(Closed) What was your drink tab on your cruise?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Oh, good question! Darling Husband and I are going on a cruise in June and were wondering the same thing!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We just cruised for the first time for our honeymoon on Royal Caribbean–I don’t know what our alcohol tab was because there was other stuff added in…but the drinks on the cruise were no more expensive than what you would pay at a bar…beers were about $4, and mixed drinks were between $6-10 a piece. The mixed drinks were of good quality too, meaning they weren’t weak or watered down. Sodas were $2.25 a piece. Bottled Evian was $4.25, they also had Perrier but I don’t know how much that was. I can’t comment on wine, but I know from the others sitting at my table that it was worth it to buy the wine package if you were going to drink wine vs paying per glass. I think we drank 1-3 drinks a piece per day, so I would say $20-$30 per day on alcohol. We got two tips from veteran cruisers that really helped us:

1. Plan to spend 1/2 what you paid for the cruise in excursions, drinks, etc. Our cruise was $2000 for 9 days and we spent about $800 for all of the “extras” which included a couples massage and an excursion in every port.

2. Bring cash to pay down your balance before they charge your card. We linked our room to our credit card, at the end of the cruise we got a “bill”, we chose to pay for more than 1/2 of it in cash at customer relations desk with money that we got from the wedding…the rest of it went on the credit card…when the bill came last week, I was much happier to see a $400 balance vs an $800 balance.

 

Hope that helps! HAVE FUN =)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have been on several, and like you I drink more than normal because it is vacation!  Each time I spent the equivilant of the cost of 1 persons trip fare (airfare & cruise).  That is the bill for 2 people drinking, but it adds up quick as the drinks are not cheap!  It’s definitely a fun time though!  An all-inclusive resort might give you more bang for your buck, but then you lose the variety of seeing different places.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are going on a cruise in 12 days (!!!!!) and part of our plan is to sneak alcohol on board. We are going to fill a listerine bottle with either vodka or rum. Plus on most cruise lines (we are going on Carnival) you can each bring 1 bottle of wine. You can drink it in your room but if you want to have it with dinner there is a $15 corkage fee. Even though we’re sneaking some alcohol on we are still going to buy some drinks, just dont want to have a ridiculously high bill. I’ll let you know what we spend when we get back!

I agree @marylandnurse: though – you are supposed to bring about 1/2 what you paid for the cruise. Our cruise was $550pp so we are going to be bringing about $800. We know we probably won’t spend that much (we arent doing any excursions through the Cruise line) but we just want to be safe!

ETA – we did an all inclusive for our honeymoon and I think a cruise is a much better option. There is just so much to see/do when you are on a cruise whereas an all inclusive can get old after about 4 days. It started to feel like adult summer camp!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Our bill was about $500 for a 7 day cruise.  We got the soda card, so that helped a bit.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Amy43026: No honeymoon yet but on my past cruises, I’ve probably spent about $200 total for a 4-5 day cruise. The cocktails add up fast.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

PitBullLover–I would avoid the listerine bottles, I would try something that doesn’t have a bottle form to it–like a bladder — think the inside of a Camelback or the inside of a coffee box from Dunkin Donuts. I saw lots of alcohol being confiscated at the check in, however I will not confirm or deny that the bladder worked for a certain couple traveled on our cruise 😉

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@marylandnurse: haha thanks! The box o joe bladder was the other thing we were planning on doing. I guess it’s true they probably seek out bottle shaped things! Darling Husband has a camelbak for hiking but has no idea where it is so I think we’ll do the coffee thing…thanks!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We just got back from our Honeymoon cruise a few weeks ago. We spent a total of $575 on board and I’d say about $450 of that was on booze. We brought 4 bottles of wine on board so that’s $60 in corkage fees (we brought 1 bottle home so that was a waste of $15). 

Darling Husband and I are pretty average drinkers but we had a few bad sea days so drinking wasn’t really on the top of our to-do list. Our typical round set us back $18 a pop (for 2 cocktails) and we had a few nights where both of us were 6-8 deep. I’m very surprised that we didn’t spend more. We didn’t even really monitor our spending that closely.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

if you are going Carnival- they have an option to pre-purchase bar and soad coupons for much cheaper than on board:

http://www.carnival.com/BonVoyage/AddToCart.aspx?cat=Specialty+Items&pid=BAR

http://www.carnival.com/BonVoyage/AddToCart.aspx?cat=Specialty+Items&pid=500

 

also most places have a soft drink card that will be cheaper in the end if you even get one soda per day. And if you buy a plastic bottle, then you can sneak almost anything onto the ship. Don’t forget about bottled water.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

When we snuck alcohol on a cruise we just put it in water bottles… no one gave us any problems.  

I found mixed drinks on the cruise to be fairly weak and had a hard time getting buzzed.  I guess this is for the best though since walking was hard enough for me with the ships motion!

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