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Thank You JKGourmet. We are just wondering if we need to upgrade to the Premium Package or not. We are not that big of drinkers, but we do like Cosmos and Martinis. I find it odd that nowhere does Celebrity post a current cocktail price list, at least not that I can find.

 

They post the included alcohol list by brand. And a maximum amount allowed under the classic package. There are tens of thousands od' cocktails' in the world, so I think that sort of list would be limitless.

 

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YES but in small glasses only. And only with the included vodka or gin. Also appletinis and lemon drops are included.

 

Some people report difficulty getting the bartenders to make them in the Martini Bar and Molecular Bar - we have never had that problem and , frankly, would object strenuously if we did!

The Molecular Bar is a specialty bar that only makes the drinks that are on their specialty menu. They do not serve beer, soda, bottled water, frozen drinks etc. It would be the equivalent of going to the pizza stand and being upset because they don't have burgers.

 

The Martini Bar is another specialty bar that makes high end martinis in the large glass and they have their own specific menu. If you choose to only order the basic small martini you have every right to do so, but I have witnessed first hand bartenders that reluctantly made a patron a small basic version at the Martini Bar and told them what the rules were and they would make a 1 time exception. I realize you're on vacation and you want what you want, but you should not waste the time of the specialty bartender and try to circumvent the rules of the specialty bar. You can object strenously all you want, but it still does not make what you wish to accomplish right. If it's around 300 or so when the bar first opens and it's dead, that's one thing, but if you try during happy hour at 600 when the bar is slammed, you should get your basic martini at any other bar on the ship. But, since I can infer you're a proud member of the me generation, I know I am wasting my time typing.

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There was no final print-out on the Eclipse Jan4-18 2015 cruise

 

There should have been, that is a standard thing on your cruise. The pages would have been folded in your mail clip on the wall outside next to your door.

 

Counted my drinks on my xmas cruise, 115. I had no problem breaking even. Drink package is still a great deal, and has really changed the way I enjoy a cruise.

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There should have been, that is a standard thing on your cruise. The pages would have been folded in your mail clip on the wall outside next to your door.

 

Counted my drinks on my xmas cruise, 115. I had no problem breaking even. Drink package is still a great deal, and has really changed the way I enjoy a cruise.

 

Didn't see any on any door. Just reporting.

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The Molecular Bar is a specialty bar that only makes the drinks that are on their specialty menu. They do not serve beer, soda, bottled water, frozen drinks etc. It would be the equivalent of going to the pizza stand and being upset because they don't have burgers.

 

The Martini Bar is another specialty bar that makes high end martinis in the large glass and they have their own specific menu. If you choose to only order the basic small martini you have every right to do so, but I have witnessed first hand bartenders that reluctantly made a patron a small basic version at the Martini Bar and told them what the rules were and they would make a 1 time exception. I realize you're on vacation and you want what you want, but you should not waste the time of the specialty bartender and try to circumvent the rules of the specialty bar. You can object strenously all you want, but it still does not make what you wish to accomplish right. If it's around 300 or so when the bar first opens and it's dead, that's one thing, but if you try during happy hour at 600 when the bar is slammed, you should get your basic martini at any other bar on the ship. But, since I can infer you're a proud member of the me generation, I know I am wasting my time typing.

 

My point is that our experience indicates that the only people that have problems with people getting served non premium items might be those who comment on cruise critic. Maybe the same ones who keep insisting that the MDR requires a dark suit or tuxedo on formal nights .

 

They DO serve wine at the Martini Bar. And as I stated, we've never had trouble getting classic package martinis or wine at the Martini Bar.

 

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The Molecular Bar is a specialty bar that only makes the drinks that are on their specialty menu. They do not serve beer, soda, bottled water, frozen drinks etc. It would be the equivalent of going to the pizza stand and being upset because they don't have burgers.

 

The Martini Bar is another specialty bar that makes high end martinis in the large glass and they have their own specific menu. If you choose to only order the basic small martini you have every right to do so, but I have witnessed first hand bartenders that reluctantly made a patron a small basic version at the Martini Bar and told them what the rules were and they would make a 1 time exception. I realize you're on vacation and you want what you want, but you should not waste the time of the specialty bartender and try to circumvent the rules of the specialty bar. You can object strenously all you want, but it still does not make what you wish to accomplish right. If it's around 300 or so when the bar first opens and it's dead, that's one thing, but if you try during happy hour at 600 when the bar is slammed, you should get your basic martini at any other bar on the ship. But, since I can infer you're a proud member of the me generation, I know I am wasting my time typing.

