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    Drinks on Room Service

    Hi

    We are traveling on the Independence of the Seas on the Med Cities cruise in June, first cruise we have done.

    I have been considering purchasing the Ultimate drinks package, do these packages include room service? I thought they were but I have seen a few posts state room service are charged on top of the drinks packages? we are travelling with a young child, so after dinner we will probably be in the room for the evening, so would expect to use room service to get drinks?

    Thanks for any advice.

    #2
    Normally these are excluded from being used in room service, and this Royal Caribbean Page on drinks (click the packages button near the bottom) tells you the venues you can use your package.

    You do have the option of buying a drink at a bar close to your stateroom and taking it back to the balcony in your room for a relaxing drink before bed. I've seen plenty of people do this on Celebrity before, so I assume it's a common thing to do (though not something I've tried myself)

    Have a fabulous cruise
    Duncan S

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      #3
      Originally posted by ecnirp, Manchester View Post
      Hi

      We are traveling on the Independence of the Seas on the Med Cities cruise in June, first cruise we have done.

      I have been considering purchasing the Ultimate drinks package, do these packages include room service? I thought they were but I have seen a few posts state room service are charged on top of the drinks packages? we are travelling with a young child, so after dinner we will probably be in the room for the evening, so would expect to use room service to get drinks?

      Thanks for any advice.
      I have never been aware of any mass market cruise line that include alcohol in room service, drinks package or paid otherwise.

      Buy/collect your drinks at the nearest bar and take them to your cabin.........Wilba
      Wilba

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        #4
        Thanks for the replies.

        Just considering if the drinks packages would be good value for us, we booked the cruise last summer and it appears the packages/rules have changed since.

        If we both have a drinks package, can 1 person goto the bar and order several drinks and bring back to the room? as we have a young child, once he is in bed only 1 of us can visit the bar as we cannot leave him alone. We have booked a balcony cabin with the idea of having a few drinks on the balcony while we chat/read/watch movies on a tablet.

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          #5
          Do the maths - in my opinion drinks packages only work if you drink like a fish.

          Others may disagree.

          Remember that you are unlikely to drink so much on embarkation and disembarkation days. You may not drink so much on port days, when you may be ashore for much of the day.
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            #6
            Thanks Malcolm, I was thinking that, we are moderate drinkers, but was thinking it was safer to just buy a package than worry about how much it could cost to pay as you go, having not cruised before, its a 14 day cruise with 8 ports of call and we are likely to leave the ship at each one, so sound like it will be better value to pay as you go.

            If I pay for first few days and find it more expensive than expected, can I buy a drinks package for the remainder of the cruise or would I have to pay for all 14 days when a few days into the cruise ?

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              #7
              Originally posted by ecnirp, Manchester View Post
              Thanks for the replies.

              Just considering if the drinks packages would be good value for us, we booked the cruise last summer and it appears the packages/rules have changed since.

              If we both have a drinks package, can 1 person goto the bar and order several drinks and bring back to the room? as we have a young child, once he is in bed only 1 of us can visit the bar as we cannot leave him alone. We have booked a balcony cabin with the idea of having a few drinks on the balcony while we chat/read/watch movies on a tablet.
              As long as you take both cards with the drinks package on to the bar you can get drinks for both. I'm in the "drinks like a fish" category and the drinks package suited us on the Indy as we were up till all hours with shows, casino etc so we got through a fair bit albeit over a long time.
              You might not get near the amount to make it worth your time. Think you need to drink about 7 drinks a day although I understand the reasoning to pay up front and know that it's taken care of and you wont have a huge bill at the end of the cruise.
              I seem to remember someone talking about buying a bottle of spirits for their cabin? not sure if you can do this but it might be an option.....I might be wrong though Also depending on the age of your child, you can try them at the kids clubs, they are very good and it would let you and your wife take in a show or sit at a bar and have your tipple?
              Have a great cruise, were back on board Indy in July and can't wait.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Malcolm, Essex View Post
                Do the maths - in my opinion drinks packages only work if you drink like a fish.

