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So I'm planning my first cruise, and I'm trying to avoid dumb mistakes.

 

I haven't seen anything specific here, so I'm going to ask here and if I'm being too picky let me know.

 

Do mint juleps count in the alcoholic drinks package? I know this varies by lines and ships, but I'd like to know what other people know. 

 

(BTW, I'm looking at MSC, Carnival, or RC for my first cruise. I'm settling before the end of the month)

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I mean, I put that much together. I'm seeing that the lines are saying there is an extra cost to some cocktails. 

I've been a bartender, and I know things like highball (this and that drinks) and the most popular cocktails (Cosmopolitans, for example) are included in a drinks package. 
However things like Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Dark & Stormys (that no one knows how to make, apparently) are partially covered, but are usually charged more.

 

What I'm asking is if anyone knows if mint juleps are "premium" and if I should budget extra for it, even with a drinks package.

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I think you need to ask this on the boards here for the cruise lines you are considering.  Lines often have different levels of drink packages.  The lowest level may have a cap on the cost of drinks, but if you order one that is more expensive, they will charge the difference.  If you upgrade to a different level of package it might be covered.  But you have to consider how much you drink of drinks with premium liquors to see if the more expensive package is worth it for you.  
    Some lines are offering drink packages ‘free/included’. If so you would be able to upgrade onboard if you find your drink is not included.  EM

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