Seems Cruise Critic members sure know how to rack up a bar tab while on the high seas. Last week we asked readers on the Lido Deck and our Facebook page what’s the most they spent on cocktails (including beer and wine) while cruising. While we were surprised by how little some folks dished out ($50 for seven nights!), we were even more amazed by the sky-high tabs reported by others.
Erich Frisch – a self-proclaimed top shelf drinker – spent about $2,000 on a 14-nighter. And $800 of that was spent in just a single day (to give him credit, it was Christmas).
With a similar tally, John and his traveling companion drank their way through $1,200 in a single week.
Even more impressive was Lisa’s total, in just five days, two people racked up a bill of $989, not including two bottles of wine they brought onboard with them. Of course, she did try to smuggle on $200 worth of booze, which was inevitably confiscated, so she had no choice but to splurge in the ship’s bars.
Not a big drinker herself, Linda recalls a friend spending over $1,500 during a single sailing.
And of course, there’s Diana. Lucky Diana. On a birthday cruise a few years back, her husband merrily forked over $3,000 thanks to her love of the swanky Dom Perignon and wine with dinner.
Michelle was a little more creative with her booze expenditure – she may have been left with a $2,400 bill, but included in that were three martini tastings. She was even able to design her own cocktail, a concoction of watermelon liqueur, cranberry juice, vodka and gin. Yum!
Perhaps Steve summed it up best, “Let’s just say there were four digits,” he said.
There’s no doubt these big spenders had a great time, but most cruisers (including Cruise Critic’s editors), can’t fathom the idea of spending thousands on booze. In fact, in a recent Cruise Critic poll, more than 4,000 readers responded when we asked how much they spent on booze on an average cruise: A combined 67.5 percent spent either less than $50 per cruise or between $50 and $200 per cruise. Reasonable, right?
Get the 411 on cruise booze in our Guide to Drinking at Sea, including 7 Ways to Score Free Drinks, the 9 Best Bars at Sea and 5 Cruise Lines That Let You BYOB.
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