Drink Package

So my husband is not a big drinker and I dont see the need to purchase the ultimate drink package for him and myself. I tried booking online but it only will let me book for both of us. What should I do? Also this is our first cruise and I was wondering if going to the beach was worth the price you pay. 

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I have purchased the Carnival Cheers package in the past and found that it does not work well for my circumstances. My wife does not drink much alcohol. So, on my upcoming 5 day cruise the package would cost me $477.00. What I will do is keep track (it shows your alcohol purchases on your final bill) of how much I spend. If it exceeds $477.00, I will consider Cheers next time. I predict, though, that I will spend in the neighborhood of $50.00 per day on drinks. Hence, $250.00 total for the cruise. Now, if you plan to drink 12-15 drinks per day, then it makes a boatload of sense the get the package. Also, I tend to ask for drinks to be prepared as "doubles". The Cheers package does not allow doubles. You have to have one standard drink at a time with 5 minute intervals.

Not all lines require that both people in the cabin get the package, Although Carnival requires it, Princess will allow one person to get it and the other not.

Unfortunatly, Princess also just raised their rates by about $10. For a 15 night cruise, I am looking at over $1000 per card. Needless to say, I will go without this cruise -- probably have a couple of bottles delivered to the room.

Unless you drink 10 or more drinks a day each day of the cruise ( every day including shore days ) the UDP is not usually worth it. Do the math and see. In most cases you are better off buying as you go. We had the UDP on our last cruise but it was a booking perq included in our cruise price. Even though the UDP was covered we still had to pay $300 for the auto gratuity on the UDP. I loved the convenience of having the package but if we had to buy it, it would definitely not be cost effective. Especially on lines that insist on all cabin occupants having the same package.

Right its very inconvenient because he does not drink at all. And I dont want to pay for it if he wont drink.  

I know we will have pop and water and all that but he doesnt drink any alcohol at all. I really dont want to pay for it if I dont need too.

We don't drink much so the drink package doesn't work for us. We just buy a bottle at dinner when we need it. On longer trips we buy a wine package.

Not a big nor is my wife so this package does not get any consideration.

It is , however, quite popular.

I agree with those above - if he doesn't drink much, it definitely won't be worth it since you both would have to have the package if you did buy it. So just pay per drink, it will come out much cheaper for you at the end! 

One advantage of the package is you can try some drinks you might not get otherwise.  If you don't like it, then not a big deal.  You're not out any extra.  Also be aware that in US ports (at least out of New Orleans), you still get charged tax while you're cruising to the open water (depart at 1600/4pm and hit open water around midnight).  Not a huge deal, but does add a few more bucks to your total.

I believe that applies with most US ports. I know it does with Boston and New York as well.

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