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    Cunard Trialling DP on QM2

    Hi

    I picked this up from the other place. (Surprised Big Mac didn't tell us)

    Introduced on 19th August and only on the QM2.

    4 options available:

    1. Beer, Wines and Spirits. $69 pd

    2. Premium Soft Drinks.$29 pd

    3. Soft Drinks. $10 pd

    4. Speciality Hot Drinks. $15 pd

    Packages are not pre-bookable and can only be booked on board up until the 2nd night of the voyage on voyages of 5 days or longer.

    Cost of Option No 1 is $69 pp pd and includes gratuity. Only drinks up to $11 are covered and you are restricted to 4/per hour. Any drink above that limit is payable but subject to a 20% discount. All cabin occupants must purchase.

    Complicated??

    Annie
    Last edited by annie, Glasgow; 25th August 2018, 08:23 AM.

    #2
    Complicated and expensive.

    $69 per day pp - are they having a laugh? If 2 people in the same cabin took this option, then at $138 per day and for a 2 week holiday that is nearly $2,000 for drinks - they really are having a laugh. That works out to be about £1,600 - absolutely ridiculous.

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      #3
      Ignoring all the forthcoming health/alcoholic comments.....

      At Cunard prices for drinks (i am sure there are a few Cunarders who can set the record straight) I don't think this is unreasonable. As has been said numerous times before, soft drink, juices during morning, wine or beer with lunch, couple in the afternoon, pre-dinner, wine with dinner, few in the evening (or the odd LIIT), and a nightcap, easily worth the money. Especially so if you were on a TA.

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        #4
        Originally posted by andyn, kensworth View Post
        Ignoring all the forthcoming health/alcoholic comments.....

        At Cunard prices for drinks (i am sure there are a few Cunarders who can set the record straight) I don't think this is unreasonable. As has been said numerous times before, soft drink, juices during morning, wine or beer with lunch, couple in the afternoon, pre-dinner, wine with dinner, few in the evening (or the odd LIIT), and a nightcap, easily worth the money. Especially so if you were on a TA.
        Does the TA stand for trainee alcoholic? If this number of drinks during a day are needed for the price, you probably will not remember your holiday, which is a shame, as you would be constantly tipsy.

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          #5
          Originally posted by andyn, kensworth View Post
          Ignoring all the forthcoming health/alcoholic comments.....

          At Cunard prices for drinks (i am sure there are a few Cunarders who can set the record straight) I don't think this is unreasonable. As has been said numerous times before, soft drink, juices during morning, wine or beer with lunch, couple in the afternoon, pre-dinner, wine with dinner, few in the evening (or the odd LIIT), and a nightcap, easily worth the money. Especially so if you were on a TA.
          I agree. If you enjoy even a few cocktails and I do, the cost is not oppressive but the price cap is low??

          I think Celebrity and HAL's cap is $15 on their elite packages.

          BigMac reported that a passenger wishing a cocktail priced at $11.40 was advised the package did not cover it but he could purchase the cocktail separately at a 20% discount. On Celebrity, you would merely pay the difference.

          Annie
          Last edited by annie, Glasgow; 24th August 2018, 09:22 PM.

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            #6
            I don't like the way they've structured this package at all. The $11 limit would exclude basically all of the better cocktails available on board. Most lines just allow you to pay the difference, but Cunard only offer a 20% discount. Why?

            I can't imagine anyone would butt up against the 4 drinks/hour limit. If you're correct that the top tier $69 package doesn't include speciality coffee then I'm a bit lost for words.

            I normally enjoy having a drinks package on board for the convenience, but in this case I think I would steer clear.
            Duncan S

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              #7
              and there we go, knew it wouldn't take long for someone to think that anyone who has a drink every one/two hour on a cruise is an alcoholic or can't remember what they are doing.

              Can't see how it can exclude soft drinks....could I just order a vodka and coke without the vodka

              Whisky with a jug of water
              Last edited by andyn, Bucks; 24th August 2018, 09:06 PM.

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                #8
                Originally posted by dst87, Falkirk View Post
                I don't like the way they've structured this package at all. The $11 limit would exclude basically all of the better cocktails available on board. Most lines just allow you to pay the difference, but Cunard only offer a 20% discount. Why?

