It seems booking Cruise Drinks Packages and speciality dining are the way forwards these days. With many cruise lines offering such exceptional value in the form their beverage packages you very often can’t go wrong. Thus this Guide To The Best Cruise Drinks Packages if you are at cruise planning stage.
Drinks Packages often have different price points depending on the package available. Read our ultimate guide to cruise drink packages to help you choose the best value plan for your family cruise.
Ultimate Guide To The Best Cruise Drinks Packages
Which Cruise Lines Offer Drinks Packages?
Many cruise lines now offer drinks package, which is a great way to budget what you are going to spend on your cruise. Cruise lines who offer drinks packages in this post are…..
- Royal Caribbean
- Celebrity Cruises
- MSC Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- P&O Cruises
- Carnival Cruises
- Norwegian Cruise Line
Which Cruise Line Has The Best Drinks Package?
We have created comprehensive guides for each of the cruise lines below to save you scouring the internet for the right information. If you have a cruise booked then simply head to your chosen line and all the info is right there waiting for you.
Which Cruise Line Has The Cheapest Drinks Package?
All the packages below have prices and a brief outline, you can also click on each section to a more detailed post which will tell you exactly what’s included on each cruise line. However as a brief overview these are the lowest price alcoholic drinks package for each cruise line in this guide. But remember all will have a service charge on top.
- Royal Caribbean, $65 pp a day
- Celebrity Cruises , $59.00 pp, per day.
- MSC Cruises, roughly £29 pp, per day
- Princess Cruises, $59.99 pp per day
- P&O Cruises, £39.95pp per day
- Carnival Cruises, $51.95 pp per day
- Norwegian Cruise Line, $99 pp per day
To Decide If You Need A Drinks Package You Need To Consider The Following Factors.
- How much is the drinks package?
- How much is each of the drinks I would drink?
- Is speciality coffee and tea included in the package?
- Dont forget to add how many soft drinks you will drink in a day.
- How many port days are there, you will drink less on those days?
- Work out how many alcoholic, soft drinks and coffees you will drink daily.
- Calculate the above against the price of the drinks package per day.
However, if you are yet to book your cruise it helps to have all the facts right there.
Royal Caribbean Drinks Packages Guide
Here is our ultimate guide to Royal Caribbean Drinks Packages, who offer a range of options including non alcoholic and premium beverages packages. However read on for a quick Royal Caribbean Drinks Package outline.
What are the different types of Royal Caribbean drinks packages?
There are four drinks packages on Royal Caribbean;
- The Deluxe Beverage package
- The Refreshment Package
- The Classic Soda Package
- The Water Bottle Package
- Royal Caribbean Wifi and Soda Package
How Much Are Drinks Packages on Royal Caribbean?
The drinks package is roughly $65 per person a day. The refreshment package is $30 a day , The soda package $10 a day. This does fluctuate slightly so keep an eye out on offers, as Royal Caribbean often do deals to encourage passengers to book before they sail. Sometimes they do a buy one get one half price or discount sales on packages.If you have already booked your cruise Royal Caribbean will add the offer to your booking.
Cafe select coffee cards are $36 for every 15 coffees purchased.
Occasionally Royal Caribbean offer free drinks packages when you book and this offers great value for money.
What is in the Royal Caribbean Soda and WIFI package?
The Royal Caribbean classic soda and voom wi-fi package cost is $18.24.
Celebrity Drinks Packages
Use this guide for Celebrity Cruises Beverage Packages to pre book your choice of drinks whilst onboard celebrity cruises. We have a full Celebrity Cruises Drinks Package Guide, however scroll down for an overview.
What Celebrity Cruises Drink Packages Are Available
Theres so much choice, choose from on Celebrity to suit all budgets and tastes, you can choose from….
- Classic Drinks Package
- Premium Drinks Package
- Drinks & More Package
- Wines by the Bottle Packages
- Premium Non-Alcoholic Package
- Classic Non-Alcoholic Package
- Soda Package
- Premium Water Package
- Kids’ Drink Package
How Much Is The Celebrity Cruises Classic Drink’s Package
Non-Alcoholic Classic Drinks Package
All carbonated drinks, bottled water, juices including apple, cranberry, orange, lemon and grapefruit, additionally premium coffees and teas, at a cost of $18.00 per person, per day.
