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Originally posted by The Wood Duck
Little off topic but do they have draft beer? If so could anyone comment on type/brands and cost. I am a big draught lover.
We recently had draft beer at the Pub Lunch in the Wheelhouse Bar. It was an English brand I believe.
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Originally posted by MrMan
What should she be apologizing for? When a retail store has a special or sale and then discontinues it do you ask for an apologies?


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I think the difference here is that most people book cruises months (maybe even year or so) in advance when certain specials are still active.
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I sent a brief email of disapproval about the death of happy hour to customer services a few days ago, got my automated reply and then, today, a form email, as expected, saying F-U, but nicely. I suggest that cruisers start sharing info on shore experiences with cheap drinks. My best ever was in St Maarten on the boardwalk drinking $2 beers and watching the mini parade go by.

This beats my customer service request that they stop the dumb policy of opening BOTH beers when delivered at happy hour. The ship staff said that it was corporate policy -- so customer services forwarded my complaint to-- the ship's staff.
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Currently onboard the Royal. Both BOGOS are definitely gone. It was decimated whatever crowd club 6 was getting for the later night Happy Hour. Real bummer!


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We are currently on the Diamond Princess. We don’t miss the BOGO at all. The Wheelhouse Bar is now a quiet afternoon place to enjoy a glass of wine before dinner. No more waiting in line to get a couple of glasses of wine or drinks. No more jockeying for a place to sit. No more feeling like I have to join in the obligatory “where are you from” or “how many cruises.” Do, it might add $100 to $150 to the cost of the cruise. But, after $7000 plus, it isn’t really relevant. Think I might send Princess a letter too.
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I was on a b2b on the Regal in February. The 1st week we had BOGO, the 2nd week it was gone. We did have $3.00 Bellinis all day on deck 16 for our first four days of the second week. Then they disappeared. Anyone else have $3.00 Bellinis? Were they too popular and Princess took them away quickly?
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Originally posted by Funkat
I think the difference here is that most people book cruises months (maybe even year or so) in advance when certain specials are still active.
Bases on that cruise lines could never change anything, because people book so far in advance.

Happy hour was never advertised as a special offer or even mentioned on their website, so "I was promised this when I booked" seems a little week.

I think I did Happy Hour once on my last cruise? Really crowded, didn't see what the big deal was.
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Originally posted by billco
We are currently on the Diamond Princess. We don’t miss the BOGO at all. The Wheelhouse Bar is now a quiet afternoon place to enjoy a glass of wine before dinner. No more waiting in line to get a couple of glasses of wine or drinks. No more jockeying for a place to sit. No more feeling like I have to join in the obligatory “where are you from” or “how many cruises.” Do, it might add $100 to $150 to the cost of the cruise. But, after $7000 plus, it isn’t really relevant. Think I might send Princess a letter too.
What does “feeling like I have to join in the obligatory ‘where are you from’ or ‘how many cruises’” have to do with BOGO? And why would you feel obligated to join in regardless?
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The fact that venues were full during BOGOF suggests very loudly to me that the offer was extremely popular with guests. The fact that if venues are quiet now adds weight to my thoughts that people were not there for the venue but the offer, and sounds like more guests were happier with the offer than the odd ones who didn't like it.
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Originally posted by MaxwellOz
I was on a b2b on the Regal in February. The 1st week we had BOGO, the 2nd week it was gone. We did have $3.00 Bellinis all day on deck 16 for our first four days of the second week. Then they disappeared. Anyone else have $3.00 Bellinis? Were they too popular and Princess took them away quickly?
I wonder if they had these in December and the 4 of us missed them because we were sitting in the Sanctuary?!!

Perhaps they were testing this out to possibly replace the BOGO?
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Originally posted by trinitytrees
The fact that venues were full during BOGOF suggests very loudly to me that the offer was extremely popular with guests. The fact that if venues are quiet now adds weight to my thoughts that people were not there for the venue but the offer, and sounds like more guests were happier with the offer than the odd ones who didn't like it.
Not only popular for guests but also for the bar staff because of the 15% tip added to many more drinks than would be sold at that time. And a lower profit margin on many drinks is still more profitable than a quiet bar.

One person was happy to have a quiet & nearly empty bar but that’s not as profitable for Princess & is very disappointing for many passengers. For those who desire solitude that’s possible during most of the day.

A previous post stated that Princess said BOGO$1 was being eliminated due to too many passengers stocking up on drinks which reduced drink purchases later. If that’s true, that’s a valid concern & they’ll evaluate whether HH is still more profitable or not.

I don’t smuggle alcohol but the elimination of the HH could result in more passengers doing it resulting in lower profits.

Statements from Princess say that the HH elimination was done by their F&B department but wonder if it was actually done at the direction of upper management.
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Originally posted by trinitytrees
The fact that venues were full during BOGOF suggests very loudly to me that the offer was extremely popular with guests. The fact that if venues are quiet now adds weight to my thoughts that people were not there for the venue but the offer, and sounds like more guests were happier with the offer than the odd ones who didn't like it.
Agree!
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I'm taking my adult daughter on her first Princess cruise in April...glad I didn't tell her about HH.
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Originally posted by harleysmama
So the BOGO is the only time that we have drinks, because they are to expensive otherwise. Now we will just not drink at all so lost revenue from us.
If you can get everyone on the ship(cruise line) to follow your example, you will see BOGO $1 return. But don’t bet on people following you. Sorry.
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Originally posted by Steelers0854
I thought the BOGO was great as I’m not a big drinker. But I disagree with this. BOGO was competing with their very profitable beverage plan. Now, even casual drinkers are more likely to get the all included drink package, whatever they are calling it now. I won’t ever get it because I will never drink that much a day, and for me it’s better to take the OBC, but I’m betting they see an increase in sales of the package now.

Always about the bottom dollar unfortunately.
We always buy the wine package, not the all you can drink package and we never will as we are not big drinkers. We also get a mini bar setup in our cabin because of our "elite" status. Maybe that's what's cutting into the profits, too many elites cruising and lots of mini bars to dole out. DH drinks the hard liquor stuff and I trade in the beers and club soda for diet Sprite Zero. We did go to Happy Hour every now and then, but frankly 3:00 pm is a bit too early for us to drink lots of wine. Such a good deal to pass up though.
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Originally posted by Thrak
Rather than calling simply send an email to: [email protected]

They do read all the email that goes to that address.
Thanks for sharing the email address, Thrak. I just fired off an email to customer relations letting them know we're unhappy with this latest decision.


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Originally posted by billco
We are currently on the Diamond Princess. We don’t miss the BOGO at all. The Wheelhouse Bar is now a quiet afternoon place to enjoy a glass of wine before dinner. No more waiting in line to get a couple of glasses of wine or drinks. No more jockeying for a place to sit. No more feeling like I have to join in the obligatory “where are you from” or “how many cruises.” Do, it might add $100 to $150 to the cost of the cruise. But, after $7000 plus, it isn’t really relevant. Think I might send Princess a letter too.
You can always find a table for two or get there early enough to rearrange the seats to where you don't run the risk of having to talk to anyone. DH and I enjoy meeting new people and having a chat with them for an hour. I don't feel obligated at all for anything. May as well not show up if you run the risk of talking to someone or being chatty.
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