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Simple spreadsheet, go to the number of days you will be cruising on the tabs at the bottom, change the cost of the deluxe and refreshment package to what yours is. Go down and approximate (don't be stingy) how many of each type drink you would have each day, this will vary for most due to port/at sea or private island.
After you've done this it will tell you how much you would save with the package.
I think my pricing of drinks is still right, let me know if I'm off.
Hope this helps!

Beverage Package Comparison 3-8day.xlsx

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4 minutes ago, JT2 said:

Simple spreadsheet, go to the number of days you will be cruising on the tabs at the bottom, change the cost of the deluxe and refreshment package to what yours is. Go down and approximate (don't be stingy) how many of each type drink you would have each day, this will vary for most due to port/at sea or private island.
After you've done this it will tell you how much you would save with the package.
I think my pricing of drinks is still right, let me know if I'm off.
Hope this helps!

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Any change on how the sheet is handling embarkation day? Looking like there will be four or more fewer hours onboard for the time being, with check in times starting at 2:30. 

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54 minutes ago, Andrew72681 said:

Any change on how the sheet is handling embarkation day? Looking like there will be four or more fewer hours onboard for the time being, with check in times starting at 2:30. 

I doubt they will charge any less for that day so the spreadsheet would still hold true.

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1 hour ago, JT2 said:

Simple spreadsheet, go to the number of days you will be cruising on the tabs at the bottom, change the cost of the deluxe and refreshment package to what yours is. Go down and approximate (don't be stingy) how many of each type drink you would have each day, this will vary for most due to port/at sea or private island.
After you've done this it will tell you how much you would save with the package.
I think my pricing of drinks is still right, let me know if I'm off.
Hope this helps!

Beverage Package Comparison 3-8day.xlsx 451.39 kB · 11 downloads

Great spreadsheet! Thanks for sharing!

Not sure of the creator, but a similar web-based tool can be found here: https://connect.calcapp.net/?app=9tts3&fbclid=IwAR2rN17vx_4Vk0_pG--Dvy173K63MTb3PeWsVEeQx37zzbJfOTAxIowZbfk#/

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2 minutes ago, chodnett said:

Great spreadsheet! Thanks for sharing!

Not sure of the creator, but a similar web-based tool can be found here: https://connect.calcapp.net/?app=9tts3&fbclid=IwAR2rN17vx_4Vk0_pG--Dvy173K63MTb3PeWsVEeQx37zzbJfOTAxIowZbfk#/

I hadn't seen that site before, looks great and will have to try it out. I actually found the basis for the one I uploaded on a FB group but it was for a 4 day cruise so just adjusted the tabs for the different amount of days. 

Whatever is needed to help us make wise drinking choices!!

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4 minutes ago, Andrew72681 said:

Wasn’t thinking of changes in the dollar cost of the package. Was more thinking of a lower number of drinks for the first day with the reduced hours of opportunity. 

Oh, well it's up to whoever is using it to figure out how much they will drink a day, there is no preset on that. All those fields are set at 0.

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The first day limited hours thingy is an easy fix...just knock down a few brewskies with a side of Jameson and you'll be good to go.

51 minutes ago, Andrew72681 said:

Wasn’t thinking of changes in the dollar cost of the package. Was more thinking of a lower number of drinks for the first day with the reduced hours of opportunity. 

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2 hours ago, JimnKathy said:

The first day limited hours thingy is an easy fix...just knock down a few brewskies with a side of Jameson and you'll be good to go.

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I'm a craft beer enthusiast.

But when I sail with the beverage package, it's all liquor, all the time.   

The craft selection onboard is awful, so it's a no-brainer to me.  However, 

I am looking forward to trying the Funky Buddha collab when we get to Coco Cay on 11/30!

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35 minutes ago, Ray said:

Being Scottish i tried to work out how many drinks i could have had in the time it took to create the spreadsheet 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Yup, I started to fill it out and just realized the answer is "yes, oh dear god why are you even bothering to check".  I just need to get a cocktail version of this for easy mask wearing and drinking and I'll be set.

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8 hours ago, JT2 said:

Simple spreadsheet, go to the number of days you will be cruising on the tabs at the bottom, change the cost of the deluxe and refreshment package to what yours is. Go down and approximate (don't be stingy) how many of each type drink you would have each day, this will vary for most due to port/at sea or private island.
After you've done this it will tell you how much you would save with the package.
I think my pricing of drinks is still right, let me know if I'm off.
Hope this helps!

Beverage Package Comparison 3-8day.xlsx 451.39 kB · 35 downloads

Nice! - Thanks

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17 hours ago, Floski said:

I'm a craft beer enthusiast.

But when I sail with the beverage package, it's all liquor, all the time.   

The craft selection onboard is awful, so it's a no-brainer to me.  However, 

I am looking forward to trying the Funky Buddha collab when we get to Coco Cay on 11/30!

We like our craft beer as well...Blue Moon is typically the least worst option for a poolside brewsky. We also will drink a Carib while visiting some of the islands during the day.

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On our latest cruise on Navigator in Feb, I tracked how much value we obtained from the drinks package. Simply a check mark on a notes page in my cellphone:

I estimated drink cost at $13.00 each, and please remember, there were two of us, not just me. 😇 Also, I did not track soft drinks

  • Mon 02/17/2020 - 14 x 13 = $182.00
  • Tue  02/18/2020 - 16 x 13 = $208
  • Wed 02/19/2020 - 20 x 13 = $260.00
  • Thu 02/20/2020 - 8 x 13 = $104

Running total $754

Package cost $432

Benefit $322.00

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New to the boards but I have a tip question.

