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#41
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I plan on bringing wine, and Ill get maybe one fancy drink a day if that. And Ill buy a Long Island when were in the club. I dont drink coffee or sodas. Kids and husband will have the bottomless and he will buy a few beers here or there. We should be fine


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#42
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Originally posted by Tyme2Cruise
The problem with Cheers is that both adults in the cabin have to purchase it.
Yep, agreed. In my case, DW rarely has even a glass of wine. I have bought the soda package for her in the past, but I don't think she drank enough from that to make it a deal. Plus they served little glasses of soda from the tap rather than full cans. A la carte is most economical for us.

I do wish Carnival would reconsider the policy... basically cruisers traveling solo can buy a solo package but when I travel as a couple, I cannot buy a solo package. Seems unfair to couples.

One loophole I can think of... if a couple is traveling with kids and they get two staterooms, the cruise line generally wants an adult booked in each room, even though they don't stay that way. Since the package purchase is based on each adult registered in the room, in this case there would be just one, and a solo drink package could be bought.
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#43
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Joined Jun 2017
This is our first cruise, we typically stay at all inclusive resorts. For this reason we opted for the Cheers program, as we don't like to get a surprise bill at the end of our trip.

It's true, most people don't consume 15 boozy drinks/Starbucks coffees a day at home. But this is supposed to be a vacation, and for us that means mimosas with breakfasts, frozen drinks by a pool, wine with dinner, and port or lemoncello night cap.
#44
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Originally posted by sweets2323
I drink occasionally. And dont think I will drink 7 drinks a day (including alcoholic and non alcoholic) but then I dont know if Im being realistic with myself and once I get on the ship it may be a whole different story. Ive never been on an 8 day cruise. Not sure how it will play out. Im traveling with my kids so I dont plan on drinking that much.

What was your experience?


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We had it for our Mon-Fri cruise this summer and I loved it. No surprises at the end of the trip. I prepaid for it so I got that discount, plus I used my 10% off gift cards. If I tried a drink I didn't like I ordered one I did to replace it. It was fun to try new ones. If one melted down then I quickly ordered a fresh one. We grabbed bottle water constantly. I wish I had tried a milkshake but just didn't have time. My hubby is a soda drinker (I'm not) so he felt free to get them in the dining room (unlike last time when we didn't have the package.)

I know a longer cruise will be more expensive but you may have time to try more things at that rate. As one poster put it several months ago, it "enhances" your experience. It's vacation. Go for it!
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#45
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Originally posted by sweets2323
I drink occasionally. And dont think I will drink 7 drinks a day (including alcoholic and non alcoholic) but then I dont know if Im being realistic with myself and once I get on the ship it may be a whole different story. Ive never been on an 8 day cruise. Not sure how it will play out. Im traveling with my kids so I dont plan on drinking that much.

What was your experience?
My experience is that we drink less than we thought when port days are factored in. I do not think over the entirety of the cruise that I could ever make Cheers worth the price. Same with bottomless bubbles, when we do the real numbers only sea days are a good buy. An adult has to drink like six cokes a day to break even and we are better off just buying a coke when we want one.
#46
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Joined Feb 2016
Originally posted by sweets2323
I drink occasionally. And dont think I will drink 7 drinks a day (including alcoholic and non alcoholic) but then I dont know if Im being realistic with myself and once I get on the ship it may be a whole different story. Ive never been on an 8 day cruise. Not sure how it will play out. Im traveling with my kids so I dont plan on drinking that much.

What was your experience?


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You already know you are at the break even threshold for one day. And you probably wouldn't be able to even do THAT day 2 through <7>.

Cheers would still be option 3 for me. First is to bring my own, still always successful, with the second being buying a bottle through BonVoyage on the day when they ever figure out how people get their booze on.

It's a good thing Carnival is not in charge of building the border wall.
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#47
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Joined Dec 2017
I am cruising with my 21 year old son so I felt purchasing the Cheers package would keep me from counting how many drinks he was having and make my cruise more relaxed and carefree. We are only doing a four day with one port day so that helped solidify my decision. Were we on a longer cruise with a port intensive itinerary I may have opted not to purchase.
#48
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Joined Jan 2018
We purchased it for our honeymoon and will probably even purchase it from our upcoming cruise with our kids. It is nice to just pay the chunk of money and then relax and enjoy ordering whatever you want. We would have a drink with our show in the evening and a glass of wine with dinner. Maybe grab something when we walked through the pool deck. If we didn't have the package I would have felt guilty if I wanted a drink and it would have just stressed me out about money. I would say go for it. (also it was nice being able to try new drinks knowing if you didn't like it you hadn't wasted money)
#49
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Joined Dec 2017
Originally posted by ISHCruising
It's true, most people don't consume 15 boozy drinks/Starbucks coffees a day at home.
[ProgRockCruiser looks around the room suspiciously...]

