There’s been no shortage of sober feedback about Carnival’s trial all-you-can-drink package, which is currently in beta on Carnival Victory. For about $50 a day, My Awesome Bar Program opt-ins — and all occupants of a cabin 21 or older must opt in — can order beer, wine, spirits, cocktails and certain nonalcoholic drinks priced under $10 (before tip).
The most vociferous commenters have decried the program, saying that too many inebriated passengers will make a mess of the ship. “Oh goody, more drunks on the ship,” wrote Steve Fuller on the original news story. “Some people will drink themselves silly just to get their money’s worth. Just a terrible idea,” added Fred Couch.
But a Cruise Critic poll found a near-even split between the ayes and the nays. As of press time, nearly 50 percent of 1,666 polltakers would consider purchasing such a package, 22 percent thinking it represented good value and more than 25 percent saying they might opt in — if the mandatory 100 percent cabin participation clause were excised.
“I would definitely sign up for this!” exclaimed bananaface on the message boards. Others, like silvercrikhix beseeched Carnival to roll out the program fleetwide. “It may not work for everyone, but for those that it does work for can actually have a CHOICE, an adult choice!” she wrote on the message boards.
The other half of poll respondents said they simply don’t drink enough to make it worthwhile. “I like to have a few sober days during a cruise, and the package expects that you’ll be drinking every day,” posted Tom Burke in the comments. The package would cost nearly $700 for two adults on a weeklong cruise.
Many readers were curious, but with caveats. “I would do it if you could buy it a day at a time — no way we could drink that much on port days! Now, at-sea days — entirely do-able!” wrote Amy McKee Fisher in our original story’s comments section.
Indeed, the problem of port days surfaced repeatedly — Victory sails what’s considered a destination-heavy Caribbean itinerary, with only one full sea day and five port calls in the mix. Message boards member Kstofflet felt that passengers wouldn’t have enough time on the ship to make the financials work.
There’s no indication at this time if the program will be introduced on other ships.
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