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Old 10-04-2005, 05:33 PM
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I would like to know how much are the drinks on the ship. I know you don't pay for tea, coffee and water. But beer and drinks cost, and what about smoothies? Please anyone with info please help. I will not be using a credit card on board and have to set up a cash account so I want to be prepared. Thanks for all your help
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Old 10-04-2005, 06:43 PM
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Smoothies cost too.
Here's the easy way to understand what's free and what's is not.

Any drink you can personally get access to in the cafeteria/buffet is free. Milk, juice, coffee, tea, and water.
These same drinks are also free in the restaurants. Ditto for room service too.
I hope this helps.
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Old 10-04-2005, 07:13 PM
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Ron I thank you for your help, but wanted to know about the price of the actual drinks
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Old 10-04-2005, 10:24 PM
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To set up your shipboard account with cash, I would figure in the automatic tip of $10.00/pp/day...so for a 7 night cruise thats an automatic 140.00 charged to your account. Most of the photos taken on board range from $7.50 - $20.00 depending on the size. Each day there will be a drink of the day offered, a fruity type alcoholic drink, usually around $6.50/each if you keep the souvineer glass, or around $3.50 without the glass..plus an automatic 15% gratuity tapped on. Beer runs around $3.50-5.00 depending on brand you drink, they usually have a "bucket" special on NCL its a helmet of beer, you pay a deposit of $5.00 for the helmet, and then you get 6 beers for around $19.00 - $22.00. Keep the bucket all week and return to any bar the last night and you will get the $5.00 refunded back to your account. If you purchase anything at the gift shop it is charged to your onboard account. Also, if you book any shore excursions on the ship they will be charged. Bingo cards can either be charged to your account or some ships let you pay cash for the cards. So as far as how much to take, it depends on if you are heavy drinkers, and how much you plan on spending on souviners.

I pesonally have had my onboard account reach $1700.00 (we spent money at the art auction) and partied the whole week for a 7 night cruise to as little as $500.00 for the week, just depends on you.

To set the account up onboard with cash most cruise lines require at least $350.00 put up front, but if you go over that amount, you can be assured that they will notify you to come to the service desk to add more money. If you place a large amount on the account and don't spend all of it, the last morning of the cruise you will find a check for the amount not used under your door.

My advise.....2 people --7 night cruise plan on around $800.00-$1000.00.
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Old 10-05-2005, 01:12 AM
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I have just posted a new thread "Norwegian Wind" in which I complain about the price of drinks.
It is unreasonable.

$6.25 for a glass of wine, plus 15% "service charge".
If you try to take your own wine/beer aboard it will be confiscated.
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Old 10-05-2005, 04:42 PM
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We found that juice was only available in the mornings on NCL, then the taps were shut down for the day. Ice Tea was available.
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