CHEERS! Please school me on RC's deluxe beverage package

NOLA_Tink

Jambo, y'all!
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Jul 3, 2008
Where can I use it on Coco Cay (floating bars? swim-up bars?) Can I use it in the main dining room? Can I use it at the 24-hr deli for mimosas or Irish coffee in the morning? Where else can I use it? Thanks!!
 

Capt_BJ

So Many Times
Joined
May 17, 2005
warning: answers are valid as of my last cruise ... pre-COVID

yes, yes, and I guess yes (never done it tho - a wake up drink - after dinner Irish Coffee YES)


Coco Cay operates as an extension for the ship ..... cashless and your room/key card is your charge card.

You use it 'everyplace' on the ship. There is a $$ per drink cap but I've never hit it. Something like Johnny Walker Blue would be over the top. Typical foo foo drinks are covered as was my Buffalo Trace on the rocks.

In dining room for wine you get a discount on a bottle but wine per glass is included (dollar limit applies again) ... find something you like by the glass!!!! If you do traditional dining and tell them you like the same every night, it will be at your seat . . . if you are gonna change it up I suggest mentioning that so they don't waste pours . . . .

Starbucks is NOT covered ..... fresh squeeze OJ IS
 
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crabbymom

Slythermom to 2 'claws and a Princess
Joined
Nov 28, 2012
You can use it at any bar on board, the Main Dining Room, the Windjammer, and Coco Cay. The only place it does not work is room service. Yes, you can get an Irish coffee in the morning! Best way to start the day!
 
  • starvenger

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    Apr 8, 2015
    btw the price cap varies by ship. If you're on one of the newer megaships it's higher, and lower on one of the older ships. You can get top shelf stuff, but if the 20yo single malt is $20 and the cap is $15, you'd pay the difference.

    I'm sure that if you ask the barkeep they'll help you figure out what shelf alcohol you can get.

    And a final word: every cruise we see people on Day 2 that definitely over imbibed on Day 1. Don't be that person.
     

    mevelandry

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    Aug 22, 2013
    btw the price cap varies by ship. If you're on one of the newer megaships it's higher, and lower on one of the older ships. You can get top shelf stuff, but if the 20yo single malt is $20 and the cap is $15, you'd pay the difference.

    I'm sure that if you ask the barkeep they'll help you figure out what shelf alcohol you can get.

    And a final word: every cruise we see people on Day 2 that definitely over imbibed on Day 1. Don't be that person.
    Reminds me of that time where I heard a guy bragging about drinking his 15th drink that day. I think it was 1:00 or 2:00 PM. How the guy was still walking and still looking somewhat « normal« is still a mystery to me.

    After two drinks I just wanna nap. LOL
     

    Capt_BJ

    So Many Times
    Joined
    May 17, 2005
    This is not to encourage additional drinking

    but IME on Royal, if two drinks a day is your limit you'll lose money big time with their drink package. Altho the price varies I've NEVER gotten it for less than $45 per person/day (plus 18% tip) .... most drinks are well under $15. Often the price is over $60 per person/day ....
     

    starvenger

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    Apr 8, 2015
    This is not to encourage additional drinking

    but IME on Royal, if two drinks a day is your limit you'll lose money big time with their drink package. Altho the price varies I've NEVER gotten it for less than $45 per person/day (plus 18% tip) .... most drinks are well under $15. Often the price is over $60 per person/day ....
    You hit the nail on the head. Two drinks a day does not make the package worth your while. And I think that if you're a moderate drinker, you can probably get by on the 2 drinks + 2 bottles per cabin + drinking at the ports for the duration of the cruise.

    @Capt_BJ What would you say the tipping point is for getting the package vs not? I think conventional wisdom says 4 cocktails/8 Beers but factor in Evian/Espressos/Juices and it's probably a little less?

    And I'd also say for a 7+ night cruise you might be asking a lot of your liver to handle all that drinking.

    After two drinks I just wanna nap. LOL
    Nowadays, yes, for sure. When I was younger, I could handle it better. Maybe.
     
  • Frozen2014

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    Jan 12, 2014
    Don't forget that the package includes non-alcoholic drinks too...specialty coffees, bottled water, soda, freshly squeezed juice, etc
     

    Capt_BJ

    So Many Times
    Joined
    May 17, 2005
    What would you say the tipping point is for getting the package vs not? I think conventional wisdom says 4 cocktails/8 Beers but factor in Evian/Espressos/Juices and it's probably a little less?

    I would not care to make a general statement along those lines. Most people can do the math to their own satisfaction. We like a cocktail b4 dinner, wine with dinner, perhaps an after dinner drink or one with 'the show' ... toss in some sodas (we're not much into the FooFoo coffee). Maybe a beer at lunch. For us $45 is very interesting price and we'll usually grab that if available. $50 is in the "let's think about it" and $60 is NO.

    Just for discussion, another cruise line we took for a 2 week England and Norway cruise offered a similar package at $20 per person / day ... I say similar because beer and wine at meals, and a mini fridge stocked with soft drinks (replenished daily) and bottled water and still and sparkling water in your room was included in the base fare .....
     

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