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Hello. We are getting ready to go on our first 7 day cruise. Odyssey in January. We haven't purchased a drink package yet, because DARN you really do get nickel and dimed to death! We have been going back and forth about which to choose. I wanted to ask for the classic soda package, can you get water out of the free style machines? And does this only include soda at the machines, or does it also entitle you to a soda from a bar or restaurant? In addition what are the "free beverages" that are already included? I heard iced tea and fruit punch, but I'm not certain. Also as far as carrying wine on, I know we get 2 bottles per state room. Can they be in the checked bag? Because we are flying in just before and obviously can't have them in carry on for the plane, will I need to get them out of my packed bags and put them in carry on? Please let me know, thank you in advance everyone
Indecision runs rampant!
Angelicious posted a topic in Royal Caribbean DiscussionSo, I’m agonizing over the decision to keep our soda packages, coffee card and package of water or maybe go for the refreshment package for my son and I. I’m a single Mom with not much and I’m afraid to “take the plunge “ and spend the extra $100. Please, I need constructive practical advice to help me choose. I say constructive because I’ve been made to look like an idiot on other forums. Be kind.
Angelicious posted a topic in Royal Caribbean DiscussionSo excited about our June 2019 cruise on Allure! Being a newbie, I'm asking for any advice or tips I should know. I'm traveling with my 12 year old son.The itinerary is 7 day Eastern Caribbean, stopping at St. Kitts,BVI, St. Thomas, USVI and Nassau, Bahamas. I am a research junkie, but nothing beats advice from a seasoned cruise community! So many questions....
Spotted - Delux Drinking Package 25% off
Cez posted a topic in Royal Caribbean DiscussionThis is for Allure of the Seas January sailing Never seen more than 20% for drink package alone. This is full 25% US$ 41.25 per day. There is no more excuse to not buy it :) 2 drinks + 1 glass of wine + 1 coffee per day makes you break even. OVERVIEW Toast to virtually unlimited options on your vacation – wake up with premium coffee, tea, and fresh-squeezed juices, then keep cool onboard with non-alcoholic drinks and bottled still and sparkling water. Relax and unwind with premium and frozen cocktails, domestic and imported beers and a wide selection of wines by the glass.* Plus, enjoy a discount of 40% off bottles of wine under $100 and 20% off bottles above $100 in bars and dining rooms. Each adult of legal drinking age assigned to the same stateroom must purchase this package. Price shown is per person, per day. *All Beverage Packages exclude any beverages served inside licensed Starbucks® stores.
First Royal Caribbean cruise
KDB posted a topic in Royal Caribbean DiscussionThis will be my third cruise, first with RC. I'm traveling with my extended family. My 5yo son and I are sharing a room. Can someone explain to me how the drink packages work? Can my son and I share one? Is room service included in the price? I'm just really confused by how this drink package works and the more I try to understand the more confused I get. I thought food and drinks are included EXCEPT for alcohol and "specialty" restaurants and cafes. I'd rather spend my money at port and on excursions than food and drink on board. Where do I find information on "kids club" hours and cost and information on fitness club hours, cost, classes. The website has a lot of information but I can't seem to find what I'm looking for. Also, what happened to the RC app? Is there one to replace it? ~Thanks!!
Good Morning all, I have seen several posts that contradict each other on gratuities and the Drink packages.\ Some state that the gratuities are included, some state not. The terms and conditions stated on my Beverage offer is: (I actually read this stuff)(And yes, I tried to get the answer before asking) Online Beverages reservations for your sailing will be available up until 22-Mar-2017 11:59 PM EDT. If you are within the cut-off time, you will need to make reservations onboard. * Prices are per person unless otherwise noted and shown in USD. All selections are subject to change. Royal Caribbean International reserves the right to verify eligibility upon arrival to the activity. Prices subject to change without notice. Not all selections available on all sailings. Alternate selection of equal value may be substituted. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: *Prices subject to change without notice. Packages cannot be shared and are not transferable. Your check may reflect an additional tax for certain ports or itineraries. When ordering a beverage selection onboard, you must present your SeaPass card bearing the package sticker to your server. Upon arriving to the ship, please visit the Beverage display table at the ships Expo, check your Cruise Compass or ask your dining room waiter for more information. Beverage Packages must be pre-reserved a minimum of 2 days before your sail date. If you are within the cut off time, please visit a beverage table on the first day of your cruise to complete your purchase. Please note that orders cannot be modified once they have been purchased. To change an order, you will need to first cancel the existing order and then make a new purchase for your desired beverage package. Gratuity may be added to or included in the published price depending on itinerary. Selections are limited and subject to availability. Valid only for the voyage for which it was purchased and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional programs. No refunds for previous days will be issued. As of 0617 Central time on the 31st of January, 2017, what is the policy? Do I pay 18% on top of each drink or not? Thanks, Russ
Deluxe Drink Package Decision Test
DocLC posted a topic in Royal Caribbean DiscussionEarlier this year, I posted a Drink Package Decision Tree based on a post by DisneyBartenderScott. The original thread can be seen here: http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php/topic/1469-royal-caribbean-drink-package-decision-tree/?hl=%2Bdecision+%2Btree In trying to update the decision tree with the various sales going on and the streamlining of the drink package, I found that doing so was nearly impossible. So instead, I came up with a 10-item quiz to help you decide if you should consider purchasing the drink package. If you score above a 5, you should contemplate purchasing the drink package. If you score a 7 or higher, the drink package seems to be a slam dunk in my opinion. Also, feel free to suggest revisions and/or new items. For example, I would suspect Matt would suggest something about distributing the costs. Update: A self-scoring version of the test can be taken here: https://testmoz.com/922297 Deluxe Drink Package Decision Test Answer TRUE or FALSE for the following items: 1. I like to have more than just a glass or two of wine with dinner each night. 2. I like to drink specialty coffees and/or bottled water each day. 3. I will be dining in multiple specialty restaurants during my cruise. 4. I drink four or more alcoholic drinks per day. 5. I am not a Diamond, Diamond Plus, Pinnacle member of the Crown and Anchor Society. 6. I have a lot of sea days during my cruise. 7. I plan to arrive as early as possible on embarkation day. 8. My itinerary includes Coco Cay or Labadee. 9. I enjoy starting my day with a morning cocktail (e.g., mimosa or Blood Mary). 10. I can take advantage of a discount by prepurchasing the drink package before my cruise. Scoring Instructions: Add up the number of TRUE answers. If you answered TRUE for 5 or more, consider buying the drink package. If you answered TRUE to 7 or more items, the drink package is likely your best option. Important considerations: Item #1: If you answered FALSE but enjoy a glass of wine or two with dinner, consider bringing on two bottles of wine with you. Royal Caribbean allows two bottles of wine to be brought on per cabin and does not charge a corkage fee. Item #4: If you answered FALSE but still like specialty coffees, frozen drinks without alcohol, etc., consider the Refreshment package. Item #7: If you are boarding late, then purchasing the package after Day 1 to save a little money.