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Old 02-25-2012, 03:44 PM   #16
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the answer to this part of your question is yes. You do get a discount thru the package vs buying a bottle from Disney each night.

I'd love to learn the answer to your question about if you can buy a smaller bottle package on a 7 night cruise. We only have 2 adults and I don't think well drink a whole bottle each night ... Well we could but I'm sure we'd like to drink something other than wine too.

No, you can not purchase a wine plan for a shorter time of nights of the cruise. If you don't use a bottle, you always can take it with you off the ship, or use it during the dessert buffet.

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Old 02-25-2012, 04:15 PM   #17
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Some observations from past wine experiences on DCL....

If you do the math and figure out it's cheaper for you to bring bottles onto the ship, go for it. DCL does state it's $20 corking fee per bottle, but honestly, I've very rarely seen this enforced. If you have a good relationship with your head server (had ours on multiple cruises) they have the ability to spread some pixie dust and make the corking fee disappear. ........

Every time I read something like this, I don't know whether to feel envious or like I did something wrong...lol

We have bought the wine package several times, but have also brought our own choice in wines to dinner with us to share many other times, and the corkage fee has NEVER been waived....ever!!!!!!!!

It is $20 now, plus gratuity, and as far back as when it was around $15 (2001), we have been charged the fee every time. I do enjoy the servers & have gotten to know quite a few, but I'm starting to think that I didn't do something right with my head servers, because we always have paid it.



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the answer to this part of your question is yes. You do get a discount thru the package vs buying a bottle from Disney each night.
I'd love to learn the answer to your question about if you can buy a smaller bottle package on a 7 night cruise. We only have 2 adults and I don't think well drink a whole bottle each night ... Well we could but I'm sure we'd like to drink something other than wine too.
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No, you can not purchase a wine plan for a shorter time of nights of the cruise. If you don't use a bottle, you always can take it with you off the ship, or use it during the dessert buffet. Jerry
Well, here's another one where my experience has been different! On the longer cruises (12-14 nights) I have purchased a 7-night package, a 3 and a 4-night package, and one time, two 7-night packages. Now, this is not a 7-night cruise, so maybe that's the difference? Or maybe it's just less publicized that there are options??

But, I agree that you can take the bottles off the ship. One time we had several left over & took them on with us to WDW.


The bottom line with a wine package (for us, anyway) is CONVENIENCE. It was easy & so fun to order a bottle of the Iron Horse for brunch at Palo or a red at a late lunch...with no bubble wrap or wine diapers required, thank you very much!!!

But as for savings....... I think in all cases, with every bottle we have brought on board and taken to the dining room with us, it was far less money to bring it, even with the corking fee. Where I live (central coast of CA), I have Trader Joe's & Costco selling true premium wines for killer prices, so if we bring it ourselves, it is a better bargain, especially if we opt to have it elsewhere & not take it to dinner. You will save at least 10% of the individual pricing by buying the package though.

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Old 01-28-2013, 01:01 AM   #18
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wine packages - Captain's Choice SB County

I see that in the wine packages there is a Chardonnay and a Cabernet described as "Captain's Choice Santa Barbara County".

Does anyone know which winery makes the "Captain's Choice"?
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I see that in the wine packages there is a Chardonnay and a Cabernet described as "Captain's Choice Santa Barbara County".

Does anyone know which winery makes the "Captain's Choice"?
Looks like it's a trademark of " Terravant Wine Company, LLC, Santa Barbara, CA 93101", who apparently makes a number of premium private-label wines. The Captain's Choice website is down or gone - but the Google cached page indicates it's exclusive to Disney Cruise Line.
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No, you can not purchase a wine plan for a shorter time of nights of the cruise. If you don't use a bottle, you always can take it with you off the ship, or use it during the dessert buffet.

