Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
All You can Drink Cruise? Are you in?
Old 08-22-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
mickeyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: South Texas~29N/98W
Posts: 5,884
All You can Drink Cruise? Are you in?

So for less that $50/day extra (including gratuity) you can drink your ass off 24/7? In my youth I may have taken them up on this and beat the system, but I can't drink that much these days.

Of course, if I went into training and really applied myself I bet I could do it for one day or so.

Quote:
The per-cruise cost for the My Awesome Bar Program is $42.95 per person per day, plus a 15 percent gratuity. Purchasers can partake of a wide variety of wine, beer and spirits, as well as sodas, bottled water and non-alcoholic frozen cocktails throughout their cruise. (Specialty coffee is not part of the program.) However, all included beverages, including wines by the glass, beers and individual cocktails, must be less than $10 to qualify for inclusion. Program participants who want to purchase bottles of wine and Champagne, as well as more expensive wines by the glass and cocktails will receive a 25 percent discount.
Cruise and Booze: Carnival the Latest to Test All-You-Can-Drink Package - Carnival Cruise Lines
__________________

__________________
Part-Owner of Texas

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx

In dire need of: faster horses, younger woman, older whiskey, more money.
mickeyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-22-2012, 04:42 PM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
I'm in.

My last cruise in 2006 was a 7 day Grand Mediterranean. I carefully packed (leak proof), and declared to airport security at all points, a duty free 3L box of white wine in my check-in luggage. I made wine coolers in a plastic cup I brought along, using the free fruit juice mixes or paid for real fruit juice at the bar. I still had some wine left at the end of the cruise.

If there had been a beverage package deal like this, I would have jumped right on that. If I wanted a virgin fruit drink or a real stinger, no big deal either way. I don't drink soda except for the occasional ginger ale or root beer.
__________________

__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 04:43 PM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
MasterBlaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,359
Quote:
Originally Posted by mickeyd View Post
So for less that $50/day extra (including gratuity) you can drink your ass off 24/7? In my youth I may have taken them up on this and beat the system, but I can't drink that much these days.

Of course, if I went into training and really applied myself I bet I could do it for one day or so.



Cruise and Booze: Carnival the Latest to Test All-You-Can-Drink Package - Carnival Cruise Lines
Financially you'd have to drink more than 8 domestic bears or 5 imported beers/glasses of wine every day to come out ahead.

I am not so sure this is a positive development. All I can see is a bunch of problems.
__________________
MasterBlaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 05:06 PM   #4
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19,438
I have not taken a cruise with Carnival as I heard that its clients were young and most boisterous. Now, with this all-you-can-drink deal, more the reason for me to stay away. I was too old for this even 30 years ago.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MasterBlaster View Post
... drink more than 8 domestic bears...
Looks like a Freudian slip from a poster who just came from a recent thread that simultaneously discussed financial advisors for millionaires, bacon, RV'ing in Alaska, and grizzly bears.
__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 05:19 PM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Largo
Posts: 1,945
Quote:
Originally Posted by NW-Bound View Post
I have not taken a cruise with Carnival as I heard that its clients are young and most boisterous. Now, with this all-you-can-drink deal, more the reason for me to stay away. I was too old for this even 30 years ago.
We went on a Carnival cruise Aug 11 - Aug 16 on one of the smaller ships out of Tampa to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Of the 2000 cruisers, 900 were under 18. We went in March out of Canaveral to the Bahamas. 1000 of the cruisers were under 18. The boisterous ones are definitely young, usually 13-15 years old.

We spent about $20 ($10 each) a day on alcohol so the package price would be far over our consumption rate even if we doubled or tripled it. I didn't quite finish the bottle of wine I took. We prefer to consume our calories in food form!
__________________
Buckeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 05:31 PM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
MasterBlaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,359
Quote:
Originally Posted by NW-Bound View Post
Looks like a Freudian slip from a poster who just came from a recent thread that simultaneously discussed financial advisors for millionaires, bacon, RV'ing in Alaska, and grizzly bears.
It was just a typo.

I often switch "a" and "e' after consuming 8 or more bears.
__________________
MasterBlaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 05:57 PM   #7
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Moemg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sarasota,fl.
Posts: 10,036
I looked at that package but our bar bills for cruises are never that high. We have wine with dinner and maybe a few drinks at the comedy club .
__________________
Moemg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 06:38 PM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
MasterBlaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,359
One of the selling points of the very upscale cruise lines is their "free" drinks/open bar policy. Comparing their cost to Carnivals (or Celebrity) package makes the mass market lines seem like even more of a deal than before.

