Posted July 11th, 2018, 12:10 PM
We were on Celebrity Eclipse last year with a "free" classic drinks package, if we wanted a drink not covered by it we would have had to pay the full price of the drink. I too am not a fan of drinks packages as they are poor value for money for the amount we drink, and we're not exactly teetotallers!
Thanks kenhem. That confirms what our friends told us. They also said that a lot of the 'decent' drinks were above the price cap, which seemed incredible. We sound the same as you. We like a drink but not enough to warrant a big upfront cost. We also like to drink decent stuff and not plonk, so would begrudge feeling ripped off if we couldn't just pay the difference.
We always upgrade the 'free classic package' to premium to avoid having to pay full price for better drinks and because the wine selection is better. On Premium if the drink is more than the upper limit you only pay the difference. Normally we have enough OBC to cover the upgrade. You could not afford to pay the full price for a premium package as it is $55 pppd + 18% but then the drinks are very expensive. On Celebrity it doesn't take much to get to $55.
We are probably above average drinkers on holiday but are certainly not drunk or aggressive and having the drinks package suits us.
Another point to consider is the the package includes all soft drinks, water, the coffee shop, breakfast juices as well as alcohol.
Wine is only by the glass but as soon as you choose a wine they just keep topping up.
The biggest bonus - you don't have to sign for anything.
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