
Our departure is 2/11/07.

Crossing fingers.
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don't have Maybeline's extension #. I just asked for the ship coorinator of the Pearl and I was connected to Maybeline's extension. Left a voice mail message and she called me back about an hour later. You might try to send an e-mail. I was also told on another message board that you had to order at least 2 weeks in advance. If your cruise is Feb. 2 then it probably to late now, but if cruise is more than 2 weeks away you should be able to place your order.

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Our TA is working furiously.
Just CC'd me her latest email.
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rinker - love your signature line. DH has two great t-shirts with that line and appropriate graphics.

anyway . . . in November I did a bar set up with no problem. I have one ordered for the Pearl in July so if they've cancelled it, it must be fairly recently. The other easy option other than standing in line is to simply call room service. Same price as pre-boarding service.

Someone asked what else came with bar service. On NCL, nothing.
On Princess last year when we ordered vodka it was a 375 ml bottle that came with 3 cans of tonic water. The scotch came with 3 cans of soda.
But NCL has the canned stuff in the room for separate billing just like the cokes, etc.

I don't have that much of a problem with the price of $40 for a liter of Dewars. Yes, it's more than you pay at the store, but we went out to dinner last night and I forked out $7 for a glass of mediocre chardonnay. But I didnt whine because I could have bought the bottle for that at Kroger's. It's just the way it is and we all know that. If you want to talk about price gouging - wouldn't Walgreen's loooove to charge those prices for photos! It's all about ambiance so just fork over the dough and forget about it. As Betty Rubble and Wilma Flintstone used to say - "chaaaarge it!"
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The bottom line is we just want the convienence of pouring a drink on our balcony (we can swim)...not waiting for room service.

We are scheduled to do the speed boat run with the barbeque in Cozumel on Tuesday...wanted to do tequila shots chased with Corona on our balcony at the end of the day.

I may have put emphasis on cost that isn't really there.

I will pay 100.00 a bottle to have it in our cabin.
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Bar set ups are alive and kicking on NCL's Pearl!!!

Maybelin Guiterrez just confirmed with our TA that 3 bottles will be waiting in our cabin on arrival.

Maybelin told her that bar set ups have become very popular and she knows of no "policy" to deter them.

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Maybelin told her that bar set ups have become very popular and she knows of no "policy" to deter them.
Now, thats the best news I've read all morning. I was beginning to get concerned. Life on a ship without a bottle of scotch is unacceptable.

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Just to clarify my "call room service" comment. I meant to order a bottle for bar set up, not single drinks.
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Just to clarify my "call room service" comment. I meant to order a bottle for bar set up, not single drinks.
And tell us Southern Bell: is your favorite drink that wonderful southern combination of herbs and fine burbon better known as a Mint Julip?




Oh please don't say YES!!!!!!!
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Nah, I'm not much of a mint julip fan. But I don't always drink the same thing. My fallback drink is Scotch and soda, but I get on kicks with things, especially vodka based - dirty martinis, vodka and tonic - especially on hot cruisin' days - vodka sours, cosmopolitans (don't they just look so sassy!). But if I'm gonna' drink bourbon it's gonna be a manhattan.

Gosh, it's 10 a.m, and I'm thinking about happy hour! Oh yeh, it's Monday - that explains it.

Happy day!
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Oh, I forgot that other great Suth'n drink - Ramos gin fizz!
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Nah, I'm not much of a mint julip fan. But I don't always drink the same thing. My fallback drink is Scotch and soda, but I get on kicks with things, especially vodka based - dirty martinis, vodka and tonic - especially on hot cruisin' days - vodka sours, cosmopolitans (don't they just look so sassy!). But if I'm gonna' drink bourbon it's gonna be a manhattan.

Gosh, it's 10 a.m, and I'm thinking about happy hour! Oh yeh, it's Monday - that explains it.

Happy day!
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Oh, I forgot that other great Suth'n drink - Ramos gin fizz!
I just had to throw that mint julip thing in there cause when we moved to VA in the 80s i just knew everyone would be drinking them. Well no one was: I tried, no thank you!!!!! DH drinks scotch and water or soda dpending on the brand of scotch; sometimes even straight: I go for the dirty Martinis or Vodka tonic. Haven't had a Romos fizz in, probably 35 years. It used to be my favorite drink. Do we sould like pros or just alcoholics?
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Nita,
Let's just call ourselves "sobriety challenged".
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Let's just call ourselves "sobriety challenged".
Now I can live with that!!!!!!
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On our last cruise my friend brought a big bottle of Johnnie Walker Black onboard (hidden in a plastic bottle) we figured he saved around $200.00 over the 8 days. He would leave the Observation Lounge to go refill it, and miss some of the entertainment. My thought is I would rather splurge and spend an extra couple hundred. But then again i am lazy.....

It is too much work to do ,for me ,all of the sneaking.
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Big,

"Lazy"is exactly why I wanted the bar set up in our cabin.
Sure, we'll save some dollars over the bar when enjoying our balcony, but was not number one.

By no means, will we NOT be enjoying the bars and lounges, too.
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AH a nice drink before bed!
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Nita, in our part of the world we have a word for the "sobriety challenged". We call them cajuns!
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Nita, in our part of the world we have a word for the "sobriety challenged". We call them cajuns!
I guess we can call it what we want, but whatever it is way past 5pm where you are and almost 5 here, so guess I will open the wine bottle.....
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Vodka Screwdriver with the requisite splash of cranberry juice here.

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Vodka Screwdriver with the requisite splash of cranberry juice here.

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sobriety challenged just hit home: DH who is a tax preparer and office manager (should be retired btw) just called to tell me he is late getting home because a couple of his preparers are doing tax returns right now: 7:30pm our time: the office cloeses at 6:30. I just calmly said to him: "dinner will be dried out when you get home, no wonder I am sobriety challenged" after a short pause he started laughing. NMNita
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Nita, put out an extra glass, I'll be right over.
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Tuffy,
Yeah, a 25% surcharge on your flavor is pretty good.

I bought 1.75 litre bottles of Smirnoff red at 15.95 each in Alameda a couple weeks ago. I will pay 40.00 for a 1 litre bottle on the ship.

The one thing I'm not understanding is ...if you buy on board they will keep it until the final night.
Is this because the store prices are actually in line with reality?
We bought some Cuervo on HAL on an Alaska cruise and they let us take it to our cabin (?).
Some of the lines used to let you take it to your cabin, in fact I guess they all did and slowly but surely every line has charged the policy. Man, you prices in Calif are sure good, here we payabout $15 for a .750 liter. You can see why we don't mind paying the extra for booze in our cabin. We also bring back as much as we possibly can in our luggage. NMnita
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