Krys wrote:Too true. I sincerely was left with an impression that the booze sales well exceeded any damage costs. What is the value of a bottle of liquor? They likely buy them buy the crate so the prices are probably reduced. But let's say 20$/bottle, if they sell approximately FOUR drinks they've paid for the whole bottle! Also worth considering is the fact that no one spent much time requesting diva treatment for the cabins on 70k (betting there are folks who demand the royal treatment on their personal vacations). That must be a welcome relief to the crew members who clean up and serve the food/drinks.
Yep. I called the 70k office (well, Ultimate Cruises) a few Sundays ago, expecting to leave a message for a callback, and a really cool guy named Vince answered. (On a Sunday. Pretty nifty.)
During the course of the (awesome) convo that followed he confirmed that for the first 70k cruise, Royal Caribbean was told "Hey, these guys are gonna drink a LOT. They're metalheads. They DRINK!"
And RC promptly increased the beer and liquor purchases by 15%
, confident that would be more than adequate to supply thirsty metalheads for a 5-day cruise.
They ran out of beer before the ship even docked at Cozumel.
Vince also said there are now RC staffers and crew who REQUEST assignment to 70k, for the same reasons you cited: metalheads are not divas (for the most part), we're a lot less demanding than the average cruise audience, we drink a lot, AND we tip a lot. Hopefully we don't damage too much, since I'm sure Andy would like to do this again. "Tipping: it's not just for cows anymore."