FRESH off the Indy and WE DID THE BOOZE PACK!

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Virginia
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Originally posted by Merion_Mom
The prices on the bar menus on the Independence include the gratuity.
They did for 2010 according to... um, that other site, but this menu is the full menu and specifically states there is a 15% service fee to be added on the back cover.
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Originally posted by patty0227
Uh.... the average FEMALE can too.
I'm sorry! I stand corrected. However, I do recall reading somewhere that men "burn off" alcohol faster than women for some reason. I'd have to get back to you on that one though.

OK, I just looked it up and was able to edit on time. Women absorb alcohol into their blood more quickly apparently.
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It looks as if i will have to find the previous answers to my questions out myself next week !!!!
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Originally posted by PAFC
Well I was on Indy in Febuary and got off on 3rd March and there was no package.
Bottled beer (budd miller) was $4:95, house wine $6:95, house spirits $5:50 including mixer, $6:75 for premium spirits (smirnoff & absolut) which was roughly the same as we payed on the Freedom last year.
Can you confirm whether you payed 15% on top of these prices please, as there seems to be some confusion on this point.

Thanks
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We'll be sailing on the Grandeur in July (which is participating in this offer) and am interested to read this thread to try and work out whether it's worth doing it. We have access to the Diamond lounge for pre-dinner drinks and usually buy a wine package. However, my husband likes a few beers during the day and the odd glass of wine in the casino after dinner. He usually orders a bucket of beer on sea days when it can be hard to get a waiter's attention (and it keeps the beers nice and cold). I'm assuming that you wouldn't be able to order a bucket but can only buy one beer at a time - does anyone know?
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You left out the most important part. ONE DRINK AN HOUR.

Gilgo .. you would be over the limit in the UK!

If drinking is your thing then so be it enjoy the package if you believe it is value for money for you, as for spending $1000 on alcohol on a holiday as someone has mentioned! i can think of better things to spend that amount on ...
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Originally posted by sidari
You left out the most important part. ONE DRINK AN HOUR.

Gilgo .. you would be over the limit in the UK!

If drinking is your thing then so be it enjoy the package if you believe it is value for money for you, as for spending $1000 on alcohol on a holiday as someone has mentioned! i can think of better things to spend that amount on ...
I agree with you on that one. We are insiders and that could a one week cruise for us. We have been doing 5 cruises a year. So that $1000 goes better towards a cruise than drinking for us.
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Originally posted by sandian
Can you confirm whether you payed 15% on top of these prices please, as there seems to be some confusion on this point.

Thanks
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.
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Originally posted by PAFC
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.
Thank you so much, that is very helpful, looks like we will be buying our own drinks then as we are not huge drinkers.
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Originally posted by sidari
You left out the most important part. ONE DRINK AN HOUR.

Gilgo .. you would be over the limit in the UK!

If drinking is your thing then so be it enjoy the package if you believe it is value for money for you, as for spending $1000 on alcohol on a holiday as someone has mentioned! i can think of better things to spend that amount on ...
OK. So if I'm wrong then tell me, What is the legal limit is in the UK(I know I just want to see if you do).

As far as spending $1000. Why do you care how other people spend their money?
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Gilgo .... Here is the limit for where we live! ....

The alcohol limit for driving in England and Wales is set at 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath or 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

And i did not say i care about how other people spend their money!!! What I said if you read it correctly is that i would not spend $1000 on alcohol and can think of better things to spend it on.

If people want to Waste that amount on alcohol then that is their choice!

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Virginia
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Originally posted by PAFC
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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Originally posted by Gilgo Surfer
OK. So if I'm wrong then tell me, What is the legal limit is in the UK(I know I just want to see if you do).

As far as spending $1000. Why do you care how other people spend their money?
Sidari may have been commenting on my earlier post when I stated our bar bill for 14 nights was aroind $950.
We like a drink,bearing in mind the prices on our last FOS cruise was around $15 (A tenner) for 2 drinks it's not cheap.
But we had a blast.

Keith (Newcastle)
Dumfries - Scotland
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Can anyone who has bought the drinks packages give us a breakdown of exactly what spirits you could get within the package (I know the RCI pages tell you some but not all!)

Thanks x
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Originally posted by amyh22
What ships are participating in this trial? I'm going on Adventure in July, would love it if it was running.
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Just to let you know, the drinks package on ID was suspended from today's sailing. I think they have had issues onboard and are reviewing the situation. It may be revamped and offered on sailings later this month.
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Originally posted by mzk90
Just to let you know, the drinks package on ID was suspended from today's sailing. I think they have had issues onboard and are reviewing the situation. It may be revamped and offered on sailings later this month.

Ah that might explain why the details of the Package have been removed from the Home Page of RCCL UK website.

Thanks for letting us know
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Nae problem Nessie! I understand there were some unhappy guests onboard when they found out, but apparently it was a last minute decision based on certain situations from the cruise that finished today and the previous one.

I guess they did say it was a trial! Seems to be still ok for Grandeur and Legend, so maybe it's just the Brits drinking the ship dry! I certainly hope it's not due to anti-social behaviour!