Drinks on Us now on ALL sailings?

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#21
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Originally posted by cdn_tbird
We booked the Fantastica experience so our July 2019 Greek Isle cruise is showing "Drinks on Us or 12 vouchers ***". If you do a mock booking you can look at the details for the experience and see that the *** simply are an indicator to visit www(.)mscdrinksonus(.)com for details. When you go to the site, all the information is referring to Caribbean sailing.

When we booked, our TA was told that the vouchers would be replaced by something but they didn't have any details then. Guess I'll be asking her to get clarification for us. As long as they don't tell her that the bookings need to be repriced, this will be a nice little bonus since it would mean upgrading to the All-Incl. premium package would be less than what I was budgeting if we had to buy the All-Incl. classic package.
Our's says the same. "Drinks on Us or 12 Vouchers***" and we are booked fantastica too. Whichever way this falls, I'm fine. But I will be disappointed if I paid extra for the fantastica and in the end Bella ends up with Drinks on Us.
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#22
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Just checked my booking again and now any mention of the Drinks on Us package has been removed. Also don't see it listed on any other Mediterranean cruises I price out. Looks like it was a mistake.
#23
North of Toronto, Ontario
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Originally posted by XLVIII
Just checked my booking again and now any mention of the Drinks on Us package has been removed. Also don't see it listed on any other Mediterranean cruises I price out. Looks like it was a mistake.
I noticed that too, plus it seems there were quite a few gremlins running the MSC web-site today. At one point our sailing disappeared completely.


If they do introduce the "Drinks on Us" as the replacement for the vouchers, I'm not sure if MSC is going to expect that existing reservations get repriced in order to get the package or not.

Assuming they do, I ran the numbers between the price we booked at just a couple of months ago and now, and for us it wouldn't make sense. Our price plus 5 deluxe packages is basically the same as what the current price is plus the upgrade cost for 5. If that's the case, I'll probably stick with the classic pkg. There's enough there to keep us hydrated.
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#24
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Originally posted by XLVIII
Just checked my booking again and now any mention of the Drinks on Us package has been removed. Also don't see it listed on any other Mediterranean cruises I price out. Looks like it was a mistake.
Gone on mine as well. Not only that but it tells me I have Bella benefits when I booked fantastica. What a mess.
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#25
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Originally posted by cmukid87
Gone on mine as well. Not only that but it tells me I have Bella benefits when I booked fantastica. What a mess.
Without the 12 drink vouchers, or some kind of drink pkg. replacement there is very little difference between the two experiences. My booking shows that I get all the Bella benefits + Free Room Service, Preferred Dining Time, and Ideal Stateroom Location. Big whoops.
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#26
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Originally posted by cdn_tbird
Without the 12 drink vouchers, or some kind of drink pkg. replacement there is very little difference between the two experiences. My booking shows that I get all the Bella benefits + Free Room Service, Preferred Dining Time, and Ideal Stateroom Location. Big whoops.
It seems like MSC has really dropped the ball on what, if anything, is going to replace the voucher program for Fantastica. We would have booked the Fantastica experience had there been vouchers or any sort of drinks package, but without that added benefit the additional expense made no sense - over $100 each for room service and a slightly better room.
#27
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Originally posted by XLVIII
It seems like MSC has really dropped the ball on what, if anything, is going to replace the voucher program for Fantastica. We would have booked the Fantastica experience had there been vouchers or any sort of drinks package, but without that added benefit the additional expense made no sense - over $100 each for room service and a slightly better room.
I wholeheartedly agree I don't see $100 worth of value for us. Someone else might. We'll use the "Free" continental breakfast since we do like having a cup of coffee and some toast while we're getting ready, but otherwise we've never ordered room service and doubt we will on this cruise.

Because we are a party of 5 and need 2 cabins there were no 3 person Bella cabins available so we booked side-by-side Fantastica cabins otherwise, we would have booked Bella.
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#28
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Our DoU is gone also. So are our 12 drink vouchers.
It says Fantastica is Bella Plus

It’s kinda exciting to see what my booking will say tomorrow
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#29
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Originally posted by Bases5
It’s kinda exciting to see what my booking will say tomorrow
Wow, I had heard the old wives tales of the mythical optimist CC cruiser... I just never thought I'd actually encounter them.

LOL.

Kidding aside, I do hope that MSC will introduce something. Hopefully they do it well before Mar. 2019.
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#31
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Originally posted by hakko808
Don't you get bathrobes with fantastica too or is that with next level up?
Only those either in YC or at Black Card level in Voyagers Club get bathrobes (& slippers).
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#32
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We booked a UAE cruise in May for Jan 2019 and anytime drinks package plus basic internet package was included with all balcony cabins and mealtime drinks with ocean view. We booked a Bella balcony with anytime drinks.
I notice for new bookings this offer has gone but price is about £30 cheaper pp
#34
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Joined Feb 2014
Originally posted by metfan1953
I thought for cruises booked for AFTER March 2019, the drinks on us package is disappearing. Did I read something wrong or interpreting wrong?
After March 2019 the 12 drink voucher program is disappearing. MSC has not announced what, if anything, it will be replaced with (for Mediterranean and Northern European cruises). Drinks on us is specifically for Caribbean cruises (at least right now).
#35
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Originally posted by XLVIII
After March 2019 the 12 drink voucher program is disappearing. MSC has not announced what, if anything, it will be replaced with (for Mediterranean and Northern European cruises). Drinks on us is specifically for Caribbean cruises (at least right now).

Just booked May 18th, 2019 on the Seaview, no mention of anything replacing the 12 drink package when it expires in March 2019 .
#36
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Originally posted by metfan1953
Just booked May 18th, 2019 on the Seaview, no mention of anything replacing the 12 drink package when it expires in March 2019 .
Did you not get the "Drinks on Us" promo? Still showing up on the MSC site today.
#38
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Originally posted by metfan1953
Yes, it is still on the site, but only for cruises booked until March, 2019. My cruise is may 18,2018
Did you book a 14 night cruise? Drinks on Us is still showing up for the 7 night May 18 Seaside cruise, and the 7 night cruise following it. Check the prices because its actually the same price or cheaper to book two 7 night cruises vs one 14 night cruise AND you get the Drinks on Us on the 7 night bookings. Weird.
#39
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Originally posted by XLVIII
Did you book a 14 night cruise? Drinks on Us is still showing up for the 7 night May 18 Seaside cruise, and the 7 night cruise following it. Check the prices because its actually the same price or cheaper to book two 7 night cruises vs one 14 night cruise AND you get the Drinks on Us on the 7 night bookings. Weird.


Never mind, I see that you're on the Seaview, not the Seaside.


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#40
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Does anyone know what the wines are in the drinks on us package? I am interested in the two red wines. Is it crap or a descent table wine. Does anyone know?
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