"hmmm...once again, I'm not most people!"

I keed, I keed...sort of.

At home, we will consume 6 or 7 drinks each on a non-work day where we are being social from lunch time on: a couple beers at lunch, one more before dinner, glass or two of wine with dinner, and probably another glass after while we watch TV or whatever.

So with the complete freedom of cruising, we can easily have about 10 drinks each per day without even blinking. The Cheers package is very much something we will do every time we cruise (at current pricing/limits).
#50
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I have purchased it on the last 3 cruises and didn't regret it - even though I really don't think I got my money's worth. I liked getting what I wanted (including specialty coffees) without worrying about it.

On this next cruise it's a Premier Casino Cruise (7 days on the Miracle) and I'm not planning on getting CHEERS. I will start out with free drinks in the casino and don't think my orders outside the casino will equal $50 plus a day. I purchased $200 in CCL's Cash Bar (I know a lot of people think that's a stupid move) but it will cover the 2-3 drinks and a coffee I will have each day outside the casino without me having to pay over $400 for CHEERS.

I liked the Cash Bar because it covers everything alcoholic and also the specialty coffee shop, so this way I will half the amount I'd spend on CHEERS.
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#52
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We have cruised 4 times and had packages for the last two. I don't remember them being offered on our first, but it was a "free" choice with NCL on our 3rd cruise. Our 4th was with Princess and we had the Soda and More package.

Since we didn't know anything else, we didn't mind paying as we went - and one port day of the first cruise was a pub crawl and wouldn't have drank on ship that day or the next. The all-inclusive of NCL was nice, but we drank more than I think we usually would have and souvenir glass drinks were excluded there also (didn't think to ask for it in a regular glass) so it did seem limited.

Princess includes mocktails (but not specialty coffee) in their package. Unfortunately there was not a good selection of mocktails, and if you requested something that contained a bottled/canned soft drink (vs. mixer or fountain soda) as an ingredient they could not make it with the package. My husband also was very sick the last sea day (rough seas and migraine), so between port days and illness we would never have drank enough to cover the cost of the alcohol package - I'm not even sure we broke even on the soda & more (but maybe with ginger ale).

We did find ourselves limiting our drinks/not being as adventurous on Princess as NCL since we were paying by the drink for anything with alcohol. They did have a BOGO$1 happy hours, so we stuck with that mostly. The downside was it had to be the same drink.

For our Carnival trip next month we still cannot justify the cost of Cheers between port days or if we just don't feel like drinking, but do want to have the freedom to get whatever we want and not look at price. We got a $500 gift card to apply to our account and figure that will be more than enough for our drinking habits. We will also carry on the allowed 1 bottle of wine and 12 cans of soft drink each. A bonus to that is having exactly the brand/flavor we prefer.
#53
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Joined Aug 2016
I am a very rare drinker, I like more fruity/froo froo drinks if I do drink. We cruised last Jan with our kids and did not get the cheers package. We brought 3 cases of Pepsi on board. I did not regret it one bit. We got the kids each a smoothie and shake. I had one strawberry daiquiri and one virgin daiquiri, that was it the entire 7 day cruise. I just drank my Pepsi and the lemonade provided. Like pp posted, we had bought a $500 gift card and had it on our account so that any drinks we wanted would be covered already. I ended up spending the majority of that card on pictures from Pixels as that is more "my thing".
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#54
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Joined Feb 2007
LOL...some people kill me.


"I only have one drink during a cruise so I don't buy the drink package"

Well no crap. Guess what....I don't really need the internet on a cruise so I don't purchase the unlimited internet package.
#55
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Joined Oct 2017
Originally posted by ray98
LOL...some people kill me.


"I only have one drink during a cruise so I don't buy the drink package"

Well no crap. Guess what....I don't really need the internet on a cruise so I don't purchase the unlimited internet package.
I was thinking the same thing. Some people: I don't drinks alcohol, coffee or soda so Cheers isn't worth it. Can't believe people spend that much money etc. Just keep scrolling non drinker. Lol.

