$12 Drinks? No thanks!

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Originally posted by American Bear
Celebrity threads state their top drink pkge. is now $65..
(shipcruise.org has RCL top drink pkge ultimate at $65..

Next, expect Diamond freebies to go away!
After Diamond freebies expect Diamond Plus freebies to go away!
After Diamond Plus expect Pinnacle freebies to go away!

Quite possible.
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Originally posted by grandgeezer
That could be said about just about anyone who has earned any status with any particular cruise line. Will the last one left, please turn out the lights.

So Sad. But very true. Well Stated.
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Originally posted by babyher
*LOL*


To paraphrase an old George Burns line. "If I paid $40 for a drink, I would have to sleep with it first "

If that was for extra's. ( free ice cubes and glass with an umbrella) I am sure RCCL would tax it a lot higher than the 18%.
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Originally posted by dcgrumpy
Originally posted by icsys
There's really no need to pay such high prices, unless of course you want to.

F&B NYC
Cocktails $5.95 to $6.95 ($3.50 during happy hour)
I'm confused. The previous poster is in NYC. Frankie and Benny's NYC is a UK chain. There aren't any in the US.
Not as confused as me, apparently.

I always get mixed up between F&B and TGI'Fs which IS in NYC.
I recall very reasonable drinks in there when we visited not too long ago.

TGIF menu

Apologies for the confusion
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Originally posted by Paul65

We asked the bartender to just pick something for us, but not too sweet. She made my wife the Lady Marmalade and a cucumber martini for me. I'm not a big cucumber fan, so wasn't expecting to like it, but it was actually pretty good (though a little on the sweet side). If I remember correctly, it had muddled cucumber along with Hendricks gin, St. Germain liqueur and a little lemon juice + simple syrup. I wasn't that familiar with St. Germain and thought it might make the drink too flowery, but overall it had more earthy and herbal tones from the gin and cucumber than floral.
Just off the Serenade myself and I fell in love with the watermelon/cucumber infusion Marina used to make that martini!

Agree with you that the R Bar was using some nice quality ingredients and making some unusual and tasty cocktails.
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FYI

Just off the brilliance. Second cruise in six weeks and again we drank very very little. Just to high of prices.

But I do have one tip. Make sure you ask what the drink of the day is. Its still $7.75, which makes it over $9 with the tip. But cheaper than just ordering anything.

And we found in two different bars on two different days, if you didn't like the drink of the day, and just kinda hesitated and asked the bartender if that is the only one you can get. They would basically make you any simple drink for that price. One day I had a coconut rum, grenadine, and sprite mixture. Another day I had a mojito instead of the rum punch.

It really seems like the bartenders are starting to realize that people aren't paying the prices. So they seem to be very accommodating.

Just my two cents!!!
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Originally posted by waterbugohio
FYI

Just off the brilliance. Second cruise in six weeks and again we drank very very little. Just to high of prices.

But I do have one tip. Make sure you ask what the drink of the day is. Its still $7.75, which makes it over $9 with the tip. But cheaper than just ordering anything.
Good tip although amusing to think that $9 + for the DoD is a deal .
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Originally posted by Goodtime Cruizin
I just had a buddy post on his FB wall that a drink at the Mirage/Vegas, poolside was $40. Wowza! Not sure of the details yet but I can't to hear his explanation on this one. If I had to pay $40 for a drink, I'd be one sober son of a gun!
Don't give Royal any bright ideas! I imagine they would love to charge $40 for a drink!
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Just off of Freedom this morning. I can tell you that on CocoCay, 2 CocoLocos ran $28.32 including the auto tip (about $4 of that amount was tip) for the bartender to scoop some slush out of a cooler and float some Cruzan on top. Those were the only alcoholic drinks we purchased all week. We did however, book a future cruise at the NextCruise deal. Decent pricing on the cruise itself, including gratuities, for 3 pax in a Cat F OV on the upcoming 8 day Freedom itinerary out of Fort Lauderdale for $2622 with an automatic $100 OBC. Anyway, as part of the promo, they were offering BOGO50 Premium package at $456 for first pax and & $228 for second pax. We don't drink much, so can't see ourselves spending nearly $700 on alcohol. IMHO, that $700 is better spent on other things.
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Originally posted by A2Mich
Just off of Freedom this morning. I can tell you that on CocoCay, 2 CocoLocos ran $28.32 including the auto tip (about $4 of that amount was tip) for the bartender to scoop some slush out of a cooler and float some Cruzan on top. Those were the only alcoholic drinks we purchased all week. We did however, book a future cruise at the NextCruise deal. Decent pricing on the cruise itself, including gratuities, for 3 pax in a Cat F OV on the upcoming 8 day Freedom itinerary out of Fort Lauderdale for $2622 with an automatic $100 OBC. Anyway, as part of the promo, they were offering BOGO50 Premium package at $456 for first pax and & $228 for second pax. We don't drink much, so can't see ourselves spending nearly $700 on alcohol. IMHO, that $700 is better spent on other things.
When is Freedom doing 8 nighters out of Ft. Lauderdale?
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Originally posted by waterbugohio
FYI

Just off the brilliance. Second cruise in six weeks and again we drank very very little. Just to high of prices.

