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Old 11-15-2012, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Norwegian Cruise Line is testing an all-inclusive drink package on three of its ships, Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Jade, at $49 per person per day plus gratuity.

It's a trend among cruise lines that appears to be gaining momentum. In addition to Norwegian, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Oceania and UK-based Thomson Cruises all offer some version of an all-you-can-drink package.

Norwegian Cruise Line Adds 'All You Can Drink' Option, Following Carnival, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Others - ABC News
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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The "packages" are not mandatory....you don't have to purchase them! You can always opt to simply pay for each drink as you drink it!
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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could possibly see paying for this if another line offered it as you could simply give your freebie to your traveling companion in most instances other than the sit-down dining venues.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:35 AM
 
Location: SWFL
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Wow, $49 bucks is a good deal! I had a bar bill of $600 for just 3 days out at sea! Those drinks on ship are muchos expensive. (I went Norwegian)
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Wow, they are really pandering to some very specific criteria here. It doesn't surprise me Carnival is on that list. I barely spend $49 a day for a HOTEL if I go to Florida's panhandle. Thanks for the list. It tells me which cruise lines to avoid if I ever get on a ship, something I'd very much like to do.
If you take a good look at the list, you will realize most mass marketed lines are doing this and why? because people asked for it. All inclusive alcohol packages have been requested by cruises for years, this doesn't mean everyone or even the majority of the passengers will take advantage of the program, nor does it mean there will be more drunks on these cruises than other cruises. Now, if you barely spend $49 for a hotel room in Florida, I doubt you will ever do much cruising.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:43 AM
 
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Many of the luxury lines have included alcohol in the cruise fare for years. I've only seen a scant handful of intoxicated passengers on one of those cruises, and they weren't obnoxious, just a little giddy.

When people are willing to pay for something because it's "convenient" they tend to act differently than when they pay for something as a "bargain." The bargain hunters are the ones that tend to drink heavily with the attitude of "I paid a lot of money for this so I'm going to drink until I pass out every day and I don't care who might be bothered by my behavior as a result."
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:40 PM
 
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If you take a good look at the list, you will realize most mass marketed lines are doing this and why? because people asked for it. All inclusive alcohol packages have been requested by cruises for years, this doesn't mean everyone or even the majority of the passengers will take advantage of the program, nor does it mean there will be more drunks on these cruises than other cruises. Now, if you barely spend $49 for a hotel room in Florida, I doubt you will ever do much cruising.
If the pricing reflects this, then some number crunchers worked through the profile and alcohol consumption of their target market, and prices the cruises accordingly. Since I won't be partaking, I don't feel like subsidizing the drinkers through a higher cruise fare.

As for $49, I'm talking about the Florida panhandle, in places like Pensacola. There's little advantage to staying on Pensacola Beach for $149 to $249. On motel row in town, many of the chains offer great rates, especially with coupons, and all the restaurant choices are in town, and not on the barrier island. I'm not trying to impress anyone.

Best ad I ever saw was inside a Motel 6 lobby. Have I ever stayed at one? You bet. It was a poster sized ad inside a frame. The poster was pitch black. There was nothing in it, except the slogan: "When you're sleeping, we look just like those big, fancy hotels" followed by the Motel 6 logo. Touche.'

I have traveled by ship. I'm single so, you're right, I don't go on cruises.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:50 AM
 
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Actually there is a HUGE difference between a Motel 6 (and other budget motels) and a nicer hotel. Things that WILL affect your ability to sleep.

Motel 6 beds have sagging old mattresses, flat lumpy pillows, rough low quality sheets, and the rooms are incredibly noisy. Not to mention that from a personal security point of view, they are far riskier.

I am more than happy to shell out an extra $100 a night for a bed with a quality pillow top mattress, triple sheeted beds or duvets changed between each guest (like Hilton is doing now), fluffy pillows, high quality linens both on the bed and in the bathroom, and a clean, fresh room that doesn't smell like dirty socks or mold. I also want a room without one of those noisy hvac units mounted under the window that wakes me up as it cycles on and off all night. I don't want to hear the neighbors toilets flushing, and I want interior corridors as a safety precaution.

Getting a good nights sleep affects your ability to be healthy and function at your peak.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:56 AM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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If the pricing reflects this, then some number crunchers worked through the profile and alcohol consumption of their target market, and prices the cruises accordingly. Since I won't be partaking, I don't feel like subsidizing the drinkers through a higher cruise fare.

As for $49, I'm talking about the Florida panhandle, in places like Pensacola. There's little advantage to staying on Pensacola Beach for $149 to $249. On motel row in town, many of the chains offer great rates, especially with coupons, and all the restaurant choices are in town, and not on the barrier island. I'm not trying to impress anyone.

Best ad I ever saw was inside a Motel 6 lobby. Have I ever stayed at one? You bet. It was a poster sized ad inside a frame. The poster was pitch black. There was nothing in it, except the slogan: "When you're sleeping, we look just like those big, fancy hotels" followed by the Motel 6 logo. Touche.'

I have traveled by ship. I'm single so, you're right, I don't go on cruises.
How are you subsidizing the drinkers when it has been stated that this is OPTIONAL and has nothing to do with the price of the cruise?

What does being single have to do with taking a cruise? Are only married couples allowed to go on cruises
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:12 AM
 
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How are you subsidizing the drinkers when it has been stated that this is OPTIONAL and has nothing to do with the price of the cruise?

What does being single have to do with taking a cruise? Are only married couples allowed to go on cruises
We may be talking apples and oranges here. Seriously. If you're talking optional, as in $49 a day, then so be it. It's optional and you are not subsidizing the drinkers. If alcohol is included in the price of the cruise, then you can bet the price is padded to include that perk, so you are subsidizing the drinkers. You think they're going to take a hit on their bottom line to keep the booze flowing.

It's back accounting and statistics. There's no such thing as a free lunch. This is good stuff to know. It would tell me to avoid the all-inclusive cruise lines and the $49 a day all you can drink cruise lines. I just need a Coke or a Sprite.

As for being single and taking a cruise, I don't know anyone who would go single, and unaccompanied, on a more "serious" cruise, such as a New England/Eastern Canada cruise or one in the Mediterranean. I've never checked out the deck plans on these cruise lines to see how many one-bed cabins there are. Furthermore, you can bet that you will be assigned to a table where you might end up with people you would rather not be with, as could happen in a college dormitory. I could see singles doing that, in groups on a Caribbean or Mexico cruise, where many are going for the poolside and alcohol vibe. No thanks.
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