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BBUK
September 19th, 2005, 11:32 AM
Does anyone have a website link which shows the drinks prices and wine list for Celebrity or Mercury?

Do they charge a corkage for own wine?:mad:

Any other advice on whether you can buy on board at duty free?

dileep
September 19th, 2005, 11:47 AM
On the M-Class ships most drinks were $5.75 and the daily specials were $4.95 and they did charge $15 corkage for wine brought into the restaurants.

CruisingChick
September 19th, 2005, 11:54 AM
Martinis in the Martin bar are $8.95.

Anne Maria

dcourt
September 19th, 2005, 12:03 PM
Martinis in the Martin bar are $8.95.

Anne Maria


Boy, that $8.95 had better be with a fancy glass to take home with me. :D

CruisingChick
September 19th, 2005, 12:08 PM
No they are in regular martini glasses.

I don't know where you live, but when we go out for dinner and drinks, martinis cost anywhere from $8.00 - $13.00.

Anne Maria

Arubalisa
September 19th, 2005, 12:12 PM
Wines and Champagne (http://www.celebrity.com/shopceleb/giftList.do;jsessionid=00004-CoRwfaueDEhwwp0Whi569:1028etq20?pagename=wines_and _champagnes)
Celebrity Galaxy Wine List (http://cruiseclues.com/galaxy/galaxywinelist.htm)

Char
September 19th, 2005, 12:14 PM
Boy, that $8.95 had better be with a fancy glass to take home with me. :D
The Maritni's in the Martini Bar have 4 oz. of liquor in them, so they are larger than your regular Martini. For $13.95 you can have the Martini and the fancy glass!

Some folks have posted web sites with some of the menus. Here are a few--they are all pdf.

Here is the wine menu
Celebrity wine menu (http://www.granddevelopment.com/cruising/Main_Dining_Wine_List.pdf)

Here is the Martini Bar menu
Martini_Bar.pdf on dinosaurboard.com (ftp://dinosaurboard.com/Martini_Bar.pdf)

Here is the Bar menu
Bar_List.pdf on dinosaurboard.com (ftp://dinosaurboard.com/Bar_List.pdf)

Arubalisa was posting, too! I believe these lists are a little newer than the one from the Galaxy above.

dcourt
September 19th, 2005, 12:17 PM
On our last two Princess cruises (Nov. 04 & April 05) we only were paying $4.95 but if we wanted the fancy glass to take home then it was $8.95. Ouch, I guess I will be limited to just one a day...... :eek:

teajak
September 19th, 2005, 12:40 PM
Boy, that $8.95 had better be with a fancy glass to take home with me. :DDon't count on it. I hadn't finished mine before going in to dinner and they wouldn' let me take it in their fancy glass. The waiter poured it into a plain water glass. At that price I wasn't going to leave a drop of it.--teajak

Char
September 19th, 2005, 12:47 PM
Don't count on it. I hadn't finished mine before going in to dinner and they wouldn' let me take it in their fancy glass. The waiter poured it into a plain water glass. At that price I wasn't going to leave a drop of it.--teajak
This is the first time I have ever heard of someone not being able to take their unfinished drink into dinner in the "original" glass it was served in.

I had no problem taking my Martini into dinner! In fact, the Maitre'd took it to our table for me as we entered the dining room.

urkidn
September 19th, 2005, 12:58 PM
We were on Century last Dec and every day from 5:30pm - 8:30 pm there was a 2 for 1 ($8.95) Martini special in the Martini Bar. These were 2 oz drinks and they made whatever you wanted and included the premium brands such as Grey Goose vodka if you asked. Yummy!

There were also other 2 for 1 specials going on at the same time (late afternoon - early evening) such as 2 for 1 draft beer ($3.95) in the Images Bar and 2 for 1 ($5.50) drinks in the Hemisphere lounge.

The drink specials will be listed on the back of the "Celebrity Today" flyer that they leave in your room every evening.

Lois R
September 19th, 2005, 06:01 PM
4.95 for a Martini? I don't ever recall seeing that price. 8.95 and worth it
too. They make some fantastic drinks:)

Char, I have always been able to take my drink into the dining room as well.
Maybe they meant they wanted to keep the glass (permanently). Now, I have
not heard of that one~not the Martini glasses anyway.
But I have never heard of the bartender preventing people from taking
their drink with them to dinner.

teajak
September 19th, 2005, 06:18 PM
It was a first for me. Yes it was a fancy martini glass, a large one with a pretty blue stem. He was very nice about it, I have always taken a drink with me to the dining room so I started out with it and the waiter followed me and said you can't take that with you. I questioned him and told him I had done it before, he said it is the glass you can't take, I will put it in another one for you. This was on the Horizon in the Martini bar last Dec.

