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On my only Princess cruise to date, in 1991, I travelled alone and I remember sitting at a large table. Each night a different party bought the wine for all the table. Is this still a common practice, or does each party order individually?

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It really depends on your tablemates and how well you get along, not to mention if you drink wine. I've had it work out and I've been the only one buying the wine two nights in a row with no reciprocation on subsequent nights.

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I've never come across tablemates that were doing this ~ I haven't cruised extensively, but have taken several Princess cruises & 1 HAL. I think it will depend on your tablemates as Nliedl said above.

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The only time we did this was when we just had one other couple, and it was only me and the other gent who enjoyed wine. We alternated our purchases each evening.

 

Usually, not everyone at the table drinks wine. I sometimes offer to share but do not expect anyone to reciprocate. When we meet fellow wine-lovers, things usually sort themselves out.

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Funny, not so funny, story.

We were sailing for 25 nights, LA to Sydney. We had another couple we were sailing with and we were all seated at assigned seating at a table for 8.

We normally don't drink wine with dinner or did our friends that were sitting with us. Now, the other two couples ordered wine each evening for dinner. Their choice of coarse. Now, about 3/4 of the way through the cruise, I won a bottle of very expensive champagne at the past passenger party which I had sent to our stateroom.

As we entered the diningroom that evening for dinner, the other two couples asked me where the bottle of champagne they saw me win was? I told them I had it sent to my stateroom. They informed me that I should have had it sent to the diningroom as you are supposed to share that with your tablemates at dinner, and they were not kidding, totally serious. HUH?

For over two weeks, they had ordered wine each evening and never once asked if we would like to join in the ordering and occasionally split a bottle between all of us taking turns purchasing it. BUT, the minute I win a bottle, they wanted their share of it.

Needless to say, I did not get the bottle of wine and we had a small get-together in our cabin towards the end of the cruise, and they were not invited.

 

To me, this was a bit on the tacky side for them to instruct me what I was to do with the champagne I won. So, it all depends on what type of tablemates you are seated with and if they would like to take turns ordering wine during dinner.

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It really is up to who you are seated with... and the dining plan you've choosen. With the Personal Choice dining you may not be seated with anyone else or with the same people.

 

If you have traditional dining and you get along with your other table mates then why not suggest it? It could make for great fun.

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We have always asked tablemates if they would care for some wine when the bottle is ordered, or brought to the table (if it is a bottle we have brought onboard). And we have also always brought whatever wines or champagne we have won to the table - it is not like we paid for it. We have never seen it as a problem. We have also been offered, and accepted, wine from tablemates. We consider it part of the cruising experience, to meet new friends and enjoy new things with them.

 

On our last trip in Mexico out of Galveston, we met a terrific couple who live about 3 miles from us here in California. We got along great and we all have agreed to take our next cruise together on the Regal in December 2006 (full transit of the Panama Canal). It is part of the fun of cruising for us. Funny thing is, as we were planning the trip, we were unsure about the kids vacation schedules, but as they are schoolteachers in the same school district, they knew EXACTLY when the winter vacation was. It was helpful. And a lot of fun. :)

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On my only Princess cruise to date, in 1991, I travelled alone and I remember sitting at a large table. Each night a different party bought the wine for all the table. Is this still a common practice, or does each party order individually?

 

I hope not:D I really cant afford to buy wine for all table:confused:

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On my only Princess cruise to date, in 1991, I travelled alone and I remember sitting at a large table. Each night a different party bought the wine for all the table. Is this still a common practice, or does each party order individually?

 

It is neither common or expected, however that did happen on a couple of cruises we were on.

 

We always bring several bottles of our favorite and offer to share with our tablemates.

 

I do recall one time we were celebrating our anniversary and I had ordered 2 bottles of champaigne for a table of 10. The waiter poured glasses for all and a toast was done. The couple sitting next to me did not drink wine, so their glasses sat there for the longest time and I wanted to ask if they weren't going to drink their glass of Dom, could I have it. Of course I did not do that, but I sure wanted to.

 

I can see it now. "are you going to finish that champaigne?, can I have the rest. How about that rack of lamb, you going to finish that as well?"

 

At home maybe, never on a cruise.

 

Rob

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Really Rob... they should have told the waiter that they don't drink wine so he would not have poured for them!! What a waste!!

 

I drink wine and my husband does not, so often if I order a bottle I will share it with the table... and if they offer a glass from their bottle I will have one and he will not. It changes on every cruise. You just never know if you'll be seated with wine drinkers or not.