But I do have one tip. Make sure you ask what the drink of the day is. Its still $7.75, which makes it over $9 with the tip. But cheaper than just ordering anything.

And we found in two different bars on two different days, if you didn't like the drink of the day, and just kinda hesitated and asked the bartender if that is the only one you can get. They would basically make you any simple drink for that price. One day I had a coconut rum, grenadine, and sprite mixture. Another day I had a mojito instead of the rum punch.

It really seems like the bartenders are starting to realize that people aren't paying the prices. So they seem to be very accommodating.

Just my two cents!!!
That seems to be varying by ship. On Indy it is $10.00 + 18%.
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If memory serves me correctly, her last sailing from Port Canaveral is in Nov 2016. We booked for March 2017. She will be doing alternating 6 and 8 day from Fort Lauderdale as new long term assignment. Last sailing from PC is a short 5 day cruise.
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Originally posted by A2Mich
If memory serves me correctly, her last sailing from Port Canaveral is in Nov 2016. We booked for March 2017. She will be doing alternating 6 and 8 day from Fort Lauderdale as new long term assignment. Last sailing from PC is a short 5 day cruise.
Thanks, I didn't know Freedom was moving to Ft. Lauderdale. I appreciate the info as we really enjoy the 8 nighters that Indy and Navigator have done from Port Everglades.
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Originally posted by Ocean Boy
Thanks, I didn't know Freedom was moving to Ft. Lauderdale. I appreciate the info as we really enjoy the 8 nighters that Indy and Navigator have done from Port Everglades.

Sure. The 8 nighter is Labadee, San Juan, St Maarten, and St Kitts. Believe it's the itinerary that either Indy or Nav are currently running. Sorry, don't recall what the 6 nighter was going to be. Prob the same as Indy/Nav alternate. Glad they are moving Oasis to Port Canaveral, but they are keeping the pricing higher than what Freedom seemed to be. We liked the Freedom, though thought it seemed very crowded at times (had heard there were 4100 pax onboard), and not sure if wanting to try an even larger ship with still more people.
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Originally posted by NikC
I'm the poster of the explorer menus above. Just to clarify, I've never had a gratuity added to the menu price on any of my Southampton (UK) based cruises. The menu price is the price you pay, including gratuity. Not sure if that's a legal thing over here, but it was the same on adventure last year, menu prices were just higher than I'd seen n pictures on here from US based sailings.

Also the premium package has a $14 limit on here
It was the same on our cruise out of Sydney. The prices included the gratuities.

The difference between Premium and Ultimate is that Ultimate is Premium plus Royal Replenish so includes coffees, fresh juice, sodas, premium waters, but as far as the alcoholic drinks are concerned they are identical.
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Originally posted by janabelle61
Just off the Serenade myself and I fell in love with the watermelon/cucumber infusion Marina used to make that martini!

Agree with you that the R Bar was using some nice quality ingredients and making some unusual and tasty cocktails.
We liked the Bittersweet Symphony - Tanqueray, sweet vermouth, Aperol, lemon bitter. Great pre-dinner cocktail.
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Originally posted by A2Mich
Sure. The 8 nighter is Labadee, San Juan, St Maarten, and St Kitts. Believe it's the itinerary that either Indy or Nav are currently running. Sorry, don't recall what the 6 nighter was going to be. Prob the same as Indy/Nav alternate. Glad they are moving Oasis to Port Canaveral, but they are keeping the pricing higher than what Freedom seemed to be. We liked the Freedom, though thought it seemed very crowded at times (had heard there were 4100 pax onboard), and not sure if wanting to try an even larger ship with still more people.


Freedom 6 niters in Ft Lauderdale are Cayman/George Town, Cozumel, Costa Maya.

0ne 7 niter Nov 5 2016 Cayman/George Town, Costa Maya, Belize City, Cozumel.
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Originally posted by American Bear
Freedom 6 niters in Ft Lauderdale are Cayman/George Town, Cozumel, Costa Maya.



0ne 7 niter Nov 5 2016 Cayman/George Town, Costa Maya, Belize City, Cozumel.

Thanks. Couldn't remember and wasn't sure where the flyer disappeared to
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