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prior to cruising my wife and I were debating the drinks packages, were they worth it?

I do not drink a lot at home but can tend to drink a few with company, my wife drinks more than I do but even she is not the heaviest drinker, so we decided to get the premium package rather than have to worry about hefty cruise card bills.

We both drank enough to justify the package, so we go our money's worth.

we both agree now, however that if we didn't have a package we would not have drank anywhere near as much.

We have agreed that on our next cruise we will just buy the soft drink package if any and buy a couple of beers or whatever with meals

Peter

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I've always come to the same conclusion Peter but my upcoming Quantum of the Seas cruise is 8-nights, with 6 sea days and one day at Labadee.  Plus, no wife or kids so I feel like the drink package might actually be worth it but then again, would I be drinking for the sake of drinking?

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Near the end of my last cruise, I felt that I was drinking for the sake of drinking on the Royal Replenish package just to ensure I got the value out of the package. However, it was also nice to have it prepaid and not have to worry about the cost. Despite this, I am considering it for our European cruise simply because the cost of buying soda in port is so much more expensive. Plus, I do like my specialty coffee and couldn't justify having more than one per day if buying a la carte.

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I would like to not worry about price as well, but since I would have to get the highest tier to ensure getting all of whats in the replenish package I would have to drink ALOT I'm afraid. I can see myself drinking 3ish mixed drinks a day leaving up to a 14/day gap. I suppose if I didn't eat so much in the Windjammer the first half of the day I might actually have room for more drinks haha.

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Near the end of my last cruise, I felt that I was drinking for the sake of drinking on the Royal Replenish package just to ensure I got the value out of the package.

That's my fear.  I think I will give it a day or two to see how I'm doing before opting for a package.  Regardless of if my wife is there or not, 6-7 drinks per day is a lot over the course of a week.

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So, can you actually let a couple of days elapse and THEN decide to take the package ? Will they reimburse you for the drinks you purchased prior to purchasing the package ? Not sure I understand that rationale unless they will pay you back for what you have already spent.

 

I definitely do NOT purchase the drink packages. I guess the main reason is b/c I just don't drink that much...but combine that with the fact that I drink for free in the Casino (Club Royale perk) and that is where I spend most of my time and I guess it makes sense.

 

There might be a day or 2 out of 7 that a drink package would pay for itself package but there is no way that I can drink enough every day over a 7 day period to make it profitable...especially when you have to get up early on port days and get off the ship. I would be hung over every port day (and every sea day too, I guess !!!) and that would truly suck.

 

It seems to me that RCI is trying to push folks towards the packages by making individual drinks outrageously expensive...and maybe that will work. What is amusing, to me, is the fact that RCI was one of the LAST cruise lines to even adopt the drink packages...and now they're practically making them mandatory. Go figure.

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So, can you actually let a couple of days elapse and THEN decide to take the package ? Will they reimburse you for the drinks you purchased prior to purchasing the package ? Not sure I understand that rationale unless they will pay you back for what you have already spent.

 

I definitely do NOT purchase the drink packages. I guess the main reason is b/c I just don't drink that much...but combine that with the fact that I drink for free in the Casino (Club Royale perk) and that is where I spend most of my time and I guess it makes sense.

 

There might be a day or 2 out of 7 that a drink package would pay for itself package but there is no way that I can drink enough every day over a 7 day period to make it profitable...especially when you have to get up early on port days and get off the ship. I would be hung over every port day (and every sea day too, I guess !!!) and that would truly suck.

 

It seems to me that RCI is trying to push folks towards the packages by making individual drinks outrageously expensive...and maybe that will work. What is amusing, to me, is the fact that RCI was one of the LAST cruise lines to even adopt the drink packages...and now they're practically making them mandatory. Go figure.

If you wait until, say, day 3 to by the package you are only charged for the remaining days (5 on a 7 night cruise).  All your previous idividual purchases remain on your bill. 

 

I agree that they are trying to force people into the packages, I think they are finding it profitable.

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Matt, did you end up doing the package on the group cruise? Also can you chime in on the new pricing for alcoholic drinks?

I did not and glad I didn't.  Others in the group that did do the package at the end of cruise lamented the fact they purchased it.

 

Bottom line, it's difficult for many people to drink 6-7 drinks per day, every day.

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Ah...so it's a pro-rated kinda thing. That makes sense.

 

I'm sure the drink packages ARE profitable for the cruise line. As we have all discussed, you have to BIG TIME Partier to drink 6 -7 drinks every day for 7 days in a row. I would never make it through and it would totally ruin my cruise...for me and anyone else on the cruise WITH me.

 

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Definitely good for the cruise line as there's a huge profit in alcohol. The dining plans run the same way at WDW. Unless you're going to eat an enormous amount every day, it's hard to justify the dining plan much the same as for the beverage packages.

I agree on those Disney Dining plans.  They seem like a good deal but I never would eat that much food normally.  Same with the drink package, it may sting when you sign for those drinks but in the end I never drink anywhere near the amount I would need to in order to break even (which is probably a good thing).  Of course, there have been many reports from couples who have only purchased one drink package that the bartenders and servers will occasionally put their partners drink on their package.  That helps skew the math a little.

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I agree that at the current prices, it's hard to break even unless you are a pretty consistent drinker and aren't getting off the ship much. I did get my value out of the nonalcoholic package on Celebrity, even on a cruise with no port days; however, they were more generous with the plan and would allow you to take an unopened can back to your cabin, would give you the large size bottles of water, etc. if Royal did this, it would be a no brainier for me. Despite this, I am considering buying the Royal Replenish package for my upcoming European cruise mainly because the costs ashore in Norway and Iceland for beverages is so high.

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Here's a supplemental question that could change the value, at least for me. Is the $12 average for mixed drinks before or after auto gratuity? For those who already get the royal replenish, the difference between it and the ultimate package is $36. Depending on the answer, 4 drinks a day or less is at least more feasible.

 

Edit: wow that math lol. So yeah at new single prices 3 drinks a day isn't as bad as I thought, 4 at the old prices.

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Here's a supplemental question that could change the value, at least for me. Is the $12 average for mixed drinks before or after auto gratuity? For those who already get the royal replenish, the difference between it and the ultimate package is $36. Depending on the answer, 4 drinks a day or less is at least more feasible.

 

Edit: wow that math lol. So yeah at new single prices 3 drinks a day isn't as bad as I thought, 4 at the old prices.

The $12 average for mixed drinks is BEFORE gratuity

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The $12 average for mixed drinks is BEFORE gratuity

Ok, that totally changes it for me then. I really wish the single prices hadn't hiked but they have. At $14 per after gratuity , 2 drinks brings it close enough to be worth getting vs just the royal replenish . As long as the package doesn't hike too they might just well be worth it.
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At $14 per after gratuity , 2 drinks brings it close enough to be worth getting vs just the royal replenish . 

Non-alcoholic drinks should be much cheaper than $12.

 

From what I saw on Independence of the Seas last month, most of the menu for alcoholic drinks were $10-12 each (depending on the particular bar menu I was looking at), but I seem to recall that the listed fancy, non-alcoholic drinks (think "mocktails") were $7.

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WhiteSoxFan - If you find that you have leftover OBC that you need to use or lose, just go to the casino and get chips at a table for whatever amount you need to spend. Example....if you have $100 of OBC left unused, go to a table at the casino and as for $100 on your seapass. Now, they WILL charge you a 5% "convenience fee" (so there will be a charge on your account for $105) but you can turn right around and get cash for those chips at the cashier's cage if you don't want to use them to gamble. Sure...it will cost you $5 but at least you won't lose the $100 OBC.

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