Saving Money On Cruise Food And Drink

Saving Money On Cruise Food And Drink

Food and drink is an integral part of cruising today, and while many things are included in the cruise fare, there are always extras you’ll have to pay for. One way to cut back on the expense is to buy a beverage package, which offer unlimited specialty coffees and teas, soft drinks, juices and alcohol for every day of your cruise, but make sure you do the maths to ensure you will get the full benefit, and remember all adults sharing a stateroom usually have to buy one. If you enjoy a bottle of wine, some cruise lines allow you to bring one or two bottles of wine per guest, but plan on enjoying it in your stateroom, as you’ll have to pay a hefty corkage fee to drink it anywhere else. Always order wine by the bottle at dinner, instead of by the glass, and if you don’t finish it, ask your waiter to save it. Also check the daily ship’s guide for any happy hours, or cocktail or drink of the day offers. When it comes to food, if you’re tempted by a venue with a cover charge, consider buying a dining package if offered as they bundle some or all specialty restaurants with a discount on the overall cost. Also watch out for any special offers in the daily ship’s guide, such as two-for-one dining on the last night, a free bottle of wine on embarkation night, or having lunch instead of dinner on a sea day when the cover charge is cheaper. And finally, when it comes to food and drink and tipping, most cruise lines automatically add a daily gratuity to your shipboard account, while bar bills, specialty coffees and specialty dining have an automatic 15 or 18 percent gratuity included in the fee. If you receive a check and the gratuity line is blank, don’t add extra as you’ll end up tipping twice!

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