Posted March 31st, 2011, 12:48 PM
I can confirm having been on the ship 9 times and having only disembarked on the 3rd March from my last cruise, the 15% gratuity is included in the price. I know this as I had to pay for each drink as packages were not then available. If you want house wine in the Labyrinth or house spirits you just need to ask.
I did ask, and was told there is no house wine, thats a misnomer- instead you get the open bottle-which often times cost much more per glass than the house wine listing. No skin off my back, since I was drinking on a package and didn't have to pay a difference.
As to comments about $1000 for alcohol, we always budget $100 a day for drinks on a cruise- on an 11 night cruise that's $1100. While some may prefer to spend their money on other things, thats great. I can not see spending $50 for a couples steak dinner when there is "free" food available- I sure can not see spending $200 on a massage when I have a perfectly abled husband at hand... we all pick and choose which services we wish to spend our money on and we enjoy our drinks. With this package being only $68 a day for both of us it was a steal. When we won it and the rest of our expenses all back in casino, it was even more of a steal. :-D I know plenty of people who can't imagine wasting thousands of dollars to go on a cruise when they own a perfectly good tent they can vacation in for $20 a night all week in a state park. Different strokes for different folks!
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