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Just an FYI:  I noticed they changed to a new Passion Fruit Liquor in the Rebellious Fish.  I checked out the price, as I love to make these drinks at home.  The one they list now is $33 for a 750 mil bottle.  The Russian Standard vodka cost me almost $40 for a bottle.  Plus, it has Cointreau ($30+) and Prosecco in it.  Add it all up, the price (IMHO) is not out of line for a high-end bar experience.

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1 hour ago, wdsted said:

FYI, recent cruisers report that the Cagney's entree limit for Plat + dinners is now $25.  

Do you know where this was reported? 

 

Back to this thread....much more excited with my CAS 'free drinks while playing in the casino' card.  The casino bartenders take good care of us!

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14 minutes ago, GA Dave said:

Just an FYI:  I noticed they changed to a new Passion Fruit Liquor in the Rebellious Fish.  I checked out the price, as I love to make these drinks at home.  The one they list now is $33 for a 750 mil bottle.  The Russian Standard vodka cost me almost $40 for a bottle.  Plus, it has Cointreau ($30+) and Prosecco in it.  Add it all up, the price (IMHO) is not out of line for a high-end bar experience.

Good catch and good point. I do wish they would make these fresh though. That would be a true high end bar experience. I guess the high volume of customers and the time it takes to make the drink makes it tough to make them to order.

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2 hours ago, wdsted said:

FYI, recent cruisers report that the Cagney's entree limit for Plat + dinners is now $25.  

Currently on epic. Le bistro last nite. Ordered beef for 23.99. Was not charged the difference. On Pearl in November was charged $2.40 in Cagneys. Seems to vary by ship. Why am I not surprised?

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5 minutes ago, blcruising said:

Currently on epic. Le bistro last nite. Ordered beef for 23.99. Was not charged the difference. On Pearl in November was charged $2.40 in Cagneys. Seems to vary by ship. Why am I not surprised?

That’s good to know, Thanks.  Hopefully it will be the same on the Breakaway this next week.

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On 1/20/2019 at 8:25 AM, SlipperyVic said:

I trust the cheapskates belly aching in this thread will not be booking another NCL cruise? That suits me just fine.

I’m assuming you’re referring to me, the cheapskate sailing in the Haven to Alaska this June. We are spending a lot of money on this cruise and are disappointed that the cost of so many things has gone up (carts, laser tag, drinks, etc.) I am looking forward to the cruise, but I was looking forward to not having a high bill at the end, well now I can’t enjoy it the same way- $18 for a grey goose cocktail is ridiculous.

 

As a point of comparison, Per Se is one of the most expensive restaurants in NYC with a tasting menu at $355 a head. Their cost of a grey goose cocktail is $20... NCL shouldn’t be charging the same price. I imagine that soon the cost of the service charge will be $40/day and the only options will come from a plastic bottle or bag of wine.

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On 1/20/2019 at 8:25 AM, SlipperyVic said:

I trust the cheapskates belly aching in this thread will not be booking another NCL cruise? That suits me just fine.

I’m assuming you’re referring to me, the cheapskate sailing in the Haven to Alaska this June. We are spending a lot of money on this cruise and are disappointed that the cost of so many things has gone up (carts, laser tag, drinks, etc.) I am looking forward to the cruise, but I was looking forward to not having a high bill at the end, well now I can’t enjoy it the same way- $18 for a grey goose cocktail is ridiculous.

 

As a point of comparison, Per Se is one of the most expensive restaurants in NYC with a tasting menu at $355 a head. Their cost of a grey goose cocktail is $20... NCL shouldn’t be charging the same price. I imagine that soon the cost of the service charge will be $40/day and the only options will come from a plastic bottle or bag of wine.

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On 1/20/2019 at 6:44 AM, lonzwinery said:

Based on my experience, if you take care of your employees and customers first, usually profits will follow.

explain walmart's success then? :)

 

as for the new drink price list, it's great that it's clearly defined what drinks costs extra over the ubp.

what ship were those pics from?

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2 minutes ago, fstuff1 said:

explain walmart's success then? 🙂

 

as for the new drink price list, it's great that it's clearly defined what drinks costs extra over the ubp.

what ship were those pics from?

 

Bliss.

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On 1/19/2019 at 7:57 PM, gmbhardy said:

Here you go!

 

 

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wow.. on the Bliss, jack and jameson is so cheap.

here's the price list from the Gem last week. they are still using the old price list.

 

notice that Jack Daniels Rye and Jameson Castmates are $17 instead of under $15 from the new Bliss list. :classic_blink:

 

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On 1/20/2019 at 2:07 AM, bbnjcruiser said:

Is there a new beverage package level to upgrade to?