Cruise Junky
September 19th, 2005, 06:37 PM
4.95 for a Martini? I don't ever recall seeing that price.

She's right on the Princess Martini prices. They're a steal. I think that why we find Celebrity's so high.

ronbetty2001
September 19th, 2005, 10:34 PM
For drink prices go to the Celebrity web site and check the FAQ section they have the drink prices posted there and you can print them. They do not show the "Martini Bar" prices though. All drink prices DO NOT include the 15% tip.

Char
September 19th, 2005, 11:11 PM
For drink prices go to the Celebrity web site and check the FAQ section they have the drink prices posted there and you can print them. They do not show the "Martini Bar" prices though. All drink prices DO NOT include the 15% tip.
None of the drink prices include the tip--that is an additional 15% that they add to the bill.

k8ie
September 20th, 2005, 03:52 PM
RE: Summit
Are the items listed in "CHAR's" Cellar Masters Selections available in the rooms via room service, or are there additional "stores" on board where you can purchase Wine/spirits for consuming in your staterooms? (1st timer)

Lsimon
September 20th, 2005, 10:56 PM
On our last two Princess cruises (Nov. 04 & April 05) we only were paying $4.95 but if we wanted the fancy glass to take home then it was $8.95. Ouch, I guess I will be limited to just one a day...... :eek:

The Celebrity $8.95 martini's are definitely larger than the princess $4.95 martini's - close or the same as the larger princess martini's which I beleive were the same price

Lsimon
September 20th, 2005, 10:58 PM
Don't count on it. I hadn't finished mine before going in to dinner and they wouldn' let me take it in their fancy glass. The waiter poured it into a plain water glass. At that price I wasn't going to leave a drop of it.--teajak

I nver had an issue taking my martini to dinner in it's original glass. The only problem I ever had with this (and did it plenty on two Summit cruises) was walking down the stairs in the center of the dining room without spilling my glass! Especially challenging when it's the second Martini!

rafww1
September 21st, 2005, 12:13 AM
The Maritni's in the Martini Bar have 4 oz. of liquor in them, so they are larger than your regular Martini. For $13.95 you can have the Martini and the fancy glass!

Some folks have posted web sites with some of the menus. Here are a few--they are all pdf.

Here is the wine menu
Celebrity wine menu (http://www.granddevelopment.com/cruising/Main_Dining_Wine_List.pdf)

Here is the Martini Bar menu
Martini_Bar.pdf on dinosaurboard.com (ftp://dinosaurboard.com/Martini_Bar.pdf)

Here is the Bar menu
Bar_List.pdf on dinosaurboard.com (ftp://dinosaurboard.com/Bar_List.pdf)

Arubalisa was posting, too! I believe these lists are a little newer than the one from the Galaxy above.


Hi Char,

Could you tell us how old that Celebrity wine list is? We wrote to them asking for the current list but we don't think they are going to reply.

Thanks:)

Rhona & John
(from Kissimmee)

Char
September 21st, 2005, 07:11 AM
Hi Char,

Could you tell us how old that Celebrity wine list is? We wrote to them asking for the current list but we don't think they are going to reply.

Thanks:)

Rhona & John
(from Kissimmee)
It is from September of last year--2004. If you look at the bottom right hand corner of page 4, right under the listing for the Port wine you will see "C class-9/04"

Dick in Falls Church
September 21st, 2005, 07:46 AM
Yep, there is a 15% gratuity--and keep in mind, that's where the pay comes from for the bartender. Bad (small) crowd, not much pay. Talking to the bartenders on the Century--they do much better on a Caribbean cruise than on a European. The bartenders are also rotated around, so your favorite at the Martini bar this trip will likely be somewhere else next trip.

Interesting side note-- vodka martinis are $8.95, and as mentioned, are 4 oz.
Gin martinis, on the other hand, are 55 cents less--except when they have the special, and you get charged $8.95. Go figure.

One of the folks with us also got their martini put into another glass when he was off to dinner. But one did get out of the bar without being caught (hope the waiter didn't get docked).

mikvie
September 21st, 2005, 10:03 AM
RE: Summit
Are the items listed in "CHAR's" Cellar Masters Selections available in the rooms via room service, or are there additional "stores" on board where you can purchase Wine/spirits for consuming in your staterooms? (1st timer)
I have the same question.

