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Effective for Norwegian Sky sailings booked on or after 4/22/15 for sailings embarking on or after 1/1/16 – guests will receive Norwegian’s Ultimate Beverage Package which includes spirits, cocktails, bottled beer, draft beer, and wines by the glass, up to and including $15, and unlimited fountain soda and juices, at all bars, lounges, restaurants and Great Stirrup Cay. A 20% discount will be applied to all bottles of wine purchased on board. Does not include room service, package sales, ship specific promotions or beer buckets, designated Super Premium brands (subject to change), bottled wine, mini bar purchases, bottled water, fresh squeezed juices, select Lavazza coffee beverages, energy drinks, vending machines or wine stations. One (1) beverage per person per transaction. Beverages over $15 will receive up to an $15 discount; the difference will be charged to your account, including gratuity. Your check may reflect applicable VAT and/or taxes for certain ports or itineraries. You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase and consume alcohol. See the terms of our guest alcohol policy.

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Disney Cruise Lines has changed it’s policy about bringing alcohol on board their ships. It used to be that you could pretty much bring whatever you wanted on board and they didn’t seem to mind. Disney-Cruise-LineThe new policy takes effect on September 30th, 2015. Taken from the Disney website, this is the new policy that passengers need to be aware of:

ALCOHOL POLICY

Effective for cruises embarking on or after September 30, 2015, each Guest 21 years and older may bring two bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750ml) or six beers (no larger than 12oz) onboard in carry-on luggage at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call. All wine/champagne and beer brought onboard must be packed in the Guest’s carry-on luggage. Any alcohol packed in checked luggage will be removed and stored until the completion of the cruise. Guests are not allowed to bring liquors or spirits (including powdered alcohol) onboard.

Almost all of the other cruise lines have similar policies in place now about bring alcohol on board, but these days you are able to purchase beverage packages to include unlimited beverages. Some cruise lines are currently offering pricing packages that includes unlimited beverages, gratuities, on board credit, and unlimited wi-fi.

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The Cruiser

We’ve all been there. That dreaded cruise hangover.  But on a cruise, the  captain is your designated driver, so why not live it up?  The only thing  you have to do is have a good time! Right? – but be smart!

Hangovers suck. It may cause you to miss an excursion, late for debarkation or just feel like crap the next day. Here are some tips crowdsourced from fellow cruises and professionals on how to avoid that dreaded cruise hangover.

Before You Drink

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It’s no secret that alcohol causes dehydration. Keep your body well hydrated before you head to the bar. Slam some extra waters before slamming the drinks.

2. Carb it up. Your body will metabolize alcohol based on what kind of food you eat. Eat a lot of protein, fats and carbs before ordering your first drink. This isn’t going to stop your hangover but will give your body nutrients before the big night.

3. Go (Port) Shopping. And make sure Gatorade is on that list. Gatorade is also known for its large number of electrolytes; consuming a bottle the next day can help your body regain its balance.

While You Drink

4. Stay clear. The darker liquors have more toxins and sugars in them. Try switching it up to a clear alcohol like Vodka. According to a study at Brown University,  bourbon contains 37 times more toxic compounds than vodka.

5. One to one ratio. Try matching an 8 oz. glass of water with every drink. It’ll keep the tissue around the brain hydrated and will assist in keeping you headache free the next day. This works wonders for me.

6. Avoid Champagne. “The carbon dioxide in carbonated beverages like champagne helps absorb the alcohol,” says Boris Tabakoff, a pharmacology professor at the University of Colorado. “You get a faster rate of absorption, higher blood alcohol levels – and brain levels – if you drink champagne as opposed to something non-carbonated.”

After You Drink

7. Take a multivitamin. This tip comes from a Harvard article. Those who drink may benefit the most from by getting extra Vitamin B, since alcohol moderately depletes our body’s store of it.

