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Got off the ship yesterday. My only real lasting memory – a breathtaking $12 + tips for a drink. I was in a group of 14 people on this cruise (4 children though), and 8 of them said they'd never cruise RC again due to the drink prices. TWELVE DOLLARS for basically a Slurpee with a shot of rum? Insane. We were on a port intensive itinerary, so the drink packages didn't make any sense since we weren't back onboard until after 5pm. One couple in our group ordered a first round of drinks before dinner on day one - the tab was over $26, and that wound up being their last drink onboard.

The pool bar was rarely busy, even though it was spring break week and the ship was packed. There was rarely 3-4 people there, even at the height of the day. Not the lines 2-3 rows deep you see on other cruises.

We were planning on taking advantage of the onboard booking incentives for one of the longer Serenade cruises this November but cancelled those plans after being hit with these crazy drink prices. For the first time in 15 years and 12 cruises I'm now considering other cruise lines. A couple - my closest friend and his wife - went with us on this cruise and called me this morning to let us know that they booked another line for this November instead. We may follow their lead.

This was my most disappointing cruise ever.

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That's insane. The prices are rivaling Sports venues, where a beer is $10.50! Nuts! You're not driving, so you want to be able to "cut loose" a bit! The prices are prohibitive. $3 for a beer and $5-6 for a cocktail is reasonable. What they're doing is price gouging, pure and simple. Edited by cb at sea

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Frustrated but there is no option for us if we want to have 3-5 drinks during the day.
Now if I try something I do not like, I will get something else when I can.

I will probably not benefit, but I will keep a tally of what I drink daily.
This way when I cruise again, I will decide to get the package or not.

Later

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The prices shot up and the free pours are no longer. Just got off the Enchantment this week and every bartender on the pool deck was pouring exact shots. Nothing extra.

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I found this on liberty in march. I drank less. So royal actually made less money on me. I think they're trying to push people to the package. About 4 of those $14 martinis including tax a day would make the package worth it. I'm not sure if I'll have that many on my 9 day cruise to warrant a $500 drink package.

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Agreed prices are shocking!!! Not just Jewel, Fleetwide I would imagine.
Only way to go

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Happy Days!
Wonder why I never pay for drinks;), crazy prices:)

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We were on the Jewel a few weeks ago and I concur - most disappointing cruise ever. I was also shocked by the drink prices. But equally as disappointed in the 45m wait we had for our appetizers in Portofinos.

We had one night in the MDR where the food was actually inedible. Now mind you - we're not picky people. But the MDR crab cake was a tiny fried puck of nothing but mush minced crab something. My husband's chicken cordon bleu was stuffed with a cheese goo with tiny minced ham. His Caesar salad was dripping in water and so soggy he didn't even eat it (which for him to not eat food says a lot). Several tables complained and the Head waiter came and apologized to each of us.

We did get the coke package for the freestyle machine and after the first day they were out of Coke Zero and never refilled it (the main reason we got it) and several times it was empty of any diet drink.

We have two more cruises booked - but we too will be looking at other lines.

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How are the wine prices and drink of the day prices? I don't drink mixed drinks other than one DOTD. The previous $8 wines were fine, are they still $8? What about beer.

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On our recent cruise on Vision of the Seas my husband had a drink package and I did not. I don't drink a lot of alcohol and am happy with lots of water. But when I did drink I would either choose the drink of the day ($7.50 + tip) or a bar special (buy 1 get one free of second half off). I also took advantage of the champagne at the C & L Welcome and the Art Auction. I can see how someone who only drinks between 3-5 drinks everyday wouldn't want a drink package, but if you include bottled water to take before getting off the ship it might work out.

I also don't remember any make bartender pouring exact drinks. There was one female in the Schooner Bar that did, and that was all I saw. I also had a few times when the bartender would take my husband's card to "give me a drink on them." lol We never asked for it, but didn't hesitate to take advantage of those offering.

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[quote name='janrey1234']How are the wine prices and drink of the day prices? I don't drink mixed drinks other than one DOTD. The previous $8 wines were fine, are they still $8? What about beer.[/quote]

I don't drink wine except for what I bring onboard but by reading posts on here wine seems to be in the 10-12 dollar range. The DOD varies from 8-10 dollars.