Tuna
September 21st, 2005, 12:56 PM
I did notice that if you order a martini outside the martini bar, the glass is smaller and they charge you a buck or two less. Anyone else notice that?

Tuna
September 21st, 2005, 12:59 PM
RE: Summit
Are the items listed in "CHAR's" Cellar Masters Selections available in the rooms via room service, or are there additional "stores" on board where you can purchase Wine/spirits for consuming in your staterooms? (1st timer)

Speak to your sommelier. I was able to get couple of bottles delivered to my suite.

Janet19
September 21st, 2005, 01:21 PM
Are these also available? Are they less expensive?

Thanks~

Janet19
September 21st, 2005, 01:39 PM
Are these available, and, are they less expensive?

Char
September 21st, 2005, 03:44 PM
Are these available, and, are they less expensive?
The menu sasys that the regular "frosty" (meaning frozen) drinks are $5.50 and the virgin version is $4.25. Non-alcoholic Daily Specials are $3.75.

carolmacey
September 21st, 2005, 10:48 PM
[QUOTE=Dick in Falls Church]Yep, there is a 15% gratuity--and keep in mind, that's where the pay comes from for the bartender. Bad (small) crowd, not much pay. Talking to the bartenders on the Century--they do much better on a Caribbean cruise than on a European. The bartenders are also rotated around, so your favorite at the Martini bar this trip will likely be somewhere else next trip.QUOTE

We were on a back2back on a Norwegian ship. The average age of the first trip was 45, the second trip average age was 68. The bartenders were hurting big time. No one was drinking and I felt sorry for the guys behind the bars. They sat there watching people go by. You could almost see their pay checks shrinking from lack of tips. I try to spread my bar bill around the ship so everyone shares in the tips.
Carol

rafww1
September 21st, 2005, 11:22 PM
It is from September of last year--2004. If you look at the bottom right hand corner of page 4, right under the listing for the Port wine you will see "C class-9/04"

Hi Char,

Thanks very much. Today we received a response to our letter to Celebrity asking for a copy of the current wine list for the dining room of the M.S. Century. Their emailed response was "Please visit celebrityvineyards.com for the different wines that are available in the dining room." That website promotes three, and only three, generic "private label" wines (no vintage or other info given and for all we know could be from the same winery that produces "two-buck Chuck") and is largely directed at travel agents who wish to give their customers an on-board gift and, at $ 25 a bottle, is probably a huge profit center. In short, totally useless. There is no other information on that page, or any other page on Celebrity's web site, regarding their wine offerings.

For that reason we are especially grateful to you. A review of the 12 page list reveals that, like most cruise lines, Celebrity somewhat overcharges (at 2.5 to 3+ times retail) for their wine offerings (especially when you consider that they are not subject to the sales and excise taxes traditionally imposed on alcoholic beverages by the US and State governments and that their dining room staff are paid next to nothing) but not as egregiously as some of their competitors - Princess is the worst that we've seen. As just one example, there is a low-priced wine they serve at six times what you would pay for the same product in Costco. In all fairness, the Celebrity offerings, in terms of breath, exceed most cruise ship lists we have seen. Despite that however, we saw only a few which tweaked our interests AND were, in our judgement, fairly priced. Accordingly, we will be bringing eight or so bottles from our own collection for our ten-night cruise, and will happily pay the corkage charges.

Again, thanks very much for sharing:) .

John & Rhona

California Cruising
September 22nd, 2005, 07:09 PM
Don't count on it. I hadn't finished mine before going in to dinner and they wouldn' let me take it in their fancy glass. The waiter poured it into a plain water glass. At that price I wasn't going to leave a drop of it.--teajak

Last year on the Constellation, we were not allowed to carry ours into the dining room. That was only because Sudi carried it for us, in the original glass.

Don

RodPat
September 22nd, 2005, 09:34 PM
Just got off Constellation today and the martinis now cost $9.50 plus a automatic 15% tip at the martini bar. The prices have gone up every year for the last 4 years. We spent $1400. on extras on this cruise so it is not like we don't spend money, but to me this means I will take my goose on the rocks. Grey Goose on the Rocks costs only $6.75 and to tell the truth I prefer it that way. Pat

Lsimon
September 23rd, 2005, 08:18 AM
...like most cruise lines, Celebrity somewhat overcharges (at 2.5 to 3+ times retail) for their wine offerings...