                Others may disagree.

                Remember that you are unlikely to drink so much on embarkation and disembarkation days. You may not drink so much on port days, when you may be ashore for much of the day.
                Hi Malcolm.
                I am one who disagrees.......
                What do you believe qualifies as 'drinks like a fish'? Its a meaningless phrase.
                You may have to drink 'like a fish',but many may not,,,,i think those kind of statements should begin with an 'I'.
                Do you believe people have to 'eat like a horse' to get value from a speciality restaurant?

                6/7/8 drinks a day? Alcohol,Soft drinks,,,Speciality coffee's? They are all included in A/I package.Not just alcohol.

                As for your times to be able to partake in the package.Well........i disagree with that also..
                I find people drink more in the excitement of embarkation day,,,they do on Thomson were the sailaway is usually between 22:00-23:00hrs.
                Even on sailaways on the P&O cruise i went on,large quantities are quaffed during sailaways.And in the evening venues.What about wine with dinner?
                Time in port?,,,,,itineraries are showing more sea days and shorter times in port.
                In the Med in summer,people may get off ship for a few hours in the morning,then back for lunch (with a couple of glasses of wine),,,then find a sunbed for the afternoon on ship.

                By all means compare ones experience,but we shouldn't be telling people (especially new cruisers) A/I is not worth it,as if that is the definitive answer,,,,,for many they are.That's posters in general Malcolm,not you in particular.

                I did 2 cruises last year,a month apart,Thomsons and P&O,for 7 nights.Both companies drink prices a roughly the same.
                I paid £398 for A/I for 2 on Thomsons.
                No A/I on P&O,my bar bill was £450,,,,so if P&O had same price A/I as Thomson,i was on a winner.
                And i didn't drink much.But it soon mounts up if you have a couple of drinks in each bar you go in of an evening,plus dinner,lunch,,tea time drink at sailaway,,,not forgetting coffee's and soft drinks.
                JC
                Last edited by jc, liverpool; 21st April 2014, 10:31 AM.
                C P Scott,,,,,"Comment is Free,,but Facts are Sacred"
                "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.

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                  #9
                  If you want drinks delivered to your stateroom ,you pay for the privilege in spite of having a beverage package.And,boy do you pay for it.
                  Drinks packages are really not worth it ,why do you think they like to sell them? certainly not for our benefit.Use your OBC and enjoy your cruise forget drinks packages they do not pay for themselves.The only benefit I can think of is the convenience.

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                    #10
                    JC I am with you on this one. Freshly squeezed orange at breakfast or a bucks fizz, mid morning coffee, glass of something cold with lunch, a speciality tea or chocolate, couple of cocktails before dinner and a glass of wine with dinner and a liqueur coffee afterwards, plus bottled water to take ashore. I am not a big drinker but like the notion that I have paid up front so don't have to think about it..Carol

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Mikeimp, Lincoln View Post
                      If you want drinks delivered to your stateroom ,you pay for the privilege in spite of having a beverage package.And,boy do you pay for it.
                      Drinks packages are really not worth it ,why do you think they like to sell them? certainly not for our benefit.Use your OBC and enjoy your cruise forget drinks packages they do not pay for themselves.The only benefit I can think of is the convenience.
                      Hi Mike.
                      As i said in my post.........
                      "By all means compare ones experience,but we shouldn't be telling people (especially new cruisers) A/I is not worth it,as if that is the definitive answer,,,,,for many they are."
                      Worth it that is!!!!

                      I have had drinks packages since the old SS Topaz,,,,,,,nearly 40 Thomson cruises,and have never lost out.

