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I plan on bringing wine, and I’ll get maybe one fancy drink a day if that. And I’ll buy a Long Island when we’re in the club. I don’t 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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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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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. :hearteyes:

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I drink occasionally. And don’t think I will drink 7 drinks a day (including alcoholic and non alcoholic) but then I don’t know if I’m being realistic with myself and once I get on the ship it may be a whole different story. I’ve never been on an 8 day cruise. Not sure how it will play out. I’m traveling with my kids so I don’t 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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I drink occasionally. And don’t think I will drink 7 drinks a day (including alcoholic and non alcoholic) but then I don’t know if I’m being realistic with myself and once I get on the ship it may be a whole different story. I’ve never been on an 8 day cruise. Not sure how it will play out. I’m traveling with my kids so I don’t 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.

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I drink occasionally. And don’t think I will drink 7 drinks a day (including alcoholic and non alcoholic) but then I don’t know if I’m being realistic with myself and once I get on the ship it may be a whole different story. I’ve never been on an 8 day cruise. Not sure how it will play out. I’m traveling with my kids so I don’t 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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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.

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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)

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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).

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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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We always get Cheers. We purchase it ahead of time, and I like knowing it's all paid for and I can order whatever I want without worrying about cost.

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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.

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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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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.:rolleyes:

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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.:rolleyes:

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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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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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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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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@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.

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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.

 

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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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.

 

 

 

The search function isn’t the best. Better choice is to scroll past what doesn’t pertain/ interest one.

 

 

Yes it’s about choices/wants/needs!

 

 

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My DW does not drink alcohol, so since both pax in a cabin must have the Cheers program, I am better off without it. On our last cruise on Celebrity, the drink packages were per individual and there was no limit on how many beverages per day. In that case I got the "Premium" alcohol package (which included all non alcohol drinks as well) and my DW got the "Premium" non-alcohol package.

 

I drank more than I would have without it, and I drank brands I wouldn't have normally had in a mixed drink and i think it was a good value. If my DW drank or if it could be purchased individually I would get the Cheers package, as it is I will save money by doing 'pay as you go' vs paying for 2 Cheers packages.

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Raging alcoholics and professional drinkers here. We always get cheers. Sometimes we get close to our 15 drink limit and “buy rounds for our friends” so we can stash booze around the ship for later. Plus the convenience of being able to order a free Bloody Mary in the morning from whatever bar we passed out next to in a lounge chair/life boat is worth the convenience. Once the hangover shakes are gone, we head over to the coffee bar to get energized for another day of out of control drinking fueled by a strict 2 shots followed by a monster energy drink (also free) ratio to maximize our package. On port days we wake up an extra 30 minutes early to get a shot every 5 minutes so we can get in 6 shots before leaving for port. That way we’re ready for a fun day in the sun and warmed up for our all inclusive drinking and nacho excursion. On port days we rarely get in our full 15 but we will hit the bar before bed to fill our free water bottles up with booze for the morning (we pour that nasty water stuff out).

Cheers is totally worth it. ;p

 

(Sorry couldn’t resist...but we do get cheers ;) and love the convenience and ability to try whatever we want and not care about the bill )

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We paid for Cheers five months in advance - there was no question about it for us.

 

Will we each drink enough to make it worth it? Probably, but the truth of the matter is - We Don't Care - it's paid for and no longer a factor to be concerned about. We're on this trip to relax and not worry about anything, least of all whether we're gaming the system.

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Raging alcoholics and professional drinkers here. We always get cheers. Sometimes we get close to our 15 drink limit and “buy rounds for our friends” so we can stash booze around the ship for later. Plus the convenience of being able to order a free Bloody Mary in the morning from whatever bar we passed out next to in a lounge chair/life boat is worth the convenience. Once the hangover shakes are gone, we head over to the coffee bar to get energized for another day of out of control drinking fueled by a strict 2 shots followed by a monster energy drink (also free) ratio to maximize our package. On port days we wake up an extra 30 minutes early to get a shot every 5 minutes so we can get in 6 shots before leaving for port. That way we’re ready for a fun day in the sun and warmed up for our all inclusive drinking and nacho excursion. On port days we rarely get in our full 15 but we will hit the bar before bed to fill our free water bottles up with booze for the morning (we pour that nasty water stuff out).

Cheers is totally worth it. ;p

 

It sounded exactly like I feel about cruising . . . . then I realized you were being sarcastic. I'm currently detoxing in preparation to "RETOX" on my cruise next week. :halo:

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The search function isn’t the best. Better choice is to scroll past what doesn’t pertain/ interest one.

 

 

Yes it’s about choices/wants/needs!

