First time cruiser. Is alcohol package worth it? Sailing to Alaska next year Dad, sister and brother. Thanks!!
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If you can enjoy approximately 15 drinks a day. Also everyone in the cabin has to purchase the package.
Depends on the cruise line. Princess does not make everyone in the cabin purchase the package. We did a sip and sail promotion for our next cruise, so it's included which is nice.
The best answer I have ever seen on this topic is "Depends"
It is all about the math. Determine how many drinks you will drink for the entire duration of the cruise. Determine the average cost per drink. If the # of Drinks X Avg Cost is less than the cost of the package you will be ahead.
Also keep in mind that Carnival Cheers Package also includes, sodas, coffee, juices, gatorade, bottled water, energy drinks and milkshakes. You need to include those into your average cost per drink. With every alcoholic drink I had I either had a water or soda.
With me ~125 drinks X $6 would have cost about $750 and the package cost me about $400.
We average around a drink an hour - at a minimum - and we're awake roughly 18 hours a day. Well worth it, IMO.
if you figure for an average drink price of $10 on RCI (almost $7 for beer, upwards of $12-13 for a glass of wine) $10 x 18 = $180/day x 7 Days = $1,260 x 2 People = $2,520
Normal(Full) Price of drink Package = $65/Day x 2 People = $130/Day x 7 Days = $910
Savings = $1,610
What We save is enough to take a 7-day(non-mega ship) cruise with RCI in a Oceanview room, minus the deposit.
The savings are compounded further by RCI having sales on the drink package. Aside from the "glitch" price from July($18/day!!!), the chepeast I have gotten the package was $45/day, which, Oddly enough, was a St Patrick's day random sale!
at the $45 dollar price:
$45/Day x 2 People = $90/Day x 7 Days = $630
Savings = $1,890 which would be enough to pay for our April 2020 cruise on Symphony, in a Balcony, minus the deposit!!
IMO, well worth it. Also, remember - at least on RCI, the Deluxe package includes just about anything on board - Soda, Bottled Water, Coffee, juice, mixed drinks, wine, beer, shots(if you can find a bartender to pour them), redbull, etc - but package deals for beer (6 pack and a cooler) Drink of the day in a specialty glass or pineapple, are not included.
You can see a benefit. You don't have to finish those drinks. Maybe you taste one - don't like it - dump it. I'm not a big drinker, but if you want to experiment with wine pairing at dinner - you're covered (3-4 glasses to sample). Morning bloody Mary - you're covered. Oops - want expresso, latte, or carmel macchiato? You're covered. It takes care of not just alcoholic drinks but non. Want a heathy smoothie from the health bar - you're covered. Want a night cap or two - your covered. If you use it like that, you can make your 7 or 10 drink minimum to break even.
Depends on daily cost but - if $70/day - 7 drinks at $10 each - 7 is the breakeven. There are upper limits. Some drinks might be 15 or $20.. But most are less than $15.
Way back in our cruising history, I remember not getting it. ONCE! It was aggravating seeing those drinks piling up on our on our account, and those prices!!! It was like having some kind of drink monitor looking over my shoulder...we'd get back to the cabin and fire it up, and I'd get a snootful, in more ways than one..This is much more pleasant, and cheaper!
Morning bloody Mary 12 bucks. Specialty coffee as you are checking out shops 6 bucks. Few beers at the pool 7 bucks each. Cocktail before dinner 12 bucks. Glass of wine with dinner 12 bucks. And a drink or 2 at the casino or during the show $$$. You easily surpassed what the drink package cost