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Sailaway25 November 13th, 2017 06:28 PM

Wine package
 
Looking forward to my 3rd cruise at Christmas. We are thinking of buying a wine package, however I we donít finish all of the bottles before the end of the cruise, will they Box the rest up to take home.. thanks

Colin_Cameron November 15th, 2017 07:38 AM

I would check with your wine steward early on in the cruise but I see no reason why you couldn't just hand over however many vouchers you have left on the last night telling him you want the bottles unopened.

I have bought the wine package in the past and it was a good deal, but decided against it this year. I checked the individual bottle prices against the package price and even when you added the 15% service charge to the individual bottles the package worked out only marginally better. Where you would make a saving would be if you were cruising in Spanish waters when they would then add Spanish VAT to the individual bottle price but not if you were on the package. Even then it's easy enough to order the night before.

Whatever you decide, have a great cruise.

Regards, Colin.

Tangoqueen November 15th, 2017 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Colin_Cameron (Post 54556026)
I would check with your wine steward early on in the cruise but I see no reason why you couldn't just hand over however many vouchers you have left on the last night telling him you want the bottles unopened.

I have bought the wine package in the past and it was a good deal, but decided against it this year. I checked the individual bottle prices against the package price and even when you added the 15% service charge to the individual bottles the package worked out only marginally better. Where you would make a saving would be if you were cruising in Spanish waters when they would then add Spanish VAT to the individual bottle price but not if you were on the package. Even then it's easy enough to order the night before.

Whatever you decide, have a great cruise.

Regards, Colin.



Colin, do you know how they determine Spanish waters......weíve just come back from a cruise to the Canaries on QE and we were only charged the additional tax whilst at La Coruna...........now my Geography isnít the best but why wouldnít the Canaries count as Spanish waters?


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Host Hattie November 15th, 2017 03:16 PM

The Canaries are duty free, no VAT charged on the islands.

Teddy123 November 15th, 2017 04:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Sailaway25 (Post 54544836)
Looking forward to my 3rd cruise at Christmas. We are thinking of buying a wine package, however I we donít finish all of the bottles before the end of the cruise, will they Box the rest up to take home.. thanks

I did this on a QM2 Southampton - Quebec round trip last year. I picked up a nasty virus somewhere in N America and was ill for a few days on the return TA so didn't get through all the package. Just one left, but I chose what I wanted on the last night and the bottle was in my cabin very quickly. I suppose it might have been a special case because they knew I had been ill, but I imagine it would happen anyway - they're all paid for after all.

Bell Boy November 15th, 2017 07:36 PM

I'm not certain that they'll box them up for you ;) but you can certainly take home any unused bottles from your wine package .
Your Sommelier will be aware the evening before disembarkation that you have additional bottles left over, just hand in the remaining vouchers.

jburton59 November 17th, 2017 04:23 AM

I've had a bottle or two delivered to the room, so I think that's never a problem.

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BigMac1953 November 17th, 2017 07:58 AM

There is no problem whatsoever in having the leftovers delivered to your room, or indeed, anything delivered to your room any day you want.

We did it again 2 weeks ago on QE (Canaries & Madeira). We had 1 x 12 Commodare & 1 x 12 Captain but had 3 vouchers left, so used them up. The port is very good.

The package saves you between 5% - 10% and there's no service charge. You also get a favourable exchange rate if booked before you travel (UK pax).

Teddy123 November 17th, 2017 08:03 AM

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Originally Posted by BigMac1953 (Post 54572034)
You also get a favourable exchange rate if booked before you travel (UK pax).

There used to be a very good exchange rate some time ago when the pound dropped and before Cunard caught up. Is it still a good deal?

frankp01 November 17th, 2017 08:43 AM

Can a wine package be spread over two voyages (I.e. a back to back)? It sounds like they're paper vouchers. Do they have the voyage number on them?

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BigMac1953 November 17th, 2017 02:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Teddy123 (Post 54572053)
There used to be a very good exchange rate some time ago when the pound dropped and before Cunard caught up. Is it still a good deal?

In a word, YES, but not as good as it was about 5 yrs ago.

BigMac1953 November 17th, 2017 02:09 PM

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Originally Posted by frankp01 (Post 54572205)
Can a wine package be spread over two voyages (I.e. a back to back)? It sounds like they're paper vouchers. Do they have the voyage number on them?

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NO, That's why we have taken leftovers home on two separate occasions.

They have your Voyage No and room No on them.

frankp01 November 17th, 2017 02:37 PM

Rats! That's what I figured.

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kentchris November 17th, 2017 09:34 PM

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Originally Posted by BigMac1953 (Post 54574228)
In a word, YES, but not as good as it was about 5 yrs ago.

Don't be coy, how long ago was this and how did the rate compare against the then current tourist rate and/or the market rate? The silly rate from last year is long gone but if Cunard are still giving a discount through their exchange rate for advance purchases in Sterling of things like wine packages it's worth knowing and sharing.

BigMac1953 November 18th, 2017 02:10 AM

We purchased 6 weeks ago. It was an EXTREMELY good rate.

Wiltonian November 19th, 2017 10:28 AM

Hmm. Taking the hint, I tried to book a package for our 1st Oct 2018 cruise. Logging in to the Voyage Personaliser, I could select preferred table size and bed layout. There was an apparently clickable box inviting me to "Enrich your cruise with one of our exceptional wine packages", but clicking on it did nothing. Is there a date relative to cruise date before which you can't do such things, or is it just bad web-site programming? (Tried with two different web browsers).

Stuart

brell November 19th, 2017 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Wiltonian (Post 54586611)
Hmm. Taking the hint, I tried to book a package for our 1st Oct 2018 cruise. Logging in to the Voyage Personaliser, I could select preferred table size and bed layout. There was an apparently clickable box inviting me to "Enrich your cruise with one of our exceptional wine packages", but clicking on it did nothing. Is there a date relative to cruise date before which you can't do such things, or is it just bad web-site programming? (Tried with two different web browsers).

Stuart

You must phone them to order a wine package.

bluemarble November 19th, 2017 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Wiltonian (Post 54586611)
Hmm. Taking the hint, I tried to book a package for our 1st Oct 2018 cruise. Logging in to the Voyage Personaliser, I could select preferred table size and bed layout. There was an apparently clickable box inviting me to "Enrich your cruise with one of our exceptional wine packages", but clicking on it did nothing. Is there a date relative to cruise date before which you can't do such things, or is it just bad web-site programming? (Tried with two different web browsers).

Stuart

I think this does qualify as unfortunate web site design. Here is the image I see displayed at the top of the "Dining" page in my Voyage Personaliser here in the US.

https://vp.cunard.com/Global/CUNARD/...nnners%203.jpg

This appears to be a static banner image with no link behind it to allow you to actually "Find out more..." as the image implies.

Edit: Sorry, the image from the Voyage Personaliser may not be appearing for everyone, especially if you are in the UK, or not actually logged in to the Voyage Personaliser. Suffice it to say the image states "Enrich your cruise with one of our exceptional wine packages. Find out more...". But there is no link associated with the image.

Regards, John

Wiltonian November 19th, 2017 12:54 PM

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Originally Posted by brell (Post 54586862)
You must phone them to order a wine package.

How quaint! ;-)

Thanks, Stuart/


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