 

For the life of me, I can't remember right now... does Princess offer wine by the glass at dinner??

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I don't think it's terribly common, so I certainly wouldn't worry about not initiating the practice on your cruise. I've never had tablemates offer me a glass of their wine, and as I drink maybe one glass a night and my DH doesn't, I'd just prefer to order what I like and drink it myself over the course of 2-3 nites. We went to the wine tasting where you get a discount on a bottle. I bought an afterdinner cordial which I took to the table the last night of the cruise to share with our new friends and of course I did not expect reciprocation as it was the the last night. I enjoyed doing that, but I really don't like to get into the politics of one couple wanting to buy a very pricey bottle to share on night 1, and then the next couple wants to buy something more in their price range on night 2 but feels obligated to buy something pricey to keep up with the Joneses of night 1. Therefore, I really prefer to buy and drink my own.

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For the life of me, I can't remember right now... does Princess offer wine by the glass at dinner??

 

Yes, you can get wine by the glass - although usually (unless you like the really expensive wine), it's cheaper to order a bottle and have it saved till the next night.

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We usually cruise in family groups of 16-20 and its common for the wine drinkers to take turns purchasing the wine for the group. On cruises outside the group my DW and I have only experienced this hospitality once, a couple of years ago with a couple from Scotland (hope you are doing well, John and Audrey).

 

Lastly, Toto2Kansas, to the winner belong the spoils! Your table-mates should have had no expectation that you should share the champagne. Your prize is for your enjoyment and to drink and share as you wish.

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We always prefer late traditional dining. We mostly bring wine (AND pay corkage) or order by the bottle. We always offer wine to our table mates. It all evens out with a reasonable set of table companions and establishes a rapport. And we have found the waiters quite savvy! They will automatically pour more for the two of us even when we request that they serve our dinner mates first by waving my hand! And unless we specifically indicate to go around again, the waiters will not refill the table mate glasses. We go through this routine each evening. Sometimes at a table of six, three bottles are being imbibed because the table mates have also ordered and sharing. In that case, the waiters will place two wine glasses -- for white and red! Occasionally, our table mates seem to be on a strict budget and we understand that and still share. Toward the end of one of our cruises, one of the table mate (2 older sisters) was celebrating her birthday. They ordered champagne. We also ordered champagne as our contribution to the celebration./Sultan

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On my only Princess cruise to date, in 1991, I travelled alone and I remember sitting at a large table. Each night a different party bought the wine for all the table. Is this still a common practice, or does each party order individually?

 

I don't drink wine. I usually have water with my meal and coffee afterwards-I do not drink much alcohol and I reserve what little I do drink for later in the evening in one of the lounges. So if I was your tablemate-no I would not want to take turns buying wine and no I would not want any of yours.

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To me, this was a bit on the tacky side for them to instruct me what I was to do with the champagne I won.
A BIT?!?!?!?!??!?:eek: :eek: :eek: Wow! What chutzpah!

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I don't drink wine. I usually have water with my meal and coffee afterwards-I do not drink much alcohol and I reserve what little I do drink for later in the evening in one of the lounges. So if I was your tablemate-no I would not want to take turns buying wine and no I would not want any of yours.

 

That's alright I shan't be offering you any! ;)

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I have been doing personal choice for the last few years. It has been a very gracious gesture on the parts of myself and tablemates to share a bottle. Ironically this may be easier to do when the table mates vary as there is no building frustration at a lack of reciprocation.

 

Its also good to note that if one goes to the same dr at the same time and asks for a big table, there is a good chance that you will end up repeating some of your table mates.

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If you look at the wine prices that the cruise line sells wine at, you find it it is much cheaper to go by Publix or a beer/wine shop on the way to the ship and pick up a couple bottles. The rooms have refridgerators to keep it cold. Bring your own cork bottle opener in your suitcase.

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If you look at the wine prices that the cruise line sells wine at, you find it it is much cheaper to go by Publix or a beer/wine shop on the way to the ship and pick up a couple bottles. The rooms have refridgerators to keep it cold. Bring your own cork bottle opener in your suitcase.

I like to drink my wine with dinner, not in my room. That's what martinis were made for.

 

I never offer to share wine. I have my preferences and other folks have theirs.

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It really depends on your tablemates. In ten cruises we have always sat a table for six and in some cases we were the only two drinking wine; if others drink wine then we usually end up taking turns buying a bottle and just because someone else orders an expensive bottle, doesn't mean you have to. If you are not wine drinkers, I would never expect you to buy a bottle.

 

And quite frankly we much prefer to buy our wine than load up a suitcase with it!

