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It has to be purchased with at least 4 days left (unless on a 3 day cruise in which case its all or nothing). We did something similar on Allure earlier this year, skipped the first night (since we had BOGO coupons and also did the Ritas Cantina Fiesta which included 3 drinks each for $10) and then bought the package the morning of day 2 for the rest of the cruise.

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We are going on the Jewel of the Seas (7 night cruise) and will not board until close to 7 pm. There is no way I can get my money's worth the first day. Can we start the package deal on day 2 and pay for 6 nights or will we still have to pay for all 7?

Thanx! 

Yes, they will pro-rate the remaining amount.

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Hi everyone, our first time on the RC forems. We're cruising on Oassis Sept. 19-2015. Firest time cruising Eastern Caribbean 7 day cruise. Can anyone give us some must does on and off the ship please. Thank you

 There is a big group from the blog sailing in late March. So if you don't get much info now, I bet there will be a ton of ideas when they get back.

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Hey all!

 

Just got back from a seven day cruise via vision of the seas... I was following this topic because my husband and I are pretty heavy drinkers, so we were torn about getting the package or not, we opted not too and it worked out heavily in our favor.

 

The first day, we went to the bar and made friends with the bartenders working, they said they work the same bar everyday, so we started talking and tipped them generously the first few rounds, even though there is a 15% tip included. We were also told from our uncle To bring 2 dollar bills to tip, This way they remember you, and apparently so many people still collect them, they loved it. We just went to the bank and got a hundred in 2s. After the first day, we would leave our card out so they could charge the drinks,but most times, they never did! Even when we asked for glasses of water,they just gave us bottles instead..it rocked! So we would leave 15-20 bucks and move on. There were two bars we did this with and it worked out great! We had four stops so most of those days we didn't start drinking until 2-3 o'clock but when we did, we only paid for one, if that, and continued to tip. Our total bill came out to less than the 800 something it would have been if we both did the package...and that's including tips and excursions. So if you're comfortable making friends, it's totally worth tipping them handsomely and they will definitely take care of you :-)

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I like the idea of tipping with 2 dollar bills!

I had heard the $2 bill idea isnt so great on shore because some locals don't think it's real.  Granted, onboard at the bar is a different story

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I had heard the $2 bill idea isnt so great on shore because some locals don't think it's real.  Granted, onboard at the bar is a different story

 

I was going to click "Like" on your post - but apparently I've reached my daily limit of exuberance and must either curb my enthusiasm, or come back tomorrow!  

 

And I've come across cashiers in the US who don't think two dollar bills are legal, too! 

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I was going to click "Like" on your post - but apparently I've reached my daily limit of exuberance and must either curb my enthusiasm, or come back tomorrow!  

 

And I've come across cashiers in the US who don't think two dollar bills are legal, too! 

I didn't realize there was a limit.  Don't worry Mark, all the snow we're about to get in CT will dim down your enthusiasm ;)

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I didn't realize there was a limit.  Don't worry Mark, all the snow we're about to get in CT will dim down your enthusiasm ;)

 

As I was snow blowing and shoveling yesterday I was saying "77 more days... just 77 more days". We booked excursions for Labadee and Cozumel last night as a way of warding off winter. Apparently that didn't work too well...

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I didn't realize there was a limit.  Don't worry Mark, all the snow we're about to get in CT will dim down your enthusiasm ;)

Further proof that we need a ship in Southern California where the average temp with be in the mid to upper 70s this week.

 

I know the Mexico route wasn't extremely profitable, but I wish they'd consider doing more California coastals.

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As I was snow blowing and shoveling yesterday I was saying "77 more days... just 77 more days". We booked excursions for Labadee and Cozumel last night as a way of warding off winter. Apparently that didn't work too well...

I'll be thinking that when I get out the snow blower tomorrow for the 4-6" we're supposed to get tonight through tomorrow morning. Fortunately, that's a whole bunch less than what Boston is getting from this storm.

 

"47 more days... just 47 more days!" :D

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Hey all!

 

. After the first day, we would leave our card out so they could charge the drinks,but most times, they never did! Even when we asked for glasses of water,they just gave us bottles instead..it rocked! So we would leave 15-20 bucks and move on. There were two bars we did this with and it worked out great! We had four stops so most of those days we didn't start drinking until 2-3 o'clock but when we did, we only paid for one, if that, and continued to tip. Our total bill came out to less than the 800 something it would have been if we both did the package...and that's including tips and excursions. So if you're comfortable making friends, it's totally worth tipping them handsomely and they will definitely take care of you :-)

I certainly wouldnt recomend this to anyone as a way to "save" on not getting the package, or as a way to try and save on the cruise.

Glad it worked out for you...but being charged for a few drinks a day, plus leaving $15-20 in tips at each bar does add up. And no guarantee that it will work every day.

 

And if after a couple days they stopped doing it, or if the bartenders got caught, would not be good for you or them.

 

So while it is a great story/experience....i wouldn't count on it or rely on it happening....count yourselves lucky....most people would end up paying for each drink or the package.

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We bought the Ultimate drink package for both my wife and I on our first RCCI cruise, a 4 day Enchantment of the Seas caribbean cruise this past September. I will buy one for me on our next cruise, but not for my wife. I enjoy not having to worry about the bill and she is a light weight.

Was your wife able to get a couple of drinks off your package? 

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Was your wife able to get a couple of drinks off your package? 

 

The cruise isn't until this October. But we ended up canceling the Navigator cruise and booking on NCL Getaway for the same week. We ended up getting a deal on a balcony guarantee for just $70 more per person on the Getaway and got the ultimate drink package for free for both of us with there current promotion. We are looking forward to trying Norwegian. 

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Craft beers generally or not served on board. Some are, but if you are looking for your local pint house selection you will be disappointed. Remember this is a ship with a limited storage space so it will be like shopping in a convenience store, not a beer garden. 

But Carnival will have an on board brewery on their new ship the Vista.

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Carnival Vista will have an onboard brewery.  However, I think they may only be brewing their Thirsty Frog Red, which is their signature beer.  I haven't heard of anything else being offered as of yet.  I'll admit that it's the only cruise line that I actually drink beer on as the Thirsty Frog Red is exceptional.  Not a fan of most "ordinary" beers.

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