                      One of the favourite subjects on this forum is drink,,,there is one now about wine,and posters buying cases of the stuff.
                      I don't for one minute believe the go teetotal when they step on the ship....as one poster said,7 drinks and you are quids in,,,,,,,,,do you drink more than 7 drinks a day on ship Mike,,,,,,,Alcohol,Soft drinks,coffee?
                      Do you like a bottle of wine with dinner,,,or a glass or two with lunch,,,a couple of cocktails after dinner maybe,,,or even a pre-dinner drinky poo.
                      A speciality coffee late afternoon maybe,or a couple of bottles of 7up in the afternoon heat.On some packages you even get bottles of water.
                      Soon add up!!!!!!

                      I have all the above,and A/I pays for me.
                      JC

                      C P Scott,,,,,"Comment is Free,,but Facts are Sacred"
                      "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.

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                        #12
                        Thanks for all the replies, I must admit I like the idea of paying for a drinks package upfront so we do not have the worry of building up a bill. We used to regularly holiday in the caribbean AI in the past before having a young child, having the drinks and food included has always been best value and less hassle.

                        I have often been on the caribbean islands when the big cruise ships came in and seen the passengers buy the bottles of spirits duty free and empty the shops of stock, so I presumed they just took them onboard and drank in their cabins, I guess the cruise companies like RC have cottoned on to this so its only 2 bottles of wine per cabin now.

                        We are not heavy drinkers, but we do enjoy glasses of wine with dinner, cocktails in the evening plus soft drinks/iced drinks during the day, specialty tea & coffee, so I can imagine easily drinking 7+ drinks (alcohol and non-alcohol) during a day, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. We will just have to take it in turns to visit the bar in the evening from the cabin
                        Last edited by ecnirp, Manchester; 21st April 2014, 11:40 AM.

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                          #13
                          The value of AI Drinks packages not only rely on ones alcohol intake but other factors too.

                          I have just returned from a 7 night Pacific Coastal cruise, port intensive, NO sea days and we made the most of our time ashore.

                          We both have a small wine package for evenings, one drinks red, one drinks white, plus we both drink a decent $11 a glass wine with lunch when onboard, plus the odd cocktail during the day and a couple more after dinner. Neither of us bother with fancy coffee and water comes from the tap or bought ashore.

                          Our bar bill combined was less than the cost of ONE Drinks Package!!!

                          Had we of bought one each we would have lost out big time and I can justify that on the last half a dozen cruise or more, although with not such a wide saving, plus bear in mind we always cruise with the high priced drinks American lines.

                          OK there is good reason, we get free pre dinner drinks every night, champagne, wines, beers from our loyalty membership, plus champagne/mimosa breakfasts in a private lounge, add to that Captains Welcome Aboard and Captains Club Members bashes and that does reduce the spend considerably...........Wilba
                          Wilba

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                            #14
                            Hi,
                            We find on the I.O.T.S your chosen ship, there are plenty of free beverages throughout the day, tea, coffee, fruit drinks and iced water. We are not one's to have alcohol with our meals and will have the odd drink in the theatre or later in Olive or Twist. Our drinks bill never exceeds more than 10/12 dollars per day. What about taking 2 bottles of wine on board to drink in your cabin, which I think RC have now allowed on embarkation, and replenish with purchases either at dinner or a bar and take that back to your stateroom. As mcphisto suggests enroll your child into one of the clubs, unless a babe in arms, they will enjoy it and will give you some free time.

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                              #15
                              I have only had an A1 drinks package once and this was on the Thomson Spirit cruise ship, it was also a free of charge incentive for booking early.

                              We never used it to its full potential, and would never consider buying a drinks package because our alcohol intake is very low, and for us would certainly not be financially viable. Cannot believe how much some people spend on beverages Alcoholic or not during a cruise. Our average drinks bill when staying for a week at a Hotel in the UK varies between £40/£80 per week, cannot remember what it was on a cruise, having recently had a clear out of cruise memorabilia such as receipts etc.

                              We also had a mini bar in our cabin (not included in the A1 drinks package), it was never used, this photo showed how it was at the start of our cruise and it was the same at the end.

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