Good review raven! And I agree, having to purchase the beverage plan for EVERYONE in the cabin is insane. RCCL wanted to do this with us a couple of years ago. I wanted the package but since my wife doesn't drink (and never has), I only wanted it for myself. RCCL said they only way for her to opt-out and allow only me to get it would be for her to secure a note from a doctor stating her health doesn't allow her to drink. WHAT??? It's not because of her health, it just that she doesn't drink!!! We've been together for 27 years and she has never had a drink. Just doesn't appeal to her. Needless to say, I squashed the plan and paid as I drank. They probably lost money on their bad idea because I don't drink that much to begin with. So it's not just Carnival that has this stupid plan.
Review by ravensroost4
In response to review, CrusinTim says ...
Thanks for the review. Sounds like you had a good time.
@Lima77...The only problem here is that my wife does get the unlimited soda package when she sails. They don't FORCE everyone in the cabin to get it. What is to keep her from getting me a free soda throughout the cruise? I agree on your reasoning but don't understand the double standard.
Thank you for posting your review.
I agree, the alcohol package policy is shortsighted... but neither of us drink so it isn't something that directly impacts us.
We have cruised and not gotten off the ship a few times. It is great to have run of the place!
OK ... explanation on the dining room comment ... I was welcome in the dining room and had hoped to go to enjoy the fabulous meals ... but my wife is a 5' and 90 lbs., eats like a bird, doesn't like sit-down multi-course meals that drag-on, and is uncomfortable in the formal dining room setting. She preferred eating cheese cubes and slices of olive loaf from the buffet in the Mermaids Caf©. Really. Rather than rock the boat (punny?), and to keep my wife happy, I dined with her in the caf© so we could share the time together. The food was good ... but I would have much preferred steak and lobster and grilled salmon and the many exquisite offerings available in the dining room! The choice was mine. You gotta do what you gotta do!
Thanks for the explanation. I am happy to read that it was not the shop's fault that you didn't eat in the MDR. I don't like the condition that everyone in the cabin buy the beverage package but i do understand the reasoning behind it.