                I can't imagine anyone would butt up against the 4 drinks/hour limit. If you're correct that the top tier $69 package doesn't include speciality coffee then I'm a bit lost for words.

                I normally enjoy having a drinks package on board for the convenience, but in this case I think I would steer clear.
                Agreed.

                OK I have reread this. The information was fuzzy but it is now thought that the Premium Soft Drinks package is rolled into the top package.

                Someone emailed Cunard HO and they said coffees were not included but on Fb they state they are. Confused??

                However the $11 limit holds. So if you ordered a $15 cocktail you would be charged $12.

                BigMac reports that he thinks the take-up of these packages is low.

                Celebrity does not insist that all cabin occupants buy the same package.

                Doubles are not allowed.

                Annie

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by andyn, kensworth View Post
                  and there we go, knew it wouldn't take long for someone to think that anyone who has a drink every one/two hour on a cruise is an alcoholic or can't remember what they are doing.

                  Can't see how it can exclude soft drinks....could I just order a vodka and coke without the vodka

                  Whisky with a jug of water
                  Cunard H.O. have given inconsistent responses by email and on Fb.

                  Now is a Vodka and Coke 1 or 2 drinks??

                  Annie

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                    #10
                    Do they serve mixers in bottles.....would make a joke of the whole thing.....order any drink with orange or tomato or tonic and throw the alcohol away

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by andyn, kensworth View Post
                      Do they serve mixers in bottles.....would make a joke of the whole thing.....order any drink with orange or tomato or tonic and throw the alcohol away
                      Fevertree I think?? So would you have to order the two components separately??

                      Annie

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                        #12
                        Can easy do 4 beers in those small bottles an hour,
                        A bottle of wine is 4.3 medium(175ml) glasses

                        Plenty of times the 4 limit could kick in but not every hour(I like a nap).

                        Don't worry though the bar staff will sort that problem out for you if you hit it.

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                          #13
                          Having just disembarked QV yesterday and not being familiar with other lines, I go with the fact they are on the higher side price wise as I don't know any different. but I don't think the drinks prices are as bad as some make out.

                          My drink of choice is gin and tonic. Specify Gordon's and a bottle of low cal schweppes as opposed to Heindricks and a bottle of Fevertree and a single measure [I go doubles] is around $8 plus 15%.
                          Last edited by Mrs M; 25th August 2018, 06:57 AM. Reason: highlighted bottle

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post
                            Hi

                            I picked this up from the other place. (Surprised Big Mac didn't tell us)

                            Introduced on 19th August and only on the QM2.

                            4 options available:

                            1. Beer, Wines and Spirits. $69 pd

                            2. Premium Soft Drinks.$29 pd

                            3. Soft Drinks. $10 pd

                            4. Speciality Hot Drinks. $15 pd

                            Packages are not pre-bookable and can only be booked on board up until the 2nd night of the voyage on voyages of 5 days or longer.

                            Cost of Option No 1 is $69 pp pd and includes gratuity. Only drinks up to $11 are covered and you are restricted to 4/per hour. Any drink above that limit is payable but subject to a 20% discount. All cabin occupants must purchase.

                            If you want coffees, you must purchase a separate coffee card.

                            Complicated??

                            Annie
                            At today's exchange rates $69 works out at £54. This is probably about the same as P&O's £40 per day in relation to Cunard's more expensive drinks prices.

                            Whatever, there is no way we would drink £80 - 108 of drinks in a single day let alone for 10, 12 or 14 days and we like a drink.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by JohnR, Chippenham View Post
                              At today's exchange rates $69 works out at £54. This is probably about the same as P&O's £40 per day in relation to Cunard's more expensive drinks prices.

                              Whatever, there is no way we would drink £80 - 108 of drinks in a single day let alone for 10, 12 or 14 days and we like a drink.
                              I don't look at it that way.

                              On a TA or a TP cruise with a lot of sea days, could I consume 6 glasses of wine or cocktails daily ? - yes Some days more and some days less However I would be seriously p**sed off if the cocktails were not of a high standard.

                              On a port intensive itinerary - possibly not unless I met up with a group in a Martini Bar environment.


                              Annie
                              Last edited by annie, Glasgow; 25th August 2018, 08:44 AM.

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