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I'll be taking my very first cruise ever on Symphony of the Seas 7 days on Jan, 2020.

I'm still getting use to all guides and tips on youtube/google. I've also been very vigilant on the cruise planner feature on royal caribbean website.

My 2 questions below:

What is the cheapest deluxe drink package you have ever purchased on specifically symphony of the seas? (I'm trying to grab an average so I know when to pull the trigger and buy)

 

When is the best time to buy the deluxe drink package? I know we'll be going over labor day, thanksgiving, christmas, and new years. So i'm hoping one of those holidays will have a great sale for the DDP. (the only problem is I don't know the lowest and highest DDP has been sold for)

 

Thank you all in advance for answering my questions!

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3 minutes ago, cobra614 said:

My first cruise ever was on Symphony,  I bought the deluxe beverage package for 49pp, saw it go as low as 47pp for that sailing. This was for July 27th thru August 3rd.

Thanks for replying cobra614, the information is greatly appreciated!

Thats so cheap!!! it's currently $61/pppd on the cruise planner 😭

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8 hours ago, TJ! said:

Thanks for replying cobra614, the information is greatly appreciated!

Thats so cheap!!! it's currently $61/pppd on the cruise planner 😭

If you know for sure you want it, go ahead and buy it.  If the price drops you can just cancel and rebuy.  That's what I did, originally bought it for 52 or 55, can't remember which,  then when it dropped I called and rebought it. 

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I was on the same sailing as @cobra614 and same, the lowest it fell to was $47pp/day.  My advice is buy it as soon as you can and watch prices.  If it drops, you can re-price up to 2 days before sailing.  If you don't buy it now, you run the risk of the price going up even higher.  In the past, Black Friday usually nets the biggest savings.

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They just upped the drink packages across the board, so the lower prices that folks have experienced in the past may not be obtainable.  If you are comfortable paying the price that it is currently, just go ahead and book it to lock in the price.  It's simply to cancel and repurchase if the price drops.

I will say that my Allure sailing next weekend is at $55 right now.  Before the overall price increases it hadn't been more than $52 a day and had gotten as low as $49.

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4 hours ago, cobra614 said:

If you know for sure you want it, go ahead and buy it.  If the price drops you can just cancel and rebuy.  That's what I did, originally bought it for 52 or 55, can't remember which,  then when it dropped I called and rebought it. 

How does cancellation work in terms of using a linked credit card. I've usually hate cancellations because of the hassle and the processing work days for the refund to return?

Is it fairly simple?

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3 hours ago, Matt said:

As soon as you know you want it. The best strategy for pre-cruise purchases is buy it early and track it for price changes. If there is a price drop, cancel and rebook it

Thank you Matt for that guide! This was exactly what I needed since I dont cancel anything often once I purchased it in fear of the hassle and waiting of funds to return back into my account.

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3 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

I was on the same sailing as @cobra614 and same, the lowest it fell to was $47pp/day.  My advice is buy it as soon as you can and watch prices.  If it drops, you can re-price up to 2 days before sailing.  If you don't buy it now, you run the risk of the price going up even higher.  In the past, Black Friday usually nets the biggest savings.

So since i haven't purchased my ddp yet I might as well wait for black friday sale? At worst if there was no sale I could just purchase it anyways to lock in the price? That was I can at least save the cancellation until after black friday.

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1 hour ago, TJ! said:

So since i haven't purchased my ddp yet I might as well wait for black friday sale? At worst if there was no sale I could just purchase it anyways to lock in the price? That was I can at least save the cancellation until after black friday.

Personally, I would not wait for Black Friday.  There is no guarantee what the price will be at that time.  I personally would purchase it as soon as I am able to and then just re-price it at Black Friday if it is lower.

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19 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Personally, I would not wait for Black Friday.  There is no guarantee what the price will be at that time.  I personally would purchase it as soon as I am able to and then just re-price it at Black Friday if it is lower.

You're right it doesn't hurt to just lock down the price now and cancel later. I'll be booking the ddp as soon as I get back from the office!

Thanks for taking your time to help me out!

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21 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Personally, I would not wait for Black Friday.  There is no guarantee what the price will be at that time.  I personally would purchase it as soon as I am able to and then just re-price it at Black Friday if it is lower.

I agree 100%

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I already posted my past experience on Symphony above.  That being said, my next booked cruise is on Harmony next May,  the DBP right now is $65pp. I can't justify locking in that price which is including gratuities is over $1070. We also made prime in the casino which means our drinks are free for the both of us, but in the casino only 

 

Now I do like the freedom that the DBP allowed us, at this point I can't justify that price. I paid just over $800 instead of $1070 for the same thing. So I will keep checking the cruise planner for a sale. I keep seeing mention of a black Friday sale. Holding out for that.

Worst case scenario,  drinks for the wifey and I are free in the casino,  and pay as you go elsewhere. 

Edited by cobra614
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42 minutes ago, GatorCruiser said:

My wife and I are going on symphony in November and recently got it for $46pp per day. After we initially purchased it , we stalked the sales in the cruise planner as I believe we first purchased it at like 56pp

jeez that's a huge score on the ddp sale, fingers crossed it will ever go that low for symphony of the seas haha.

