$12 Drinks? No thanks!

#21
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my preferred wine on shore is $12 a glass. my drinking habits will not significantly change on board.

they probably raised to prices to offset the fact that so many others cheat by smuggling alcohol on board or share their drink packages.
#22
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Originally posted by spookwife
they probably raised to prices to offset the fact that so many others cheat by smuggling alcohol on board or share their drink packages.
They probably raised the prices to offset the fact that they are offering so many onboard credit booking bonuses .

It is shocking to me that so many people just stand by and roll wit the constant punches (cutbacks and price increases) from Royal Caribbean.

The prices for drinks on Royal Caribbean are more than most high dollar resorts and the drink quality and atmosphere are far below those resorts. It's unbelievable. The generous pours are gone and the prices skyrocketed.
#24
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Originally posted by kcruzgrl
Crazy! We never thought we would be Carnival cruisers, but after trying them, we were pleasantly surprised at drinks prices. They really do a great job of having a super variety with great menus, low prices, and better beers than we have found on other lines. I have to say we were impressed. We are sailing Royal soon and because of the price increases will be the first time we are doing the drink package. We will see how it goes..... :-)
Hey, no shame there. My wife and I have been on 4 carnival cruises and really have nothing bad to say about them. I Understand they've had a few things changing recently that we didn't experience, and I know things don't last forever. Anyway we had a great time on our cruises there. None of them were too rowdy, maybe a little loud from time to time here and there but nothing that bothered us....The drink packages are, or were a little less, and only get you 15 drinks (some max price in there, can't remember) but 15 was a good amount. It's easier to reach on sea days, but port days not so much.

I could go on, and on, but I won't. We always had good fun, good food, good drinks, and sometimes, good friends.
#25
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Pom poms actually when waived profusely, blind certain people to things.
Even if drink prices went to $23 each, the locals would not complain.

Now if they stopped, 3 drink coupons, free drinks in DL and CL and SL
Pom poms would come off fighting!!!

Before I get hammered, stamped on and thrown to the wolves, chewed up spat on and told I should try another cruise line.

Remember I did not state whether I am. Loyalist or Non Loyalist

Once all the drinks are included in the price of the cruise booked, the subject on drink prices will be irrelevant.

We can then move on to moaning about the NEW free internet for D & D+ just not being acceptable.
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Originally posted by PompeySailor

Once all the drinks are included in the price of the cruise booked, the subject on drink prices will be irrelevant.
And those that do not drink will rise up and complain at the high costs due to the drinks included (as they should as alcohol is not required lol). An all-inclusive cruise would cost a whole lot more than an all-inclusive land resort.

We use the DL but if drinks were taken away (not likely anytime soon) we would just cruise like we did when we first started and buy wine at dinner and an occasional drink during the day. We don't cruise to drink as some so obviously do, but the reality is, RCI is a business and as such they can charge what they want. Free market will determine how detrimental this is to their bottom line and thinking most will buy the package due to higher individual drink costs is a risky chance because we won't and I know others have stated the same.
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Originally posted by BND
And those that do not drink will rise up and complain at the high costs due to the drinks included (as they should as alcohol is not required lol). An all-inclusive cruise would cost a whole lot more than an all-inclusive land resort.

We use the DL but if drinks were taken away (not likely anytime soon) we would just cruise like we did when we first started and buy wine at dinner and an occasional drink during the day. We don't cruise to drink as some so obviously do, but the reality is, RCI is a business and as such they can charge what they want. Free market will determine how detrimental this is to their bottom line and thinking most will buy the package due to higher individual drink costs is a risky chance because we won't and I know others have stated the same.
Agreed,
We have never purchased an alcohol package and never will either.
And we drink plenty

Pleasing the masses has always been the secret that no one Has
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#28
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And the fruity drinks are sugary mix crap. Used to be lots of real fruit with nice garnishes. Now it's junk from a box. No thanks
#29
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Originally posted by buck7
We had another RCCL cruise scheduled (Brilliance in December), but after the drink prices on Indy we cancelled Brilliace and booked two cruises on Celebrity. Both come with free classic drink packages. And they didn't jack the cruise price up to cover the cost of the package.
Don't kid yourself...drink process on Celebrity are equally breathtaking. The difference is almost everybody who drinks alcohol has a complimentary Classic Beverage Package, and from there the upgrade to the Premium Package to get the more expensive drinks isn't such a big hit to the wallet.
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Originally posted by klove613
Just got off the Oasis and I definitely spent less than normal on drinks. I utilized the Suite Lounge some nights, but in general, just drank less. I think I bought 5 drinks total on the ship. I love the fruity foo foo drinks that they don't serve in the lounges, but I survived just fine.
RCCL CEO: "Fellow Executives....beverage profits are dow. Any suggestions?"
Lackey: "We could raise prices modestly...the cruisers won't notice."
RCCL CEO: "Excellent idea! $15.00 drinks it is. Give yourself a raise!"
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Just a marketing strategy for RC to pay for those big new ships!!
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#32
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We discovered the crazy drink prices on our recent Brilliance cruise. Not only was the drink menu terribly limited the prices were absolutely outrageous. It's no wonder they don't print the prices on the menu! Every time I signed a bar tab for $28 for two drinks I felt like I was being totally ripped off - not how you want to feel every day while you're on vacation. All in all we ended up spending LESS on drinks than normal because we just didn't drink as much. I can't imagine we're the only ones either.

