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I'm sure like a lot of you, I love talking about cruise stuff.  Most of the posts these days are depressing with the current situation.  So I thought I'd start a fun post.

There is the common question "Are drink packages worth it?".  We mostly cruise with our kids so don't purchase it, but DH and I have gone on a couple cruises on our own. On our last cruise we purchased the package for the first time.  We have also purchased it for our summer cruise...if it goes as it was a good price (comparing to the standard rate).  It's not generally worth it for me price-wise, especially if our kids are on the cruise, but I do enjoy the freedom of grabbing drink and if the price is right, that alone is worth it.  DH can break even or make it worth it financially.

So I thought for fun...I'd start a post of "what is your day like on a cruise in terms of drinks"?  Royal has such fun ones, plus the usual wines, beers, hard liquor.

I'll go first (based on the one time we had the package)

  • morning coffee with baileys - grab after breakfast and walk viewing the ocean with it
  • afternoon fun drink by pool or schooner's bar with trivia - mai tai or blue lagoon or some cocktail
  • afternoon ice coffee (maybe)
  • bottled water
  • dinner drink - try a new wine or mojito
  • evening fun drink (usually after the show so I'm not running to the washroom lol) - try something new from menu, or Kraken colada, etc.

How about others?  Can be with or without the drink package...with our without the suite/diamond lounge (not us).

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With the Refreshment Package, I always got the fresh squeezed orange juice at Windjammer at breakfast time. On Freedom of the Seas, I enjoyed watching them put the oranges into the that big juicer machine and getting the freshest tastiest orange juice ever. Never saw the juicers in action on the other cruises though, but I could tell the juice was freshly squeezed recently.

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37 minutes ago, USFFrank said:

With the Refreshment Package, I always got the fresh squeezed orange juice at Windjammer at breakfast time. On Freedom of the Seas, I enjoyed actually watching them put the oranges into the that big juicer machine and getting the freshest tastiest orange juice ever. Never saw the juicers in action on the other cruises though, but I could tell the juice was freshly squeezed recently.

The fun drinks that I get tend to have a lot of sugar so wouldn't typically add freshly squeezed OJ, but our next ship if Freedom (where we got the package), so maybe I'll give it a try. 

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5 minutes ago, teddy said:

We will probably seem lame.  🙂 

We drink coffee, water, and whatever lemonade-type drink is available.   

It's boring but keeps our costs down.

Nothing wrong or boring with that at all. That's us more often (with the excepting of the one time we got the drink package)...and will carry our own wine onboard.

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3 hours ago, teddy said:

We will probably seem lame.  🙂 

We drink coffee, water, and whatever lemonade-type drink is available.   

It's boring but keeps our costs down.

That's us too. At most we would maybe buy a soda or a beer at dinner time but as new diamonds on our last cruise we were able to eliminate that added expense. 🙂

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Typical day for me:

8-10 bottles of water (or equivalent amount of Vitamin Water from Freestyle machines)

2-3 soda package cups filled with Powerade Zero

2-3 soda package cups filled with diet soda of some sort

5-6 glasses of iced tea at lunch/dinner (it's not great iced tea, but it meets the need)

1-2 cups of coffee (might be more if the coffee on a particular trip is unusually good)

1-2 glasses of juice at breakfast

A glass of scotch in either the Suite Lounge or Diamond Lounge

A couple glasses of wine with dinner

Whatever freebies or near freebies are offered at a liquor tasting, art auction, or Mimosa special in the casino on a sea day

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Hmmm had to think about this, if we have a pattern or not. 

On a sea day on a Royal ship when NOT sailing with friends:  (water bottles throughout the day)

My hubby will get a specialty coffee for breakfast - sometimes I will just cause I have the package, not that I want it.  He may spike his, I don't.

Later in the morning we'll have something refreshing by the pool/hot tub/solarium/on balcony.

After lunch, there will be something frozen in the hot tub.

Pre-dinner martini

Hubby will have a whisky with dinner

After dinner, we'll get beers in the pub or mixed drinks for the show.  If we're hanging out in Schooner will be a mixed drink.

Last of the evening is a Toasted Almond to settle the stomach before bedtime.

On a Celebrity ship sea day: (water bottles throughout the day)

Specialty coffee in the morning

Martini Bar the rest of the day.  (Maybe a specialty herbal tea in the afternoon.)  

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This has definitely changed over the years. Started out with free drip coffee and whatever flavored water,tea,lemonade was offered. Then I started adding in a couple special occasion evening drinks. The last couple cruises I pre-purchased a coffee card so we could get specialty coffees every morning and started getting whatever I wanted to drink in moderation. My next cruise(God willing) to Alaska I made my first DBP purchase and I'm excited to get loose 🤪

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We start the day with a cocktail at lunch (or two ...) including specialty coffees at dessert. I didn't mention breakfast since it has been many years since we have been up for breakfast on a cruise!We take full advantage throughout the day with drinks at various venues and plenty of seltzer to go. More cocktails and wine at dinner and drinks at the clubs and the casino until the early morning, often with a nightcap at casino bar at closing. 

