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#61
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"Best bet about whether or not it is worth it for the OP is to do what a few folks have recommended, check out the current drink prices, average out how much you think each of you would drink of the various beverages each day and see where you land. "

I like this idea, but I do not know where to find drink prices. I sailed last summer and I cannot remember how much they cost. My wife and I always get the Cheers package because I like the cost certainty and I drink quite a bit. Sailing on the Horizon out of NYC this summer and I do not think Cheers starts until day 2 of the cruise if you sail out of that port. I am wondering whether or not to buy Cheers or Cruise Cash. Any suggestions or can you show me drink prices? Thanks.
#62
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Originally posted by ParrotRob
Do not listen to the people that tell you to avoid it if your wife doesn't drink. The bottom line is to add up all your anticipated drink costs for both of you, and if it exceeds $750 it's worth it. If not, it isn't. It's really pretty simple. And it doesn't take that long to get to $750 if you're drinking $10.95 Alchemy drinks and $12.50 bloody marys


How dare you bring logic and common sense to this thread


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#63
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Originally posted by LJN22
I am wondering whether or not to buy Cheers or Cruise Cash. Any suggestions or can you show me drink prices? Thanks.
IIRC, all the drinks at Alchemy were $10.95 in November 2017. Well drinks run $6.95 to $9.95. Top-shelf (which is what you want if you have Cheers) will run $9.95 to $16.95. There are a few things scattered here and there that run $19.95, but you have to search for them. Beers start at $5.95. Sodas, I think are $2.95. Those prices are before gratuity.
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#65
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Originally posted by LuckyZ
So is the limit still $10 per drink using Cheers ? Can I get a martini at Alchemy using Cheers ?

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Limit is $50, quoted from Carnival:

Please note: The following beverages are included in the price of your cruise and are served in the Main Dining Room and available 24/7 in the Lido Restaurant: non-bottled water, lemonade, unsweetened iced tea, hot chocolate and non-specialty coffee and tea.
The following beverages are available within the CHEERS! program:
  • All spirits, including cocktails, cognacs, whiskies and other spirits, as well as beer and wine (and Champagne) by the glass, with a $50 USD or lower menu price per serving
  • Zero-Proof frozen cocktails (including smoothies), sodas (including specialty sodas) and juices
  • Specialty coffees and hot tea served in the main dining rooms, specialty restaurants and coffee bars
  • Milkshakes, where applicable
  • RockStar energy drinks, Powerade, Vitamin Water, Coconut Water and Honest Tea
  • 500ml bottled water and other non-alcoholic bottled beverages served in bars and lounges
  • Large format (1 liter and 1.5-liter) bottles of water in the main dining rooms and specialty restaurants
  • 25 percent discount off the menu price for any spirit, cocktail or wine by the glass, costing above $50 USD per serving
  • 25 percent discount off the menu price for wine and champagne by the bottle and larger format water bottles purchased outside the main dining rooms or specialty restaurants
  • 25 percent discount off beverage seminars and classes
Please note
  • Due to state laws, we cannot sell CHEERS! until the second day of the cruise (starting at 6:00am) for voyages departing from our Texas and New York home ports.
  • Program only applicable for onboard purchases.
  • CHEERS! is not offered on 2 day cruises, charter cruises, on ships sailing from Australia (Carnival Legend, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor) and beverage purchases made at Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays in The Bahamas.
Beverages excluded from the program are:
  • Beverages promoted and sold in souvenir glasses
  • Bottles of liquor
  • Beverages offered at the gangway
  • Beverages offered through room service, mini bars and/or other in-stateroom beverage programs
  • Sharing cocktails, floaters, pitchers, tubes and buckets
  • Beverages offered through enomatic wine machines and self-serve beer stations
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice served in the Havana Bar
  • All other beverage-related programs including merchandise, cigars and cigarettes
  • Food items
#67
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Originally posted by LuckyZ
Thanks. Did it used to be $10 per drink ?

