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Hi, we have booked on a cruise out of Sydney visiting New Zealand with Princess cruises. I am trying ti find information on drink packages availability and prices.

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You can only buy them once on board now.

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The alcohol package was AUD$89.95 per day. Did not seem good value for my planned intake.☹️

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We were on the Sun Princess over Christmas/New Year, disembarking January, 5.

We were really surprised at how much the drink prices had gone up since our last cruise recently, and were advised on board that the new price list had only just been released.

To answer your question, the drinks package is AUS $86.90 per day. This now includes any drinks, bottled water, and specialty coffees up to $16.00. Alcoholic drinks are capped at 15 per day, but you can pay for additional drinks on top after the 15, so the cap is not to limit drinking more so to protect their profitability.

The drinks package can only be purchased on the first day of sailing.

 

This may sound super expensive however the average wine is now $14 per glass, with the top priced red, Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, being $16.00 per glass. The same cab sav prior to the price increase was $11.00, so there has been a huge hike. Beers are all $8.75 each.

 

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Wow, great update, that info is superb tomhelp us decide. 

 

Can I ask can you still buy just one per cabin,,wifey doesn't drink.

 

also does the 86aud include grat taxes

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Just so you know it is cheaper to buy drinks on a daily basis than the package. Unless you are a real heavy drinker and severe alcoholic or caffeine addict then the drinking package is not financially viable to anyone. I have never had any issues spending per day and in fact on my last cruise bought a bottle of Dom Perignon and still came out under budget than what the package would have cost.

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Also remember that if you buy a bottle of wine and don't finish it the waiters will store it for you until the next meal. So when working out whether a package is good value or not look at the bottle price for wine, not the per glass cost. I'm not sure exactly what the wine by the glass serves are but they aren't big. If they are around 125ml then there are six glasses to a bottle, if 150ml then five glasses to the bottle. That means that $16 Robert Mondavi Cab Sauv is either $10 or $12 if bought by the bottle. Also sometimes it can be very difficult getting a second or third glass of wine at meals if the waiters are busy.

 

We've given up buying the package and, so far, our daily drinks average is well below the package price for predinner cocktails, wine or beer with meals, and often an after dinner liqueur, plus espressos.

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54 minutes ago, Brisbane41 said:

Just so you know it is cheaper to buy drinks on a daily basis than the package. Unless you are a real heavy drinker and severe alcoholic or caffeine addict then the drinking package is not financially viable to anyone. I have never had any issues spending per day and in fact on my last cruise bought a bottle of Dom Perignon and still came out under budget than what the package would have cost.

Not totally true, you only need about 6 alcohol drinks. Aday to break even on the top package, for each alcohol drink swap in 3 or 4 coffee/soft drinks.

 

what applies to you doesn’t apply to everyone else, when I drank I could break even on a package without blinking an eye.

 

now I only get the soft drink package and one mocktail and 2 diet cokes and I’m home and hosed.

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If you are mainly drinking wine, you could buy bottles of wine in Sydney at a liquor store (I suggest Dan Murphy's) with a very wide selection in the price range of $15 or so (or less). We have bought fairly reasonable wine (what is called 'cleanskins' - unbranded bottles) for $5. You can take unlimited bottles onto Princess ships. For a couple, two bottles are allowed at no charge, but you will be charged $15 AUD corkage for the others. These bottles will have a sticker attached and they can be taken to the dining room at no extra cost. As someone else said, the dining room stewards will keep any remainder for you to have the next night.

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1 hour ago, OzKiwiJJ said:

Also remember that if you buy a bottle of wine and don't finish it the waiters will store it for you until the next meal. So when working out whether a package is good value or not look at the bottle price for wine, not the per glass cost. I'm not sure exactly what the wine by the glass serves are but they aren't big. If they are around 125ml then there are six glasses to a bottle, if 150ml then five glasses to the bottle. That means that $16 Robert Mondavi Cab Sauv is either $10 or $12 if bought by the bottle. Also sometimes it can be very difficult getting a second or third glass of wine at meals if the waiters are busy.

 

We've given up buying the package and, so far, our daily drinks average is well below the package price for predinner cocktails, wine or beer with meals, and often an after dinner liqueur, plus espressos.

Robert Mondavi Cab Sav is now $60.00 per bottle on board Princess Cruises from Australian ports. Refer to the photos I posted for new pricing. Cheers.

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2 hours ago, TangerineWillow said:

Wow, great update, that info is superb tomhelp us decide. 

 

Can I ask can you still buy just one per cabin,,wifey doesn't drink.

 

also does the 86aud include grat taxes

Yes, you can buy the package without your wife buying the package. They still however a limit of time placed on your card between drinks though.

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1 hour ago, Aus Traveller said:

If you are mainly drinking wine, you could buy bottles of wine in Sydney at a liquor store (I suggest Dan Murphy's) with a very wide selection in the price range of $15 or so (or less). We have bought fairly reasonable wine (what is called 'cleanskins' - unbranded bottles) for $5. You can take unlimited bottles onto Princess ships. For a couple, two bottles are allowed at no charge, but you will be charged $15 AUD corkage for the others. These bottles will have a sticker attached and they can be taken to the dining room at no extra cost. As someone else said, the dining room stewards will keep any remainder for you to have the next night.