8. Water. This is a reoccurring theme. Our bodies are around 65% water. Alcohol is a diuretic (makes you pee) and purges water from our body. So it’s obvious that we must replenish the fluids we lose. So put that big bottle of expensive water bedside!

9. Go for a deck walk. Even though bright light is probably the last thing you want to see, did you know that oxygen increases the rate that alcohol is broke down? Fresh air also promotes metabolism and blood flow, so it’s good all around.

Final Thoughts

The only surefire way to avoid a hangover is to not drink, especially on the last night of your cruise. There’s nothing worse than having to disembark and travel with a hangover.

Disclaimer

I am not a doctor, nor have I ever played one on TV or the radio! The contents of this post are not intended to offer personal medical advice. You should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Diamond Club

Recently Royal Caribbean began a new policy of offering complimentary drink vouchers per night to select levels of Crown and Anchor Society members to help offset congestion in its Diamond and Concierge lounges.

How does these new complimentary drink coupons work?

Three drink vouchers per day will be applied to each eligible Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club members corresponding SeasPass card to be used to get a free drink at bars on the ship.

One drink may be redeemed at any one time.

Who is eligible for the drink coupons?

Guests who are Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club members.

When can I use the drink coupons?

Between 4:30pm and 8:00pm

Which drinks are available with the coupons

Spirits

  • Bacardi Rum
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Tanqueray Gin
  • Finlandia Vodka
  • Dewar’s White Label Scotch Whiskey
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
  • Jose Cuervo Gold Tequilla
  • Courvoisier VS Cognac
  • Sandeman Port Wine

Wines by the glass

  • St. Martin Chardonnay
  • Zonin Pinot Grigio
  • Beringer White Zinfandel
  • St. Martin Cabernet Sauvignon
  • St. Martin Merlot

Beers

  • Budweiser
  • Miller Light
  • Amstel Light
  • Corona
  • Heineken

Can I still go to the Diamond Lounge if I use these coupons?

Yes, Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle members can continue to enjoy all the amenities in the Diamond Lounge.

Where can I not use the complimentary drink coupons?

Drink vouchers may not be redeemed in the dining room, specialty restaurants, room service or Windjammer.

Are the drink coupons available on all cruises?

Not yet. Royal Caribbean promises they will be rolled out by Fall 2014 but already a number of ships are offering it, including Navigator of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean has begun a new policy of offering complimentary drink vouchers per night to select levels of Crown and Anchor Society members to help offset congestion in its Diamond and Concierge lounges.

Emails are starting to go out to Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club members who have an upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise booked to alert them about this new policy.

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The SeaPass card of each eligible Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club member will be loaded with three drink vouchers for each night of the sailing. Vouchers expire daily. Drinks vouchers are not valid in the main dining room, the Windjammer Café or in specialty restaurants.

It’s widely believed this new policy of offering drink vouchers is an attempt by Royal Caribbean to offset crowding in its Diamond and Concierge lounges.

This new policy will be rolled out to the entire fleet by Fall 2014.

Which ships are offering it right now is in flux, but we know that at the latest Freedom of the Seas will by July, Navigator of the Seas by September.

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Silver Sea Ships

In its continuing mission to provide guests with more choices, ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has just announced a new collection of eight shorter cruises for 2013. These convenient four- to seven-day voyages to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean are designed for time-strapped working professionals, travelers who like to combine a cruise with a land program, and individuals who may be new to luxury cruising and would like a taste of Silversea’s award-winning, all-inclusive experience.

Silversea’s new shorter voyages for 2013 include:

Four Days

Northern Europe: Silver Cloud, June 15 – 19, Hamburg to Copenhagen, with calls in Warnemünde (Rostock) and Helsingborg.

Mediterranean: Silver Wind, March 16 – 20, Barcelona to Rome, with calls in Monte Carlo and Livorno.

Mediterranean: Silver Wind, May 14 – 18, Rome to Monte Carlo, with calls in Bonifacio, Calvi, and Livorno.