Celebrity Cruise Classic Drinks Package
In addition to all of the benefits of the classic soft drinks package, the classic drinks package also includes; beer, spirits, cocktails and wines by the glass up to $9 per serving. Plus 15% discount on all wines by the bottle purchased on board. At a cost of $59.00 per person, per day. Check out our main guide for drinks prices.
Celebrity Cruises Premium Drink’s Package
How Much Is The Non-Alcoholic Premium Drinks Package
All carbonated drinks, premium bottled water, freshly squeezed and bottled/canned juices, San Pellegrino, Red Bull, Vitaminwater, Honest Iced Teas and premium coffees and teas at a cost of $22.00 per person.
What Does The Premium Drinks Package Cost And Include
The premium package provides all the benefits of our Premium soft drinks package. Plus beer, spirits, cocktails and wines by the glass up to $15 per serving. There is a full list here.
This will include some upgraded cocktail and brands of spirits including gin and martinis. Plus, an increased discount of 20% on all wines by the bottle purchased on board, for $69.00 per person, per day.
The kids Drinks Package On Celebrity
The Kids drinks package on celebrity is a great option, starting at just $15 per day. Including healthy options such as smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, bottled water, sodas, and even includes a mocktail mixing masterclass.
The Soda Package On Celebrity Includes?
The Soda Package includes soft drinks such as Fanta Orange, Coke and Sprite, as well as newer flavours including Coke Zero, Barq’s Root Beer, Sprite Zero and Caffeine-Free Diet Coke at a cost of $9 per person, per day.
Premium Bottled Water Package
Unlimited bottles of still or sparkling water in any of the bars, lounges, or restaurants. Premium still and sparkling waters include Evian, Pellegrino and Perrier, bottled at source at natural springs in the French Alps, northern Italy and southern France at a cost of $16 per person, per day.
Wines by the Bottle Packages
Classic Package: The Taste of the Vineyards Classic Package, offers a range of premium international wines. Including New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, Malbecs from Argentina. With prices starting from $109 per person. Choose from 3, 5, or 7 bottle package.
Drinks Packages Available On MSC Cruises
This brief guide will help you choose between the packages such as MSC Cruises easy package the premium plus package. However also check out our in depth MSC Drinks Package Guide.
What Drinks Packages Do MSC Cruises Offer?
MSC Cruises offer five different drinks packages;
- The Easy package
- The Easy Plus Package
- The Premium Extra Package
- MSC Cruise Alcohol-Free Package for adults
- MSC Non alcoholic Minors package kids
The MSC Cruise Easy Drinks package
The Easy package includes all drinks up to 6 euros. Choose from house wines by the glass, Heineken beer (draught, bottle and non-alcoholic), selected spirits and cocktails and non-alcoholic cocktails. Soft drinks include fruit juices by the glass, bottled mineral water. Hot drinks include, expresso, cappuccino, caffè latte, tea, coffee and chocolate delights. You use this package in all onboard bars including the self- service buffet and restaurants. This package excludes the specialty restaurants.
( roughly £29 per day as of 2021) Cruise drink package prices have risen this year and can only be viewed when logged in to your cruise.
MSC Cruises Easy Plus Package drinks.
The MSC Easy Plus Drinks Package Includes all drinks priced up to 10 euros. This package includes a wide range of cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, aperitifs, wines by the glass and beers including draught and bottled beers. Soft drinks included are sodas, fruit juices, bottled mineral water, energy drinks, classic and special coffee drinks, hot chocolate delights and organic tea. The offer is valid in all onboard bars as well as the self-service buffet and restaurants and also includes specialty restaurants
( £40 per day as of 2021) Cruise drink package prices have risen this year and can only be viewed when logged in to your cruise.
MSC Premium Extra Drinks Package
The Premium Extra Drinks Package gives you complete freedom with all drinks by the glass with no price limit! The in room minibar food and drinks, room service menu and drinks from themed bar menus are all also included. The package also entitles you to a 30% discount on bottles of wine and champagne purchased in restaurants and bars. You can order drink in all onboard bars, as well as the self-service buffet and restaurants, including specialty restaurants.