I believe other cruise lines the limit is $10. Also try this Beverage Package Evaluator. Just fill out the yellow spots and it should auto calculate. You can change the prices such as; price p/drink, price p/package ect....... When you are done it will say YES-green or No-red simple to use. FYI this was made for Princess cruises but again you can change prices/drink names ects.
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#68
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Originally posted by LuckyZ
Thanks. Did it used to be $10 per drink ?
Yes, I believe when it was first rolled out, there was a $10/drink limit. NCL has a $15/drink limit, but they don't limit the number of drinks you can get in a 24 hour period. Of course, NCL's "nicer" liquor is $16.95 to $19.95.
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#69
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Originally posted by Alaskan Joe
What's wrong with being hammered the entire cruise??....LoL
Besides, that's total bull****. $840 is 33 alchemy drinks per person over the course of an entire week. Who in the hell gets hammered for an entire week on 33 drinks? And if you buy Cheers ahead of time with a gift card discount, 38 becomes 28-33.

Two premium bloody Marys and two alchemy drinks a day makes cheers worth it.
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#70
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Originally posted by LuckyZ
Thanks. Did it used to be $10 per drink ?


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Close it used to be $15 max price when they rolled out the program fleetwide. It may of been $10 during one of the testing phases.


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#71
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Originally posted by ParrotRob
Two premium bloody Marys and two alchemy drinks a day makes cheers worth it.
You've almost broken even for one person, on one day.
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Originally posted by maryred
Close it used to be $15 max price when they rolled out the program fleetwide. It may of been $10 during one of the testing phases.


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It was 10.00 max when we had it on the Breeze in January of 2013 and it was still maxed at 10.00 two years later on the Freedom. At that time it was only good on alcohol, soda and juice. When the price increased to 50.00 per drink maximum, all of the other non alcoholic items were added.
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#73
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Worrying About Cost: (My primary motivation to buy Cheers). I love to drink. I like fancy mixed drinks and fine wines. I also love to not waste money. When I cruised without Cheers, I may have had a drink or two a day. Not because I don't drink much, but because I get cost conscious. When pre-purchasing Cheers, I don't even think about the cost anymore, as the money is spent. I will drink as much as I want, and sometimes a bit more. If I want to try something new but pricey (like something at the Alchemy Bar), my brain just processes it differently. Instead of "$13 for something I might hate," I think "That sounds interesting, I might like it. If not, I will just order something else in five minutes." I am a worrier when it comes to each individual purchase. When I buy Cheers, that decision is already made, so I can just order what I want, and not worry about it. The same goes for having a fine wine at dinner, ordering something at the comedy club, etc. So for me, and my habits, as long as the wife and I have the budget to pay for it, Cheers is a no-brainer for us. BUT once again, that is for us.

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This right here just convinced me that Cheers is the best option for us. I relate a lot to what you posted. Thanks!
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#74
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Originally posted by momto3girls
worrying about cost: (my primary motivation to buy cheers). i love to drink. I like fancy mixed drinks and fine wines. I also love to not waste money. When i cruised without cheers, i may have had a drink or two a day. Not because i don't drink much, but because i get cost conscious. When pre-purchasing cheers, i don't even think about the cost anymore, as the money is spent. I will drink as much as i want, and sometimes a bit more. If i want to try something new but pricey (like something at the alchemy bar), my brain just processes it differently. Instead of "$13 for something i might hate," i think "that sounds interesting, i might like it. If not, i will just order something else in five minutes." i am a worrier when it comes to each individual purchase. When i buy cheers, that decision is already made, so i can just order what i want, and not worry about it. The same goes for having a fine wine at dinner, ordering something at the comedy club, etc. So for me, and my habits, as long as the wife and i have the budget to pay for it, cheers is a no-brainer for us. But once again, that is for us.
this!
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#75
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Originally posted by momto3girls
This right here just convinced me that Cheers is the best option for us. I relate a lot to what you posted. Thanks!
Though I am long winded, I am glad you found my post helpful. Maybe Carnival will give me a small commission as an OBC (kidding of course)
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