All info is actualy on the RCI website - the soda card is $6pp +15% for adults, $4pp +15% for children. The Wine and Dine package comes in a variety of formats - 5,7, 10 or 12 bottles, in 3 different grades, Gold Plat and Diamond. Each grade builds on the same selection of bottles in the base Gold package. Prices go from £64 for Gold 5 blts to £186.20 Plat 12 blts, these prices incl the 15% tip.
Personally I think the wine and dine selection is limited - list is here http://www.royalcaribbean.co.uk/content/pdf/Diamond_W&D_Selections.pdf - and I always just order off the menu where you can get a good range between $33 - $39 per bottle. Hope this helps.
On the Thomson cruise ships, the All Inclusive drinks package means that all drinks are included, i.e: Wine, Spirits, Beer, Lager, soft drinks, tea and coffee. The only drinks that are not included are the premium brands of some of the spirts, i.e: malt whiskies, etc and bottled water. The information about the drinks package can be found in the Thomson brochure and on the web site on the T & C's pages.
Considering the OP is in RCI - I doubt he will have little interest in what is offered on a Thomson tug-boat.....
I think think your comment was a little unfair on the the Thomson tug boat!!!!! We have actually cruised on all-inclusive trips on two of Thomson's cruises to the Med. Thomsons do not claim to be a 5 star ship but they certainly provide 5 star service and entertainment. Obviously we are looking forward to the RCI cruise to the Caribbean I can't yet comment on the service that we are hoping to receive on this ship. I really only wanted advice on whether to go for the drink packages or buy as we go.
I apologise about the tugboat comment! - you can see that full info has been posted below about the wine and dine package by myself.
Many thanks for your apology I am sure that people who use Thomson cruises are happy with that as well.
Thank you also for the information below on the drinks packages and I will see which is the best option I am sure this will prove very helpful.
The wine packages vary in price and how many bottles this is only with your meals in the dining room, the only other drinks package is soft drinks, but be warned they do not give you premium drinks froms can such as cokes etc they come from a pump and arnt very nice.
Many thanks for that information it seem's from other comments I have received it would be better to buy as we go. I will study the website to see the best option, thanks again.
The packages can represent good value for money but before buying check the cost of the wines on the wine list if you were to buy them separately and it can work out just as reasonable if not cheaper. Quite often the wines in the package which would have been more expensive on the wine list are sold out and therefore you are restriccted to those whciih would have worked out cheaper if purchased free standing. Remember you may not want a bottle of wine every night!!