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Called and got ours upgraded from the Premium to Drinks & More on our cruise next month for $126 so basically $26 because we would spend $100 easily in the casino anyway. 😎 (Note the Drinks & More package is currently 10% off in the planner). 

 

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Was pleasantly surprised to see beverage package upgrades available in my cruise planner this morning. $40 extra for Drinks&More over Platinum, which we'd have upgraded to onboard without this offer.  Not sure we'll even touch the mini bar, but with even a tiny bit of luck, we'll make up the difference in a quick run through the casino.  Perhaps we'll make friends to help us drink the wine on our balcony 😃

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1 hour ago, Virga said:

Was pleasantly surprised to see beverage package upgrades available in my cruise planner this morning. $40 extra for Drinks&More over Platinum, which we'd have upgraded to onboard without this offer.  Not sure we'll even touch the mini bar, but with even a tiny bit of luck, we'll make up the difference in a quick run through the casino.  Perhaps we'll make friends to help us drink the wine on our balcony 😃

 

So for $40, you got $100 in casino credit?  Wow!

Also, you originally had classic and were going to upgrade to Premium for the $12 per day?

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FYI. I originally booked with the Classic Beverage Package as a perk and later upgraded to Premium. I called Celebrity today to upgrade to Drinks and More. They said I couldn't as I have already upgraded once. If I had originally had the Premium as a perk, I could upgrade to Drinks and More. What she was able to do was remove my Premium Package upgrade and then upgrade from Classic to Drinks and More.  It actually saved me $18 for the both of us! Woohoo, where am I going to spend all that extra money. 😉

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4 hours ago, hiccups said:

 

So for $40, you got $100 in casino credit?  Wow!

Also, you originally had classic and were going to upgrade to Premium for the $12 per day?

Yep, the rate I booked for the two night cruise only came with Classic and we intended to upgrade to Platinum onboard.  When the upgrades became available online, though, Platinum was showing $10.80 pp/pd, and Drinks&More was showing $21.00 pp/pd. I did not click through the Platinum upgrade to see why it wasn't $12, because the casino credit made the D&M a no brainer regardless. 

 

Suggestions for non creepy ways to offer total strangers our free bottles of wine are welcome and appreciated =p

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We honestly found it to be more trouble than it was worth.  I gather that because it is such a new program, the staff is not very clear on it.  Our room steward had no idea we were on it and we had to ask to have the mini-bar stocked.  And restocked.  Never saw any vodka.  My stepson was in a cabin on another floor and they had everything that was on the list (4 mini Tito vodkas, small Chardonnay and small Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 Heineken, 2 Cokes, 2 Diet Cokes, 1 Evian, 2 Pringles and 2 Kind Bars).  But, they had to ask to have it restocked because their room steward also had not been informed they were on this package.  We never had the vodka, the wine was not restocked, we were able to trade out the Cokes for Coke Zeros, and the Pringles was usually only one.  As for the free wine with the package, I had specifically asked when I booked whether or not we were able to choose our wine.  They said yes.  But, that's a no.  I did manage, after a trip to Guest Services, to get them to take back the Chardonnay and Cab that they'd left and give us a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Grigio...but still no choice in what the actual brand was.  

 

As someone else said, I would have been annoyed if I'd paid for the Wine Tasting.  So many people and no information really - just pouring tastes at six stations with the mob.  No problem getting the Casino credit at least.  But, next time, I'll just stick with the Premium Package.

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1 hour ago, Virga said:

Yep, the rate I booked for the two night cruise only came with Classic and we intended to upgrade to Platinum onboard.  When the upgrades became available online, though, Platinum was showing $10.80 pp/pd, and Drinks&More was showing $21.00 pp/pd. I did not click through the Platinum upgrade to see why it wasn't $12, because the casino credit made the D&M a no brainer regardless. 

 

Suggestions for non creepy ways to offer total strangers our free bottles of wine are welcome and appreciated =p


Ah, okay, so it was $42 total PP and you got the $50 casino credit PP.  Still pretty great!  We paid $10.80 for the premium upgrade on our last cruise because it was on sale, so yours must be as well.

 

i also wondered about how to give out the wine—I don’t drink it.  Someone mentioned giving it away at the CC gathering, so I might do that.

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1 hour ago, hiccups said:


Ah, okay, so it was $42 total PP and you got the $50 casino credit PP.  Still pretty great!  We paid $10.80 for the premium upgrade on our last cruise because it was on sale, so yours must be as well.

 

i also wondered about how to give out the wine—I don’t drink it.  Someone mentioned giving it away at the CC gathering, so I might do that.

 

That's a good idea - I doubt there will be one on mine, but there's bound to be some group or another meeting we can pass them off on.  I try wines hoping that someday it'll be like beer and I'll have developed a taste for it, but so far I'm still just a heathen ::shrug::

 

And yes, we paid $84 total to upgrade our Classic packages to D&M, but we'd already planned on $48 to upgrade to Platinum - even calling the wine, the wine tasting, and the minibar worthless, that's an extra $36 for the $100 in casino credits.  

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I read it as two bottles of wine pp for a total of 4 if both order the package.   Is this what you get or just two bottles per cabin?

