Posted February 15th, 2012, 11:26 AM
Last edited by Sloop-JohnB; February 15th, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I certainly appreciate the effort put into compiling this information!
As someone looking at these packages myself for an upcoming cruise, the question that arises, and it would be directed not to you but to X, would be: if I still have to worry about whether something is over or under a certain price, or whether I can pay the difference or must be charged full price, or be served a "small" --- what kind of all-included, no worries beverage package is that? Especially considering the premium per-diem, so-to-speak.
The issue that you raise, is more of a concern for those who opt for the Classic Package vs the Premium.
As straight-forward as can be stated, Classic covers glasses or pours up to $ 8... Premium covers glasses or pours up to $ 12.
Expect, that if something is BEYOND those price points that you are in "no man's land"... and Celebrity will set / apply THE RULES / Pricing as they see fit.
So anotherwords, "no guarantees" that the Martini you see listed at the Martini Bar for $ 10 is going to be made available to you on the Classic Package in way shape or form at $ 8 (or less).
A kind and generous inclusion, if your Bartender chooses to make you a "small"
Likewise, "no guarantees" that the glass of REAL Champagne that you see listed at Murano's for $ 15 is going to be made available to you on the Premium Package for just $ 3 extra (vs the whole $ 15)
BUT as with all things in life, having the right "attitude" and asking can't hurt.
In our case we had the Premium Package, and when in Murano's for a special dinner, we asked about the champagne "Do you know if this is covered by the package?" (lol, of course we already knew the answer... it is over $ 12... therefore it isn't covered).... to which the Sommelier, appropriately replied "No unfortunately it isn't at $ 15, but you will only pay the difference" (thereby volunteering the info that we needed). If he had said a flat out NO... I would have assumed, then that I would be paying the whole $ 15 to enjoy such an offering from the wine menu.
And so it goes.
To be fair, Celebrity doesn't market these as "All Inclusive Packages"... so to use that term is incorrect (although certainly being on "the Program" one does give one the "feeling" that you are having a more all-inclusive / one-price experience). And something can certainly be said for the convenience of not having to sign chit after chit (that alone for some folks is reason enough to sign up whether their "math" adds up to the $ 44 or $ 54 per diem or not)
In truth though... if you look at the LONG LONG LISTS of varying items that Celebrity sells aboard (alcohol or other) ... there are many choices at a wide span of price points (or as I say, often in regards to how Celebrity markets themselves "something for everyone").
The Beverage Packages are just another sample, of how Celebrity "groups" some items together as a money saver, that reflects an "average" price point for most folks... they are not All-Inclusive.
Celebrity does the same thing with... Shore Excursion Packages (3 Islands Sightseeing Tours) - Photos (Family Packages) - Specialty Restaurant Meals (Discounts for buying 3 or more) - Wine Packages (such as Taste of the Vineyards) etc.
Hope this info is helpful,
Hoist up the Sail John-B !!
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