Princess Increases Price of Alcohol Package

Just read this:

I only drink one or two glasses of wine a day during a cruise so I don't buy the unlimited drinks package. Others might want to catch up on the new info.

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Although I do like to drink alcohol on cruises, with the price hikes it looks like I'll be drinking a lot more soda Sad

Or I may have to reconsider my stance on smuggling.Angry

I don't buy these beverage packages as they don't make sense for me but they may be worthwhile for others. You have to do the math.

The price of the drink packages sure adds to the cost of cruising. I'm glad I don't drink.

Honestly, I can deal the $60 package, but I don't think I can go for any more than that. Raising the price $100 per cruise is unreasonable.

If that ends up the way it is on all lines, then I may have to look for other vacation alternatives.

It is sad when the lines start pricing themselves out.

It is my understanding that Princess doesn't require all in a cabin to purchase their "Princess All-Inclusive Beverage Package" if one in the cabin does buy it, is that correct? The reason I was wondering was because I notice that RCI has apparently changed their policy requiring all in the cabin over 21 to purchase the beverage package if someone else in the cabin does. They apparently ran a survey using one vessel and discovered there was much cheating going on. You are not supposed to share a drink with someone who doesn't have the package. And then, according to other posters NCL, Carnival and some other lines have been requiring this all along. I can see where this would be a problem for a couple where one drank alcohol and wanted the package but the other didn't drink. One lady posted that she doesn't drink alcohol but cruises a lot with her mother who does purchase the package, so she thought it to be totally unfair.

I have been on many Princess cruises and they have not in the past (as of May 2017) required both people in a cabin to buy drink packages. They are also very very lax if it is not abused of allowing a person with a drink card to buy more than one drink at a time.

I love how they advertise the packages as unlimited, but place restrictions on what you can drink, and how much. Truth is, they want you to order a bunch of DoD’s every day. Why ? Not much alcohol, and, if you want the spaecial glass, that’s extra. Then they wonder why so many people smuggle their own liquor on board ( it’s not that difficult really ).

I was okay with the $60 a day package, however with this price increase I'm really going to have to rethink the drink package now. I'm thinking the individual drink prices will probably increase too. Maybe buying a bottle for the cabin will be the best thing.

Guess we are going to have to do our homework / math before each cruise.

I always sailed Royal and found their alcohol beverage package at $55 a day plus 18% to be expensive. But from looking at these posts it seems Royal is reasonable.

They have however now reinstated the policy that everyone in the cabin over 21 has to purchase if one person wants to purchase

If the price increase carries over to other lines, people may reconsider how much they consume while onboard. My guess is that is part of the reason for the increase is to discourage over indulging but the cruiselines will still make a huge profit. I could be wrong - often am. Wink

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