My husband and booked our first cruise two months in advance in a suite; I was very pleased with the cabin but not the food and my husband was a little disappointed in the cabin but thought the food was good.
I knew the drinks were going to be expensive, very expensive, but I did not expect it to be so inconvenient and time consuming just to get a beer.
As soon as we embarked, we learned that although only one of us would be drinking only beer, we had to purchase two drink cards or pay AL la care for each drink. After purchasing the drink card, there were always reasons to charge even more in addition to the initial price, added gratuity, tax, etc.
I am not used to spending so much of my day, let alone my vacation, obtaining a six-pack of beer (and it wasn't even my usual brand of beer). I am uncertain if getting our drinks via the drink card or AL la carte would have been less expensive or easier to obtain. That really soured our trip -- which was a concern of mine prior to the cruise. What a suckered punch that turned out to be for us, thanks Carnival, thanks, !