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villamaria

Princess All Inclusive Drinks Package

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Hi everyone, we will be sailing on The Royal Princess in November and are trying to decide whether their All Inclusive Drinks Package is worth the 49 dollars per person per day that they charge. We have just worked out what we would normally spend per day without 'pushing the boat out' and think we would save over 65 dollars per day but would be interested to learn what other people think that May have taken this package previously. We would appreciate any feedback from our fellow cruisers!

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The cruise companies are usually very canny with this. There will be limitations and exclusions which make the overall savings less than you think.

 

We haven't done the Princess all in, but have done Celebrity. Check that what you normally drink is included without having to make compromises.

 

Celebrity insist that all passengers in a cabin take the drinks package together, so don't think that one person can have the package and share it around.

 

Wine by the glass and only single spirit measures were an annoying limitation, but we got over that by getting the waiters to understand what we wanted and how we could work it out. We did save money though not as much as you're quoting.

 

Also, there will be 15% service added to the stated cost.

 

RayO  

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On a 14nt cruise that is nearly $800pp approx that is a serious amount of drinking to get value for money and dont forget on port days you will be off the ship most of the day.

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Like cruising with Princess. Not tried their all inclusive drinks package but would really consider it seriously before I opted to purchase at £70 per couple per day - lot of money

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I enjoy cruising with Princess and not being big alcohol drinkers will stick to the ultimate soda and more package at $8-05pp per day a far better deal in my opinion.

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It seems to me that at this price you'd be just as well off going with one of the all-inclusive cruise lines (Regent, Azamara etc). It makes Fred Olsen's £10 pppd look decidedly good value!

 

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It's difficult to know on how much you wish to drink or how much a drinks package will be of use to you. One aspect you may like to consider, is that a one up front payment free's you to have all the fresh orange juice at breakfast, quality coffees, pre-lunch aperitif / post lunch digestif and of course evening lubricant to suit your needs of the day. In addition you may wish to try (non) alcoholic cocktails and wines that you would not have even tried before

The best bit is knowing that on your last night of the cruise, no one will have tried to push a Fed-Ex size envelope under your cabin door with your drinks statement in it. I hope that this helps...

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I know it's not alcohol, but the coffee card on Princess is good value - 15 specialist coffees (latte, cappuccino, flavoured, iced, etc) for $33 also gets you unlimited complimentary hot chocolate , tea, standard coffee. 

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It seems to me that at this price you'd be just as well off going with one of the all-inclusive cruise lines (Regent, Azamara etc). It makes Fred Olsen's £10 pppd look decidedly good value!

 

I dont think the price of £500pp for a 14nt cruise for a drinks package plus price of your cabin, unless you are lucky enough to be in a suite, would bring you anywhere near the cost of a cruise on  Regent etc. for a similar length of cruise.

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I agree with others that it is a lot of money, and it would take some serious drinking to make it worth while.  We are going on The Royal Princess in September around the Caribbean for 10 nights, and were considering this, but have decided that it is a no no...thats almost an extra £1000.. and whilst we like a drink, we have never spent that amount between us on drinks on all of the other cruises we have been on.

 

The soda packages are excellent value, and, I didn't know that with the Coffee card that you could then have unlimited tea, regular coffee etc.. thats nice to know :-)

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