Posted July 10th, 2018, 06:09 PM
Last edited by leaveitallbehind; July 10th, 2018 at 06:16 PM
The drinks packages are definitely worth it for convenience and ease of budgeting. Before the cruise, you will known your dollar spend for drinks.
However, the greatest majority will most likely spend more money on the package than if you purchased drinks individually, especially on cruises that are very port intensive. I have seen many pax with drinks packages adding up the total cost of drinks after a cruise and proudly announcing, "I saved money with the package." I always question, would you drink as much without a package. Personally, if I don't have a package, I probably wouldn't consume as many drinks.
I am always cognisant of the fact that the mainstream cruise lines never introduce packages to save the passenger money, they are introduced to make the cruise line more money.
Not worth it IMO in most cases.
If spending $455 per person on a cruise for drinks is what you would typically spend, then I guess they would be worth it as that is about what most drink packages cost. IMO that is a lot to pay for convenience and ease of budgeting. And since most cruise line require all of age in a stateroom to purchase them, the typical cost is more than $900 for two in a stateroom. That's a lot of drinks!
And as you point out, time off the ship while in port counts the same in terms of your daily spend. So a lot would need to be consumed at night on those days.
The bottom line as you say is the only reason the packages are available is because it is a huge money maker for the cruise lines - not a savings for the typical consumer.
And BTW those cruise lines that offer it as a "free perk" are including the cost somewhere in the stateroom rate. I know with Celebrity, as example, you can compare stateroom rates with and without the perks included to determine what the true cost - and value - of the perks are on a given itinerary.