The drink prices, combined with rising prices on everything (cruise fare, specialty restaurants, etc.) has left a sour taste in our mouths. I never thought I'd say this - we aren't big drinkers - but the drink prices really were the straw that broke the camels back though. It just really hit a nerve. We had been seriously discussing booking another Caribbean cruise in winter 2015/2016 and then a Mediterranean cruise in summer 2016. Together, those trips would have made us Diamond. However, our recent cruise really made us rethink those plans. We're finding cruising just isn't what it used to be and it definitely doesn't provide the value it once did.

We've now decided to book land based vacations for both of our next trips. It's unfortunate but, as far as I'm concerned, I can express my disapproval the loudest through my wallet. I do expect we'll sail with RCI again sometime in the future. Hopefully by that time they'll have figured out that it takes more than double-digit profit increases to run a successful business.
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I will be following this thread closely---interested to see what the replies are here vs a similar thread on Carnival.
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#34
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Originally posted by LSSaqua
They probably raised the prices to offset the fact that they are offering so many onboard credit booking bonuses .

It is shocking to me that so many people just stand by and roll wit the constant punches (cutbacks and price increases) from Royal Caribbean.

The prices for drinks on Royal Caribbean are more than most high dollar resorts and the drink quality and atmosphere are far below those resorts. It's unbelievable. The generous pours are gone and the prices skyrocketed.
Not really true... was in Atlantis 3 years ago, a beer (local bahamian was $8 a can, whether you ordered it at a bar, the pool or from your room fridge.

It appears to me that they are trying to make the cruises all-inclusive (as people complain that they should be) and by making the by the drink prices painfully high, they hope that they can raise everyone's cruise to the price of the premium drink package per day...

IE, by the drink package or else.

I did prefer the days when you could be super frugal or blow the wad, on you... but there you go.... sometimes you get what you want and wished you hadn't....

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#35
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We sailed on the Oasis on March 28th. Both my husband and I had the premium drink package. It was a toss up as to whether or not it would be worth it but in the end decided the convenience of paying for it ahead of time pushed me over. When we purchased it supposedly it covered drinks up to $10 were covered. When we were on board, it was advertised as drinks up to $8 were covered. I thought...let's see how this plays out... even though martinis, which I was drinking were $12 in Champagne bar, I was never charged extra. All week with the drink package neither my husband or I were charged the difference for drinks above the package price. We did tip extra at the bars and had great service throughout the cruise.
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#36
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Originally posted by 71Corvette
Every time I signed a bar tab for $28 for two drinks I felt like I was being totally ripped off - not how you want to feel every day while you're on vacation.
Bingo! You hit the nail square on its head.

One day RCI will figure this out, but only after they've lost all kinds of $$$ under the current program.
#37
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Originally posted by PompeySailor
Agreed prices are shocking!!! Not just Jewel, Fleetwide I would imagine.
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#38
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I actually agree with you OP. Something about paying $13-14 for a low quality drink isn't my thing. I'll stick to the bottles of wine I bring onboard and the C&A drink vouchers from here on out. This is coming from somebody that usually has a pretty high bar bill.

It's just a matter of principle. The double whammy 20% alcohol price increase and the simultaneous increase in the mandatory employee surcharge (aka gratuity) left a bad taste in my mouth. It's just greed at its finest. There's going to be a tipping point when passengers realize that with cruises as a whole, the price is rising and the quality is plummeting. Stockholders are loving it right now, but when the passengers start walking away, I'll be laughing.
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Originally posted by spookwife
my preferred wine on shore is $12 a glass. my drinking habits will not significantly change on board.

they probably raised to prices to offset the fact that so many others cheat by smuggling alcohol on board or share their drink packages.
The prices were raised to increase their profit margin. It has nothing to do with so-called "smugglers". RCI's CEO stated years ago that the majority of it's profits come from the alcohol sales. Most businesses on land or sea are raising their prices. This shouldn't really surprise anyone. We may not like it but that's life.
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Originally posted by kruzerci
I actually agree with you OP. Something about paying $13-14 for a low quality drink isn't my thing. I'll stick to the bottles of wine I bring onboard and the C&A drink vouchers from here on out. This is coming from somebody that usually has a pretty high bar bill.

It's just a matter of principle. The double whammy 20% alcohol price increase and the simultaneous increase in the mandatory employee surcharge (aka gratuity) left a bad taste in my mouth. It's just greed at its finest. There's going to be a tipping point when passengers realize that with cruises as a whole, the price is rising and the quality is plummeting. Stockholders are loving it right now, but when the passengers start walking away, I'll be laughing.
But for everyone that walks away there's 2 more to take their place. Their focus right now is on first time cruisers and with this non stop "Sale" that won't quit it's working wonders.
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