Five Days

Mediterranean: Silver Wind, March 11 – 16, Lisbon to Barcelona, with calls in Málaga, Cartagena, and Valencia.

Mediterranean: Silver Wind, May 18 – 23, Monte Carlo to Barcelona, with calls in Sóller de Mallorca, Ibiza, and Valencia. Silver 

Six Days

Northern Europe: Silver Cloud, June 9 – 15, Southampton to Hamburg, with calls in Honfleur, Oostende, Antwerp, and Amsterdam.

Seven Days

Mediterranean: Silver Spirit, April 16 – 23, Lisbon to Barcelona, with calls in Portimão, Cádiz, Málaga, Ibiza, and Valencia.

Mediterranean: Silver Spirit, May 25 – June 1, Athens to Rome, with calls in Katakolon, Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, and Sorrento.

Aboard Silversea’s intimate, all-suite ships, guests enjoy spacious ocean-view accommodations, sumptuous gourmet cuisine, the personalized service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and all gratuities.

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Oasis,backofship

Royal Caribbean is the next cruise line to throw their hat in the ring to provide an all-inclusive drink experience to their guests.

Guests interested in an alcohol-inclusive beverage package have a choice of the Classic Beverage Package for $45 per guest, per day, or the Premium Beverage Package for $55 per guest, per day, both inclusive of a service charge. The Classic features beer, house wines by the glass, as well as all non-alcoholic cocktails, fountain soda and juices. The all-inclusive Premium package features the afore-mentioned, as well as frozen drinks and all cocktails including premium brands.

Beverage packages are available for purchase on all seven-night or longer sailings and must be purchased on the first day.  Guests choosing either package also must purchase the package for guests 21 years old or older sailing in the same stateroom. Packages are currently available on 13 ships and will be available on the remaining ships with seven-night or longer itineraries by early 2013.

Carnival and Celebrity Cruises are a couple of lines with the all-inclusive package while Norwegian Cruise Line was testing it out over the summer.

 

Source: Royal Caribbean

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Carnival has just begun a new all inclusive beverage package, well sort of. The new program called “My Awesome Bar Program” debuted on the Carnival Victory on August 5th, and it offers beer, wine, spirits, and soda in the Atrium, Casino Bars, and Pool Bars. The cost is $43 per day plus a 15% gratuity or $49.39. So for just at $50 a day, you can partake in the all you can drink program. The program covers drinks that are under $10, so if you drink 5 $10 drinks per day, you will break even. If you drink beer, then you will break even after around 10 beers per day. The program seems to be very successful so far according to Carnival and may be implemented fleet wide.
Just to clarify the following;
More on the all inclusive bar program which I hope will help answer questions.
All Frozen drinks are included (including Alcohol Free Frozen Drinks), so if a guest wants a Pina Colada, Kiss on the Lips or an Alcohol Free frozen drink it is no problem!
Premium spirits such as Grey Goose, Belvedere, Makers Mark, Johnnie Walker Black, Bombay Sapphire and Patron Silver are all included.
Classic Cocktails such as Mojitos, Long Island Ice teas, Margaritas and Mai Tai are also included.
Sodas are included- no need for a Bottomless Bubbles card if you are partake in the My Awesome Bar Program.”

The All Inclusive Bar Program does not include:
Non-Alcoholic Beverages other than Soda
Drinks promoted and sold in souvenir glasses
Liquor, wine and Champagne sales by the bottle
Gangway Beverages while debarking
Cigars
Cookbooks/Bar books
Coffee and Food items from the “Coffee Shop” Cafe (where applicable)

I am sure Carnival will have to try it out for a while to work out the bugs. I understand that if one person buys the program, then everyone over 21 in their stateroom will have to purchase the program as well. That means that a cabin of 2 will cost an additional $700 for a seven night cruise. That is some serious drinking! Cheers!

Kevin Souder
The Cruise Experts International
visit us at www.TheCruiseXperts.com

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