That sounds like a great idea. We've never taken on more than the allowable bottle of wine per person and these have gone through on our carry on luggage without comment.

At what time do they put the sticker on the excess bottles and when do they charge the corkage? 

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1 minute ago, baliliving said:

That sounds like a great idea. We've never taken on more than the allowable bottle of wine per person and these have gone through on our carry on luggage without comment.

At what time do they put the sticker on the excess bottles and when do they charge the corkage? 

You need to have the wine in your carry-on luggage, even if it means wheeling on a carton of wine! When your hand luggage goes through the security X-ray you will be directed or escorted to the alcohol desk. They will write out a charge docket for the $15 per bottle (that goes on your on-board account) and put the stickers on immediately. I kept the docket to check against my on-board account charges. When we took a bottle to the dining room, we nicely pointed out the sticker on it which meant we could take it to the dining room without any extra charge. The allowable two bottles we either consumed on our balcony with some nibbles, or even took a glass to the dining room occasionally.😊

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46 minutes ago, baliliving said:

Robert Mondavi Cab Sav is now $60.00 per bottle on board Princess Cruises from Australian ports. Refer to the photos I posted for new pricing. Cheers.

Yes, that was the price I used for my by-the-glass figures when buying by the bottle. $60/6 (125ml glasses in a bottle) = $10. $60/5 (150ml glasses) =$12. Per glass from Princess is  $16.

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33 minutes ago, OzKiwiJJ said:

Yes, that was the price I used for my by-the-glass figures when buying by the bottle. $60/6 (125ml glasses in a bottle) = $10. $60/5 (150ml glasses) =$12. Per glass from Princess is  $16.

 

Ah, I see. The crew were telling us that they had increased the size of the pour to 6oz from 5oz as a matter of justifying the increase. The glasses were filled more than on past cruises.

A six ounce pour roughly equals 4 glasses per bottle (180 ml +). Using your calculation it is $15.00 per glass v Princess $16.00.

The difficulty however would be if you wanted a drink anywhere else than in the dining room as you would have to carry your bottle with you and I'm not sure that would be looked upon favourably 😀

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My wife and I only get 3 1/2 glasses to a bottle when at home. Must be small bottles of wine. 😛

 

 

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1 minute ago, MicCanberra said:

My wife and I only get 3 1/2 glasses to a bottle when at home. Must be small bottles of wine. 😛

 

 

Yep that’s it, small glasses.

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" When your hand luggage goes through the security X-ray you will be directed or escorted to the alcohol desk. "

 

On my last Princess cruise from Circular Quay, the guy on the desk just waved me through. I asked did he want to see my bottles and no was the answer.

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6 minutes ago, By The Bay said:

" When your hand luggage goes through the security X-ray you will be directed or escorted to the alcohol desk. "

 

On my last Princess cruise from Circular Quay, the guy on the desk just waved me through. I asked did he want to see my bottles and no was the answer.

If that happens, the passenger would be able to drink their wine in their own cabin and maybe take a glass into other areas.😊 If they wanted to take a bottle to the dining room, they could then pay the $15 corkage.

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3 hours ago, baliliving said:

 

Ah, I see. The crew were telling us that they had increased the size of the pour to 6oz from 5oz as a matter of justifying the increase. The glasses were filled more than on past cruises.

A six ounce pour roughly equals 4 glasses per bottle (180 ml +). Using your calculation it is $15.00 per glass v Princess $16.00.

The difficulty however would be if you wanted a drink anywhere else than in the dining room as you would have to carry your bottle with you and I'm not sure that would be looked upon favourably 😀

 

That's certainly a bigger pour than I recall from the last time we had a drinks package (March 2017). They were very small then, which is why I used 125/150 mls. Still at $15 per glass you're still saving $4 per bottle over the buy-by-the glass price.

 

Yes, if you only drink wine it's not as convenient, although I have seen people carry wine bottles from the MDR but they may have been taking them back to their cabins. 

 

However we did have issues getting sufficient wine with dinner on two of the three cruises where we had drinks packages. That's when we decided not to buy drinks packages any more and were more than happy with the savings on the following cruise.

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Posted (edited)

Re taking on wine, sometimes we are handed the roll of stickers to place them on ourselves.........sometimes they dont even look in our carry on at the desk and ask "how many" I could say 2 or 12 😂but as Austraveller said, if taken to the dining room you would have the pay to corkage at some point.

Thankfully Princess gives us this option to bring your own wine, it is great if sailing from your homeport.

When sailing Princess overseas the Wine Package is good value, other than that we buy by the bottle.

Thankfully our wine drinking with dinner is getting less, a bottle lasts us two nights now haha!!

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Yes, the wine packages are good when you can get them - assuming that the ship doesn't run out of wines that are covered by the package as Royal did when we were in the Med in 2017. We ended up having to pay a little extra to get wine varieties we liked. However we still came in well under budget.

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I prefer the PAYG for drinks or bottles as the drink packages are just to harsh (that many drinks day after day) for the liver.

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