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  1. The beverage package sales are itinerary-specific as opposed to across-the-board fleet wide. Each sailing has their bar revenue targets to meet, and when they lag, up go the sales. We’re currently aboard Eclipse on a 9-day Pacific Coastal Cruise. 7 days before we sailed Celebrity emailed a promo for this voyage at 50% off the Classic & Premium packages, which we took advantage of. This particular promo was only available by calling Celebrity to book. It was not offered via the on line Cruise Planner. It’s always a good idea to join the roll call for your voyage as fellow cruisers are good to post a “heads up” to these deals. 😉 Then when we boarded, I noticed this promo being displayed outside Cellar Masters.
  2. Exactly. We learned long ago to never pay the posted rate for specialty restaurants on Celebrity. I can’t recall a time we ever paid “retail”. If/when quality and service suffers, it at least softens the blow a bit knowing you paid a reduced rate. And if you’re happy with the experience, all the better. We’ve never sailed over the Holidays, but I’d suspect these sailings may be the exception to the rule when it comes to reduced rates if the specialties are heavily booked.
  3. We dined in Tuscan aboard Eclipse last night. I ordered Veal Marsala which was terribly salty, however my Sister’s filet was absolute perfection. She couldn’t finish it, so I had the last 3 bites, and it was of very good quality. I simply ordered the wrong entree for my personal taste.
  4. Received my call back and got it booked. It was as they said, some customers received the email promo offer before the folks in the call center were notified of it. Thanks again for the heads up on this, JMB27. 😉
  5. We'll see who gets called back first! Glad I'm not the only one trying to book this. 😉
  6. Called to book the offer. The rep recalled seeing an email on the offer, but couldn't locate it. But I've forwarded it to him and he is investigating with his superiors. He says marketing often sends out these email blasts before they hear about it. Not surprised. His Supervisor said he could go ahead and book it for me, however what he was reading was Buy 1 get the second at 50% off, which is not what this offer is. So he is checking further and promised to call me back. Stay tuned! NOTE: This offer is only for the Eclipse Nov 11, 2019 sailing. LIMITED TIME ONLY NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE OR ONBOARD MUST CALL TODAY TO RESERVE Take advantage of this special offer, created just for you, and save 50% on Premium and Classic Beverage Packages. *Offers applies to new purchases for the guests named on this booking only. Bookings must be made by November 8, 2019 for Celebrity Eclipse sailing departing November 11, 2019. Offer must be redeemed by calling 1-844-418-6824 (standard data and cellular rates apply). Offer is not available online or onboard. Offer is 50% off Premium or Classic beverage package. Offer not applicable for non-alcoholic beverage packages. Guests must be of legal drinking age to purchase alcoholic beverage packages. Beverage savings is applicable on new purchases made only. Offer is also not transferable. Changes to purchases or booking made by guest may result in loss of discount or additional fees. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotion or package. Packages booked prior to the start date of the Offer cannot be cancelled and rebooked under this Offer. Package prices are per person and subject to change without notice. Offer is subject to availability and change without notice and may be withdrawn at any time. Celebrity Cruises reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice. ©2019 Celebrity Cruises Inc. Ship's registry: Malta and Ecuador.
  7. Thanks for forwarding the email, JMB27! By chance have you (or are you) going to call in to book one of these packages? I will call Celebrity now to try and book 2 Premium Packages.
  8. Very interesting. And I can certainly understand the frustration for you and others already holding drink packages. The beverage game is now getting to be like waiting until after final payment hoping for lower prices on staterooms. It'll be interesting to see if they run similar specials on the upcoming repositioning cruise to South America, where I'm sure the numbers of Elites and higher will be significant as well.
  9. Is it safe to assume these cards are also good to use in the restaurants for cocktails and wines by the glass?
  10. Excellent. Bring your beverage discounts with you to carry over! 🤣
  11. Thanks CulverCityCruiser! We’ll be on the next sailing. It’s only 9 days and I don’t believe will have a necessarily large contingency of Elites and above that could water down bar revenue. But if there are any drink specials or sales, I’ll update this thread.
  12. Can you describe drink cards? Are they some reduced rate gimmicks like pay $15 for $20 worth of drinks?
  13. I wondered the same thing when I read the OP. These type cruises attract a lot of Elites and higher enjoying their complimentary perks (as we do). We’ve been on a number of Transatlantic/Transpacific crossings where there’s always a lot of Elites and have seen several 50% off sales on Beverage Packages, only being offered pre-cruise for the entire voyage rather than mid-cruise as appears to be the case here.
  14. We'll be on Eclipse soon on a port intensive itinerary, so I kind of doubt they'll be too busy. If I can score a BOGO we'll give it a try. Have had good success in bargaining when it comes to =X= specialty restaurants.
  15. Roy, thanks in advance for what will be another great trip to enjoy vicariously through you. Safe travels and fun adventures!
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