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Deluxe Beverage package- - 20% off doesn't add up?


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I received an email saying that the deluxe beverage package is on sale this weekend 'up to 30% off'.  When I click on it for my cruise (Anthem of the Seas, NJ to Bahamas, March), it says price is $48 which is 20% off.  I thought the deluxe package was normally $55. If $48 is 20% off, then the price was jacked up to $60.  Does RC play around with prices like this? I swear full price was $55 last week or so.

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The base price of deluxe drink package varies from ship to ship, and even sailing to sailing.  To that point, it's difficult to find a listed price for the drink package on any literature RC puts out. So that partially explains how "20% off" seems to wildly vary.

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I treat it the same, regardless: I estimate how much I will drink on a given cruise, using generous restaurant drink pricing. If my total indicates the drink package will save me money, I'm in. If it doesn't, I buy the drinks as I go. Incidentally, since my wife and I enjoy the art auctions on sea days, we always can factor that in with the free "inexpensive" champagne they provide.Royal Caribbean can jack with the prices all they want: My spreadsheet never lies.

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The only positive sale that I thought was worth it was the deluxe drink package with zoom for one device which came to $49 per day. Funny thing was that it was CHEAPER than when I had purchased the drink package for $48 dollars per day because when I got charged for gratuity, they seemed to have subtracted the cost of the zoom and then based it on that price. That was during their black friday sale. 

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The only positive sale that I thought was worth it was the deluxe drink package with zoom for one device which came to $49 per day. Funny thing was that it was CHEAPER than when I had purchased the drink package for $48 dollars per day because when I got charged for gratuity, they seemed to have subtracted the cost of the zoom and then based it on that price. That was during their black friday sale.

I agree. I purchased the same and experienced the same pricing. The voom package won't do much for me but when it was basically thrown in for free with the deluxe bev that I was going to purchase anyway, I jumped and bought it.
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I am sure they also use demand pricing to determine what to adjust the final price to, its all so much easier when there are no published price lists though ;)

Absolutely. Also, the new ships have higher prices for the dink package (on average).  Premium experience and whatnot.

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I agree. I purchased the same and experienced the same pricing. The voom package won't do much for me but when it was basically thrown in for free with the deluxe bev that I was going to purchase anyway, I jumped and bought it.

I did the same, I even called to make sure it was on the up and up because it didn't make any sense that the sip and stream was cheaper that just the drink package.

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