Beer was like $6.00

Plus 18% added to all prices. Edited by Retired LEO

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I just got off Quantum. $12 and a limited bar menu. not the usual RCL drinks. also tried to get a Banana Daiquiri, "Sorry no bananas". what bar on a cruise ship doesn't have bananas? Bars on Quantum that's who. finally went to windjammer and took a banana to the bar. :(

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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..... :-)

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I just got off Indy April 5th and was also amazed at the 12$ cocktails that are over 14$ when they add the 18% auto gratuity. We don't drink enough to make the drink package pay, but do drink enough to run up a few hundred dollars in inflated bar bills. We turned Diamond during this cruise after sailing multiple RCCL cruises a year the last few years. We want to experience what cruising Diamond is like, so we are sailing Oasis in June. But after that, I can't any longer say I'm Loyal to Royal. 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.
I have to say the drink prices are not the only reason for my change of heart. But they are the straw that broke the camels back.
Since Royal cut the Diamond Plus benefits there is little incentive to stay loyal and spend all of my cruise dollars with them. I will now be looking for the best value for my cruise dollar instead of just accumulating points at any cost for little benefit.
OK, my little rant is over.
I will now go back to being a happy cruiser!:D

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I am just learning of the outrageous drink prices Royal Caribbean has imposed. I am flabbergasted. The way I look at it, I am a person who drinks 4-5 drinks per day, and by trying to squeeze a few more bucks out of me, they have lost out completely. I will refuse to buy drinks at those prices [I][U]plus[/U][/I] additional gratuity.

I'll be putting some floppy flasks in my suitcases for sea days and will be drinking off the in port. I hope people are making an uproar over this and they reconsider their prices.

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[quote name='buck7']I just got off Indy April 5th and was also amazed at the 12$ cocktails that are over 14$ when they add the 18% auto gratuity. We don't drink enough to make the drink package pay, but do drink enough to run up a few hundred dollars in inflated bar bills. We turned Diamond during this cruise after sailing multiple RCCL cruises a year the last few years. We want to experience what cruising Diamond is like, so we are sailing Oasis in June. But after that, I can't any longer say I'm Loyal to Royal. 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.
I have to say the drink prices are not the only reason for my change of heart. But they are the straw that broke the camels back.
Since Royal cut the Diamond Plus benefits there is little incentive to stay loyal and spend all of my cruise dollars with them. I will now be looking for the best value for my cruise dollar instead of just accumulating points at any cost for little benefit.
OK, my little rant is over.
I will now go back to being a happy cruiser!:D[/quote]

By being Diamond on RCI you are now Elite on Celebrity. Switching over would be a good thing.

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[quote name='Retired LEO']By being Diamond on RCI you are now Elite on Celebrity. Switching over would be a good thing.[/QUOTE]

I, too, was horrified at the drink prices and the lack of variety on the drink menus on my recent cruise on the Quantum. I am taking one more Royal cruise so DH and I can become Diamond. After that we will take cruises based on price and perks, whether it be Royal or Celebrity.

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[quote name='LSSaqua']I am just learning of the outrageous drink prices Royal Caribbean has imposed. I am flabbergasted. The way I look at it, I am a person who drinks 4-5 drinks per day, and by trying to squeeze a few more bucks out of me, they have lost out completely. I will refuse to buy drinks at those prices [I][U]plus[/U][/I] additional gratuity.

I'll be putting some floppy flasks in my suitcases for sea days and will be drinking off the in port. I hope people are making an uproar over this and they reconsider their prices.[/QUOTE]

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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.

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I don't drink enough to justify a package. I would have to consume 5 glasses of wine a day. When in port last cruise we had no trouble bringing back a large water partially drunk and I expect the same. Since there are 3 of us we also plan on trying to get 4 bottles of wine through on boarding. Worst that can happen is they take 2 and return them at the end and since we will be overnighting before our flight back we can polish those off no sweat. Since our cruise is a two city departure (Barcelona snd Rome) we might attempt to get two bottles on board in Rome if the 4 get through in Barcelona. That should cover a lot. I wish they still had the wine packages that saved a few dollars on the drinks. Can't complain much because we got several price reductions.

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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.

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[quote name='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.[/QUOTE]

They probably raised the prices to offset the fact that they are offering so many onboard credit booking bonuses :rolleyes:.

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.

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I don't pay $14 for a cheap drink in a plastic cup on land and I'm sure as hell not going to on vacation!

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[quote name='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..... :-)[/QUOTE]

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.

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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:D

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.
Happy Days!

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[quote name='PompeySailor']

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

[/QUOTE]

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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[quote name='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.[/QUOTE]

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 Edited by PompeySailor

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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

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[quote name='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.
[/QUOTE]

[SIZE="3"]Don't kid yourself...drink process on Celebrity are equally breathtaking.:rolleyes: 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.[/SIZE] Edited by Cindy

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[quote name='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.[/QUOTE]

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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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! :eek: 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. :rolleyes: 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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[quote name='LSSaqua']They probably raised the prices to offset the fact that they are offering so many onboard credit booking bonuses :rolleyes:.

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.[/QUOTE]

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....

jc

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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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[quote name='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. [/QUOTE]

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.

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[quote name='PompeySailor']Agreed prices are shocking!!! Not just Jewel, Fleetwide I would imagine.
Only way to go

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Happy Days!
Wonder why I never pay for drinks;), crazy prices:)[/QUOTE]

Because you spend more money than we would ever dream of in the casino. :D:):D

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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. Edited by kruzerci

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[quote name='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.[/QUOTE]

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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[quote name='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, [B]but when the passengers start walking away, I'll be laughing.[/B] [/quote]

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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