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Just realized that I don't know how getting a drink works on Celebrity. On Princess I was going up to the bar to get my own drinks, on Holland they frowned on that and we would just sit and someone came and took our order. So how does it work on Celebrity?? Would love to know :)

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Just realized that I don't know how getting a drink works on Celebrity. On Princess I was going up to the bar to get my own drinks, on Holland they frowned on that and we would just sit and someone came and took our order. So how does it work on Celebrity?? Would love to know :)

 

Either way is acceptable.

You can wait for a waiter/waitress to come over and take your order OR you can go up to the bar and get them yourself.

I personally go up to the bar since it is much quicker.

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Welcome to Celebrity !!

 

And I will add the following... Just in case you have a Bevvy Pkg...

 

They will need to swipe your card... But there is no chit to sign.

 

And if you become a regular at a particular venue, they might not even ask for your card as they will have memorized your Name / Cabin or Folio Number

 

Just another positive about having a Bevvy Pkg

 

Cheers!

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Welcome to Celebrity! You can get a drink however you please. It all depends on the venue as well. In areas such as the pool and sundeck, the pool waiters are scarce so you will need to go to the bar. I always make friends with the bartenders around the Martini Bar so I always hit the bar there. In areas like the Ensemble Lounge I find servers come to you quite quickly.

 

Either way, there is no wrong way on Celebrity and you won't be frowned on! Just do what you believe is quicker for you at the time.

 

I always highly recommend the drink package (Premium for me :)). You don't have to sign a thing when you get a drink and you know that your bill will never exceed what is already paid.

 

Cheers and Happy Cruising!

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They will need to swipe your card... But there is no chit to sign.

 

And if you become a regular at a particular venue, they might not even ask for your card as they will have memorized your Name / Cabin or Folio Number

 

Just another positive about having a Bevvy Pkg

 

Cheers!

Correction / Clarification:

 

This is only true IF they have a beverage package. While many do, still plenty don't (insides, booked before 1,2,3 was totally regular, special resident rates, specials, etc). If you don't have a package, you're still signing.

 

Happy sailing,

Jenna

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Correction / Clarification:

 

This is only true IF they have a beverage package. While many do, still plenty don't (insides, booked before 1,2,3 was totally regular, special resident rates, specials, etc). If you don't have a package, you're still signing.

 

Happy sailing,

Jenna

 

Hmmmm... You missed the first line of my post, where I clearly said:

 

And I will add the following... Just in case you have a Bevvy Pkg... [/Quote]

 

Cheers!

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Just realized that I don't know how getting a drink works on Celebrity. On Princess I was going up to the bar to get my own drinks, on Holland they frowned on that and we would just sit and someone came and took our order. So how does it work on Celebrity?? Would love to know :)

 

 

Haven't been on Holland yet, but thinking about them next year, are you serious about them frowning on you going to the bar!:eek:

 

What happens.

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I found that the wine service in the MDR was sometimes a bit slow. I was often eating my first course before being offered a wine list or a drink and into my Entrée course before it arrived. If I wanted a second glass it could be difficult to obtain before the coffee stage.This was possibly because I had Select dining so was in different areas of the room. After the first week if I returned to the same areas and the same sommelier they remembered me and it was easier. I found that the solution was to stop by the Casino bar and get a drink to take in with me. Previously when I have been on a regular table in Traditional dining this was not a problem as the sommelier soon gets to know everyone's needs.

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I found that the wine service in the MDR was sometimes a bit slow. I was often eating my first course before being offered a wine list or a drink and into my Entrée course before it arrived. If I wanted a second glass it could be difficult to obtain before the coffee stage.This was possibly because I had Select dining so was in different areas of the room. After the first week if I returned to the same areas and the same sommelier they remembered me and it was easier. I found that the solution was to stop by the Casino bar and get a drink to take in with me. Previously when I have been on a regular table in Traditional dining this was not a problem as the sommelier soon gets to know everyone's needs.

 

I often hand the drink person a cash tip on nite 1 in the MDR and ask them to come around often. If they do, I reward them throughout the cruise-- if not I wasted a small stipend-- more often than not it works and we are taken care of.

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I often hand the drink person a cash tip on nite 1 in the MDR and ask them to come around often. If they do, I reward them throughout the cruise-- if not I wasted a small stipend-- more often than not it works and we are taken care of.

 

This sounds more like a bribe than a reward for good service to me :rolleyes: also don't like to think that other people are potentially getting worse service just because they don't make this offer.

 

Would not want this kind of thing to become the norm just to get an expected service, but that's just my opinion.

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This sounds more like a bribe than a reward for good service to me :rolleyes: also don't like to think that other people are potentially getting worse service just because they don't make this offer.

 

Would not want this kind of thing to become the norm just to get an expected service, but that's just my opinion.