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From our experience it is indeed possible to buy a package with less bottles than nights of the cruise. They may not tell you this voluntarily, but if you ask, they will gladly sell you a 3 or 4 night package on a seven day cruise. We did this for an Alaskan cruise in 2011, we didn't realize this was possible, but asked and they did sell us a 4 bottle package for a 7 night cruise. I think they realize that some people may not want a bottle every single night, and at least they are still selling something they might not have sold otherwise.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:35 AM   #21
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From our experience it is indeed possible to buy a package with less bottles than nights of the cruise. They may not tell you this voluntarily, but if you ask, they will gladly sell you a 3 or 4 night package on a seven day cruise. We did this for an Alaskan cruise in 2011, we didn't realize this was possible, but asked and they did sell us a 4 bottle package for a 7 night cruise. I think they realize that some people may not want a bottle every single night, and at least they are still selling something they might not have sold otherwise.
Yes, we did the same thing. I also don't remember the price being different (though I could be wrong) when we ordered it on the ship during the first night's dinner. We bought the 3 night package for a 7 night cruise, and we even upgraded to the 4 night package without an penalty when we (ahem) finished the 3 bottles prior to the end of the cruise!
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Now for those of you who don't know, there is a special wine on the premium package that is only made for Disney and only served on the cruise ships. We've heard rumors of it being served at the Grand Floridian for weddings, but never seen that in person. It's the Iron Horse Fairy Tale Celebration Cuvée. The Iron Horse website does have it for sale direct, but only 1000 cases are released for this offer. It goes for $50 retail. If you have not had this sparkling wine it's spectacular. Almost worth getting the wine package alone just to save the money on getting this one and having it more than once during the cruise.
Jerry, I looked on the Iron Horse website and see that this is rose in color? Is it a sweet sparkling wine or dry?

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:41 AM   #23
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Does the corking fee apply if you bring your own wine and keep it in your room? I enjoy a glass in the evening but not with dinner.
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Does the corking fee apply if you bring your own wine and keep it in your room? I enjoy a glass in the evening but not with dinner.
Nope. Only if the bottle/bag/box/whatever is taken to the dining room.
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From our experience it is indeed possible to buy a package with less bottles than nights of the cruise. They may not tell you this voluntarily, but if you ask, they will gladly sell you a 3 or 4 night package on a seven day cruise. We did this for an Alaskan cruise in 2011, we didn't realize this was possible, but asked and they did sell us a 4 bottle package for a 7 night cruise. I think they realize that some people may not want a bottle every single night, and at least they are still selling something they might not have sold otherwise.
Our server on our 5 night Western Carribean, January 14th told us automatically that we could purchase 3, 4 or 5 night bottle wine package. Thankfully, we only bought a 4 night because we had trouble finishing it all.....but we did it! LOL
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FWIW - we purchased a 7 day package for a 4 night cruise. DW prefers white while I prefer red. Some nights we didn't finish our bottles so we started out with it the next night. Some nights, we took the "leftovers" to sit on the verandah and enjoy. Some nights we ran through the leftovers, went through the next bottle and considered starting a new one.

Somehow we ran out on the last night and I had to order cocktails...

We'll probably order a 7 and 3 day package for our upcoming 7 nighter...

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Can you only use the wine package at dinner in the dining rooms? Or can you also use it at lunch in the buffet?
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:26 PM   #28
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I was approached during embarkation lunch and asked if I'd like to buy one of the wine packages. I was on a 6 night repositioning cruise, so I bought the 3 night package. (Don't I sound like a prim little wine sipper??? )
I was handed a brochure that listed all the wines available in both regular and premium packages and was happy with what was offered in the regular package. It was $84. (I enjoyed the Murphy Goode Savignon Blanc so much that I looked for it at the local wine shops and it seems DCL has bought up the stock! )
The bottle followed me around from Palo to the MDRs, even at brunch and lunch.
Being a pretty pedestrian wine drinker, this worked well for me. A couple I was seated with at dinner purchased the premium package and would study the wine selections every night at dinner and they seemed happy, as well.
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On our 5-nt last May on the Dream, we purchased the 3 night package for our 5 nt cruise, and that ended up being the perfect amount for us--drank about 3/4 of a bottle or so between the two of us each night at dinner. They save the wine for you in the back and will bring it to you in whichever restaurant you are in the next night!

We had not considered doing it before we got on the ship, but our servers brought it up on the first night, showed us the list, explained that we could indeed do a package that was shorter than the actual cruise, etc.

So, if you're getting conflicting info. regarding whether you can purchase a package that is fewer nights than your cruise, maybe you could just wait and decide at your first night of dinner? I think what we paid by getting the package on the first night was exactly the same as booking in advance.
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No, you can not purchase a wine plan for a shorter time of nights of the cruise. If you don't use a bottle, you always can take it with you off the ship, or use it during the dessert buffet.

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Incorrect

We have also purchased a 3 night plan while on a 7 night sailing. This was in Sept 2012.
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