What is the general feeling about adding an additional tip to the receipt if you have the full drink package?  Since 18% is already calculated in is an additional something expected or no?  

Is the guy or gal that does not add something more ignored for the rest of the day?

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16 minutes ago, Chuck586 said:

New to the boards but I have a tip question.

What is the general feeling about adding an additional tip to the receipt if you have the full drink package?  Since 18% is already calculated in is an additional something expected or no?  

Is the guy or gal that does not add something more ignored for the rest of the day?

I always bring along some small bills and tip often. While the 18% is spread out to all the staff, showing extra appreciation at a point of service pays just seems like the right thing to do with all that those folks have to do for relatively low pay. Never gotten bad service when I didn't tip but, if you do, it is noticed and feel like you get even better service. 

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1 hour ago, JT2 said:

I always bring along some small bills and tip often. While the 18% is spread out to all the staff, showing extra appreciation at a point of service pays just seems like the right thing to do with all that those folks have to do for relatively low pay. Never gotten bad service when I didn't tip but, if you do, it is noticed and feel like you get even better service. 

Tipping spoils the market. We already pay prepaid gratuities.  No difference whatsoever. Of course when one TIPS they think they see a difference but it's always subjective. I've tipped twice when I first started cruising. No differences. But if people have cash to spend on Star Class and UP then sure it's good. But otherwise most of us average folks who stick with Inside Oceanview or Balcony then tipping or not is debatable. Tipping seems very Americanized however I dont see people tipping grocery clerks or cashiers. Service is service. Minimum wage there also. 

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5 minutes ago, crisgold52 said:

Tipping spoils the market. We already pay prepaid gratuities.  No difference whatsoever. Of course when one TIPS they think they see a difference but it's always subjective. I've tipped twice when I first started cruising. No differences. But if people have cash to spend on Star Class and UP then sure it's good. But otherwise most of us average folks who stick with Inside Oceanview or Balcony then tipping or not is debatable. Tipping seems very Americanized however I dont see people tipping grocery clerks or cashiers. Service is service. Minimum wage there also. 

I didn't say everyone should tip. You are absolutely correct that we've already paid the gratuities and, like you, I notice no less service if I don't. But I do feel good about doing so and I'm sure the staff member feels good about getting it, so no harm. Not sure why you think that "spoils the market". I'm as average folk as you can get, I uploaded a spreadsheet to see if getting the drink package was worth it and balcony is splurging for us.

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33 minutes ago, crisgold52 said:

Tipping spoils the market. We already pay prepaid gratuities.  No difference whatsoever. Of course when one TIPS they think they see a difference but it's always subjective. I've tipped twice when I first started cruising. No differences. But if people have cash to spend on Star Class and UP then sure it's good. But otherwise most of us average folks who stick with Inside Oceanview or Balcony then tipping or not is debatable. Tipping seems very Americanized however I dont see people tipping grocery clerks or cashiers. Service is service. Minimum wage there also. 

I tip with every drink, the bartender's have always blown right by the other people to serve me, even at the pool bar during peak hours. Who cares if you have prepaid gratuities that get split amongst 3,000 employees, these people are sleeping in shared closets, working 7 days a week, and sending all their money back home to families they barely see, just so we can sit on our asses a gorge for 7 days.

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46 minutes ago, crisgold52 said:

Tipping spoils the market. We already pay prepaid gratuities.  No difference whatsoever.

Completely disagree. Beverage tipping, like dining in a restaurant, is how the service industry works. 

Unfortunately all employers (including cruise lines) pay employees with understanding tipping will make up difference. This happens everywhere, and it's a debate for another day if that is right or wrong.

In the meantime, tipping is not only expected, I absolutely see a big difference in the speed and friendliness of service when waiters/bartenders notice tips coming their way.  You don't have to "make it rain" by any means, but I definitely have seen a difference with even customary tips.

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1 hour ago, crisgold52 said:

Tipping seems very Americanized however I dont see people tipping grocery clerks or cashiers.

This is also why I think wait staff around the world loves the US because we automatically tip.  I lived for 3+ yrs in the UK.  I have traveled across Europe and Australia, I know they have a VAT, but as Americans we still leave another tip on top of the bill.

OBTW, I am a military wife (DH is now retired)  guess what?  If you purchase groceries on base/post you actually do tip the baggers.  They are paid min. wage.  They bag your groceries and walk them out to your car, plus put them in.  So yep, in some parts of the US we tip grocery workers.  They are paid min. wage.   We also pay a 5% surcharge for shopping at the commissary.  

I honestly, do not tip at the bars in the pool.  However, we love Schooners and go there for pre-dinner cocktails.  We tip there, not to get better service, but bc after a few days they are our "local" bartender.  They remember our orders and as we pony up to the bar they ask your usual, followed by the order.  They also would go in the back and bring us a cup of nuts or snack for us.

Finally, I don't think it is about the tip per se.  I think it is about respect.

We all forget that while we are having fun, they have personal lives that have to be placed into the back of their mind.  They have to smile, and maybe they just heard their parent thousands of miles away was diagnosed with cancer.  Yes, they signed up for it, but they are still humans with emotions, yet expected to serve us all with a smile.  

Let's also be honest.  I get the 18% argument, but really, you pay how many thousands for a cruise, not including airfare, and we are now talking about maybe 5 bucks a day for a bartender? I say 5 going with 5 alcoholic beverages.  What is that 1% of your cruise cost?

 

 

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