We just got off the Freedom and had our first experience with the Cheers package. A few notes from a first time Cheers user. First Texas has some weird alcohol laws like no Cheers while in Texas waters, bottles not delivered to cabins until the 2nd day. So the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Board treats a cruise ship in Texas waters just like a big bar or night club. Still Carnival handles this well by not charging you the Cheers fee for the day in Texas waters. You pay with your sail and sign like anyone else. It really surprised us the number of $20-$25 tickets we signed the first day. Think our bar bill was about $140 for two for the the first day. So it is fairly easy to break even for a casual drinker. Second - the freedom from worrying about a bar bill was fantastic!! We tried all kinds of drinks - Alchemy Bar was great. Did not think twice about a bloody mary at breakfast or a drink or glass of wine at dinner. Enjoyed drinks at comedy shows, theater shows, Kareote, etc.. Tried drinks I never would of tried had I been paying per drink. Some were great, some not so good. For us, it was something I would defintly do again.