 

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Wake up-- I need my Diet Dr. Pepper..  They had it on Harmony in the Freestyle Machines.. If not ill drink a few glasses of coke

Mid morning (1000ish)  I gotta have a few Tito's Bloody Marys.. 

Around twoish.. I guess its Bud Light time until Dinner.. 

After dinner... Tito's Dirty Martinis or Tito's and Cranberry..  Depending on the night.. Maybe a few shots of Patron mixed in 🙂

Last year I made the bright decision after a nap to start the Afternoon with Tito's and Red Bull.. Drank those up until dinnertime.. Around 11pm i lost my wings and crashed hard.. Couldn't  find our cabin (should have listened to my wife).. lol 🙂

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For me, my days are pretty consistent:

  • Breakfast - Fresh-squeezed OJ and a grande cappuccino from the cafe
  • One or two days of the trip I'll follow that up with a jalapeño bacon Bloody Mary
  • Another cappuccino around mid-day
  • On embarkation day and port days I always get a reposado or añejo margarita for sail-away
  • On sea days I might get one beer around lunch time, if the ship has a decent import option; if not, I'll get a lighter drink like "She's a Geisha" (sold only at Izumi)
  • On port days I always get two bottles of water when I leave the ship
  • At dinner - 2 glasses of wine (either bottles I brought with me, or if I bought the DBP then slightly more-expensive options that are mostly covered it)
  • After dinner - A glass of Bailey's on the rocks with a shot of espresso mixed in; kind of a reverse Irish coffee

And then I'll be drinking bottled or ship's tap water around all of that through the day.

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  • Bloody Mary for 1st breakfast
  • Irish Coffee for 2nd breakfast
  • VRB (vodka redbull) for the lull 
  • Long island iced tea for 1st lunch
  • pina colada for 2nd lunch
  • (water... lots of water)
  • Coconut mojito 
  • lava flow for the down time
  • Wine with first dinner
  • beer with 2nd dinner
  • ask bartender to surprise me before entertainment
  • (water.... lots of water.... and more water)
  • old fashioned 
  • gatorade
  • sleep.... shower... repeat. 
  • CHEERS! 🙂
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1 hour ago, WannaCruise said:

Can't say I've ever heard of that...sounds um...interesting....and really different!  Sounds like a neat twist on a Bloody Mary.

When the ship has the Bloody Mary bar set up in the atrium, they have a half-dozen or so ingredient options besides the choice of vodka. Jalapeños, bacon, possibly Old Bay, I forget what else. I saw the bacon and jalapeños that was just

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We always get the DBP, and I like to think we take advantage of it. Mostly we like not having the big bill at the end of the cruise. Sea days look like this:

  • DH gets me coffee from the suite lounge in the morning, and I usually only have one cup a day, so no benefit there.
  • Fresh squeezed OJ at breakfast (sometimes)
  • Bottle of water
  • Bloody Marys in the casino mid morning
  • Bottle of water
  • Water, soda, or lemonade at lunch
  • A Lava Flow (or two) by the pool
  • Bottle of water
  • Jalapeno Grapefruit Daiquiri at the Schooner Bar with trivia 
  • Bottle of water
  • Lemon drop in the suite lounge (no benefit again)
  • Glass of wine at dinner
  • Bottle of water

 

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I cant list all my drinks in a day.....it would clog up this thread...its a long  long list..........🤣

 

But it averages around 20-25 per day, more on the first few days, less on the last few days...a couple of those are water or poweraede though.....lol........

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Oh my, this could get interesting....  Thinking about our last time on Navigator

First thing is morning coffee, OJ and fruit delivered to the JS.  out to the balcony

More coffee with second breakfast in the MDR,

down to the R bar, for Bloody Mary then stroll around the walking track

Back to the R bar, jack and coke takes me through to lunch

Glass of wine with lunch in the MDR

Back to the R Bar to let lunch settle and wash down with another Jack and Coke

Mini Golf

Back to the R Bar - more jack and coke

Change for dinner

Dinner in the MDR- 2 glasses of wine

Showtime - Jack and coke

Back to the R bar - Jack and coke or two or three

Sleep time

 

Just to see how the drinks package worked out, we kept a real count on Navigator. Remember there were two of us contributing here not just me

Monday
☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
14 × 13 = $182
Tuesday
☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
16 x 13 = $208
Wednesday
☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
20 x 13 = $260
Thursday
☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
8 x 13 = $104


$754 Consumed

$432 Drinks package

$322 Balance in our favour

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speciality coffee first thing in the AM, with a bottle of water.

then colada's by the pool, or whatever the drink is around the pool that day, several! I'll try anything

more specialty iced coffee, and water around lunch time

I like to go to a couple bars and ask them to make me whatever they like to make- whether it's their speciality drink or just some fun new drink they enjoy or whatever, it's a "surprise me" moment and they seem happy to comply.

more iced coffee and water

on the rocks drinks with dinner; again either specialty frozen or anything on the rocks

my drinks are all virgin, and i have a blast trying new things!

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