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Hi! I am new to cruising. I am going on my first one on the Golden Princess, Oct. 22. I was wondering if someone could give me an idea of how much alcoholic beverages cost. I was trying to work out what I would need for spending money. I'm not a lush, but I would like to have a few drinks and enjoy myself. I also heard something about the soda sticker? Do you pay one price, and then get unlimited soda? How much is it, and can it be used anywhere on the ship? Also, are there ice machines available for drinks in your room? Sorry these questions are kind of silly.....I was just trying to be prepared.
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Hi! I am new to cruising. I am going on my first one on the Golden Princess, Oct. 22. I was wondering if someone could give me an idea of how much alcoholic beverages cost. I was trying to work out what I would need for spending money. I'm not a lush, but I would like to have a few drinks and enjoy myself. I also heard something about the soda sticker? Do you pay one price, and then get unlimited soda? How much is it, and can it be used anywhere on the ship? Also, are there ice machines available for drinks in your room? Sorry these questions are kind of silly.....I was just trying to be prepared.
Alcoholic drinks can vary from $3.95 to $8.95 (for some premium drinks).

The soda cards are for unlimited fountain soft drinks at any of the bars, and in the dining room. Not available via room service.

There's no ice machines, but the cabin stewards will fill the ice bucket each day, and if you need more room service will be happy to deliver more.

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Thank you! That is very helpful. Can't wait to go!
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expect to pay for a drink around the same amount as you would back home at a nice restaurant or bar. Read your Princess Patter newspaper everyday for the drink of the day specials, this will save you some money.
The soda sticker is for unlimited soda from the bar or restaurant. You can purchase the sticker at any bar,and there will be table set up all over the cruise the first couple of days selling the stickers. no ice machines, you will have a fridge in your stateroom, just ask your room steward for ice.
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Domestic beer is like $3.50+tip and imports slightly more, but less so then back home most likely.
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Info item. On our last (AUG 05 )cruise to Alaska, the "coke sticker" price was up to $35. As I recall, it began at $20 when the all-you-can-drink thing started. Another tidbit, order a "bucket" of beer and get four beers in a bucket of ice for the price of three. It worked for us on both mexican or domestic beer, on several different cruises. JIM
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Thanks! This is all great to know. I will share the info with our friends that will be traveling with us.

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OK - I'll admit it. I'm REALLY cheap. Here are two things I watch for when I cruise (1) enjoy the art auction - there's usually free (cheap) champagne at the first one (and last one?) and (2) enjoy the captain's gala - there are usually free drinks for the first 45 minutes
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Here is something that I have learned to do ....

Sodas... I bring on a 12 pack for myself and my husband (we drink different types) and buy the soda card. This way if we are in the room we can drink our soda without having to go down and get one and vice versa. Also they are good for mixing drinks in the room. Which leads me to my next learning experience...

Adult beverages...my first cruise .. drank alot paid alot. Second cruise didnt drink any and regret that I didnt have some of the cool looking drinks, no reason why just didnt. This cruise... I am bringing on my own drink to mix in the room. We will have enough to last us (there are 4 in our group) until we reach our 1st port, then we will buy and bring it on. When we are down having a good time we will buy it down there unless one of us is heading up stairs. Either way we will buy from the ship at one point or another but still save alot of money by bringing it on ourselves. I do agree with the above posters about the bucket beer.. it is a good savings just like it is when you get it in local places.

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Just a little note...............if you buy liquor in ports, it will be confiscated when you return to the ship, and returned to you on the last day.
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It has been my husband's and my experience that drinks range from $3.75 (special of the day) to $8.00 (you get the martini glass). We were recently on the Sea Princess and the soda card cost $25 per person. It only applies to fountain sodas (canned soda not included). But as much as we were at the pool, dinner, casino, etc. it paid for it's self in the first couple of days. Also, another tip is if you drink water a lot (and it's always wise to carry a bottle with you in the tropics) either bring you own bottle or pay for a little one first, keep the bottle and then have your room steward deliever the larger bottles as needed. Just refill the little bottle from the larger and you save a lot of money.
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I'd recommend bringing along 2 empty 24 oz water bottles and fill them from the tap. This water is purer than anything you can buy.

Also, the bucket of beer is buy 4 get 5 ... don't have them uncapped and you can put them in your own fridge where they will stay cold - these are real fridges, not the mini bars other cruise lines have.
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