I price compare the cost vs other cruises everytime I book. With/without it included. I also tested a cruise where I didnt have the package and compared bar tabs. Hands down it saves me money....but more importantly, I do not THINK about money on the vacation...which too me is the best part. As another poster mentioned. 4-5 mixed drinks in a day... it pays for itself. Hell on a sea day at the pool....Thats noon for me. A night out around the ship? thats from dressed at 5 to pre-show at 830.