Quality of Alcohol Served on Cruises

Most of us order alcoholic beverages at some point on a cruise. What do you think of the quality of those beverages? Do you think that they are watered down? Are they as good as you would get on land? Are they overpriced for what you get? Are you satisfied? If not, what do you do about it?

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15 Answers

Of course the drinks are overpriced. Am I satisfied? I am when NCL offer a Ultimate Beverage Package !

They do seem overpriced, but I buy them anyway. I don't think they add water to the bottles, and the bartenders (the human ones anyway) seem generous with their pours.

Yea, overpriced... but not watered down. We also have the drink package perk, and will take advantage of it.

Being overpriced is an understatement. As far as the crew watering down a bottle behind the bar, I've never heard of that or experienced that on the three cruise lines we use, I really doubt if that has ever occurred.

I'm not happy with the variety of and quality of reds (wine) HAL and Princess offer for sale anymore, they used to be much better. Princess sells a bottle on board to me for $33.00 which I can get at COSTCO for a little over $5.00. However, they will let me bring on board all the COSTCO wine I want as long as I pay their $15.00 surcharge for each bottle when I come back on board. Guess that is fair, but I remember the days they let me bring all I wanted on board for free. HAL was the last to discontinue that practice, and now they charge $18.00 for every bottle I bring on board. (Except, two free at the beginning of the voyage.) (On more than a couple voyages we have been on it has been weeks before we ported anywhere that had a decent liquor store on shore, though.)

The drinks weren't watered down. Overpriced? Yes!

I have not noticed watered down drinks on ships. I have noticed bottles of wine to be way over priced compared to Bevo Mo or Costco double to triple the price. The red wine that RCI does by the glass is the cheap boxed wine Vella..... Swill in a box.

Charming !

Overpriced ? Not by NY standards.

Good to know about the package. I wouldn't use it often enough to make it worthwhile for me but I'm sure that others would benefit from purchasing it.


Of course the drinks are overpriced. Am I satisfied? I am when NCL offer a Ultimate Beverage Package !


I have never found the drinks to be "watered down" per say, but have found some to be light (not enough alcohol in the drink). As many have been putting in their reviews across a lot of the major lines, some bartenders seem lackluster when it comes to service. I am one of the few that do give an extra tip in the "Tip" area of the receipt. Even one dollar extra per drink goes a long way. After a couple of drinks, the bartenders realize that I will add the extra and start to remember what I like, come to serve me fast and even remember me by name. Sure, it may cost me an extra few dollars by the end of the cruise (usually an extra $40 or so) but those extra bucks ensure I get quality service. It's a shame to have to do this to get quality service, but it's one of those things that are what they are and instead of putting myself into a position to find something to complain about, I just like to go with the flow.

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