Grand Princess - Drink Package

I've purchased the alcoholic beverage package - it says all drinks under $10 -  does anyone know if that gives many options for wine and beer? Or will I just be drinking their house red and white all week?  Also, can you get a bottle to have at your table or take to your room for balcony appetizers?  TIA!! Happy

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  Yea, same goes for wine and beer, if the menu price is more than $10.00 then the beverage package can't be used, you have to use your cabin account. Also, you can't just pay the difference if it is more than $10.00. In the bars and dining venues you get 40% off of wine and champagne by the bottle, think the bottles have to be no more than $100.00 menu price though. You can't share drinks using the package with the exception of bottles of wine and Champagne. Generally, all your drinking using the package must be in public venues. I guess you can take the bottle of wine from the dining room to your cabin, we do that all the time but never tried it with a package.  

We didn't buy wine by the bottle with our Princess drink package, but by the glass at dinner.  You can get wine, beer, cocktails, specialty coffees and something special in your coffee at places around the ship.  We did take drinks to our cabin for our "nightcap". We didn't feel deprived and while the wine choices are not as wide as when you buy it by the bottle, there are still options.

 

 

I'm going on the Grand March 25.  Are you going on that one also?  Hope you have a great time!  

We have looked hard at the "Princess All-Inclusive Beverage Package". As noted, only one need to buy the package, but no sharing, except for a bottle of wine. Trouble we have is that even at $57.45 for one of us it doesn't pencil. If they required us both to buy the package at a total of $114.90 per day it would be ridiculous. We hardly ever do less than two weeks on a cruise, so assuming a two week cruise, two packages would be about $1,600 for us and it would still cost us more than that if we used room service too. Now though, it appears that the cruise lines are more and more frequently offering these packages at no extra cost as an incentive for buying the cruise. Although I would prefer other incentives, I certainly wouldn't turn this one down. What I don't understand is that if we book a cabin where the AIBP package(s) are offered, do we get two, one for each of us? 

 

So much depends upon guest's drinking practices here. I certainly understand where one might be of benefit for someone who drinks cocktails in public venues and little drinking in their cabins. In our case we qualify for the Platinum/Elite lounge where cocktails are half off and we receive free minibar setups.  If someone doesn't get those perks then the liquor package is even worth more for them.

 

In our case we do like to drink before dinner and during sail away time in our cabin and on our balcony, so the AIBP doesn't do us much good there. We order both wine and liquor from room service for our cabin, in addition, since I'm a vino nut I often order a bottle at dinner and bring it back to the cabin, sometimes. On a two week cruise our booze bill amounts to between $500.00 and $600.00. So $1,600 plus, with two AIBPs, doesn't cut it.

 

However, if we received two or even only one of those with the cruise package, I would change drinking habits slightly. If only one, I would put it in my wife's name and order wine bottles in the dining rooms or bars more frequently and take a lot more of those bottles back to the cabin than we currently do. She likes cocktails so she would get them at dinner as part of the AIBP as well. 

 

 

 

 

 

For us it was part of the incentive program for buying the cruise.  We were going to buy the 15 days cruise without any additional incentive, so it was really a bonus.  Essentially, all of our drinks were free.

 

Did you get one or two AIBP with that?

 

JCOAKML - I'm going on the Alaska cruise in June. Have fun on yours! 

So, do room service drinks count with the package or do I have to pay for those on my cabin account? 

Two.

Here's what the policy says for Princess:

This package is available for consumption at all bars, public areas and dining venues (not room service and excludes mini bar items).

 

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