For a mere $350 a week extra one could seriously test their limits.
__________________
MasterBlaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 06:48 PM   #9
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
mickeyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: South Texas~29N/98W
Posts: 5,884
Quote:
(Specialty coffee is not part of the program.
Interesting that this would be excluded. Don't we feed coffee to drunks to sober them up? Or, they could just drink "non-specialty" coffee.
__________________
Part-Owner of Texas

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx

In dire need of: faster horses, younger woman, older whiskey, more money.
mickeyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 06:57 PM   #10
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
MasterBlaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,359
I believe that "specialty" coffee refers to things like Cappuccino, Cafe Latte, espresso etc.

As I recall regular coffee is available 24 hours a day to anyone with or without their bar program
__________________
MasterBlaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2012, 07:06 PM   #11
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,386
I had more than enough fo this kind of thing in college. I really do not enjoy drunks, male or female.
__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 03:13 AM   #12
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Nemo2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Belleville, ONT
Posts: 4,327
Quote:
Originally Posted by haha View Post
I had more than enough fo this kind of thing in college. I really do not enjoy drunks, male or female.
+1
__________________
"Exit, pursued by a bear."

The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare
Nemo2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 04:39 AM   #13
Recycles dryer sheets
l2ridehd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: PWC VA
Posts: 126
I did an all inclusive vacation once where the wine and beer was part of the deal. The wine was not drinkable and the beer was so watered down it was tasteless. I even bought a bottle of the terrible wine to send to someone I really disliked and told them to save it for a special occasion. I think it was made in Mexico.
__________________
l2ridehd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 06:32 AM   #14
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Marietta
Posts: 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buckeye View Post
We went on a Carnival cruise Aug 11 - Aug 16 on one of the smaller ships out of Tampa to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Of the 2000 cruisers, 900 were under 18.
Looks as if my wife and I will be on the same cruise early in November.
__________________
BruceinGa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 06:58 AM   #15
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 8,646
Quote:
Originally Posted by haha View Post
I had more than enough fo this kind of thing in college. I really do not enjoy drunks, male or female.
It is worse when they are adults. I was at an all inclusive with unlimited sugary beach drinks and the drunk slobs were obnoxious. I watched a good Samaritan semi drunk nurse tend to a 40 something woman who vomited all over herself and passed out. I would have been tempted to roll her into the pool.
__________________
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 07:37 AM   #16
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
growing_older's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 2,608
One of the concerns I have about cruising is the sheer number of other passengers crowded into ship sized spaces. With this program, I can now be assured that a significant number of them are trying to get value for their money by drinking heavily all day, every day. I'm not seeing this as a positive development.
__________________
growing_older is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2012, 10:03 AM   #17
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Moemg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sarasota,fl.
Posts: 10,036
Celebrity & Royal Caribbean Cruises have offered the same thing since2011 but because Carnival is known as the party ship it gets bigger headlines . The way to avoid the partying is to cruise when school is in and never on spring break .
__________________
Moemg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2012, 07:34 AM   #18
Full time employment: Posting here.
Badger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 829
After the second beer I'd fall asleep and miss the rest of the cruise. On my last cruise a few years ago I tipped the waitress a couple of dollars at the free champagne art auction. My glass was never empty and I missed most of the auction.

I think I'll pass. There aren't enough functional brain cells left that I could afford to lose any more.

Cheers!
__________________
Badger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2012, 08:25 AM   #19
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 11,019
This offer and many other varieties were options on my Celebrity cruise last January. While I met some fellow travelers who had availed of them, I did not see any visible signs of intoxication. I calculated that only heavy drinkers would save money and declined the package.
__________________
Meadbh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2012, 08:41 AM   #20
gone traveling
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 3,851
The only thing I wonder about is how do you folks who take your own spirits/wine aboard get past the luggage scanner? You know, the one that "catches" all the bottle/boxes before you board?

We cruise quite often and know not to even try, since we've seen a lot of folks in line have their "stash" pulled (but returned at the end of the cruise).
__________________

__________________
rescueme is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:46 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.