Posted July 31st, 2012, 09:09 PM
Thanks to everyone for the information contained in this thread, have been reading it for weeks and even more difficult - trying to actually book a package! Only with the information I found here was I able to convince my TA that such a thing existed, we wanted to pre-pay as much as we could in advance of our upcoming cruise so the thread was a big help.
Lots of the costs here are in GBP or Euro so it was also hard to get an idea of availability and cost in USD, MSC website returns an error when you try to look at these packages (they only show the cheers prices), emailed MSC 4 times and gave up and called them and was told the error (a webserver error - page doesn't exist - was their way of saying you had to book with them or TA, very intuitive...).
Anyway for 7 day cruise on Divinia we paid US$427pp, so a total of $854, not an insignificant amount so upon further research I came across a drinks menu, calculated out the following using current US$ conversion +15% and decided to go ahead, added bonus is room service, mini bar etc. are all bonuses and we estimate we'll save approx $100/day.
2 x Juices @ $3.90 = $7.80 with breakfast
1 x Coffee @ $2.90 him, 1 x Redbull @ $5.60 her = $8.50
2 x Waters @ $2.90 = $5.80
Daytime at the pool
2 x Cocktails ea @ $9.00 = $36.00
2 x Sodas @ $3.90 = $7.80
2 x pre-dinner drinks @ $11.40 = $22.80
2 x glasses wine her @ $6.50 = $13.00
3 x glasses beer him @ $6.50 = $19.50
2 x 'nightcaps' @ $7.05 = $14.10
TOTAL per day $135.30 or $947.10 for 7 day trip!