Ordering Wine On Board
Princess recently updated their wine list and there were quite a few of my favourites that are no longer there, but I can say now after sailing recently I have many new favourites.
A great place to try a glass of wine is Vines (if your ship has it). Vines will sometimes even let you sample a bit of wine before you buy, especially if you are a regular and you want to try something new before you buy. Note this only happens if they already have a bottle open.
Then if you want buy a bottle of wine in Vines and then enjoy a glass and they will store it there with your name and folio # so you can enjoy it the next night. I love doing this, nothing better than a nice glass of wine on an afternoon at sea while reading a book.
My favorite dessert is the cheese plate and the opportunity to enjoy the rest of my wine.
For those of you who like Princess you probably already know about the wine package. But for those of you who don't let me tell you a little bit about it.
Wine Package is available on most cruises that are at least ten days or longer. However we have been on a few longer cruisers where they didn't have it so be warned it may not be an option. But if it is read on.
It is a bottle promotion whereby passengers can prepay for bottles of wine of varying quantities at a discounted rate. There are two packages that are available and you will need to decide for yourself which one will work for you.
Silver Package -- is any bottle of wine up to and including a cost of $29 in value. You can buy a 7, 10 or 12 bottle package.
Gold Package -- is any bottle of wine up to and including a cost of $45 in value. You can buy a 7, 10 or 12 bottle package.
For us we first went with a gold package, then after that was finished we bought a silver package. We found it much easier to find wines we liked in the gold range than we did in the silver range. There are not many bottles that are $29, most of the ones we bought were around $33
Here is how it breaks down for the silver package which is a $29 bottle price
If you buy the 7 Bottle Pack: total cost is $161 making the average bottle $23
If you buy the 10 Bottle Pack: total cost is $210 making the average bottle $21
If you buy the 12 Bottle Pack: total cost is $240 making the average bottle $20
Here is how it breaks down for the gold package which is a $45 bottle price
If you buy the 7 Bottle Pack: total cost $217 making the average bottle $31
If you buy the 10 Bottle Pack: total cost is $290 making the average bottle $29
If you buy the 12 Bottle Pack: total cost $336 making the average bottle $28
They punch the card as you use up your bottles. If you bought the silver package and you order a bottle of wine that is say $34 what you will find on your bill is the total cost of the wine charged to your account then that evening the bar manager will credit your account the $29 which then means you are only charge $5 for the difference.
Note the 15% gratuity is added to the final cost when you buy the package. Also if you don't consume all the bottles in your package you can get them and take them off with you. You can use your card in any restaurant (including Horizon court, Specialty Restaurant, or any dining room). You can not use it in any bar, Vines, or for room service. But we once ordered one at dinner to be sent to our cabin and we had no problem with that.
Note if you get the Silver Package ($29 bottles) and you buy a bottle of wine that is $34. What they do is charge you the $34 and then later that night the $29 credit shows up on your account. So it is nice to try higher price wines than what you bought and you just pay the difference.