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#56
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I did the Celebrity Equinox earlier in the year and had the Premium drink package for 10 nights (5 port days). It came as a free perk. It was absolutely AMAZING to have this and we definitely drank much more than the package was worth. Speciality coffee at breakfast, maybe a mimosa or 2, probably 10 drinks a pieces during the day, dinner drinks, after dinner coffee/drink, nightclub drinks, bottled water, etc.

But I am going to pass on Cheers when I cruise in May. Going on a cruise out of San Juan with 7 ports in 7 days and it ultimately came down to us wanting to use that money we would of spent on Cheers and do different things on the islands, including food/drinks.

That said, we will probably budget $250 for drinks during the cruise and that should do us well. Still a nice savings of $500 from getting Cheers. Bring bottled wine as well . . . hell even if we overdo it and spend $500 on drinks, we still are saving in the end.

Evaluate what your plans are. If you plan on lounging around the ship all week, then Cheers makes a lot of sense. If you plan on being off the ship a lot and maybe have 4 out of 7 days in port, then its quite possible you won't reach that drink amount required to cover the package.

But I agree with others if you aren't drinkers than this really doesn't apply to you.
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#57
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We have done it both ways. When with the kids we drink less, but I always calculate how much we spent on drinks via the itemized bill and found that we probably spend half of what Cheers costs when with the kids and right around the cost of Cheers when we don't take them. The issue tends to become, we can both easily max the drinks on a sea day, and sometimes on a port day, but after 2-3 days of that we need a break, so lose out later in the cruise. It is just as easy to order whatever we want, when we want it and make out the same as if we had purchased the package over the duration. I understand that some want the 'carefree feeling' of having already paid for it, but my brain does not work that way. Whether I pay before, now or later, its the same money and therefore does not modify how much I spend on the ship. That makes it much easier to have the 14 drinks on one day and 1 the next without caring if I 'break even' or not.
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#58
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Nope, never.

And any thread on here relating to dining room attire, faster the fun or Cheers! is highly subjective and filled with responses from the extremes on both sides.

The simple advice that anyone can and should give you is to do what you think best. Only you can make the determination later on whether or not what you did or didn't do was worth it.

Most folks, myself included, typically read these threads with a bowl of popcorn if you get my drift.
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#59
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@Keys2Heaven - yes, of course the OP or whoever is reading this thread should do as they choose.

But some folks like to cast a wide net for opinions, hoping they get a response from someone that "clicks", and sometimes they or another reader will say "hmm, that sounds exactly like me, so this is now quite relevant".

If I was wondering whether the package was worth it, and saw someone respond similar to my own response, I could draw parallels and probably conclude that it is indeed worthwhile.

If I was someone like a family friend, who will have two glasses of wine on a "wild and crazy night", the drink package is very much not worthwhile.

I had not really considered the fancy coffees, etc, since I don't partake too much (they fill you up, taking away room for other drinks!), but I know folks that could probably get their money's worth on just those, based on observed consumption. So again, someone reading might realize that their caffeine habit might be a good match for Cheers, while then being able to have a "free" martini or two.

Horses for courses, and all that.
#60
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Originally posted by ProgRockCruiser
@Keys2Heaven - yes, of course the OP or whoever is reading this thread should do as they choose.

But some folks like to cast a wide net for opinions, hoping they get a response from someone that "clicks", and sometimes they or another reader will say "hmm, that sounds exactly like me, so this is now quite relevant".

If I was wondering whether the package was worth it, and saw someone respond similar to my own response, I could draw parallels and probably conclude that it is indeed worthwhile.

If I was someone like a family friend, who will have two glasses of wine on a "wild and crazy night", the drink package is very much not worthwhile.

I had not really considered the fancy coffees, etc, since I don't partake too much (they fill you up, taking away room for other drinks!), but I know folks that could probably get their money's worth on just those, based on observed consumption. So again, someone reading might realize that their caffeine habit might be a good match for Cheers, while then being able to have a "free" martini or two.

Horses for courses, and all that.
Perhaps they should cast a wider net and use the search function to find an answer among the literally hundreds of threads that have been discussed ad nauseam about this and other subjects.

Draw whatever parallels you wish from the responses you read or have found via search, but only you can ascertain whether or not this is for you.
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