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Old 21st August 2010, 09:44
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Price of drink on board cruise ships.

A friend of mine has just returned from a 12 night cruise out of Greenock on the "Ocean Countess". He tells me it cost him over 3 for a HALF pint of lager (presumably bought for his wife!). They must be making one huge profit on that, since as I remember it, the shipping companies don't pay any tax/vat on drink.

When I was at sea in the late 70's/early 80's it was 5 pence for a spirit, 18 pence for a can of beer, 2.20 for 200 fags. I guess it's not quite the same any more?
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Old 21st August 2010, 09:51
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A friend of mine has just returned from a 12 night cruise out of Greenock on the "Ocean Countess". He tells me it cost him over 3 for a HALF pint of lager (presumably bought for his wife!). They must be making one huge profit on that, since as I remember it, the shipping companies don't pay any tax/vat on drink.

When I was at sea in the late 70's/early 80's it was 5 pence for a spirit, 18 pence for a can of beer, 2.20 for 200 fags. I guess it's not quite the same any more?
as i have been on the wagon 14 years the wife and i are going to a 21st tonight i will spend more on glasses of coke and pure orange than if i was back on the p..s? that's the biggest ripoff going.
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Old 21st August 2010, 09:58
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Just got back from the Island Escape, 40ml gin plus tonic was 3.40.
Spain was about €3.50.
If my memory serves me 200 cigs was 7/6d onboard during the 50's and 60's.
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Old 23rd August 2010, 13:53
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P&O cruises are reasonably competative with the average "posh pub" prices its the mixers which are a rip off.............if you sail from Southampton then personal provisions can be used, with discression of course. As for cigs when I was at sea they they were about 10 bob for 200 pretty much the same as spirits. Happy days
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Back in the 70s I sailed on a small passenger ship running to the Canaries. The beer in the crew bar was 10p a pint but the same beer in the passenger bars was 1. 10p.
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Old 30th August 2010, 09:35
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On Holland America's "Zuiderdam" last week beer was $5.50 (U.S.) per bottle.
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Old 30th August 2010, 22:00
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Daylight Robbery..........although when I left 10 years ago they charged $3.50 (US) per bottle of import beer ! Shoreside here in Florida the most I have been charged for an import beer is $4.00.
The big money makers which the bar tenders used to push to the extent of harrassing pax....."Bahama Mamas" & "Pina Coladas".

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Old 24th September 2010, 12:36
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Lads these bastards have taken over Carnival own all the big cruise lines now ,and they dictate the price of every thing ,we tried to buy duty free in auckland and was refused and told they could not sell to the princess line ,the land of the free but not free enterprise !!!!!!
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Old 24th September 2010, 16:01
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I have heard a lot of people complain about the price of alcohol on board.

Certainly when I worked for P&O there was talk about scams on board, beer watered down, barmen having their own measure, a bit smaller than the actual measure, the last bit in the bottle being theirs and so on. Quite how true it was goodness knows, but it was certainly a subject of the ships grapevine, and oddly enough brought up by my friend a few weeks ago who worked for P&O longer than I did. He was laughing about it. So if crew made a few bob, I am sure cruise companies do?!.

By the way, we are talking about this and other matters such as the BBC Watchdog programme last evening about Thomson Dream on SN sister site http://www.thecruisingforum.com

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Quite a few companies also add 15% onto the price of drinks
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A sixpence coin in the bottom of the spirit measure? Where the hell did the barman get a sixpence on a B.A. bloodboat in 1967?
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Old 24th September 2010, 18:22
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try putting gin in a saucer turn a gill glass upside down dip the glass in so that the gin is around the edge of the glass fill with tonic try it. john
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I done a cruise on the Black Prince 5 yrs ago, cant really recall the price of the beer but I think it was 1.80 a pint the same as 20 L&B cigarettes. I certainly did not feel that they were overcharging me and when I settled my bill after 14 days I thought it was more than reasonable.
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I think Cutsplice got a good cruise there.
Just to p***s you all off, here in darkest Cumbria at my local Navy Club, Youngers Scotch Bitter is still 1.71p in 2010.
As I (vaguely) remember it, in the mid '70's on board, a Bottle of Scotch was 60p, Gin 50p. Castle Lager was 1.60 (case) & 12p a pint in the bar.
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Ahem,
Just to make things worse, at my 'local' (nearest pub to my house, but not THE local) a pint of real ale is 1.30, with lagers about 40p more than that.
This is in Aberdeen at a Wotherspoons!
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I worked in Aberdeen in the early '90's on the St Helena at Hall Russell (Appledore) and had an extremely cheap afternoon out with a Norwegian Company Man (Crane Engineer).
He was so happy with how cheap the booze was (compared to Norway), that he bought me beer all afternoon and still came out with a profit on his exes.
No Witherspoons then!
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I have heard a lot of people complain about the price of alcohol on board.

