Posted April 12th, 2007, 08:23 PM
I'm new to cruising, so I've just been reading the threads and trying to make plans. But I guess I just don't understand the motivation for bringing drinks from home. I looked at a posted Carnival drink menu from another thread and the prices seemed pretty normal. If I buy a glass of wine at a family style chain restaurant (like Outback or Bertucci's) I would expect to pay in the $8-$9 per glass and a diet coke would run $2-$2.50. If I go somewhere a little nicer I expect to pay $10-$12 for wine and maybe $4 for diet coke. When I stay at a mid-price hotel in Hawaii I usually pay $8-12 for frozen drink. In Mexico it would be $6-8. The Carnival menu I saw on line looked to be the same or even less (but this could have been an older pricelist). How much are drinks on the ship these days? I can't imagine lugging a 12 pack of soda on board just to save $36. What are the current prices for a typical mixed drink, frozen froo froo drink, soda, bottled water etc? How much are the soft-drink cards for the kids? Not making any judgements, I just want to know the facts so that I can make a decision that works for me. Thanks to all for sharing their experiences and opinions. It's really helpful and a great way to learn about cruising.
Well, it doesn't necessarlily need to be that much lugging.
If you are driving in or have a rental car it's not a big deal to stop at Walgreens right before you go to embark and pick up some drinks and those little things we forgot...and there is always something.
Maybe I'm cheap...maybe I'm just realistic. DH and I are footing the bill for 5 cruises, including our three kids who are in college. Sometimes a number that seems insignificant gets a bit more noticable when you multiply by five. Plus each of the kids brings a companion, so that makes eight people...three cabins.
The past two cruises I brought a small soft sided fold up cooler for each of our cabins. Stopped at Walgreen's a block before the port, put the stuff into the coolers, and then the porters helped load it from the car onto their carts and that was that. It is delivered to the room...no problem at all.
On the way back, we can fold up the coolers or use them to pack stuff into.
If it was forbidden, we wouldn't do it, but it is an option. Not only that, I can have my Diet-Rite cola.
Watch 'em, they're sneaky!