...In all fairness, the Celebrity offerings, in terms of breath, exceed most cruise ship lists we have seen...

Of course they are way above retail. In my life I've never ever gone to a restuarant or resort that charged retail for wine - so why would one expect this on a cruise ship? I think the prices are very reasonable in comparison to restuarant prices for wines, perhaps a tiny bit on the low side. If you scour the list there are actually a couple of bargins that you might luck out on. For example we enjoy champagne and sparkling wines (i.e. champagne not made in "champagne") and there are a couple of bottles made by Domaine Carneros, Tattinger's Napa operation, which are pretty good and for some reason the prices are actually close to retail. If like champagne then give the Le Reve a try - its great.

On prior cruises we've brought a lot of wine with us as we've usually don't see wines we like on the wine list. But on our past Summit cruises we've found quite a few of our favorites on the Celebrity list - so we're in agreement that the wine list exceeds most other lines. We've also "discovered" Celebrity's wonderful martini bar and now drink less wine on board that in the past, so we don't bring much wine with us. But if you drink a lot of wine and have some favorites, I think bringing wine with you is a great idea. On request your room steward will keep your room stocked with wine glasses and willempty the mini-bar from your fridge so you can keep your whites cooled. He'll also take your wines to the dining room for you (preferably early in the day) so the wine steward will have them ready (and cooled property if they need it) when you arrive for dinner. I would recommend you bring your own cork screw for in-room use as these are sometimes hard for the steward to locate for you for some reason.

heid5
September 24th, 2005, 06:53 AM
Can anyone tell me if Century offers a "Bucket" special on beer. i.e. Buy 4 (or 5)get one free??

teajak
September 24th, 2005, 10:01 AM
Can anyone tell me if Century offers a "Bucket" special on beer. i.e. Buy 4 (or 5)get one free??My DH is eagerly awaiting a response to your question.

wyeanni
September 24th, 2005, 10:26 AM
Can you carry a glass of wine in to the dining room on Celebrity?

Char
September 24th, 2005, 10:43 AM
Can anyone tell me if Century offers a "Bucket" special on beer. i.e. Buy 4 (or 5)get one free??
I have not seen this offered on any Celebrity ship...

heid5
September 24th, 2005, 02:44 PM
On Galaxy 2 years ago, we traveled during Super Bowl week. Celebrity offered a buy 5 get 1 free helmet bucket. I do'nt know if that is a regular thing or a special that they ran because of Super Bowl>

SeeZee
September 25th, 2005, 02:07 PM
My information is 2 years old from the Century. If they are still selling the small martini shaker for an extra $5, get it. It is the best shaker I own. The lid is easy to take on and off and it pours beautifully. Holds two martinis. I am planning on buying another one when we take the Horizon to Bermuda (from Philly) on Oct 15. I hope they still sell the shakers.

Beachcombers
September 25th, 2005, 04:38 PM
RODPAT, great tip re the martini bar -- thank you. We've been on the Brilliance the last 2 years and going again this Feb. and I know our martinis were $9.50 plus 15% last year, so probably higher this Feb. I'll just sneak an olive from the restaurant and pop it into my Grey Goose or Blue Saphire, and save some $. That way maybe I can have twoooooooo!!! BTW my hubby and I are travelling on the Constellation (lst time) Feb. 07 in one of the "to die for" aft balconies that are going to be CC class.

Loie

rafww1
October 6th, 2005, 09:29 PM
[QUOTE=Lsimon]Of course they are way above retail. In my life I've never ever gone to a restuarant or resort that charged retail for wine - so why would one expect this on a cruise ship?{QUOTE}I think the prices are very reasonable in comparison to restuarant prices for wines, perhaps a tiny bit on the low side. If you scour the list there are actually a couple of bargins that you might luck out on. For example we enjoy champagne and sparkling wines (i.e. champagne not made in "champagne") and there are a couple of bottles made by Domaine Carneros, Tattinger's Napa operation, which are pretty good and for some reason the prices are actually close to retail. If like champagne then give the Le Reve a try - its great.

