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Originally posted by ricew001
But that's exactly where people miss it!! IT IS *NOT* ONLY ALCOHOL. It's water (and we drink a lot of bottle water), coffee, milkshakes, SODAS, etc.
I am aware of that. But along with alcohol, that is still a lot of specialty coffees (as that is the only coffee charged separately), water. soda, milkshakes, etc., to come up to $65 (as example) per person per day, IMO. Would you typically drink $455 each in assorted beverages charged individually during a 7 night cruise? If you do then I guess it would be of value for you.

Clearly it's an individual value choice and for some it may well pay off. But if it wasn't such a significant profit item for the cruise lines they wouldn't offer and promote it as widely as they do and would simply charge by individual drink purchase. They offer it because they make more money on the average passenger who purchases it. Cruising is a for profit business, don'f forget.....
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We find it worth it, even with the port days. But, we're also the type of people who might start the day with a Bloody Mary. Have beers by the pool throughout the afternoon/early evening. Wine with dinner. Drinks and dancing at night. It all comes down to personal preferences.

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OK, our drink expenses have nearly always been about $1K/trip.
A few drinks at the pool...a few at trivia before dinner...a couple at dinner...several in the evening. DH mixes up beer & pina coladas...I like mixed drinks, possibly a slushie drink now & then, wine at dinner (nothing pricey). In my eyes, we drink A LOT on a cruise.
PREMIUM package on our upcoming Celebrity cruise is about $1150 for both for 7 days. DH wouldn't need premium, so more like $1K/wk.
So even with our continual drinking...a drink package is a wash for us.
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