Certainly when I worked for P&O there was talk about scams on board, beer watered down, barmen having their own measure, a bit smaller than the actual measure, the last bit in the bottle being theirs and so on. Quite how true it was goodness knows, but it was certainly a subject of the ships grapevine, and oddly enough brought up by my friend a few weeks ago who worked for P&O longer than I did. He was laughing about it. So if crew made a few bob, I am sure cruise companies do?!.

By the way, we are talking about this and other matters such as the BBC Watchdog programme last evening about Thomson Dream on SN sister site http://www.thecruisingforum.com

David
In the old days in P & O there were many ways for a bar tender to make money, and they all did! However, with the advent of the "cash less" society the opportunity for the bar tenders to make money was dramatically reduced.

Nowadays, the sale of drinks on board is a legitimate way for the owner to make profit. The drinks are duty free, but not profit free. A popular concept is that the passage fare pays for the cruise, and the on board revenue is the profit. This cannot be considered as gospel though, as many brands cater to a market where there will not be a large volume of on board sales. However, such brands as Carnival Cruise Lines, who can still offer cruises for only a few hundred dollars, will make their money on drink sales, shore excursions and of course the casino (which is in house).
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UCL, I seem to remember, billed us 10/- for a full bottle of spirits or for carton of 200 cigarettes.
Most cruise lines now nickle and dime you to death for everything on board, so much so you are in a walking arcade everywhere aboard. They can't fill ships without give-away prices and then need to make high dollars off everybody to make enough to stay afloat. They have also overbuilt for years with no slowdown. A big crash must be coming there soon, or mega mergers with huge loses to shareholders.
Casino, tours, shop, art auctions, photographs, the bar, extra dining, the spa, even teeth whitening, its all one big endless con game, and far worse for first timers, till they catch on and look at their account total. Most of it is easily avoidable after that.

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where there's a thirst there's a way

Our cruise ship stopped at one of the Carribean islands and some passengers headed for an outdoor bar.While seated there a fellow passenger had asked the bar tender to empty half of his Coka Cola bottle own the sink.The passenger then produced a half bottle of rum and topped up his Coka Cola bottle. and that was how he got his drink passed inspection when he returned to the ship.
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I was on Fred Olsen's MS Balmoral in January and a pint of Stella was 2.95, I thought that was quite cheap as a pint of Stella can cost a lot more shoreside. However I ordered one one of my favorites a double Mount Gay Rum. When it came I knew it was watered down. I was a little fed up that I never ordered another spirit on board. I found out a little later on the cruise that certain departments had parties every now and again. I knew then where the stewards found there spirits.
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Chief Stwds have made an artform of living off the backs of others.
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Chief Stwds have made an artform of living off the backs of others.
I think you should re-phrase that sentence as I am an ex-Chief Steward and as any of my shipmates can tell you I never lived off the backs of others but I know of other departments that did.
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I think you should re-phrase that sentence as I am an ex-Chief Steward and as any of my shipmates can tell you I never lived off the backs of others but I know of other departments that did.
Agree one hundred percent with you John. I have never lived off the backs of others either and also know of other departments that did.
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On the back of ??

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Chief Stwds have made an artform of living off the backs of others.
Did you go to sea John ? With statements like that it doesnt appear likely.... I was at sea thirty years in many different companies and chief steward for twenty of them. And NO I dont own rows of houses.
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It appears that John Farrell has NO profile or background, he could be a left wing unionized roadsweeper, but I could be wrong.
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