Thursday, August 30, 2012

Carnival Cruise Lines Tests "My Awesome Bar Program"

Earlier this month Carnival Cruise Lines began testing a new all-inclusive beverage program aboard Carnival Victory that went into play on the ship's August 5th departure.

Dubbed "My Awesome Bar Program," participating guests can imbibe in a wide variety of wine, beer frozen cocktails,, and spirits, along with sodas and non-alcoholic frozen cocktails, throughout their cruise at one convenient, flat rate. All wines by the glass, beer and individual cocktails priced $10 and lower are available within the program. Full bottles of wine and champagne, as well as wines by the glass, beers, and individual cocktails priced above $10, are available at a 25 percent discount.

Guests can sign up for the "My Awesome Bar Program" at Carnival Victory's atrium and casino bars, as well as a bar within the main pool area. To preclude 'sharing' of drinks with your cabin mate, each guest aged 21 years and over booked in the same stateroom must purchase the beverage package. Guests must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol on Carnival ships.

The cost for the program is $42.95 per person per day, plus a 15 percent gratuity. There's no word on the length of the testing period, but assuming all goes well and the package is wildly popular, we could see the program offered fleetwide. Or not. For two adults sharing a cabin, the bar bill for a one-week cruise would be an awesome $700.

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