On prior cruises we've brought a lot of wine with us as we've usually don't see wines we like on the wine list. But on our past Summit cruises we've found quite a few of our favorites on the Celebrity list - so we're in agreement that the wine list exceeds most other lines. We've also "discovered" Celebrity's wonderful martini bar and now drink less wine on board that in the past, so we don't bring much wine with us. But if you drink a lot of wine and have some favorites, I think bringing wine with you is a great idea. On request your room steward will keep your room stocked with wine glasses and willempty the mini-bar from your fridge so you can keep your whites cooled. He'll also take your wines to the dining room for you (preferably early in the day) so the wine steward will have them ready (and cooled property if they need it) when you arrive for dinner. I would recommend you bring your own cork screw for in-room use as these are sometimes hard for the steward to locate for you for some reason

Char
October 6th, 2005, 11:55 PM
Interesting about the martini prices being $9.50 now. In June, on the Infinity they were still $8.95. I'll check it out in 2 weeks :D

RodPat
October 7th, 2005, 12:04 AM
Beachcombers, when you order your vodka of choice on the rocks just ask for an olive or two put in your drink. I always order Grey Goose on the rocks with a twist. Never a problem. As for the price of wine, I think Celebrity has priced them right. Almost twice the retail is the norm and that is what they charge. We just bought a bottle of Chappellet 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet for $39 a bottle. We had this wine in Oceanliners for $71. a bottle. This is a very fare price in any restaurant. By the way it is a very nice bottle of wine. Pat

rafww1
October 8th, 2005, 09:14 PM
Of course they are way above retail. In my life I've never ever gone to a restuarant or resort that charged retail for wine - so why would one expect this on a cruise ship? .

Of course we don't think we would pay store prices for wine served in a white tablecloth dining room, whether it is on land or on the high seas. It is clear that the key word in our comments, "somewhat" (as in "somewhat overpriced" and being synonymous with "moderately") escaped your attention. Had we thought store prices were the norm, than X's prices would be "outrageously" overpriced, not "somewhat". Please allow us to elaborate.

The average wine served in a fine dining room is fairly priced when it is listed at 2 to 3 times the amount paid by the establishment. When one factors in that the wholesale price is 75% of what you or I would pay in a retail store, this works out to a retail-to-winelist price ratio of about 1.5 to 2.25. Anything above that is overpriced. These statistics are not of our creation. Rather, they represent the expert consensus of the editors of Wine Spectator. Their observations have been seconded by other wine writers and confirmed by our personal experiences. Interestingly enough, the better the restaurant, the more likely the aforesaid standard is likely to be adheared to.

The year-old Celebrity list we're discussing is clearly, for the most part, overpriced vis a vis current retail store prices when you apply the above standard. We checked all the basic cabernet sauvignons, skipping Bins # 005 and 137 for which prices are not available, and found the five of the seven (71.4%) fall outside the range generally acknowledged to be within the parameters of fair pricing. A quick review of the other still wine categories (we're not into bubblies that much), especially in the under $ 50 range (the bulk of the offerings - hats off to X for that!!) suggests that one would get the same result from any section of the still wine list. Incidentally, our prices came from winelibrary.com and totalwineandmore.com

The bottom line is that unless you know your prices fairly well, you're not likely to get good value. In our judgement, that's not the way it should be and having a few bargains (e.g. the '97 La Reve and Bin # 82) among a list of more than 100 wines does not compensate for more than 2/3's of the selections being overpriced. While it's not an issue if A. you're willing and able to BYOBs and B. the corkage charge is reasonable, which on X, it is, we're sure many passengers who regard wine as an essential with dinner, when embarking on a 14 night voyage, do not relish the idea of flying with a case, or even half a case, of their favorite vintages or are even able to do so given air travel limitations.

We appreciate your suggestions re: use of the mini-bar refrigerator (great idea) and the blanc de blanc (great vintage). Almost all of our wine is taken with meals, but on our November cruise, maybe we'll enjoy an aperitif in our stateroom with some canapes and the company of some Cruise Critic friends.

Regards,:)

Rhona & John

Lsimon
October 14th, 2005, 03:06 AM
Rhona & John - I guess we're both entitled to our own opinions. In any event we were on the Summit last week and had a great time - despite the hurricane. Enjoyed the wines. Still think most seemed reasonable in relation to restuarant prices in Chicago - but I realize prices can vary quite a bit accross the country both in terms of both retail prices and restaurant prices. If you like Chardonnay try the Nickel & Nickel on the Normandy wine list - probably available elsewhere on board too. A bit pricy but just fantastic.

Unfortunately I can't say the same about a very expensive bottle of wine we took aboard for a special night. We'd had this brand, but not the exact vintage & locality. We purchased this specially for the cruise and it was terrible! What a dissapointment. Possibly bad storage before or after our purchase, and it was the only bottle we brought with us. Oh well. I guess that another disadvantage of bringing your own wine is that you can't tell the sommelier to take it back!

Happy sailing!