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Beer selection is good both bottle and draught and is roughly $5-$7 depending on what you have, see below       Cocktails are about $8-$12 and spirits are about $6 upwards.   Hope this helps

More info on the drink packages: http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/royal-caribbean-beverage-packages

It's worth trying. RC will sell you the package at a pro-rated rate every day you wait to purchase it but there has to be at least 4 days left on your cruise.   And yes, the drink package works at L

My husband and I will be getting the Premium Drink Package on Quantum. 

 

The amount is about what we spend on our bar bill but there is one big advantage we are looking forward to;  We are going to try all kinds of different cocktails that we would not normally try because I hate to spend good money on a drink I may not like.  It's going to fun finding new drinks that we like.

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The only real difference between buy ahead and buy onboard is whether you charge your credit card now or have On Board Credit to use to offset the cost when on board.

 

Potentially if there were a price increase/decrease between now and your sail date you might benefit/or not from todays price booked and paid vs. a higher future price but who knows.

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Is there a freestyle machine on the Granduer?  Do they usually have a variety of coke products? Are they good about keeping it filled?

 

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Yes, Grandeur has the Freestyle machines.  

 

I've only experienced the machines on Freedom and Quantum and they were pretty much full. 

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I've only experienced the machines on Freedom and Quantum and they were pretty much full. 

 

You've been on Quantum already? Lucky you! ;)

 

BTW, now that Oasis is heading off to Europe, I wonder what they're going to do with the Freestyle machines. I would assume that they have enough refills for it to last a few weeks of sailings before she returns to the US. I think that this may be the first time that Freestyle machines will have been on a cruise ship in Europe.

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You've been on Quantum already? Lucky you! ;)

 

BTW, now that Oasis is heading off to Europe, I wonder what they're going to do with the Freestyle machines. I would assume that they have enough refills for it to last a few weeks of sailings before she returns to the US. I think that this may be the first time that Freestyle machines will have been on a cruise ship in Europe.

:lol: Sorry I meant Oasis. I've got Quantum on my brain

 

It's a good question.  RC has told me Freestyle machines are limited to US only for maintenance reasons so it would make sense they would remove them or temporarily put them away.

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Just got off Navigator this morning. Debated long and hard beforehand, and decided to go with the Premium Package ($55 per person/per day). There's no way I will do this again. Even at $6-9 per drink, and $4.75 per beer, there noooo way I got my money's worth. There were quite a few times when my wife and I were sitting at a bar having drinks simply because there would be no charge. If I were to add up all the drinks we really, really wanted, it wouldn't be half of the $770 I paid. As far as the "Royal Replenish" for $20 per person/per day, here's the skinny,, soft drinks in the dining room and Windjammer were free anyway, as were quite a few that I saw poured at bars. So for $140 (7x $20 per person/per day), you get a souvenir Coke cup, and "free" Coke. People, that's $280 for a couple,, to drink Coke for a week. Make your own decision, but unless you plan on doing nothing but drinking all day, and not getting off the ship at the destination ports, I suggest not getting ANY beverage packages, and just pay the tab at the end. Just one mans opinion.

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For us it depends a lot on the itinerary and who we are with.

 

On Allure we had a Western itinerary, from memory we had 3 sea days + Labadee and for Falmouth planned to stay onboard so we had 5 "drinking" days. We held off on buying the first night so we only paid for a 6 day package anyway, so basically on 5 of the 6 days had a shot at drinking enough to make it work.

 

Basically thought we broke even on the deal but we enjoyed the ability to "try" drinks we usually wouldn't pay for.

 

On Vision we had day one, 2 sea days and Cozumel. Ordinarily wouldn't have bought the package but we were doing a first time cruise with friends that border on alcoholic so we went ahead and bought it. Came out way ahead on the deal after spending most nights parked at a bar doing shots, etc.

 

Will be on Indy for Thanksgiving with my family and wont even think about buying the package, different group of people, most likely to be a couple of beers a day if that so no sense forking out for it.

 

Like I said the value of the package for us is heavily dependent on who we are with and what the itinerary is, but our default setting is "not worth it".

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As far as the "Royal Replenish" for $20 per person/per day, here's the skinny,, soft drinks in the dining room and Windjammer were free anyway, as were quite a few that I saw poured at bars. So for $140 (7x $20 per person/per day), you get a souvenir Coke cup, and "free" Coke. People, that's $280 for a couple,, to drink Coke for a week. Make your own decision, but unless you plan on doing nothing but drinking all day, and not getting off the ship at the destination ports, I suggest not getting ANY beverage packages, and just pay the tab at the end. Just one mans opinion.

I agree with your conclusion, but to clarify: we bought the Royal Replenesh package because it includes virtually all non-alcoholic drinks (bottled water, sparkling water, all Starbucks drinks, non-alcoholic bar drinks, coke, etc.) not just coke.

 

We drink a lot of bottled water and I found it a hassle to stop at a bar many times during the day to buy a water and wait for the server to print a ticket for us to sign every time. I also found myself drinking drinks that I really didn't need just because I had the package. You really must drink early and often every day just to break even on the packages.

 

Next time I would have a case of water delivered to our cabin and pay for any other drinks as we go. I would save a lot of money that way. You still have an opportunity to buy the souvenir cups for $5 each (6 for $25) near the end of the cruise.

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IIRC Starbucks is included on all ships except Oasis and Allure, on those two the specialty coffee from the "other" coffee shops is included but not the standalone Starbucks on the promenade. Not a coffee drinker myself so I could be wrong but pretty sure that was the story on Starbucks on RCL.

That would make sense given the feedback I had heard

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I have rulled out the alcohol packages, I just don't think I would get my moneys worth without drinking the entire cruise. I have been debating the Royal Replenish package. I am not much of a soda drinker, but I drink water all day long. The replenish says it offers bottled water. Can someone that has purchased this package tell me the pros and cons. Looks like it will cost $306 for the two of us to have this package. Will it be worth it. What are your drink options without a package?

We did the equivalent package on Celebrity and figured we'd only break even at best as it was a port intensive (7 ports in 7 days) cruise. However, I figured the convenience and having it paid for upfront would be worth it. In the end, we really saw the value in it. I would start with fresh squeezed orange juice and a sugar free vanilla latte in the morning, have an ice-blended coffee when we returned, a couples of bottles of water on excursions, a soda or two with dinner, cappuccino with dessert, and a nonalcoholic cocktail with the show. In the end, it more than paid off.

 

We're doing the same on the Jewel this January on another port intensive cruise. I'll consider it for our European cruise, too, if it's offered as I hear they raise the bar prices when the ships are in Europe.

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I tend to agree on the value of the royal replenish package although I was pleasantly surprised by their flavored waters in the Windjammer. One thing worth noting also is their iced tea. I grew up loathing tea but in the last few years have started to find select places with iced tea so good I actually like it. Royal Caribbean turns out to be one such place!

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I tend to agree on the value of the royal replenish package although I was pleasantly surprised by their flavored waters in the Windjammer. One thing worth noting also is their iced tea. I grew up loathing tea but in the last few years have started to find select places with iced tea so good I actually like it. Royal Caribbean turns out to be one such place!

Good points.

 

I tend to be fine with the complimentary drinks but I know others prefer to have a few soft drinks per day at the very least so it's so subjective. 

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