szoker1
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Booze Package

Free doesn't mean free.  an 11 day voyage, $20 per day gratuity  per person...(two people per cabin) you need to drink $440 worth of booze to break even.  just like free health care...it ain't free

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BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

In most cases, drinking 6 alcoholic drinks per day is the break-even point for drink packages. If you add in all the non-alcoholic drinks that you may partake in, the number drops.

The packages are expensive, but so is the a la carte.

KLBway
Contributor Level: Second Mate

When my DH and I cruise in May 2017, we found that we would have spent a lot less had we paid a la carte however, we also were not really taking full advantage of the package including the specialty coffees which we both would have done had we thought about it. This time around, being that we are going to be on a 7 day cruise, I think we will take more advantage of the other items that are included in the booze package.

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

We've had it twice; once on Princess (include in the booking package) and once on Carnival (we bought ourselves) and found we didn't break even.  We drank more than we normally do, including the extra non-alcoholic drinks, but not enough to make it worth the cost.  so it's back to a-la-carte for us.

KLBway
Contributor Level: Second Mate

DH and I have been discussing if it will be worth it for this coming trip and haven't purchased it as of yet. I think for me, I like not having to worry about the additional cost coming out of my bank account. I prefer to walk on the ship with everything pre-paid with the exception of souvenirs.

ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I always buy my own at a time... My bar bill after a week that I prepay with cruse cash is about $400.  That's about over a full day 8 beers or drinks... I also don't buy a package because I don't want to get cut off.😊

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

 

That is why we wanted to try it!  If only my DH used it, he came out close to even.  I am a light-weight when it comes to alcohol, so I spent more on sodas and coffees (which I rarely get, normally).  We came close and it was nice to try drinks I might not be willing to spend the money is case I didn't like it.  So, I think it is worth the try, and for some it is a bargain.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Although I rarely partake of alcohol in real life, I tend to make up for it on a cruise. It's nice not trying to keep track of how much I will owe at the end of a cruise (which really puts a damper on having fun).

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I had the soda package on one cruise and did not even break even Crying

We have found that the beverage package on Celebrity are very much worthwhile.  Six drinks a day is not too hard to get to...at lunch, a couple of beers or pina colada's,..during the afternoon more on the pool deck or whatever activity you've chosen,...three glasses of wine with dinner is not difficult, followed by an after dinner coffee...and maybe a drink or two at the casino and or the evening show.  Haven't mentioned the fancy coffees, the water for any excursions and the martini bar.  It is very relaxing not having to be concerned about the beverage bill rising during the cruise, and if booked at the right time, the included beverage package is even a better perk.

 

Works for us on all our cruises thus far, so we shall continue to use them....

cucruizin
Contributor Level: First Mate

We generally pay as we go but decided to try the drink package last May. I liked the idea of not having to worry about our final bill. There were a few days I know I didn't hit the mark, but overall we came out a little ahead; DH made up for my deficit Big Smile. I won't do it for every cruise, but it's nice to have that option. 

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