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Ok... Just some facts using basic math. I bought a 1.5 liter top brand vodka for $16.89 and 24 cans of coke for $12. I bought a 12 pack of beer for $11.49. So with a $128 On board Cruise Credit one can purchase 9 mixed drinks or 16 beers over 7 days. Ashore that would cost around (for 7 days) $3.60 for the vodka and $7 for coke (for 7 days) which brings the total out of pocket cost less than $11. Or.... 16 beers for $6.70. So your Onboard credit of $128 is actually worth less than $20.

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On 10/30/2023 at 2:36 PM, stquentin said:

Ok... Just some facts using basic math. I bought a 1.5 liter top brand vodka for $16.89 and 24 cans of coke for $12. I bought a 12 pack of beer for $11.49. So with a $128 On board Cruise Credit one can purchase 9 mixed drinks or 16 beers over 7 days. Ashore that would cost around (for 7 days) $3.60 for the vodka and $7 for coke (for 7 days) which brings the total out of pocket cost less than $11. Or.... 16 beers for $6.70. So your Onboard credit of $128 is actually worth less than $20.

But you are not sitting at home drinking, you are on a cruise ship. If you want to make a land based comparison, at least go to a local bar or club and price out the drinks. 

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Well I used OBC in the casino--I figure it's worth the same on a land casino as on a ship!

Sometimes I use it for excursions (unless I find it quite a  cheaper via a 3rd party).

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