On Board Costs


As this is our first ever cruise I would like some advice please. We are only at sea for 2 full days and the other days we will be ashore on the ports of call. Before I purchase a drinks package at around $1000? can anyone give me an idea of the cost on board for basic beers and perhaps wine. It seems a waste as the deal says you have to purchase a 7 days package when we have every intention of going ashore. I tried to find an upgrade for all-inclusive but I don't think the Grand Princess offers this.

Many Thanks

Tags: Princess Cruises Grand Princess

5 Answers

Beers are about $6 and wine starts at about $10, to the best of my recollection.

Generally, if you average about 6 alcoholic drinks per day, you will break even. The alcohol package also covers unlimited non-alcoholic drinks, so the above 6/day could go down with a couple of bottled waters/specialty coffees.

In most cases with most people it costs less to pay as you go. There are those that consume a lot of drinks and for them the plan pays. In my opinion the biggest advantage of the plan is that you do not have to worry about accumulating a tab on board. Your costs are now fixed.

It boils down to how much you drink and if both in the cabin are drinkers. As DB stated the beer runs around $6 for domestic and $8to12 for a glass of wine. For me it is more cost effective to pay as we go.

We have found that we drink less and spend less when we do not have the drink package. As the others have mentioned, it depends on how much you drink. Perhaps for your first cruise you may wish to bypass the package and see how much you actually drink (keep a close record) then for you next cruise you'll know if it would be a good investment. The trouble with the package is, people try to max it out and drink too much (saw on the cruise we just finished on Sunday).

Great advise Pinkie. That is what we did and found the drink package was not a bargain. Unless of course for our cruise in a few days we have the drink package but that was an included in the booking. I love booking perqs.


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