( roughly £52 per day as of 2021) Cruise drink package prices have risen this year and can only be viewed when logged in to your cruise.
MSC Cruises Adult Alcohol-Free Package
MSC Cruise Alcohol-Free Package for adults perfect for refreshment whenever you like with a choice of alcohol-free cocktails, sodas, energy drinks, bottled mineral water, flavoured water and fruit juices. A wide range of coffee drinks, hot chocolate delights, organic tea and soft ice cream is also included. The drinks included can be ordered in all onboard bars, as well as self-service buffet and restaurants, this excludes specialty restaurants. This package is only available to ADULTS over 18 years of age.
( roughly £20 per day as of 2021) Cruise drink package prices have risen this year and can only be viewed when logged in to your cruise.
The MSC Non Alcoholic Minors Package For Kids
MSC Non alcoholic Minors package for kids gives complete freedom. Kids can enjoy their choice of alcohol- free cocktails, sodas, energy drinks, bottled mineral water, flavoured water and fruit juices, Which also includes a wide range of coffee drinks, hot chocolate delights, organic tea and soft ice cream. These can be consumed in all onboard bars, as well as self-service buffet and restaurants, excluding specialty restaurants. This package offer is only available to CHILDREN AGED 3-17 YEARS who are part of a group/family purchasing an ADULT package.
( roughy £15 per day as of 2021)
Princess Cruises Drinks Packages
If you wanted to find out how the Princess Cruises Drinks Packages work, take a look at this Princess beverage guide. We also have a more detailed Princess Drinks Package post if you want to know a little more.
Princess Cruises Alcoholic Drinks Packages
How Much Is The Princess Cruises Premier Drinks Package?
The Princess Cruises Premier Drinks Package costs $59.99/£46.07 per person, per day, plus an additional 18% gratuity or service charge. This is the same price as Celebrity Cruises Classic Package, which is their entry level package.
Drinks Included In The Princess Cruises Premier Drinks Package Are:
Cocktails, wine, beer, spirits, fountain soda, fresh juice, bottled water (500ml), teas, specialty coffees, Gong Cha items, Frappés at Coffee & Cones, milk shakes (if available), Red Bull energy drinks and also selective individual beverages up to the value of $12 each.
Additionally the package also offers a 25% discount on all bottles of wine, one litre bottles of water, canned soda and bottled juices.
Princess Cruises Non Alcoholic Drinks Packages
Premier Coffee & Soda Package
The premier coffee and soda package allows you to enjoy premium and specialty coffees and teas. But also fountain sodas, fruit juices, hot chocolate and mocktails for your entire cruise. The Premier Coffee & Soda Package is $19.99/ £16.98 USD* per person, per day, plus an additional 18% gratuity or service charge.
What Drinks Are Included In The Princess Cruise Premier Coffee & Soda Packages?
It includes all, specialty or premium coffees and teas, hot chocolate, fountain sodas, fresh juices, Gong Cha items, Frappes at Coffee & Cones, mocktails, and smoothies from the menu, Red Bull and Milk Shakes (if available).
Your package will also include one souvenir tumbler based on availability and while stocks last.
Princess Cruises Classic Soda Package
The Classic Soda Package costs $9.99/ £8.49 per person, per day, plus an additional 18% gratuity or service charge. The Princess Cruises Classic Drinks Package includes all fountain sodas, fruit juices, mocktails and smoothies. It also includes one souvenir tumbler based on availability and while stocks last.
New Grounds Coffee Package
The New Grounds Coffee Package allows you to purchase of a specified number of specialty coffees during the voyage of purchase. Guests are able to redeem their chosen number of specialty coffees purchased in their package in locations onboard where espresso is available. The coffee package is available to purchase onboard.
P&O Drink Package Information
For the best value offers on P&O drinks, we have all the information you need to help you decide if the drinks packages are worth it for you? Our detailed P&O Drinks Package guide is here, but scroll down for the basics.