 

It's not just your opinion. We don't expect to have to bribe staff to get good service.

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This sounds more like a bribe than a reward for good service to me :rolleyes: also don't like to think that other people are potentially getting worse service just because they don't make this offer.

 

Would not want this kind of thing to become the norm just to get an expected service, but that's just my opinion.

 

Like you said!

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We sail Holland America often (going on our first Celebrity in Dec.). Never had any problem approaching a bar or a server for a drink. DH always goes up to the bar and gets his bucket of beer (buy 5, get one free), to take back to the room, to enjoy whenever. Sometimes it's an odd time at a bar and there are no servers, so you must approach the bar.

 

By the way can you get a bucket of beer on Celebrity?

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I often hand the drink person a cash tip on nite 1 in the MDR and ask them to come around often. If they do, I reward them throughout the cruise-- if not I wasted a small stipend-- more often than not it works and we are taken care of.

 

With Select Dining you are likely to have a different server each evening depending where you are seated within the dining room so this could prove a bit pointless and a waste of the cash. As I said, if at the same table each night with Traditional dining this is never a problem as by the third or fourth night the sommelier has got to know what you want without any form of incentive.

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I often hand the drink person a cash tip on nite 1 in the MDR and ask them to come around often. If they do, I reward them throughout the cruise-- if not I wasted a small stipend-- more often than not it works and we are taken care of.

 

This sounds more like a bribe than a reward for good service to me :rolleyes: also don't like to think that other people are potentially getting worse service just because they don't make this offer.

 

Would not want this kind of thing to become the norm just to get an expected service, but that's just my opinion.

My wife and daughter are servers, I was in the business for 10 years. When we experience a good server we too will thank them with a 'firm' handshake;) not a bribe, just letting them know, we get it:)

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My wife and daughter are servers, I was in the business for 10 years. When we experience a good server we too will thank them with a 'firm' handshake;) not a bribe, just letting them know, we get it:)

 

Well said Wall-E! My wife is in the business also. "A bribe"? c'mon:rolleyes:

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Haven't been on Holland yet, but thinking about them next year, are you serious about them frowning on you going to the bar!:eek:

 

What happens.

 

Thanks for the replies guys!

 

Maybe "Frowned On" was too hard a word. If you went to the bar the bartender tended to not serve you. You had to wait till a server came up, they took your card, asked where you were sitting and said they would bring it to you.

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Just realized that I don't know how getting a drink works on Celebrity. On Princess I was going up to the bar to get my own drinks, on Holland they frowned on that and we would just sit and someone came and took our order. So how does it work on Celebrity?? Would love to know :)

 

It depended where we were on the ship. At the Sunset Bar we found it much quicker to get up and get our own. When comfy in a solarium chair, I would wait for a waiter.

 

I think on Celebrity either way is fine.

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Never had any problem getting a drink anywhere where there was bar service.

 

The only place that the drink pack isn't available is in your cabin from the mini bar or thru cabin service, but you can get drinks there for the normal price.

 

Drink up 🍸🍻🍺

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My wife and daughter are servers, I was in the business for 10 years. When we experience a good server we too will thank them with a 'firm' handshake;) not a bribe, just letting them know, we get it:)

 

A firm Handshake ??? LOL

 

People I know in the service business to a man (or woman) would prefer cash I believe --at least until the time comes that they can pay for groceries "...with a firm handshake"

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My wife and daughter are servers, I was in the business for 10 years. When we experience a good server we too will thank them with a 'firm' handshake;) not a bribe, just letting them know, we get it:)

 

Just sayin

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A firm Handshake ??? LOL

 

People I know in the service business to a man (or woman) would prefer cash I believe --at least until the time comes that they can pay for groceries "...with a firm handshake"

 

My dad's response many times would be that has a basement full of thanks and they cant be used to pay the bills.

 

Happy cruisng 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅

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This sounds more like a bribe than a reward for good service to me :rolleyes: also don't like to think that other people are potentially getting worse service just because they don't make this offer.

 

Would not want this kind of thing to become the norm just to get an expected service, but that's just my opinion.

 

You are not alone in your thinking

 

In my world... A payment made before service rendered is a bribe... After, a tip

 

We are not so strict tho that we don't on occasion give a token tip to someone after they have served us the first time

 

Great Service from a Bartender... Attentive & good information from a Sommelier

 

These folks are in the Bar Tip Pool... So they get the basic 15% Grat no matter what happens. Extra Tipping is our way of saying thanks for not just being complacent as part of the pack

 

It works for us. Service stays at a good level... And if it gets even better, well there is always the fact that we Extra Tip at the end of our cruise for those that went the extra mile for us...

 

It works for them... Extraordinary Service = Extra-ordinary Tip

 

Cheers!

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