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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    What is the average price of:
    -soft drink
    -beer
    -wine
    -mixed drinks
    The last cruise we went on, if I remember right bottled beers were $6 or $7 and mixed drinks ranged from around $10 up to $15 depending on what you got. Never drank wine, so not sure on that. There were also a few deals to be found. They always had a drink of the day, which was cheaper (about the same price as a beer if I remember right). There was a bar on the boat that served 24 ounce drafts of micro-brew beer for the same price as a bottle in other parts of the boat (we often got beers there and then carried them to other parts of the boat). In some of the bars if you bought a bucket of beers you basically got 5 beers for the price of 4. This particular cruise did not offer a drink package.

    On cruises that do offer drink packages, we have often gotten the beer / wine package. They are expensive, but we have found that if you drink 6 beers in a day (pretty easy to do on a cruise ship) you come out even, and anything over that is free.

    All that being said I have never been on CCTE, so this may be totally different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    The last cruise we went on, if I remember right bottled beers were $6 or $7 and mixed drinks ranged from around $10 up to $15 depending on what you got. Never drank wine, so not sure on that. There were also a few deals to be found. They always had a drink of the day, which was cheaper (about the same price as a beer if I remember right). There was a bar on the boat that served 24 ounce drafts of micro-brew beer for the same price as a bottle in other parts of the boat (we often got beers there and then carried them to other parts of the boat). In some of the bars if you bought a bucket of beers you basically got 5 beers for the price of 4. This particular cruise did not offer a drink package.

    On cruises that do offer drink packages, we have often gotten the beer / wine package. They are expensive, but we have found that if you drink 6 beers in a day (pretty easy to do on a cruise ship) you come out even, and anything over that is free.

    All that being said I have never been on CCTE, so this may be totally different.
    What about soft drinks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    What about soft drinks?
    If you're not a drinker there are free beverages served, iced tea and various flavored waters keep us going, I understand the prices you pay for the cruise are premium but musos have to eat, too so it doesn't bother me.

    What does is after your initial outlay of cash the ship's activities are designed to turn you upside down and shake you until a few thousand more fall out of your pockets, speaking for my wife and myself outside of an occasional alcoholic beverage we keep our leftover cash in our pockets, thank you very much.

    To each his own.

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    I'm in the soft drink crowd, so that's good to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
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    The Lendobejas go there every Christmas/NYE now. They got me a hat from the brewery this year. I was in Roatan in 2002 - no brewery then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    I'm in the soft drink crowd, so that's good to know.
    If you like bubbles you have to reach for your wallet, soft drinks cost $, the teas and flavored waters do not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryLI View Post
    If you like bubbles you have to reach for your wallet, soft drinks cost $, the teas and flavored waters do not.
    Never going on a cruise!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    Never going on a cruise!!!


    I think it's great for those going, really. But for me, too expensive. I'll stick to the all inclusive tropical vacations although I definitely miss the music, the atmosphere, and the bands.
    What can this strange device be? When I touch it, it brings forth a sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post


    I think it's great for those going, really. But for me, too expensive. I'll stick to the all inclusive tropical vacations although I definitely miss the music, the atmosphere, and the bands.
    I've lost count of the CTTE and Moody Blues Cruises I've attended, I have my own biz and can only get away for one short vacation a year, to me it's worth it and then some.

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    A few follow up notes:

    The music venues on the Pearl are better than on the RCL ship. They get used for it more often and are better acoustically, IMO. The Atrium (Crystal Atrium, I suppose) is actually quite good for a show, but if you want to sit close, you do need to arrive early. The upstairs seating isn't what many want, though my roommate and I always enjoy different views than some and you can get great, close, just above views there. Also, the pub food is included in your ticket, so if you get there early enough to get a decent seat, it is a great place to get a meal and catch a show (not buffet, pub food) so you don't have to spend time getting food elsewhere.

    The spinnaker is a mix. Like the RCL club, there are good spots, but it doesn't incline enough for everyone to have a good view. There is typically floor seating up front and then plenty of other places to watch/listen. The sound is generally good, though, so it is decent.

    There is a small area down by the casino/bar that was used exclusively for the late night jams last time, but they are being held in the Spinnaker this year. I'm not sure what will happen there - maybe some small acoustic sets or nothing?

    Most of the crowd is the age you'd expect (it is actually somewhat younger than when I'm at shows in the states due to the younger international passengers) and as someone with a crappy back, I welcome sitting in the theater and am happy most people don't join in standing there. It is a nice break, because we do sometimes stand for multiple shows depending on where we end up.

    In 2015 (last time we were on the Pearl) the soft drink package was reasonable and we used it. We might have bought some items in plastic containers that made it through scanning so we might have used that. There was no drink package at all that year and, yeah, drinks aren't cheap.

    To be clear about drink packages, since this is a charter, what the lines normally do has no relationship to what a drink package might be like. If there is one, it won't be an all you can drink type situation, but likely some form of tickets. The year on the Divina was great as the packages were really cheap. Since then, they have been more expensive, but a tick less than regular price and also more convenient than waiting around to sign a room charge.

    Like a lot of things, CTTE definitely is better or worse depending on what you are looking for. Some people prefer land based festivals of everyone watching one show, then watching the next, etc. I love making my own itinerary based on schedule and seeing as many shows as we can. Based on our total cost the last few times, we average about $100 per show in what we pay. However, that includes everything (we total it all up for this) and that includes airfare, time in Miami, food otuside of the boat, drinks on and off, and, of course, lodging. So, for us, combined with the fact that many of these bands can't afford to tour the US anymore, it is a bargain. It is expensive and we pay out our cruise charge over installments, but it is a bargain. That said, I have run into people in person and on-line who aren't into it because of some of the headaches that happen (missing a group because of delays, bands playing at the same time, etc) and that is cool. We likely won't be able to go for a year or two after this due to money and time, but as long as it exists, I hope to keep making these when we can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post


    I think it's great for those going, really. But for me, too expensive. I'll stick to the all inclusive tropical vacations although I definitely miss the music, the atmosphere, and the bands.
    Let's plan our own getaway!

    I'm with you there. KISS has done a cruise for 9 years. Never has interested me. The thought of being stuck on a ship with nothing but KISS fans makes me SSIK. I don't enjoy any current bands enough to want to spend a few days floating around with no escape on these cruises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    What about soft drinks?
    As others have mentioned they do charge for soft drinks and they are not cheap, although you can usually purchase a bottomless cup package (or something like that), where you pay one price and can fill up your soft drinks as much as you want. Seems like the last time my wife got one it was something like $20 a day, but not sure if I am remembering that right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    The Lendobejas go there every Christmas/NYE now. They got me a hat from the brewery this year. I was in Roatan in 2002 - no brewery then.
    Yup, I envy their pictures on Facebook every winter!

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