On the first night at 4:30 there were probably 150 people in line for the DL (by the way, there were well over 800 diamonds on board). At 4:35 all seats (maybe 50 or 60) were occupied. Fortunately, right around the corner was the overflow room (jazz club)....so everyone was happy during HH. If no overflow.....I wouldn't want to be the DL host that had to tell hundreds of diamonds to move elsewhere.
And I agree this is a profit driven decision. Lets say, average 3-4 drinks at $10 plus 20% service charge in the DL and average 1-2 sea pass drinks elsewhere, we have $40 to $60 bucks plus the 20%. And lets say half of the diamonds would drink this much, we now have 400 times $40 to $60 plus 20% times 4 to 7 days (one cruise and we might be closing in on $130K to $150K.....I can see bean counter's head exploding). All of this coming from cruisers who are loyal and spent a ton on cruises to get this pretty neat perk.
Now I have heard the arguments on the other side....."I don't drink that much, 3 sea pass drinks are plenty, overflow areas are not a perk, the real problem is too many diamonds and not enough DL areas". To that I say everyone has their own habits and drink limits and no one should dictate how many drinks one should have (as long as they are responsible). And yes, the 3 sea pass drinks are great if you choose not to attend DL. But DL is a social event and most will say friendships have been started and maintained in those little venues.
I will partially agree overflow areas are not considered a "perk" . However, the benefits of unlimited drinks in the DL was a driving point by RCL. If these venues fill up in 5 minutes the unlucky ones will have to sit this one out, change their plans for the night or simply use some or all of the sea pass drinks. Sorry, RCL did not understand the monster they created. At some point they should have seen that demand exceeded supply. The simple answer is create enough space for all diamonds or don't advertise it to future loyalty customers. Current diamonds are not responsible for this monster. But don't con future diamonds with this unlimited DL drink perk......it may not be entirely true if this new rule is enforced.
I will now step off the soapbox.