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Originally posted by grapau27
The RC cocktail hour is every night too.
We are also D+ on RCI but enjoy our January cruise on Azura to Caribbean because of direct flights from our local airport. Just to summarise are we not able to buy gin at airport to take on board?
Never take booze on RCI because of nightly happy hour and gift of wine awaiting in our stateroom.
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Originally posted by Scotland01
We are also D+ on RCI but enjoy our January cruise on Azura to Caribbean because of direct flights from our local airport. Just to summarise are we not able to buy gin at airport to take on board?
Never take booze on RCI because of nightly happy hour and gift of wine awaiting in our stateroom.
Thank you
I understand P&O allows 1 bottle per person when boarding.
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Originally posted by wowzz
I litre each, to be precise.

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And.......will that be allowed on Azura if there is a drinks package? I think not.
No other cruise line that has AI packages allows even a drop of alcohol to be brought on board!


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Originally posted by Caravan 37
And.......will that be allowed on Azura if there is a drinks package? I think not.
No other cruise line that has AI packages allows even a drop of alcohol to be brought on board!


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Originally posted by Caravan 37
And.......will that be allowed on Azura if there is a drinks package? I think not.
No other cruise line that has AI packages allows even a drop of alcohol to be brought on board!


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its only a trial and people will have to purchase it..I would take it while trialing it and its a purchasable extra they will still let people take drink onboard. If they decide to go fleet wide I think they will join the rest and stop you taking drinks onboard at that poing. I am not sure how popular it will actually be. intresting that they are trying it out on a large ship with a younger age demographic..what sort of % would they sell on Aurora or Arcadia say.
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Originally posted by the english lady
its only a trial and people will have to purchase it..I would take it while trialing it and its a purchasable extra they will still let people take drink onboard. If they decide to go fleet wide I think they will join the rest and stop you taking drinks onboard at that poing. I am not sure how popular it will actually be. intresting that they are trying it out on a large ship with a younger age demographic..what sort of % would they sell on Aurora or Arcadia say.
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Originally posted by Caravan 37
And.......will that be allowed on Azura if there is a drinks package? I think not.
No other cruise line that has AI packages allows even a drop of alcohol to be brought on board!


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I would have thought it would be in their interests to let you bring your own drink on board (the more the better from their perspective) as presumably if you have a limit on what you can, or will drink, then you'll be drinking less of their drinks which you have already paid for in your cruise price. Or am I missing something?
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Originally posted by kruzseeka
I would have thought it would be in their interests to let you bring your own drink on board (the more the better from their perspective) as presumably if you have a limit on what you can, or will drink, then you'll be drinking less of their drinks which you have already paid for in your cruise price. Or am I missing something?


If you were buying a drinks package you wouldn’t be needing to bring alcohol onboard - my point was that most cruise lines (apart from Marella apparently) don’t allow you to bring drink on board if there is a drinks package on board, whether you choose to buy it or not.

Just an observation - who knows what they’ll actually do - time will tell!


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Originally posted by Caravan 37
If you were buying a drinks package you wouldn’t be needing to bring alcohol onboard - my point was that most cruise lines (apart from Marella apparently) don’t allow you to bring drink on board if there is a drinks package on board, whether you choose to buy it or not.

Just an observation - who knows what they’ll actually do - time will tell!


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As others have said - usually when drinks packages are introduced the cost of buying individual drinks goes up as a way to try and make the package seem better value and then you can’t bring drink onboard by the litre


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Originally posted by Caravan 37
If you were buying a drinks package you wouldn’t be needing to bring alcohol onboard - my point was that most cruise lines (apart from Marella apparently) don’t allow you to bring drink on board if there is a drinks package on board, whether you choose to buy it or not.

Just an observation - who knows what they’ll actually do - time will tell!


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Not entirely sure that the other lines not allowing booze on board had anything to do with drinks packages.


