Cost of drinks and other onboard purchases are the way that many cruises make up for super low package trip prices, but it can be argued that these all-you-can-drink plans cater to the wrong sort of passenger. Already Carnival has had problems this year because of brawling, drunk passengers onshore in Antigua, and now imagine that people with hot tempers in the hot sun can get their lips around the straws of free-flowing frozen drinks.
CruiseCritic is similarly concerned, but they went further than us by doing the actual math to investigate if these plans are even saving you money on drinks. The answer is no, if you're a normal drinker. If however you require more than seven beers a day or you insist on bottled water, then it could be worthwhile on a cruise with many days at sea. We just hope that these new plans don't cause Celebrity Cruises to have drunken brawlers-versus-island problems of their own.
· Celebrity Cruises to Offer Unlimited Liquor, Beer Packages [CruiseCritic]
· Carnival Cruises Dumps Antigua Thanks To Drunken Brawlers [Jaunted]
· Cruise Travel coverage [Jaunted]