Cruise Line Alcohol Beverage Package Guide

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Trying to keep up with all the different cruise line adult beverage packages?

We’re here to help – below we list each cruise line and their beverage packages and prices!

After reviewing the different cruise line package below, please let us know in the comment if your next cruise purchase will be influenced by whether or not they offer a drink package.

 

 

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Royal Caribbean Beverage Package

Royal Caribbean International offers two new convenient, all-inclusive beverage packages to keep you refreshed
throughout your voyage. Pay just one flat price and enjoy a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits,
plus non-alcoholic beverages, for the duration of your cruise.

CLASSIC PACKAGE* $45 USD Per Person/Per Day Includes:
All Beers, $6.25 or less
House wines by the glass
Non-alcoholic cocktails
Fountain soda and juices

PREMIUM PACKAGE* $55 USD Per Person/Per Day Includes:
All well, call, and premium-brand cocktails
All beers
Frozen cocktails
House wines by the glass
Non-alcoholic cocktails
Fountain soda and juices

Other details:
Must be purchased onboard, on the first day of the cruise. Must be purchased by all guests in the stateroom, 21 years of age or older. Package prices already include service charges. Any additional gratuity is at the guest discretion.

Both passengers in cabin over 21, then must purchase 2 packages.

 

Celebrity Cruises Beverage Packages

Classic Non-Alcoholic Package
In addition to enjoying your favorite Coca Cola can and fountain sodas selections such as Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta Orange and Coke Zero, you may also enjoy fresh squeezed and bottled juices, Premium Coffees and Teas and Non-Premium Bottled Water.
*Starting from: 14.00 USD Per Night

Premium Non-Alcoholic Package
Enjoy nearly our entire selection of sodas selections on board including all canned and fountain soft drinks from Coca Cola, Premium Bottled Water from Evian, Perrier and San Pellegrino, Specialty Coffees and Teas, Non-Alcoholic Frozen Drinks and Smoothies, Red Bull Energy Drink and Specialty Waters from Vitamin Water.
*Starting from: 18.00 USD Per Night

Classic Alcohol Package

Upgrade your cruise experience and pay one price to enjoy all of the benefits of our Classic Non-Alcoholic package as well as all Beers up to $5 per serving, and spirits, cocktails, frozen drinks, and wines by the glass up to $8 per serving. Plus, with purchase of this Classic Package, you can enjoy a 20% discount on all wines by the bottle purchased on board, even our prized Reserve Wine list and Rare Wine list.
*Starting from: 44.00 USD Per Night

Premium Package
For the ultimate in value and convenience, our premium package provides all the benefits of our Premium Non-Alcoholic Package. In addition, you can enjoy our entire selection of Beers as well as Spirits, Cocktails and Wines by the Glass up to $12 per serving. Plus, with purchase of this Premium Package, you can enjoy a 30% discount on all wines by the bottle purchased on board, even our prized Reserve Wine list and Rare Wine list.
*Starting from: 54.00 USD Per Night

Only cruise line that allows to only buy one package if only one person over 21 in cabin wants the package.
15% Gratuity will be added to the price of the packages.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Beverage Package

Ultimate Bar Package
Enjoy a wide selection of soft drinks, beers, spirits, cocktails and wines
by the glass during your entire cruise for only $49 per day + 15% gratuity.

Carnival Cruises Beverage Package

“Cheers Beverage Program”, as it is currently being called, costs $42.95 per person per day plus an automatic 15% gratuity of $6.44 and can be used to order all wines by the glass, beer and individual cocktails priced at $10 and lower. 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% discount. Price: $42.95 per day plus 15% gratuity

This is a test program being offered on Carnival Victory, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, Carnival Conquest; Carnival Legend; Carnival Valor; Carnival Miracle, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Magic, Carnival Pride, Carnival Glory and the Carnival Liberty

All Guest over 21 in cabin must purchase bar package. Passengers can drink up to 15 alcoholic beverages per day.

MSC’s Beverage Packages

ALLEGRISSIMO PREMIUM ADULT – ALL INCLUSIVE 24 HOURS

Unlimited wine (from the “by the glass” menu), draught and bottled beer, soft drinks, mineral water and all drinks from the bar (including champagne cocktails, single malt wiskies, superior brandies and other premium spirits), drinks from your minibar (except on MSC Melody) and mineral water in your cabin, as well as all items from the ‘Gelateria’ menu, Choccolate Bar and Pastry Shop and food from the Room Service menu. $61 per day

ALLEGRISSIMO ADULT – UNLIMITED 24 HOURS

Unlimited wine by the glass (choice of 2 whites, 1 rosè, 2 reds, 2 sparkling wines – 1 dry and 1 sweet), draught beer, soft drinks, mineral water and a wide selection of drinks and cocktails from the bar, as well as take-away ice-cream in a cone or cup. Price not readily available from cruise line.

CHEERS! ADULT – UNLIMITED MEALTIME DRINK

Unlimited wine (choice of 2 whites, 2 reds and 1 rosé), draught beer, soft drinks and mineral water during lunch and dinner.

ALLEGRISSIMO PREMIUM CHILD – ALL INCLUSIVE 24 HOURS

Unlimited soft drinks from the bar (including energizers, fruit juices, mineral water, hot drinks, virgin cocktails, smoothies and milkshakes), non alcoholic drinks and snacks from your minibar (except on MSC Melody) and mineral water in your cabin, as well as all items from the ‘Gelateria’ menu, Choccolate Bar and pastry Shop and food from the Room Service menu.

