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    Carnival
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    Caribbean

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  1. Hi there! Thanks for the 411. I've only sailed on Celebrity and Carnival so I wasn't aware of the drink package pricing / person / per day calculation. $1000 seems to be a deal versus buying the package outright. How I calculated: I compared the sailaway rate (no drink package) to a comparable choose-your-own location in the same category (with the drink package included) and the average price increase (for the sailing mentioned) was $1000. I know this isn't a true comparison but it was close enough to compare. I like to know how much I'm actually paying for the "free offers" so I can determine its value. Now that I know the fine print (2 drinks/order, $15/drink value, etc), I can do the math. Thanks to everyone for commenting!
  2. Thank you! We've never sailed on NCL but I loved the 9 port itinerary and the sail-away rate was impressive (minus the "free" options). It's great to hear feedback on the drink package in comparison to other cruise lines. Do you have an opinion as to which cruise line offers the best package?
  3. Hi there! I have a few questions regarding the Norwegian Drink Package on the 11-day Southern Caribbean Epic Cruise with 9 (nine!) ports. We like to drink on vacation and have never purchased the drink package. Since none of the free offers are available when the Sailaway rate is selected, I compared the pricing for an inside cabin (or balcony) with the "free" drink package selected to the Sailaway rate (comparable cabin). It seems the drink package costs roughly $1000 for two people (drink gratuity of $435 included). TIA!! + If you've taken this cruise (or one with a port-heavy itinerary), what are your thoughts about the drink package? Would you choose this option again? Considering we'll likely drink on the islands during the day, I'm wondering if you found the package to be a good value. We've always brought our own alcohol on the ship but the restrictions seem tighter now. Any helpful feedback appreciated! + I have quotes from agencies that include the drink package on this sailing for roughly $500 with the stipulation that we would be responsible for our gratuities. Has anyone had a deal similar and how does it work? Do we need to write in a tip for each drink or is there a specific gratuity (20%?) added to our bill for each drink we order? + Are you able to take drinks (alcohol) off the ship? + How many drinks can one order at a time? Can you order shots? Doubles? + How are the lines? + Can you order alcohol via room service with the drink package? Thank you!! 
  4. I have a few questions regarding the Norwegian Drink Package on the 11-day Southern Caribbean Epic Cruise with 9 (nine!) ports. We like to drink on vacation and have never purchased the drink package. When I compare pricing for an inside cabin or balcony with the "free" drink package selected to the Sailaway rate (comparable cabin), it seems that the drink package is costing roughly $1000 for two people (drink gratuity of $435 included). None of the free offers are available when the Sailaway rate is selected. I was informed all top shelf alcohol is included on this sailing which is a nice perk. My questions are mainly directed to those who are frugal but really enjoy drinking on vacation 🙂: + If you've taken this cruise (or one with minimal sea days), what are your thoughts about the drink package? Would you choose this option again? Considering we'll likely drink on the islands during the day, I'm wondering if others found the package a good value. We've always brought our own alcohol on the ship but the restrictions seem tighter now. Any helpful feedback appreciated! + I have quotes from agencies that include the drink package on this sailing for roughly $500 with the stipulation that we are responsible for our gratuities. Has anyone had a deal similar and how does that work? Do we need to write in a tip for each drink or is there a specific gratuity (20%?) added to our bill for each drink we order? + Are you able to take drinks (alcohol) off the ship? Thank you!!
  5. Thank you for posting this! I've been wondering what the taxes/fees would total. Did you log on daily to find the cruise or did you happen upon it? I've seen the cruises but don't yet have enough coins to redeem. PS- How was the cruise 🙂 ?
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