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Originally posted by Caravan 37
If you were buying a drinks package you wouldn’t be needing to bring alcohol onboard - my point was that most cruise lines (apart from Marella apparently) don’t allow you to bring drink on board if there is a drinks package on board, whether you choose to buy it or not.

Just an observation - who knows what they’ll actually do - time will tell!


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As I read your post which said 'No other cruise line that has AI packages allows even a drop of alcohol to be brought on board!', I took the AI to be part of the cruise package but if there is the option to buy into the AI or not then I can see the rationale.
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Originally posted by Caravan 37
If you were buying a drinks package you wouldn’t be needing to bring alcohol onboard - my point was that most cruise lines (apart from Marella apparently) don’t allow you to bring drink on board if there is a drinks package on board, whether you choose to buy it or not.

Just an observation - who knows what they’ll actually do - time will tell!


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Princess let you take a bottle onboard too.
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Originally posted by CCFC
Princess let you take a bottle onboard too.


One bottle of wine ‘for special occasions’ not a litre of spirits each? Unless they’ve changed their policy recently?


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Originally posted by daiB
Not entirely sure that the other lines not allowing booze on board had anything to do with drinks packages.


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Really? What else would be the reason other than that you don’t drink in your cabin and therefore buy less or none of their bar drinks or packages thereby reducing their bar profits?


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Originally posted by kruzseeka
I would have thought it would be in their interests to let you bring your own drink on board (the more the better from their perspective) as presumably if you have a limit on what you can, or will drink, then you'll be drinking less of their drinks which you have already paid for in your cruise price. Or am I missing something?
You are missing something. The trial will be as a chargeable extra, and if they do bring it in fleet wide I think it will continue to be a chargeable extra. With the adults only ships being an older demographic, with all of their medication, I would not think there would be a large take up of it. I don't think they will include it in the prices. Too many older people would not be able to make use of it.
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Originally posted by the english lady
You are missing something. The trial will be as a chargeable extra, and if they do bring it in fleet wide I think it will continue to be a chargeable extra. With the adults only ships being an older demographic, with all of their medication, I would not think there would be a large take up of it. I don't think they will include it in the prices. Too many older people would not be able to make use of it.
I agree with your thinking however it appears that P&O are actively going after a younger market. Consequently if they do inclusive AI as part of the cruise fare rather than an added extra and “older people would not be able to make use of it” then it might just suit them nicely thank you very much.

They don’t actually want the ships filled with non drinking older folks who have typically done all the excursions before, don’t use the spa and don’t buy the rubbish on the tat tables. They want to make money at the bar either via the AI packages if the trial is successful or through non AI (probably increased in price) bar sales.

Older, (usually quite loyal to the brand) customers are not who or what the newer ships are designed for. As the older ships leave the fleet so will many of the more traditional cruisers.
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Originally posted by the english lady
You are missing something. The trial will be as a chargeable extra, and if they do bring it in fleet wide I think it will continue to be a chargeable extra. With the adults only ships being an older demographic, with all of their medication, I would not think there would be a large take up of it. I don't think they will include it in the prices. Too many older people would not be able to make use of it.
Yes I replied to Caravan 37, post #873 who explained that it was in effect an optional extra in which case I accept that my argument doesn't follow. I'd taken the general comment about AIS on other cruiselines to be part of the package which some are - and that creates a different scenario.
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Originally posted by Eglesbrech
I agree with your thinking however it appears that P&O are actively going after a younger market. Consequently if they do inclusive AI as part of the cruise fare rather than an added extra and “older people would not be able to make use of it” then it might just suit them nicely thank you very much.

They don’t actually want the ships filled with non drinking older folks who have typically done all the excursions before, don’t use the spa and don’t buy the rubbish on the tat tables. They want to make money at the bar either via the AI packages if the trial is successful or through non AI (probably increased in price) bar sales.

Older, (usually quite loyal to the brand) customers are not who or what the newer ships are designed for. As the older ships leave the fleet so will many of the more traditional cruisers.

I think you make some very valid points and sadly agree with your final paragraph. I think we may be amongst the exodus.