This is the new question everyone has about cruising. Should I buy the drink package and is it worth it? I started cruising in 1999 and you did not have a choice but sticker shock at the end of the cruise. They quietly slide that bill under your door overnight. I have cruised with the drink package and without. The obvious saving is the tips and gratuities. Your gratuities are paid up front no matter how many drinks you have. You have to remember that gratuities are paid on all drinks, including water and juices. If you drag water on the ship you may save on that. I personally like to travel light and I am not carrying water on board. After all I am on vacation. The drink package price varies on cruise lines and it is a personal choice on how much you will drink. I like the flexibility to drink what I want when I want and not be concerned about the bill. I have noticed that if you travel with a group you are likely to drink a little more. If definitely saves on buying bottles at the dinner table especially when people switch up on white or red. Cruises should be all inclusive travel so in the end I am in favor of the drink package. Happy Cruising!
So my BFF of 20 years called and said, "Hey we have not vacationed together in almost 20 years! I say where do you want to go? I don't know pick somewhere. I find a BOGO Sale on Royal Caribbean International. We book and good to go. I head to work and tell my co-worker/friend about the cruise. Her and her BFF jump in and then there were four. We all meet in Miami for our 5 day cruise on the Navigator of the Seas. Our port stops included Cozumel and Costa Maya. My BFF and I purchased the drink package which we thought was a huge savings. We like specialty coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice and you name it we had it. We shopped in Cozumel and did a beach break at YaYa Beach in Costa Maya. It was a great trip. I vlogged this cruise, so head over to YouTube Dana's Cruise Adventures for all the details from this amazing journey. Love these girls like sisters and hope to do it again real soon.
It has been such a busy couple of months! I really need to catch up! It is July and no better time to cruise to Alaska. I visited Alaska on a 7 day cruise and 3 day land tour. I can't say enough about this amazing journey. This was 14 years ago. I totally relied on my travel agent at the time to guide me and 3 of my friends that traveled with me. We cruised on the Celebrity Summit and I was blown away! Up until that time I had only traveled on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. I was a lot younger at the time, and felt as though the crowd on the ship was mostly retired. The amazing thing is we found a crowd our own age and had a blast! That's the thing about cruises there is always something for everyone. We enjoyed the food, the martini bar, and Karaoke. When visiting Alaska you must take it all in and experience the different activities. We decided to do the Post Tour (which I would do in reverse next time). We cruised down Hubbard Glacier Bay and you could hear what sounded like thunder. It was the glaciers cracking and falling into the water. I almost missed this amazing act of nature because of sleeping. In Alaska you must remember to get the sleep you need. The long sunny days and short nights. You have to adjust to the time as well. I took my first helicopter ride in Juneau and landed on the glacier and walked around a bit. You would think it would be cold but the sun was very warm. We rode ATV's up the mountain in Denali and witnessed Alaska's first snowfall! It was weird because it was August. We disembarked our ship in Seward and boarded our motor coach for the guided portion of the trip. We stayed in (3) different areas of Alaska, Talkeetna, Skagway, and Anchorage. We boarded the glass dome train for our journey to Anchorage and had dinner and drinks on the train. We then flew home from Anchorage. I can't express enough how amazing this trip was. If you have ever thought about visiting Alaska, by cruise is the best way!