Cruise Drinks Packages. 8 Reasons Not To Buy One

You’re about to discover eight reasons
not to buy a drinks package on a cruise. I’m Gary Bembridge, and this is another of
my tips for travellers. Drinks packages have become a huge thing and I’m gonna
take a look at eight reasons why you should not buy drinks package.
First of all, drinks packages are pretty expensive. You could be spending up to
$60 per person per day, and many cruise lines require
all adults in a cabin to buy a drinks package if one of them buys one. If
you’re traveling with your partner, or a friend, that means you’re spending a
$120, or more a day, on drinks. That’s $840 for a week-long cruise. Some cruises cost less than the drinks
package could be costing you! It can be pretty expensive. If you want to control your budget and make sure that you spend
less, not having a drinks package is probably a good idea because you can
keep an eye on what you’re spending every day, either on the App or by
checking in with guest services. You’re probably going to find you spend a
lot less. Cost is definitely one thing to think about. The next key reason for
not getting a drinks package is if you don’t drink a lot. You have to drink a
surprisingly large amount to get value from your drinks package. For example,
you’ll find with many drinks packages you need to be drinking up to 12 beers a
day or perhaps 5 or 7 cocktails a day before the drinks package ends up
costing you less than buying drinks individually. You have to drink a
large amount to really make many drinks packages work. If you don’t drink a
lot, a drinks package could end up costing you significantly more than just
buying drinks individually. Many drinks packages also limit you on the number of drinks you can have, and that could be between 12 and 15
drinks a day. Before you buy a drink package, think seriously about how
many drinks you’re going to have every single day and work out if you’re going to save yourself money. A very important watch out before
you get a drinks package is, think about the type of cruise you’re on. A
cruise that is in port every day, and if you’re the sort of person that wants to get off
the ship to explore and discover the ports. Your time on board is going to
be relatively limited, because you’re off first thing in the morning and perhaps back
later in the day, you’re only going to have the hours in the evening to drink,
and you could find you have to drink a huge amount of
drink in a very short space of time to make your drinks package worthwhile, or you’re going to forfeit the benefit of a drinks package. Think carefully about the cruise and if it has
lots of sea days and you’re going to be drinking during the day, you might find a
drinks package does work out better. If
you’re on one of those cruises, particularly the Caribbean, where the
cruise line goes to one of their own islands, check if the drinks package
applies when you’re on the island. That’s not always the case, and you might find
that your drinks package when you’re on the island you can’t use. Think about the mix of sea to port days, and realistically how many drinks are you going to be having when you are
on board the ship every day. Heavy port intensive days may make it
less important to have a drinks package. Another good
reason for not getting a drinks package is if you are a real connoisseur,
particularly of wines, whiskies, any type of spirits or are very
specific about the mixer that you like with your drinks, buying a drinks package
could be a bad idea. Most drinks packages,
depending on the level that you get, will restrict you to
house brands or certain brands of spirits, beers or wines. If you want a specific type of whisky or you’re a real wine buff, you’re going to find that you’re paying extra
on top of the drinks package to get those. If you are the sort of
person who likes a very specific mixer, you’ll find that most of the mixers within drinks packages are just soda mixers. Those
pump things. They’re not branded, so if you like a very specific brand you’ll find
having a drinks package could be a bad idea because you’re going to
end up having to pay to have those very specific mixers or alcohol
brands. If you’re a real connoisseur or are really fussy about the brand of
alcohol or mixer be careful before you get a drinks package. The
advantage is you can check online what is included. For example, I was recently
on a Celebrity Cruise and each of the different levels of drinks packages
unlocked different brands and a wider range of mixers, beers and spirits. You might find that some of your favorite brands are included within the
different levels, but make sure you check that. Another good reason
for not buying a drinks package is if you’re cruising in a suite.
You’ll find in many of the Suites, you have alcohol included. On some
cruise lines, you get to choose full-size bottles of alcohol and they’ll
keep replenishing your minibar. You can have a lot of drink within your
cabin so, if you’ve paid the premium to be in a suite, buying a drinks
package on top of that, whilst it lets you have drinks outside of your cabin,
you do have pretty much unlimited amount of drink within your
cabin. Some Suites also give you access to either a bar or a lounge where
you can get drinks either all day or at certain times of the day. Some of the
cruise lines which have “ships within a ship” you’ll find that you can go and have drinks in that area without having to pay extra. If you
are staying in a suite, understand what drink is
going to be included before you buy a drinks package. The next key reason for
not getting a drinks packages is if the person you’re traveling with, your
partner or your cabin mate ,doesn’t drink at all or drinks very little, getting a
drinks package could be a really bad idea. Most cruise lines require every adult of
drinking age to buy a drinks package if one person in the cabin buys it. If
there’s two of you travelling, you both have to buy it, and if your partner
doesn’t really drink you’re spending a lot of money for very little benefit. All
of the adults in the cabin need to be committed and looking to
drink a lot before you get a drinks package. Another thought before you get a
drinks package is think about where you’re going to want to have drinks. If
you’re the sort of person that is going to be spending a lot of time in
your cabin and drinking mostly in your cabin, having a drinks package is not a
great idea because drinks packages usually never cover drinks in the
minibar or drinks from room service. They’re only going to cover drinks that
you get when you’re out and about around the ship at the bars or by the pool.
If you are the sort of person that’s going to want to drink in your cabin
pretty much exclusively, having a drinks package is a terrible idea because it
won’t cover the drinks that you consume in there. Another
reason for not getting a drinks package is are you the sort of person that
actually has no fear or qualms about smuggling booze on board. Cruise lines normally let you bring onboard a limited amount of drink to consume
ideally in your cabin. It’s normally one or two bottles of wine,
however there there are a whole group of cruisers (and have a whole video about
this) that are comfortable, and have no qualms, about smuggling booze
on board to drink in their cabin or decant into various drinking devices to drink when they’re out and about around the ship. I’m not saying
that’s something that you should do or condoning it, but if you’re the sort of
person that is happy to do that then having a drinks package is probably
not a good idea because you’re bringing it all on board anyway. As I
said, I have a whole video around the bizarre and unusual ways that
people smuggle alcohol on board. There are a whole bunch of reasons to have a
drinks package, there’s also a whole lot of reasons not to have a drinks package.
Hopefully you’ve found this helpful and it’s given you something to think about.
I have loads of videos about all types of cruising and cruising tips, so why
don’t you watch another one of those right now.

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