At the Captain's Reception /Cocktail Party free drinks are served. Waiters carry trays of mixed drinks but you can walk up to the bar and order anything else you might want. It only lasts an hour and they will only serve those dressed for dinner, not someone in their bathing suit.
Was this on the Golden Princess that you could get mixed drinks at no charge during the caption's cocktail hour? I have never heard of this on any other ship---usually just the wine that they bring around on the trays, not even mixed drinks were served. We are sailing on the 12th and with our whole family along, would be a GOOD time at the captians party!!!!
1. Captain's Reception - held twice on the first formal night - total of 2-3 hours of free booze.
2. Champagne Art Auctions - free champagne served during at least 2 of the daily art auctions - several hours of free-flowing bubbly
3. Captain's Circle Party - held twice on the second formal night for Captain's Circle members. Just like at the Captain's Reception you are not limited to the prepared drinks they carry around. You can order whatever you'd like. Another 2-3 hours of free booze.
4. Midnight Champagne Waterfall - held the second formal night. More free champagne if you're still standing after the Captain's Circle Parties.
For all the cruises I've been on and Captain's Circle parties attended, I've never asked for anything from the bar as I thought one was limited to what the waiters brought around. I'll have to check that out on our upcoming cruise. I know I could order whatever I wanted from waiters on Crystal cruises but not on Princess. One thinks they are seasoned cruisers but there still is a lot to learn from these forums.
Frank, you may have to be a bit assertive (in a kind way) with some of the cocktail servers. Many of them thought we were limited to the prepared drinks carried on their trays. When I assured them we were free to order a drink of our choice, they checked. I enjoyed several complimentary Grand Marnier's at these parties last month. Just remember, if the cocktail server insists you must pick from something on the tray, gently remind them of your options. Let us know how it works out for you next time.
Free cocktails at the Captain's Welcome party and the Captain's Circle party ... and yes, you can order what you want ... however the parties are only about 45 minutes long and then they cut out the free stuff. This was on the Coral last week and on several other cruises with Princess.
I cruise the Emerald Princess, Eastern Caribbean on April 16, 2012
>however the parties are only about 45 minutes long and then they cut out the free stuff. This was on the Coral last week and on several other cruises with Princess.<
That's been my experience too with these parties. Did they seem crowded, making it difficult to get a drink? How did you like the Coral overall. Any items like noise, rocking, vibration or such? Hopefully they've fixed all the initial problems but I guess I'll find out for sure next week when we embark at FLL.