Drink Package Pushers

I do not like when you board a ship and you are offered a drink from a tray then asked for your cruise card to pay for the drink (which most first time cruisers are thinking is "free") and then heavily pitched to buy a drink package.  Then throughout the day, you are bombarded by people "selling" a drink package.

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I find that usually a polite "No, thank you" takes care of it.

There seems to be a process that the packages are added as a perk to the cruise.

In NCLs case the drink package was free.

So keep an eye out for deals.

Celebrity has it built in as an option to their fares.

Princess just had a "Sip and Sail" sale where it was included ( I booked too early, but then found they simply raised the fares to cover the drink package).

Generally, though, I will purchase it pre-cruise. When I do that, nobody tries pushing the package on me!Big Smile

That's been my experience also.

Is it like the server has a rain coat on and they open one side displaying all the different types that you must choose and once you get addicted to them, he returns opens the other side and takes your Sail and Sign card holds it in a separate pouch holding on to it until you leave the ship?

I don't spend very much on drinks and will bare the cold A/C to get one while on the Serenity Deck.


We don't drink enough to justify paying for the drink package. Plus, we bring our own wine.

That's why I just get the drink package when it is on sale online... It is used Wink

I find it is always best to ask before accepting a drink when boarding. Years ago these drinks were complimentary. It is your money. Don't feel foolish about asking ahead of time. Believe me when I say that others ask - you won't be the only one.

We don't drink so we pass right by but on certain cruise lines, that welcome aboard mimosa is a freebie. Sometimes it is only offered to specific cabin classes. A simple "no thank you" is all it takes. Don't have strong feelings either way. It's pretty much a fact of cruising life on the popular lines. Some crew compensation is tied to sales and tips associated with those sales so we try to be understanding.

Yep NCL has been running that promo for a while not, at least 6 months or more which is why we have the drink package for our next cruise for the first time ever. It is not usually worth buying and I think the cruise lines are starting to realize that so now they will use it as a promo perk. I guess they feel if they nickle and dime elsewhere they need to provide some incentive.


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