Posted January 2nd, 2018, 09:55 AM
I am very much aware of carnival's alcoholic beverage policy, and it seems we should expect to allocate a good amount of cash to the high bar prices. That being said, are there areas or events where carnival will offer a complimentary beverage? For example, if I play slots in the casino will I be offered a free beverage, or is that only for the high rollers? Other events like captains toast?
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Just to mention, the bar drink prices aren't really that high. Not compared to a typical large city bar and certainly not as high as other cruise lines.
If you are only a moderate drinker, your tab will not be very high. There are wine packages, if that is your preferred drink. You are permitted to carry on one bottle of wine per person on embarkation day. You also have the option to purchase a bottle of alcohol to be delivered to your cabin for your cruise. If you are more than a moderate drinker, there is the "cheers" option which allows you unlimited non-alcoholic drinks as well as up to 15 of your choice of alcoholic drinks per day. People who choose this option seem quite pleased with the value.
There are a few occasions where you might enjoy a "free" drink, but not many. The steakhouse has a promotion where they offer a free bottle of wine with the meal, on the first night. You can get a few glasses of (questionable) champagne (sparkly wine) during the "art" auctions (personally not worth the effort). They also give away bottles of this same champagne throughout the cruise as promotions, giveaways, prizes for participation in events. I believe if you enter the "mixology" contest you get to drink your drinks for free. As already mentioned, if you gamble a lot in the casino, you will get a "drinks on us" card, which will entitles you to free drinks while in the casino gambling. If you attain "platinum" status or higher with Carnival's loyalty program, there will be a party where drinks are free (for about an hour). I have been on a cruise where 2 times for an hour each they offered free drinks to everyone in the atrium area for some celebration (this was a madhouse). I can't think of any others, somebody else might contribute.
have a great cruise