Fosdike - Answered a Question by leighton (29 Jul 08 15:39)

Hi, i would say that beers etc are about $5.00 each and spirits, wine etc $6.00 cocktails about $7-8 each hope that helps and dont forget that nost ships add on 15% gradtuity as well.

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Thompson - Answered a Question by leighton (29 Jul 08 17:03)

Tanqueray 10 Gin & Tonic $6.90 Bombay Sapphire & Tonic $6.35 Corona Lager $4.90 CAN of Cola $2.25 Cocktails $6-$7 Veuve Cliquot Champagne $89 Bottle/$16.95 Glass Hope this helps you.I don't normally drink Gin & Tonic but since discovering Tanqueray 10 onboard I am now a convert!

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Turner - Answered a Question by leighton (29 Jul 08 17:03)

Drinks with any of the RCI ships are in US dollars. A spirit with a mixer i.e. Gin and Tonic would be approximately $6.00+, beer are approx $6.00 a bottle and cocktails are between $9.00 - $15.00 and don't forget 15% will be added on to the cost of every drink as a form of gratuities, so don't tip the waiters as well. Prices appear to be higher when cruising in the Mediterranean for some reason. Also $4.00 a day is expected for your cabin steward, restaurant waiter and $1.00 a day for the head waiter. So don't be surprised at the extras at the end of the cruise.

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Jeff - Answered a Question by leighton (29 Jul 08 19:24)

Have'nt sailed on the Independance but have been on numerous RCI ships. Recently in the Med would pay $4.50 - $6.00 for lager, gin and tonic $7.00, cocktails from $6.50 - $15.00 and more for some.As everyone points out there is a fixed 15% gratuity to all bar drinks including drinks taken at lunch and dinner. Dinner wine is not cheap starts from $30.00 upwards. If there are children in your party it maybe worthile taking a 'soda package', costs about $4.50 per day. An insulated drinks container is provided and this can be filled with any soft drink as many times as you want during the cruise. Useful for taking ashore.

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Ritchie - Answered a Question by leighton (29 Jul 08 21:33)

We were on the Independence in June, my husband was charged $11.25 for a lager and whisky. He did say that the whisky measure was like a double. H Ritchie.

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crane - Answered a Question by leighton (29 Jul 08 22:37)

Royal caribbean isnt bad for drink prices and the best is it is charged in dollars so we end up being better off so make sure you ask for the bill at the end to be charged in dollars not your currency as they do have a high commission rate .

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Jones - Answered a Question by leighton (30 Jul 08 10:10)

Drinks cost about the same as they do in your local. Cocktails are between $6 and $8 and well worth trying. A can of coke was $2.25 waiter service, but you can buy a soft drinks package, not sure how much, but its worth it if you drink a lot of coke or sprite.

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Wingham - Answered a Question by leighton (30 Jul 08 10:54)

Everyone should bear in mind that on all the ships wherever they are in the world the drinks prices are amended to match local price to the dollar price/ratio. So if you are cruising off Europe you will find that drink prices are pretty much the same as in your local bar or pub whatever the currency being charged on board - mostly dollars. Wine by the bottle is always increased by four times UK/Europe prices. Have been on most cruise lines and they all follow the same pattern.

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Johnstom - Answered a Question by leighton (30 Jul 08 13:49)

Just back from 2 weeks in the Med. All prices aboard are in US Dollars. Spirit and mixer is $6.90, equivalent to approx £3.50. Sounds pricey but the measure is very large. Well worth it. Sorry cannot remember the price of a pint. Generally speaking the price for drinks is fairly reasonable.

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Martin - Answered a Question by leighton (30 Jul 08 20:47)

I am sick fed up with the non smoking brigade who constantly want smoking banned everywhere! I agree it should be in a few designated areas, on balconys and on certain areas of Open decks therefore non smokers can chose not to frequent. Why dont these non smokers check out the facts that car emissions are more dangerous than passive smoking and give up there cars and lobby govts to have them banned!!

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