Well I guess I learned one thing from this review, you can use airline miles for cruises. Bet it must have been a real eye opener for the OP when he paid 1000 miles for the "drink of the day".
Not that I would have ever considered such anyway, Consumer Reports has cautioned against using your miles for other than airline travel for stuff like hotels, rent-a-cars, TV sets, etc and gave examples how you get screwed. Here is another link where a travel expert says the same about points, as Consumer Reports does:
"Although I often say that the best award redemption is the one that makes you happy, when it comes to airline miles, hotel points and credit card points, the best redemptions tend to be high-value airline or hotel awards. However, airlines in particular have gotten a lot sneakier about making it seem like other redemption options are the best and/or easiest way to redeem your miles, and that you must do so before your miles expire and you risk losing them altogether.
If you redeem miles for any of the things you’ll see on this list, remember that you might as well be setting your money on fire. On the other hand, when people redeem for silly things, that just means more miles for those of us who are savvy!"