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Oh Toto - how rude of them. If I had had a glass of something at the time it might have gone over someone's head(by accident of course). LOL

 

Barbara

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That's alright I shan't be offering you any! ;)

 

Imeant no offense-I was just leting you know not evryone wants to drink wine at dinner.

 

we had tablemates who were big into wine on our last Princess cruise-they did offer-but we told them we were not wine drinkers. so I would simply ask my tablemates.

 

Now last year on our cruise-we sat at a table to "tea totalers" who made a big deal that they wre "christan" amd did not drink. We said we did not usually drink at dinner.

 

Later that week we were at the ice show (this was RCI's MOS) and ordered drinks. The next night at dinner they made a nasty comment to us that they saw us drinking. I just ignored them.

 

In 11 cruises that is the only tablemates we have disliked.

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Paying for someone else wine just because they sit at the same table is rediculous in my opinoin

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Toto: "a bit tacky" is generous on your part; they were rude AND greedy. Momofmeg: my sympathies; they were rude and "un-Christian".....you should have reminded them that Christ drank wine(remember the miracle at Cana and the Last Supper).

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Yes, you can get wine by the glass - although usually (unless you like the really expensive wine), it's cheaper to order a bottle and have it saved till the next night.

 

Is saving the bottle of wine possible only if you have traditional dining? I would assume it is hard to do if you have anytime and don't know what dining room you going to be the following night.

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Toto: "a bit tacky" is generous on your part; they were rude AND greedy. Momofmeg: my sympathies; they were rude and "un-Christian".....you should have reminded them that Christ drank wine(remember the miracle at Cana and the Last Supper).

 

I thought about it!!! what was really funny was I saw them gambling in the casino on my way to the show lounge. Many religious people believe that is wrong-so I guess they picked and choosed what they would label as "bad".

 

Also many christians do drink-they just don't believe in OVER embibing.

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I thought about it!!! what was really funny was I saw them gambling in the casino on my way to the show lounge. Many religious people believe that is wrong-so I guess they picked and choosed what they would label as "bad".

 

Also many christians do drink-they just don't believe in OVER embibing.

 

you just described my husbands Aunt. Apparently I am going to Hades for enjoying a glass of wine, but her fourteen hour trips to the casino don't count.

 

I get that people have beliefs and I am all for them, but please do not lecture me about how wrong I am. It makes me want to employ the plank!!

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If God hadn't wanted you to enjoy alcohol, He wouldn't have made it taste so good.

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Is saving the bottle of wine possible only if you have traditional dining? I would assume it is hard to do if you have anytime and don't know what dining room you going to be the following night.

Not at all. I never had mine saved, of course - consumption is a much better use of a bottle of wine :D - but they just tag it with your cabin number, and it goes into the wine storage secret closet, and when you want it, you tell your waiter your cabin number and VOILA, it reappears. :)

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Thanks Merion Mom. You are definitely the board's source for all the info!! Ever consider being a Host for one of these boards???

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you just described my husbands Aunt. Apparently I am going to Hades for enjoying a glass of wine, but her fourteen hour trips to the casino don't count.

 

I get that people have beliefs and I am all for them, but please do not lecture me about how wrong I am. It makes me want to employ the plank!!

 

I can't stand judgemental people-there is another quote I could have quoted to them-"let him without sin cast the first stone". In 11 cruises they have been the only tablemates I disliked.

 

This next cruise we are doing personal choice dinning-so if we get some duds-it will only be for one night.

By the way-I have enjoyed your posts and attitude about the Crown list!

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Thanks Merion Mom. You are definitely the board's source for all the info!! Ever consider being a Host for one of these boards???
And I thought that you were my FRIEND! :(

 

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We usually sit alone and have our wine w/dinner. On the last 2 cruises we have brought some wine with us. Special wines from home on one and a lot of Shiraz from vinyards we visited in Oz. If we see that the adjoining table people are wine drinkers we often offer them a taste of our special wines (not on the ship's menu) and we don't expect them to reciprocate. This is our choice and we are gifting them with something special and don't want plonk offered to us. We also offer some to the wine steward if the ship has one or give the balance to the waiter if there's not enough for another night.

Yes we are wine snobs and we pay for the privilege. Years ago at dinner someone next to us was drinking Opus and as they noticed that I was looking at the bottle, offered us some. That was kind of them and we hope we emulate that kindness. Last year we brought a bottle of Dom to celebrate a birthday and shared it with the next table of 2. There was no corkage charge since the ship had it on it's wine list.

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