 

hopefully there is a choice of a better wine tasting than the free one for the Elite.     We went 2 times and no longer bother.  

 

thanks 
 

Happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅

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10 hours ago, miched said:

I read it as two bottles of wine pp for a total of 4 if both order the package.   Is this what you get or just two bottles per cabin?

 

hopefully there is a choice of a better wine tasting than the free one for the Elite.     We went 2 times and no longer bother.  

 

thanks 
 

Happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅


It's supposed to be two per person, but people have reported having trouble with that, as staff starts to understand the package.

There have also been mixed reports about the wine tasting.  I think earlier in this thread someone said they've booked the package twice, and once it was the Elite wine tasting, and the other time it was one of the tastings that are purchased (that was the better experience of the two). 

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We recently did the "and more" on Infinity. The room steward didn't know much about it and we had to ask to have the mini bar restocked (never did get more Kind bars). The wine (or pre-vinegar, as I call it) in the room was two bottles - had it been something we liked, we would have requested the other two bottles; we just left it in the room. The wine tasting was the Wines of the World tasting (pretty poor selection - most smelled of barn, and not a clean barn). There was a decent chardonnay (and I strongly prefer reds). We talked with folks and tasted all the wines. We poured out most after tasting. The casino credit was easy to get.

For a 5 night cruise it makes sense ($45 to get $50 casino credit). For a 7 night ($63 to get a $50 credit) you have to determine how much you like pringles, kind bars, and not having to go to a bar if you feel like a quick drink in your room.

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4 minutes ago, killsport said:

For a 5 night cruise it makes sense ($45 to get $50 casino credit). For a 7 night ($63 to get a $50 credit) you have to determine how much you like pringles, kind bars, and not having to go to a bar if you feel like a quick drink in your room.


I'm wondering if at some point Celebrity will not make the drinks and more package an option on cruises less than 7 nights, as it seems to be a loser for them.  Or maybe they assume that casino credit will keep people playing, and they'll earn their money that way.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we booked it because we have nonrefundable OBC and figured what the heck, even though we don't gamble (at least with our own money--last cruise DH used OBC to enter a blackjack tournament).  I guess it ends up being a winner for X, because otherwise I'd spend that money in the shops, which I assume actually costs the cruise line something, compared to giving us casino credit.

I'm going to make it my mission to eat $13 worth of Pringles and Kind bars 😁

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13 hours ago, miched said:

I read it as two bottles of wine pp for a total of 4 if both order the package.   Is this what you get or just two bottles per cabin?

 

 

Yes, it is supposed to be two per person but we did not get that.  Only one per person.  

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I purchased the drinks and more package as an upgrade from premium. In my opinion the only way that this package is a good deal is if you are bringing all the stuff off the ship with you. We had our car at the cruise port and I packed up the wine including the splits that are restocked every day and Titos vodka and am enjoying them now at home. Could never do this if you are flying home.

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2 hours ago, Desert Steve said:

I purchased the drinks and more package as an upgrade from premium. In my opinion the only way that this package is a good deal is if you are bringing all the stuff off the ship with you. We had our car at the cruise port and I packed up the wine including the splits that are restocked every day and Titos vodka and am enjoying them now at home. Could never do this if you are flying home.

 

Agreed!  Which is why it is particularly annoying that we never once had Titos in our fridge.

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6 hours ago, Desert Steve said:

I purchased the drinks and more package as an upgrade from premium. In my opinion the only way that this package is a good deal is if you are bringing all the stuff off the ship with you. We had our car at the cruise port and I packed up the wine including the splits that are restocked every day and Titos vodka and am enjoying them now at home. Could never do this if you are flying home.


 

wouldn't broadcast it as X may be monitoring these posts and may put a stop to it.


We drive to and from the ports from Mi. My wife will buy those small bottles of wine to have in the hotel.   I will have a beer.   Don’t want to be stopped with open bottles in the car so those little bottles of liquor will be nice to have if we want some liquor.  

 

Happy cruising 🌊🚢🇺🇸🌅
 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, bazbaz65 said:

 

Agreed!  Which is why it is particularly annoying that we never once had Titos in our fridge.

 

And...they did not restock those little bottles of wine for us after the second day.

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We did the offer on our recent 4 night.  As others have stated it’s a no brainer when the cost is less then the “rewards”.  Even backing out the wine, which we left in the room, and the wine tasting we never went to, we were still ahead $14 / person as we have no problem using the $50 person credit in casino.  The wine name is listed,  if googled, it’s not well rated.  
 

I was happy to see the note in our room On embark day regarding the DAM package.  And we never once had any billing issues.  I don’t drink and my bf rarely does so all we consumed were the large Evians, Pringle’s and the diet cokes that were replenished daily.  The room steward would actually leave two Pringle’s in fridge and put two on the counter.  
 

It might have been a replenishment issue over the holidays, but our bar fridge was the only place we could actually get a large still water (Evian).  All the bars we went to only had large sparkling water (Pellagrino) and small generic bottles.  Or maybe they want people who don’t have to the DAM package to consume the large Evian from the mini bar thinking they can replace it from a bar before the steward does his daily restock, then have to pay for it.  We did ask at one of the bars and someone said the large bottles were just getting wasted.  :0
 

 


 

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