stapley - Answered a Question by LEWIS (24 Feb 10 14:39)

How much is the wine package on royal caribbean indpendeance of the seas.

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Brown - Answered a Question by LEWIS (28 Jan 09 22:18)

Could try not drinking alcohol!! there's always plenty of lemonade, juices and iced tea available for FREE!

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Harnett - replied to Brown (30 Jan 09 23:51)

You mob are all crazy, I agree with Lacey, try every trick in the book. If you all enjoy being riped off then rolled over and riped off again then go ahead, be RCL guest. And as for Mr Brown, it is your right not to drink, but do not burden us with your problem. It maybe the fact that I am from Australia (yes I can hear all the convict jokes from here) that gives us the state of mind that every possible avenue must be explored to minimise alcohol costs. Bring on at least 2 bottles of wine per suit case at the embarkment port. Fill your pockets as well. Make shore you book a balcony cabin, otherwise you will feel like a closet drunk. When you get of the tug at a ports of call for what ever over priced tour you are on, leave enough time before getting back on to visit the local establishment(s) and enjoy some cheap quality local brews. It's your right to drink and it's your obligation not to be riped off. You would not tolorate being rolled at home, then why tolorate it while on holidays. Toughen up fellow cruisers, it's this give in attitude that allows the Cruise Lines to take advantage of your wallets.

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Brown - replied to Harnett (01 Feb 09 09:46)

My comment was tongue in cheek as I am sick to death of the majority of questions on this sight centering around the price of drink. I don't know about "you mob" as you so eloquently call people, but I certainly go on a cruise to experience different locations, different cultures, great food (and wine!) and superb entertainment and I certainly don't want to be surrounded by people suffering from an over indulgence of alcohol as appears to have happened on Ventura over Christmas... and I, got one am glad that RCI have a strict policy regarding brining drink on board. My comment was merely a suggestion that perhaps the free soft drinks or indeed the soda package was one that could be explored (at least some of the time) and by the way ...I am a MRS Brown not as you assumed a Mr!

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Harnett - replied to Brown (01 Feb 09 12:43)

Apologies Mrs Brown for my presumption. If you are so sick of the site because it centres around alcohol, here is a suggestion, dont look at it. Just because you dont like the subject doesn't mean the rest of the world needs to be muted. I enjoy cruises for all the same reasons you do. But I do enjoy a few drinks at the end of each day while on holidays. Drinks were never too expensive for the fellow British Cruisers while your Pound was so mighty. But now that the Stirling has taken a bit of a slide, and is tipped to slip a bit more yet, you may think otherwise when purchasing a drink on your next cruise. By the way "you mob" is an aussie term that means "a large group of friends".

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bell - replied to Harnett (02 Feb 09 12:48)

Good on yer mate.

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Lacey - Answered a Question by LEWIS (29 Jan 09 08:55)

I usually get slated for giving this advice, sometimes from people who consider it to be "smuggling", but slap a couple of bottles of your favourite tipple (mine's brandy) in your suitcases before you leave home and unless you are really unlucky it will be taken to your cabin. You can then have a civilised aperatif without busting the bank. As the job of the ship is to blatantly extract as much on-board cash from you as possible, this is the only way to get your own back. Rather pathetic, I know, but so, so satisfying to my (tiny) mind. I await the inevitable torrent of abuse.

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Cooke - replied to Lacey (29 Jan 09 10:40)

No abuse, just agreement. We've not tried RC yet, but would agree with your strategy. It does rather spoil your holiday if you feel 'ripped-off'.

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MHarman - replied to Cooke (29 Jan 09 11:25)

I would have thought that the cost of a cruise and add-ons are taken into account when you decide to book. It seems a bit chavesque to resort to smuggling booze on board.

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Wilba - replied to MHarman (29 Jan 09 11:47)

To be fair most would have booked last year well before the dollar drop & with RCI hiking the prices even more, budgeting at the time of booking has become irrelevant.

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