Purchasing bottles of wine on board

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#21
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Originally posted by IECalCruiser
There have been very few changes in the wine list for the past several years and the 2015/2016 information should apply.

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Originally posted by IECalCruiser
Yes, there is a mandatory 15% gratuity for wine purchased on board and the wine packages also have a 15% gratuity added. Depending upon where you board, you will probably be paying sales tax (6% in FLL or 8.75% in San Pedro for example) or VAT when you buy wine ashore so this will somewhat offset the impact of the gratuity added for buying wine on board.

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As noted, gratuities are added to any on board wine purchases. Here is a link to the most recent posting that shows the availability and cost of wines that were available in Fall 2015. It was prepared by steelers36 and accounts for the corkage and gratuity fees. The site is shown in the first posting of the thread: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...highlight=wine
#22
Hudson, WI
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Originally posted by tailspintom
Here has been our experience on procuring wine in ports while cruising on Princess. We enjoy trying local wines from those countries on the itinerary that produce it. While in port, we will select a local wine to enjoy in the cabin, prepared to pay the 15 dollar fee. For us, it is worth it since we do not have a lot of opportunity to get a truly local vintage. More times than not the security person says "enjoy your wine, sir". This happened, for example, when we found a Hawaiian wine that we enoyed, sort of, on our last cruise. We always let the security folks know that we have purchased the wine and do appreciate their (Princess) graciousness when they waive the fee. We have not found this on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, where each and every bottle has incurred a corkage fee.
Another reason we only cruise on Princess....
#23
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We purchase the wine package on every cruise. Sometimes it isn't advertised but the DR staff will sell it if they are asked. We were on 3 7days b2b last year and was able to purchase it and was able to carry it over from cruise to cruise. We sometimes ask for a bottle to bring back to the cabin. We also bring a bottle or two on board with us. Quite often we have brought wine and/or beer back on board at ports and we have never been asked to pay corkage or had it taken from us.. We don't hide the fact that we have it, just carry it on in our backpack. Others may have other experiences but that is what happened with us.
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#24
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Originally posted by catsdinner
We purchase the wine package on every cruise. Sometimes it isn't advertised but the DR staff will sell it if they are asked. We were on 3 7days b2b last year and was able to purchase it and was able to carry it over from cruise to cruise. We sometimes ask for a bottle to bring back to the cabin. We also bring a bottle or two on board with us. Quite often we have brought wine and/or beer back on board at ports and we have never been asked to pay corkage or had it taken from us.. We don't hide the fact that we have it, just carry it on in our backpack. Others may have other experiences but that is what happened with us.
We were on a 14 day B2B of two 7 day cruises and even with an appeal to the Maitre 'd, we could not purchase a wine package. While good for you, it might not be the standard on all ships.


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#25
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I'm doing a B2B on the Royal later this month. If a buy a bottle of scotch, will they deliver it to my cabin on the last night of the first leg?
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#26
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Originally posted by caribbeanboy
I'm doing a B2B on the Royal later this month. If a buy a bottle of scotch, will they deliver it to my cabin on the last night of the first leg?
one can only hope
#27
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Originally posted by caribbeanboy
I'm doing a B2B on the Royal later this month. If a buy a bottle of scotch, will they deliver it to my cabin on the last night of the first leg?
Not if they are on the ball.
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#28
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On the order sheet for liquor it asks if you are on a back to back. I’m guessing if you tick yes you won’t get it delivered on the last day of your 1st cruise
#29
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I have purchased a wine package on each of my last several cruises, and usually have good luck with them not running out of my preferred choices. However, if they do run out, sometimes they will offer something a little pricier as a substitute for what I usually order, and at the same price as the one I wanted, which I consider more than fair.
#30
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We have had our alcohol delivered on a back to back which was fun! Mistakes happen

We love our wine and usually do 10 day cruises, so get the wine package. We are not very discriminating and so are content with most dry reds. The decision on the wine card is a no brainer if you are not really fussy about types of wine. Those who are knowledgeable and have strong preferences often carry on and pay the corkage. We carry on one bottle each and then buy the card.
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#31
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I will try my luck on the last night!
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#33
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it is a quality issue. wines sold on the ship are ok but usually not outstanding. you may find some very fine wines in port and it might be worth $15 to bring that wine to dinner to enjoy. you may find some very fine wines from the area you are visiting and from the geographical area - like Europe. you might have a chance to visit a winery or a wine shop/cellar that has tastings. we found some fantastic roses wines in Bratislava, for example, that were made from several varieties of grapes. around $13 euros. so delicious. nothing like this can be found on the ship.
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#34
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Originally posted by voljeep
can you only purchase the 'wine package' onboard? - and what does it include?
They are only offered on board. You can buy 7, 10, or 12 bottle packages. The Silver Package is $161 for 7 ($23/bottle), 210 for 10 ($21/bottle), or $240 for 12 ($20/bottle) and you get any bottle of wine up to $29. If you purchase a bottle that is more than $29 then you just pay the difference between the bottle cost and $29. There is also a Gold Package. I don't remember all of the costs but I believe it is $336 for the 12 bottle package ($28/bottle) and you get any bottle of wine up to $45. There is a 15% gratuity added to the packages just as there is a 15% gratuity added to individual bottles. There is no gratuity added to the price difference of the bottle over $29 or $45. If you buy wines that are mostly less than $38 or $39 a bottle then the Silver Package is probably the better deal.

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#35
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I was on the Athens to Athens trip on the Royal last year and was able to purchase a bottle of wine in every port and bring it back without any fee. The problem is, you don't know what you are buying and it could be hit or miss. Just ask some locals where to get wine. It was never a far walk and sometimes in a small grocery type of store.
The previous year I did the Barcelona to Rome trip and also was able to buy a bottle in ports and bring it on without charge. Laughably, the 5 Euro bottle of white I bought at the Andalusian Horse tour was FANTASTIC while the 19 Euro bottle in France was not to my liking. They are great to try out but if you really don't want to be disappointed, stick to buying brands you know on the ship.
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#37
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The wine package is not necessarily available even on cruises of more than 10 days - it was not offered on our September Star 15 night cruise. First time we've had that happen, and it did make buying wine more expensive. We would have brought more onboard if we had known in advance.
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#39
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If it is available and you purchase a wine package and you do not use all your punches on the punch card, can the punches be used on a subsequent cruise??
#40
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Originally posted by Cruise2End
If it is available and you purchase a wine package and you do not use all your punches on the punch card, can the punches be used on a subsequent cruise??
Good question - I don't think I have read that one before. I bet the answer is no though, and it doesn't work like a coffee card. Otherwise, may as well buy the largest package all the time.
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