 

I don't think you are wasting your time typing, but the package rules say you can use your package at ANY bar. It does not exclude the Molecular bar or the Martini Bar in the information I have read. The bartenders are paid the same whether you have the classic or the premium package. The only time there would be a difference is if you are paying for the drink yourself, then the bartender gets the 15% tip. There is a gray area on that 15% tip too, as nobody can verify how much the bartenders and servers actually get out of that 15%.

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Let me start by saying we are not big drinkers per say, however on a cruise, we do like to enjoy ourselves, after all it is a carribbean vacation! We were on the Connie last January and purchased the Premium Drink package prior to boarding. Initially we were concerned that with so many port days we might not get our money's worth.

 

Not only did we get our money's worth and more, there were other perks that we didn't anticipate. Aside from no slips to sign etc, often around the pool when a frozen drink started melting often the staff would ask if they could just make a new one. We tried many different types of drinks esp Martinis that we might not have bought otherwise. If we tried a new drink and didn't like it it was replaced with another drink of our choice without question.

 

In order to show you why we felt this was a great deal I will describe a typical day. Disclaimer... based on this, some may think that we are heavy drinkers...if that is the case , while we appreciate your perspective and opinion please do not comment on our consumption ( this is our first post and we have seen some petty unnecessary replies). The purpose of this information is not to expose our consumption for review and/or public scrutiny, but to demonstrate to those who like to let their hair down a little and are wondering from a ecocnmic standpoint is it worth purchasing a package.

 

0830-Latte with one and half shots of Bailys..........$10.00

1100-large water...............................................$ 3.50

1230- Frozen drink..............................................$6.50

1430- Beer........................................................$5.00

1600- Frozen drink..............................................$6.50

1800- Glass of wine while dressing for dinner............$10.00

1930- Martini and dancing prior to dinner.................$12.00

2030- Dinner ( 4 different types of wine by the glass as suggested with each course by sommommlier-not all entirely consumed)..$ 40.00

2215- Specialty Coffee..........................................$ 8.00

2300- Dancing/Bar/Show/Casino Cocktail.............................$10.00

2400- Nightcap.(wearever..maybe brought back to balcony) $10.00

 

Total...$121.50 ( Drink prices are approx by memory-please don't bust me for not remembering exact price..probably cause I drank too much..Ha ha)

 

Cost per day...$55.00

Remenber this is for one person double the savings when we each bought one!

 

Only difference on port days was that we had two beers when back on ship as compared to 3 poolside drinks. Many nights we actually stayed out dancing etc later and maybe had another one...or if really hot day at the pool and having fun with poolside neighbors maybe snuck in an extra beer!

 

If you think this might come even close to a typical carribbean vacation day for you, then you can see what a true value it is. The other convieniences were no slips to sign, bar servers, waiters and sommoliers knowing your preferences and offering drink suggestions and special cocktails that we had never tried before. We told our assit waiter the first night about the specialty coffee and we had it served with our dessert every night...no hassles. It really added to the vacation atmosphere that we enjoy!

 

Hope this helps!

 

I have the drink package on our next cruise. I might look at these drink packages different. I compare what I would spend without the drink package and compared that with when I do have the drink package.

 

I would only see the drink as a savings if I would be buying it anyway without the drink package. If that is what you drink without the drink package then it is a great deal for you.

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Do you think it is because RCCL are more family orientated?

 

There do have to be differences, otherwise why have different brands in the same 'umbrella' company.

 

Royal Caribbean has drink packages (alcohol). At least on the Freedom of the Seas they did.

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Didn't see any on any door. Just reporting.

 

Neither my sister nor I received a final account on our Infinity cruise in October. I sent an email to both Guest Relations and Captains Club and after 4 weeks they sent it by email. I had the Classic package and so imagine my shock that my account had only 7 items on it and none of them were drinks. I wanted to count up and see whether the package was worthwhile for me so was disappointed not to have the information that I had always had previously. I queried this and this was the reply:

 

"The systems onboard had an upgrade nearly two months ago and any items on our guests SeaPass accounts that show at zero will not print or show for our guests to see.

 

The system allows the ship staff to save the SeaPass on there database and then the zero amounts are shown.

 

As I went to the ship to find this out for you, I asked them at the same time if they could provide me with your account from there system so you can see the drinks at zero.

 

They were able to provide me with this so I have attached it to this email for your use.

 

I apologise once again for the time it has taken to receive this information and if you have this problem in the future your more than welcome to contact me and I will get the necessary information from the ship."Is this only on certain ships? Does anyone get a full account any more, or was I just being fobbed off? What I was finally sent was a set of excel spreadsheets listing dates, venues and drinks priced at $0.00. But there were many drinks I know I had that were not included, so the information was still incorrect even if it was nil in value.

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