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Hello I'm debating whether to keep the drinks package I have or to just pay as I go and utilize the free drinks in the casino for the trip.  Anyone struggled with this choice, and what decision did you make.  I don't want to be bound by the casino for drinking, I'm on the Harmony, but I won't mind buying my own drinks as needed to go along with the casino drinks and I think I can come out ahead doing so. 

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We utilize the casino drinks coupled with the Diamond/Concierge lounge drinks including the 3 put on our card each day for "happy hour" (5 - 830).  If we have anything during the day outside of the lounge or casino we pay as we go.  It's much cheaper than buying a drink package.

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We do a combo of casino, bringing two bottles of wine, and paying as we go.  Just completed a cruise to Alaska on Ovation of the Seas and only purchased drinks a few times - definitely worked out cheaper for us than buying a drinks package.  In fairness, neither my friend nor I normally drink that much, we usually have a glass of wine with dinner and a frozen thing on a day that we spend in the solarium.

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I've been thinking about this as well. With the way pricing is going for drink packages (and the economy booming) I may go back to byob/casino drinks. 

 

Spending a grand on booze for a week for two people is insane. 

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I decided to stick with the pkg, the cruise was comped through the casino, and luckily I'm by myself so only have to pay for one. The good thing is, I drink a fair amount so I don't have to worry about value's worth and for the convenience as I want to try a lot of spots on this cruise rather then all the time in the casino i think it makes sense.


Thanks for the responses though.

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On 8/21/2019 at 2:09 AM, OHCruisinDad said:

We utilize the casino drinks coupled with the Diamond/Concierge lounge drinks including the 3 put on our card each day for "happy hour" (5 - 830).  If we have anything during the day outside of the lounge or casino we pay as we go.  It's much cheaper than buying a drink package.

Agree 100%

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On 8/30/2019 at 2:00 AM, fla gang said:

Agree 100%

 

I agree with this as well.  Once you hit Diamond, there is little reason to purchase the drink package. 

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I also do not purchase a beverage package for alcohol.  ( We do each get a soda beverage package, my caffeine source).  I utilize the free drinks in the casino when I am there (ie. when it is open😉) and use the 3 drinks on the diamond happy hours occasionally.  I will buy a drink during a show once or twice during a week.

The C&A status also offers some deals like a bogo draft and/or a discount.  Wife and son do not drink alcohol, so the "everyone in the room" would also preclude me from buying an alcohol package.

 

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On 8/21/2019 at 2:09 AM, OHCruisinDad said:

We utilize the casino drinks coupled with the Diamond/Concierge lounge drinks including the 3 put on our card each day for "happy hour" (5 - 830).  If we have anything during the day outside of the lounge or casino we pay as we go.  It's much cheaper than buying a drink package.

 

We normally get the package, as it's a perk on NCL, so I thought I'd want the package on Royal as well. but it's expensive! 

 

I saw on here where Royal sells a package of 10 drinks for a price, around $80.  I'm going to purchase two of those, in case we want a bloody mary in the morning or something with dinner, and utilize the casino for evening drinks.  Should work out cheapest and keep the tab under control. 

 

 

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15 hours ago, Justaddvodka68 said:

 

We normally get the package, as it's a perk on NCL, so I thought I'd want the package on Royal as well. but it's expensive! 

 

I saw on here where Royal sells a package of 10 drinks for a price, around $80.  I'm going to purchase two of those, in case we want a bloody mary in the morning or something with dinner, and utilize the casino for evening drinks.  Should work out cheapest and keep the tab under control. 

 

 

The 10 drinks for $80 is typically offered mid-cruise as a drink card.  I've seen it on many of the smaller class ships (Vision and Radiance class) but it is not always offered on every cruise.

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Been a couple years since last cruise - but didn’t realize they had FREE drinks in the Casino (like Vegas????).  Going on Allure in January and also debating whether drink package is worth it - as it will be upwards of $960 for both of us with the gratuity 😬

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7 hours ago, bcsurvivor2001 said:

Been a couple years since last cruise - but didn’t realize they had FREE drinks in the Casino (like Vegas????).  Going on Allure in January and also debating whether drink package is worth it - as it will be upwards of $960 for both of us with the gratuity 😬

 

Not everyone gets free drinks in the casino. You need to qualify then you get free drinks for the rest of the year (ends on March 31), and I think for the next 12 months after that due to your earned status. It is pretty easy to qualify at the prime level. 

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