If one person in cabin gets a beverage package then everyone in the cabin must get one, including children.

Oceania Cruise Lines Beverage Package

House Select
This package includes beer and a selection of wines by the glass during lunch and dinner in any dining venue or through room service.
$34.95 per day (includes gratuity)

Prestige Select
This UNLIMITED package includes beer, a selection of wines by the glass, most top shelf spirits and cocktails, all of which may be ordered at any onboard venue as well as through room service
$54.95 per day (includes gratuity)

Princess Cruises, Holland America, Disney Cruise Line

Currently, these cruise lines do not offer an all-inclusive adult beverage drink package.  My guess is that Holland America and Princess Cruise Line will be testing one soon.

All-Inclusive Luxury Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line, Seabourn, and Crystal offer cruise fares that are all-inclusive.  The “all-inclusive” can also include Gratuities, Airfare, Shore Excursions, etc. making them comparable to booking suite on a contemporary cruise line.

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15 Responses to “Cruise Line Alcohol Beverage Package Guide”

  1. MSC also offers free beverages of all types to Yacht Club passengers as an all inclusive deal but only in the YC area and I think the YC restaurants on those ships. This also includes free mini bar alcohol and non alcohol and snack items.

  2. I cruise on Royal Caribbean only and I like that they offer the alcoholic drink packages now. What I don’t agree with is that both parties in cabin should have to purchase it. The down side to that is if one person in the room doesn’t drink alcohol and the other does, the one that does has to pay by the drink.

    • I agree, I do not drink but my husband does. The package would be very expensive as they would charge both of us!

      • If i am reading this right though if i drink 10 drinks at 8 a pop and wife drinks 3 drinks and 3 soda’s wouldn’t that cover the 110? plus you have juice in the morning. this sounds like it is pretty resaonable unless i am missing something? Please let me know.

        Thank you,
        bob

  3. It sounds interesting, but why do both guests in a cabin have to purchase this? My travel partner enjoys drinking, however being a diabetic i don’t drink.. i’m perfectly happy on a cruise with iced tea and water and the occasional soda.. I don’t think it is fair that both parties in the cabin must purchase this.. if you are afraid that one will buy a drink and share… that can happen with two couples in two seperate cabins.. one couple gets it and the other couple does not and then the couple who does have it shares with thier friends… ????

    • I see both sides on this one. As a cruiser, I’ve gotten the drink package twice on Celebrity… but my wife did not plan on drinking very much, so I was the only one to get a package. Celebrity is currently the only line that allows 1 person in the cabin to get the package. If we were on a different cruise line and we were both required to buy it then we would not have bought the package.

  4. Thank you for the information it was most helpful but for us that would never determine our Cruise Line choice, we choose based on ship schedule, time in port, ship line preference based on past experience.

  5. OK, so figure this out. If you choose to purchase a drink package and there are 2 ppl in the cabin, on the average of approx. $50. per day per person, you are going to spend an additional $700. Are you really going to drink that much? On average each ship is expexted $250K in liquor sales per 7 night sailing. Always remember you are allowed to bring on board a bottle of wine. (and dont forget the listerine bottle trick). Personally I don’t think the drink package is worth it.

  6. I do not agree because I personally would not.drink enough to make it worth it…plus I can see a bunch of people abusing it like an open bar. At a wedding…..drinks not finished and left all over…..do not personally like the idea….expensive….

  7. Ain’t worth it. Would have to swill about 10 equivalent drinks daily to break even…

    • The break even is actually 7 drinks… which many people consider to be tough to do every single day.

      We do find that many cruisers like knowing what their bar bill will be at the start of the cruise. While others who do not drink as much find the packages to not be a good deal.

      There are travelers who have chosen all-inclusive resorts over cruising because of alcohol is included at the resorts. For those travelers, the packages will make cruising more appealing.

  8. We travelled on Norwegian in Feb and we both had to purchase the pakage which I can say was a major mistake for both us the customer and the company Norwegian.We as customers could not get any of the souvenier glasses even if we wished to purchase them seperatly, off the pakage. My husband would get a shooter with his after dinner coffee and we could not get them either. If we wanted to take a couple of drinks to our balcony to sit and read, that wasn’t allowed, only one drink at a time. I could not buy a drink for a friend or my husband. I could only buy for myself.
    Too restritive! Norwegian would have probably gotten another couple of hundred or more,if they were not so single minded.Considering this was new to them and the staff were not sure of what was and was not allowed. Very Frustrating!

  9. MSC beverage package

    We are considering taking out the £20 drinks package.

    Do you pay the 15% charge on top of this?

    Thank you

  10. It would help to know what the a la carte beverage prices are, for comparison (especially to know where the cutoff is between ‘regular’ beer and ‘premium’ beer), but I’m sure that info would be a lot harder for you to keep up to date on your website. I think I will pass on the package, even though I’m sure I could drink my money’s worth (not sure my wife would, though).

    I would be interested to know more about the policies and ‘tricks of the trade’ … e.g. – I hear you can bring 2 bottles of wine in your luggage. Is there a bottle size limit? An ABV limit? How likely are you to be found out if you pour out the wine and replace it (and re-cork) with a nice IPA or some whiskey, etc …