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Old 02-07-2013, 01:02 PM   #16
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Something me and my son learned the hard way. Go over with you children what is free and what cost money. Almost everything on the Disney ship the kids would get is free. On some of the other cruise lines they had Ice cream bars and my son (10 at the time) learned the hard way was not free. It was no a big deal other than he freaked when the person gave him the ice cream Sunday and asked for payment.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:33 PM   #17
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DH is a "beer drinker" and has the DCL Mug. You pay for 16 oz and get 20 oz.
On the Cruise he usually drinks about 4-5 of those mugs a day, so for a 7 night cruise I budget $245 for him for beer. For me, I may have 1 glass of wine and maybe 1 mixed drink so for 7 days that comes to a total of about $105.
Total alcohol costs for us: $350 for a 7 night cruise.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:53 PM   #18
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How much do you drink? That is the real question. I found our "tab" from 2010 for a 7 night cruise...

Wine Package (7 bottles): $217.35
Drinks during the day: $79.20
Drinks after dinner: $41.18

Total: $337.73

It was our honeymoon....!

Also, for reference, BINGO cost us $170! So you need to be careful there as well!
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:01 PM   #19
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Depending on the quality of the wine and complexity of the cocktail, count on $7-9 incl gratuity. That's an average per drink. The kids won't cost you anything unless you get room service or smoothies. (unless they're doing tequila shots in Oceaneer's Lab )

Aside from alcohol and packaged items, I thought room service was free?


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There are many options:

If you want wine at dinner, depending on the wine you want, conider bringing your own bottle for corkage fee of $10, depending on if the 2 of you would drink the whole bottle at dinner that could be a resonable savings.

Also, i believe that if you dont drink your whole bottle you canhave servers hold it for you for next dinner (someone ill correct me if amwrong on this)

And although controversial, i have seen more than several people just walk into dinner with a glass of wine.

Now if it is fruity drink you are wanting by the pool there are also several options.

Purchase them at $7-9 a pop.

(again controversial) make them in your room and bring them to the pool. i brought a Magic Bullet with me and you can find anything you want to make a drink with in that. ice cream (free on deck) fruit (free on deck) also some juices with breakfast. and ice of ourse free on deck at drink station. think ice, orange juice, and ice cream and peach schnapps blended. i have purchased a drink on the frst day and then just poured my own blended drink into the souvineir cup.

OR if you dont want to add your own alchohol, you can purchase a less expensive shot and add i to your own mix. You can also do this for the kids t have smoothies of tneir own.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT.....lol drink for thougt

I heard the corkage was $20. Hmmm......I may have to bring some wine with my bottle of rum. Will they hold the opened bottled of wine for me?
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:28 PM   #20
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Room service is free except for packaged snacks and alcohol. Bring singles for tips if you order room service.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:33 PM   #21
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Room service is free except for packaged snacks and alcohol. Bring singles for tips if you order room service.


Thank you!

Do not a lot of people tip? I see constant reminders to tip.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:47 PM   #22
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Do not a lot of people tip? I see constant reminders to tip.
It can just be confusing since tipping on a cruise is somewhat different than tipping on land--you tip your main servers at the end of the week, service for breakfast and lunch is included in the main server tip, tips are automatically added to bar drinks, and you tip room service in cash. It can be a lot to keep straight if you're new to cruising!