Staying  vigilant is key.

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8 minutes ago, cobra614 said:

I already posted my past experience on Symphony above.  That being said, my next booked cruise is on Harmony next May,  the DBP right now is $65pp. I can't justify locking in that price which is including gratuities is over $1070. We also made prime in the casino which means our drinks are free for the both of us, but in the casino only 

 

Now I do like the freedom that the DBP allowed us, at this point I can't justify that price. I paid just over $800 instead of $1070 for the same thing. So I will keep checking the cruise planner for a sale. I keep seeing mention of a black Friday sale. Holding out for that.

Worst case scenario,  drinks for the wifey and I are free in the casino,  and pay as you go elsewhere. 

I'm glad you brought up the casino part of the cruise! I've been to Vegas hundreds of times and know how that operates but for the cruise I had questions as well.

Since most things will be linked to my credit card would I also use the CC to gamble with or do they require me to bring some cold hard cash?

If CC is acceptable for the casino what method does the slot machines take for payment, most takes cash but I assume you can swipe your card or something of that nature?

for tables and poker tournaments how would that work too?

I guess the question would be can i use my CC to gamble in all aspect of the casino.

If not, do we just bring cash?

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4 minutes ago, TJ! said:

I'm glad you brought up the casino part of the cruise! I've been to Vegas hundreds of times and know how that operates but for the cruise I had questions as well.

Since most things will be linked to my credit card would I also use the CC to gamble with or do they require me to bring some cold hard cash?

If CC is acceptable for the casino what method does the slot machines take for payment, most takes cash but I assume you can swipe your card or something of that nature?

for tables and poker tournaments how would that work too?

I guess the question would be can i use my CC to gamble in all aspect of the casino.

If not, do we just bring cash?

First off, my past cruise was our first cruise,  so we just brought cash.

Now that I have researched it, I see that you can "download"  credits onto a slot machine and it will be debited to your sea pass account.

 

What my question is, does your credit card treat that like a regular charge, or a cash advance, with the highercash advance  rate. As opposed to just a regular purchase?

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1 minute ago, cobra614 said:

First off, my past cruise was our first cruise,  so we just brought cash.

Now that I have researched it, I see that you can "download"  credits onto a slot machine and it will be debited to your sea pass account.

 

What my question is, does your credit card treat that like a regular charge, or a cash advance, with the highercash advance  rate. As opposed to just a regular purchase?

That's a good question that I would like to know as well.

Hopefully someone who is more knowledgeable regarding the casino can answer all of these for us haha.

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If you are playing slots, you just put your Sea Pass card into the machine.  What you lose/win will be added/subtracted from your bill at the end of the cruise.

For table games, it's cheapest to buy chips with cash.  Otherwise, you charge your Sea Pass at the casino cage (is that the right term?) which incurs a fee (5%?) unless you have high enough status in Crown and Anchor or the casino program.  Either way, your credit card won't see a charge until the end of the cruise.

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5 minutes ago, Atlantix2000 said:

If you are playing slots, you just put your Sea Pass card into the machine.  What you lose/win will be added/subtracted from your bill at the end of the cruise.

For table games, it's cheapest to buy chips with cash.  Otherwise, you charge your Sea Pass at the casino cage (is that the right term?) which incurs a fee (5%?) unless you have high enough status in Crown and Anchor or the casino program.  Either way, your credit card won't see a charge until the end of the cruise.

Thanks! That answers my question, looks like im bringing cash!

Since I'm not too keen on slot machines im mainly sticking to tables and poker tournaments.

I wonder how much is the poker tournaments 

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48 minutes ago, TJ! said:

Thanks! That answers my question, looks like im bringing cash!

Since I'm not too keen on slot machines im mainly sticking to tables and poker tournaments.

I wonder how much is the poker tournaments 

If you gamble regularly (since you mentioned being to LV a hundred times or so), you might make prime status during your first cruise. We live on the east coast, so if we are lucky we go out to LV twice  a year. That being said we are fully comped at the golden nugget (love that place, old Vegas FTW), and we made prime by our last night in the cruise.  If you gamble enough you could make prime early on your cruise and enjoy free drinks for the remainder from what I've read. 

A great resource I've found is a Facebook page dedicated to casino royale. Check it out.

 

BTW. I asked on there and they did confirm that a slot download for cash is treated like a purchase,  not a cash advance!!

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2 minutes ago, cobra614 said:

If you gamble regularly (since you mentioned being to LV a hundred times or so), you might make prime status during your first cruise. We live on the east coast, so if we are lucky we go out to LV twice  a year. That being said we are fully comped at the golden nugget (love that place, old Vegas FTW), and we made prime by our last night in the cruise.  If you gamble enough you could make prime early on your cruise and enjoy free drinks for the remainder from what I've read. 

A great resource I've found is a Facebook page dedicated to royael casino. Check it out.

 

BTW. I asked on there and they did confirm that a slot download for cash is treated like a purchase,  not a cash advance!!

If you don't mind me asking, how much or/and how long would you have to entertain the casino to make it to prime status.

about 90% of my stay at vegas has always been at the bellagio but I've been to the golden nugget before for ultimate texas holdem.

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