Royal Caribbean: New Beverage and Dining Programs by Paul Motter
New inclusive beverage and dining packages make cruising more comprehensive and less complicated
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Royal Caribbean is introducing two new beverage programs to 13 of its ships immediately that will allow guests to pay one price at the beginning of their cruise and then enjoy a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at no additional cost for the duration of their voyage.
Where did you get the information on the limitations in the wine selection? I didn't see that in any material I have. I looked on the RC web site as the press release directed but did not see any added information.
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Any news on this release has said House Wine so I guess we'll see happens in reality. It doesn't make sense to get Premium Liquor and serve house wine. Time will tell. But I wouldn't buy it on their current press releases.
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I guess I could drink $55 worth per day if my cabin mate can keep up. That is less than 10 drinks. Or about 10 beers. Says it includes the tip or "service charge". I'd like to see it available on shorter cruises though.
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Not such a good deal if all members over 21 sharing a cabin must also purchase the package. My wife does not drink alcoholic beverages, and we would be forced to pay this fee for her as well, if I were to chose this option for myself.
My average cruise tab for the whole cruise with all tips is under $500. They are talking about $770 just for drinks. There is no way I would even think about doing this BUT, as a stock holder, I hope you all buy into it!!
I know this thread is specifically speaking to RCCL, but I just returned from the Carnival Breeze (8-day E Carib) and they had this deal going also (Cheers). $49/day (including 15% gratuity) that included all drinks up to $10 and then discounts on anything above. The drinks were beer, wine, non-alcoholic, and alcoholic cocktails and included the premiums listed. The only time you would go over $10 was if there was something really special. For those who drink the basics, whether frozen or rocks, etc. you would be fine. I'm not trying to sell Carnival vs. RCCL, just that it may not be the best deal. I bought it, and drank like I normally would, with a little extra on sea days, and they made money on me. I kept my receipts and added them up on the last day to compare and Carnival was +100. So, be realistic on what you would drink before buying the package. The good thing is you never think about the cost because you've already paid it.
Since my g/f and I don't drink anywhere near enough to justify this $700+ option, we'll continue to use our "cheaper UNLIMITED beverage package" at a cost of around $25. It does involve some pre-cruise 'preparation' & the purchase of 'special containers' (If you know what "Rumrunners" are, you know what I mean)
Does anyone happen to have a picture of a drink menu? I would like to know how much drinks such as a bud light, rum and coke and frozen drinks cost.
No images but the current prices for the above are: $5.25 for Bud Light (served in 16 oz aluminum bottles), $5.75 for a Barcadi & Coke, and frozen drinks will vary from $6.25 to around $8. Add 15% automatic gratuity to each.
To spend $770 on drinks alone for 7 days?
We paid LESS than that combined for the entire cruise.
RCCL Diamond Members get Free Drinks for Happy hour prior to dinner.
I sure as heck would NOT want to be on a cruise where everybody on board was that wasted. Will the bartenders really shut off a customer who appears to have had too much? What a commotion that would cause. Does anybody remember the Royal Caribbean cruise where the couple from Connecticut was on their honeymoon and she was found passed out in the hall. He was never found. Just a blood stain on the canopy below their balcony. Sure, a great way for the cruise company to line their pockets and a sure fire way to end up with brawls or worse.