Plus, since the ship is virtually cashless, it can be easy to forget to keep a supply of singles on hand for the few people who do get cash tips.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:10 PM   #23
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So many people do not tip at all ! Go to Guest Services the last day/night of your cruise & you will see a huge line . So many people are removing their tips & say they will pay the workers direct with cash . For the most part this is FALSE . My friend has worked at guest services for years & they are friends with many workers & so many people do not tip , this to me is very very sad as it is their wage ! If we do not tip the workers they do not get a salary . The last night of my Dream cruise I overheard a man saying he was removing his tips & I asked if he had bad service & his reply was " my service was great , I'm not tipping already paid enough for this trip & I'm not tipping " . I told him if he didn't tip then his servers wouldn't get paid & the ignorant @&$;$ said too bad !!! I was furious.
We had a conversation with our server about this & he told us directly that many people remove them & do not give it back to them . The tipped positions are 52.00 a month from Disney .
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:30 PM   #24
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So many people do not tip at all ! Go to Guest Services the last day/night of your cruise & you will see a huge line . So many people are removing their tips & say they will pay the workers direct with cash . For the most part this is FALSE . My friend has worked at guest services for years & they are friends with many workers & so many people do not tip , this to me is very very sad as it is their wage ! If we do not tip the workers they do not get a salary . The last night of my Dream cruise I overheard a man saying he was removing his tips & I asked if he had bad service & his reply was " my service was great , I'm not tipping already paid enough for this trip & I'm not tipping " . I told him if he didn't tip then his servers wouldn't get paid & the ignorant @&$;$ said too bad !!! I was furious.
We had a conversation with our server about this & he told us directly that many people remove them & do not give it back to them . The tipped positions are 52.00 a month from Disney .
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That is disgusting and outrageous!! I've seen those lines at guest services and for someone to be so ignorant as to wait that long and then take money away from hardworking staff is rude!!
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Room service is free except for packaged snacks and alcohol. Bring singles for tips if you order room service.
And soda, too, right? I think if soda is ordered through room service, it's the same as ordering at a bar. You get a can and a charge.
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This is not going to be good. I'm a sucker for rum drinks, and I can imagine that my bar tab will be quite large. Either that, or I'll have to byor. Good thing my cruise isn't 'til next year. I've plenty 'o time to collect some disney gift card!
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And soda, too, right? I think if soda is ordered through room service, it's the same as ordering at a bar. You get a can and a charge.
Yes, soda from room service has a charge.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:48 PM   #28
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Just pulled out my bill from our June 2012 7-day cruise. Between my wife and I, we spent roughly $150.00 for 18 drinks (avg. $8/drink).
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My DH and I sound similar to you guys, but I am a sucker for fru fru drinks. I budgeted $300 for drinks on a 4 day cruise. I also budgeted $32 for coffee since we both like coffee drinks like lattes. I figured the drink cost as the following:
1 smoothie/special drink per kid per day(we have 2 kids)-So, roughly $8/day for drinks for the kids=$32
2 bottles of sparkling wine/champagne for the first night since it is our 10 year anniversary(and My MIL and SFIL treated us to the cruise and are coming with, so we'll need 2 bottles;-) about $50 since I like Asti
Then about 2 drinks/day for DH and I. He likes beer, wine and some fru fru stuff. I LOVE fru fru drinks. My guess is my drink bill will be higher than his as we'll carry on Captain Morgan and wine. I figured I'd aim higher in estimating since it is a BUDGET
Oh-and tastings rank on the drinking scale and I think are $20 each. I have this in a separate category all by itself, though.
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That is disgusting and outrageous!! I've seen those lines at guest services and for someone to be so ignorant as to wait that long and then take money away from hardworking staff is rude!!
It's very sad that some people don't tip at all ! Our server also told us that so many guests are so demanding , get wonderful service all week long , take photos & then don't show up the last night so they don't have to feel guilty about not tipping ! On my cruise last March the server next to our table ended up chatting with us ( poor guy had a table of 10 ) and his table didn't show up & the next morning my husband asked if they came for breakfast & he said NO , it happens sometimes ! Our server told us he/ other server checked his account & they did not tip ...turns out to be a bad week when you only have 14 guests & 10 do not tip .
Some people have the idea that these workers are paid huge $$$ when in fact they work on tips , if we all tipped the required amount then they would make a decent wage . I personally feel the tips are the bare minimum & we should be tipping extra for wonderful service . You can add cash & write a personal note to your server & hosts . They get to keep their tip $$$ , they do not share . I feel tips should be mandatory !!!
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