Short Answer: In my experience, the drinks cost roughly the same as they do on a traditional cruise.
Long Answer: From $3 drinks at dives to $12-$15+ drinks in Vegas and Miami, I was thinking the same thing as you when I was planning for Groove Cruise the first time. I thought that given the nature of this festival that high drink prices was just something I’d have to deal with.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that the cost of drinks were roughly the same as a traditional cruise!
In my experience, cocktails are $6-$8 (plus a mandatory gratuity), and there were buckets that added up to <$5 beer.
In addition to what you’d find on a regular cruise, whole bottles were also available. They were priced similarly to your typical club offering bottle service, $150-$200+ bottle.
For those looking to indulge, this is a good thing. You not only get drinks at their regular prices, you also get a cheaper bucket option, and the convenience of buying by the bottle.
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*Here are some examples from GCMIA 2015