Here is a link to a posting in another thread regarding a rollout on the Dawn that has a new upgraded package for an additional 29.00 per day, plus 20% grat.  https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2626038-not-happy-with-liquor-up-charges/?page=2&tab=comments#comment-56605931

 

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5 hours ago, fstuff1 said:

explain walmart's success then? :)

 

as for the new drink price list, it's great that it's clearly defined what drinks costs extra over the ubp.

what ship were those pics from?

Walmart's success is due to their very low prices. Lots of minimum wage employees in our country that have to make every cent count. Not really an accurate comparison.

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On ‎1‎/‎20‎/‎2019 at 2:07 AM, bbnjcruiser said:

Is there a new beverage package level to upgrade to?

Yes.  I saw it listed on another social media site at $35/day above the current UBP.  I think it included a higher drink price limit, water, and coffee's.

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I'll never understand Vodka drinkers, so complaining about one over the other to me is strange. To me the bad ones taste like rubbing alcohol, the good ones taste like next to nothing. If you're mixing it with anything I can't see how you'd notice the difference. If it's in a martini, fair enough.

 

I get the bourbon complaint, but we all know what really good bourbon costs so I'm not shocked they want to faze out that cost issue.

 

On a cruise I'm mostly hitting up rum and tequila drinks, and when I'm mixing thing in them with high sugars, I can barely notice a difference on either. Gin is the one I'd be mad about since those are mainly in my martinis and there's a huge gap between Beefeater and Hendricks. However, Bombay Sapphire is still on there so that's acceptable. If they took that off, well that would suck.

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On 1/21/2019 at 9:25 PM, AtlantaAlly said:

I’m assuming you’re referring to me, the cheapskate sailing in the Haven to Alaska this June. We are spending a lot of money on this cruise and are disappointed that the cost of so many things has gone up (carts, laser tag, drinks, etc.) I am looking forward to the cruise, but I was looking forward to not having a high bill at the end, well now I can’t enjoy it the same way- $18 for a grey goose cocktail is ridiculous.

 

As a point of comparison, Per Se is one of the most expensive restaurants in NYC with a tasting menu at $355 a head. Their cost of a grey goose cocktail is $20... NCL shouldn’t be charging the same price. I imagine that soon the cost of the service charge will be $40/day and the only options will come from a plastic bottle or bag of wine.

 

I hear ya... but as far as I know (from my previous Haven cruise in November) they only charge you the portion over $15 if you have the UBP. $2/drink isn't gonna give you a high bill at the end of your cruise and if you're in the Haven... you probably have some OBC anyways. 

 

Also, I was drinking Woodford on my last cruise and gave a tip every drink. I think I was charged about half the time for the upcharge. I could be wrong because I wasn't paying close attention but that's what I recall. The Haven is so small, you'll know the bartenders before you go to bed on Sunday. They'll take good care of you.

 

 

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35 minutes ago, mgf316 said:

Here are some clearer drink menus from escapeEscape

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Thanks, it looks like hubby will go back to drinking Johnny W red or Dewers. He will be fine with this i am sure He isn't really a scotch snob. The only thing so far, we still don't know: what about red wines? 

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36 minutes ago, mgf316 said:

Here are some clearer drink menus from escapeEscape

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Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for. Greatly appreciated!

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Those are some hefty overly inflated prices 🤮

A soda on Princess $2

A soda on NCL $3.45

What am I missing here ? I can’t imagine Pepsi products costing so much to NCL 

 

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1 hour ago, mgf316 said:

Here are some clearer drink menus from escapeEscape

 

 

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hm.. Jameson Caskmates went from $16.95 Super Premium to $12.95?! :o
And Jack Daniels Rye also dropped from $16.95 Super Premium category. It's now $14.95.

Johnny Walker Black increased  to $19.95?! W T F crazy??

 

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I resent being called a cheapskate because I look for value when I pick a cruise.

 

Fortunately, there are many cruise lines and competition is about the only thing that keeps the overall price reasonable.

 

Price bundling by NCL has made it difficult to book with them, except in the rare cases where you don't have to pay for the expensive, overpriced, overrated beverage packages.

 

Royal C doesn't price bundle and I am finding them more competitive.  We booked with Royal for our Norway Arctic Circle in June.

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Some of the decisions made on the liquor list do strike me as quite peculiar. Rolling Johnnie Walker Black above the UBP threshold but moving Jameson Caskmates down to the included level?

 

23 minutes ago, Georgie562 said:

Those are some hefty overly inflated prices 🤮

A soda on Princess $2

A soda on NCL $3.45

What am I missing here ? I can’t imagine Pepsi products costing so much to NCL 

 

 

NCL is trying to be clever by inflating standard drink prices to move people onto their booking categories that include a perk, which usually ends up being the UBP. It's clever and original for the cruise market. 

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