 

 

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However, being that this is a discussion forum and the OP's question did not specify that only those who have purchased Cheers! in the past respond, and since this is a free country, I can pretty much jump into any thread and respond.

 

And the search function works just fine.

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Nah hubby rarely drinks and if he does it's bubbly we bring with us. I am a craft beer drinker and let's face it most of the beer onboard is NOT anything to write home about. We wouldn't even come close to breaking even. We do drink coffees but rarely soda or milkshakes or "vitamin water"...so it's just not worth it for us. We do have drinks in the casino occasionally and mostly those are comped .

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However, being that this is a discussion forum and the OP's question did not specify that only those who have purchased Cheers! in the past respond, and since this is a free country, I can pretty much jump into any thread and respond.

 

And the search function works just fine.

 

 

 

Comment about getting the popcorn ready, which I’m guessing was about “here we go again “, hence my response.

 

I’m glad you have had good success with search function, I find it sends you all over the place and not specific to ? asked!

 

And it does amaze me pax asking others what do they think is good for them!

 

Only you/them/ourselves KNOW that answer!

 

 

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It sounded exactly like I feel about cruising . . . . then I realized you were being sarcastic. I'm currently detoxing in preparation to "RETOX" on my cruise next week. :halo:

 

:'):loudcry:

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I’m glad you have had good success with search function, I find it sends you all over the place and not specific to ? asked!

 

Let me tell you what, I am a RED card member, and I find that the search engine stinks.

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Raging alcoholics and professional drinkers here. We always get cheers. Sometimes we get close to our 15 drink limit and “buy rounds for our friends” so we can stash booze around the ship for later. Plus the convenience of being able to order a free Bloody Mary in the morning from whatever bar we passed out next to in a lounge chair/life boat is worth the convenience. Once the hangover shakes are gone, we head over to the coffee bar to get energized for another day of out of control drinking fueled by a strict 2 shots followed by a monster energy drink (also free) ratio to maximize our package. On port days we wake up an extra 30 minutes early to get a shot every 5 minutes so we can get in 6 shots before leaving for port. That way we’re ready for a fun day in the sun and warmed up for our all inclusive drinking and nacho excursion. On port days we rarely get in our full 15 but we will hit the bar before bed to fill our free water bottles up with booze for the morning (we pour that nasty water stuff out).

Cheers is totally worth it. ;p

 

(Sorry couldn’t resist...but we do get cheers ;) and love the convenience and ability to try whatever we want and not care about the bill )

 

This is amazing!!!! hahahaha love it

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Just read that someone supposedly rang up a 2,500.00 bar bill for 4 people.

 

Bet now they wished THEY had purchased it!:o

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Just read that someone supposedly rang up a 2,500.00 bar bill for 4 people.

 

 

 

Bet now they wished THEY had purchased it!:o

 

 

 

That’s about $123 over per person wow

 

 

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I just purchased a handy dandy portable breathalyzer, and am planning to document my BAC hourly while on my next cruise, as well as time and choice of beverage.

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We tried it on a Blues Cruise, just to see if it was worth it, figuring if ever there was a cruise we'd get our money's worth, that would be it. Even with getting off the ship only one day, we still didn't save money, we figure we broke even. If you have several ports, remember that you will be off the ship and NOT using it, even less opportunity to get your money's worth. In my opinion, it is NOT worth it. You can't (or are not supposed to) buy drinks for others, the cost is per person. It's a money maker for the cruise line. In fact, one time I was on a cruise without the package, bought a glass of wine, and when the bartender realized I didn't have the package, he poured MORE wine in my glass when he realized I was paying for it! So I guess they also measure out the alcohol to make sure they make money.

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Can someone explain what all the hype is about the Alchemy Bar? Is it the brands they carry....never went there for a drink!

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Can someone explain what all the hype is about the Alchemy Bar? Is it the brands they carry....never went there for a drink!

The Alchemy Bar serves martinis, old fashioneds, and the like. No pina coladas, margaritas, or beer. So they are pretty well exactly the opposite of the Redfrog and Blue Iguana bars. And yes, they use top-shelf stuff, no wells.

 

Also, the mixologists (bartenders) do a really good job explaining the drinks (if you want) and put on a great show making them.

 

We drank there every night, usually 4 or 5 drinks each, maybe more.

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In my opinion, it is NOT worth it. You can't (or are not supposed to) buy drinks for others, the cost is per person. It's a money maker for the cruise line.

Agreed, for you it is not worth it.

 

For my wife and me, it was very definitely worth it, even on our port day. We drank the equivalent of $120 worth of drinks per person per day, probably, maybe more (had a couple high-end scotches one night). At ~$50 per person per day, it saved us $70 per person per day.

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