P&O Cruises Drinks Packages
P&O offer 4 different drinks packages.
- The ultimate drinks package
- Non-Alcoholic drinks package
- Children’s drinks package
- The hot drinks package.
The P&O Ultimate Drinks Package
How Much Do The Ultimate P&O Drinks Packages Cost?
P&O like Princess offer 1 alcoholic cruise package called the Ultimate Drinks Package at a cost of £39.95pp per day. Notably all adults staying in the same cabin must purchase the package.
What‘s Included In The P&O Ultimate Drinks Package?
A selection of beers, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails up to the value of £6.95. Also, unlimited draught soft drinks, mocktails, and small bottled water. Along with coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
Free P&O Cruises Drinks Packages For Kids
If you book the P&O ultimate cruise package the children’s package is free of charge if you are travelling with children under the age of 17.
The Non Alcoholic P & O Drinks Packages.
The P & O non alcoholic drinks package costs £19.95pp per day. If alcohol isn’t your thing, this package includes unlimited draught soft drinks, selected juices and mocktails. Also teas, coffee and hot chocolate and small bottles of water. Giving you a varied and indeed unlimited supply of non alcoholic drinks to enjoy.
What’s Not Included?
The non alcoholic drinks package doesn’t include; large coffees and hot chocolate, large bottles of water, canned and bottled premium soft drinks, juices and smoothies. Alongside drinks from room service, the mini bars and self service vending machines.
Carnival Cruise Line Drinks Packages
Carnival Cruise Lines have made their drinks package offering simple, offering two packages, thus making it easy to choose which is the best drinks Carnival package for you. It all depends whether you drink alcohol or not? For more details check out our Carnival Drinks Package Guide.
What Drinks Packages Do Carnival Cruises Offer?
- Bottomless Bubbles Unlimited Soda Package, starting at $5.95 per Child a day or $8.50 per Adult a a day
- Cheers Drinks Package, Starting at $51.95 USD per person, per day ($54.95 USD per person, per day on 3 and 4 day cruises) via Carnival’s website and $56.95 USD per person, per day ($59.95 USD per person, per day on 3 and 4 day cruises) if purchased once on board.
The Carnival Cruise Cheers! Drinks Package
Starting at $51.95, Save 10% on onboard pricing if purchase pre cruise. The cut-off for pre-cruise prices is 11:59 PM the day before embarkation and 9:00pm EST through call centre. The Cheers! drinks package includes…….
- All spirits (including cocktails), as well as beer and wine by the glass that is less than $20.00
- Sodas, Zero-Proof frozen cocktails, energy drinks, specialty coffee, hot tea, 500ml bottled water and other non-alcoholic bottled beverages
- Bottled water in the Dining Room and Specialty Restaurants
- 25% discount off the menu for any spirit or wine by the glass above $20.00
- 25% discount off the menu for wine and champagne by the bottle
- 25% discount off beverage seminars and classes
Bottomless Bubbles Unlimited Soda Package
Starting at $5.95 / Child Per Day
$8.50 / Adult Per Day
The Bottomless Bubbles Soda Package offers all you can drink soda and juice for the full length of your cruise.
The Drinks Packages Available On Norwegian Cruise Line Are….
- Open Bar Drinks Package
- Premium Plus Beverage Package
- Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package
- Adult & Teen Soda Programme
- Children’s Soda Programme
What’s Included In The NCL Open Bar Drinks Package?
The NCL Open Bar Drinks Package allows you to enjoy a wide selection of soft drinks, beers, a vast selection of cocktails, spirits and 20 different wines by the glass. Additionally bottled or draft beer up to and including $15 USD. The package also includes fountain soda, juice, and non-alcoholic beer.
The Open Bar Drinks Package On NCL costs $99.00 USD per person per day, plus 20% service charge. (not applicable, if the Beverage Package has been selected as part of the Free at Sea upgrade).
20% discount on bottles of wine, champagne and sparkling wine. Wine and Spirit Experiences, tastings or Flights purchased on board. Check out our in depth post on all NCL Drinks Packages.
THE NCL Premium Plus Beverage Package
The Premium Plus Beverage Package includes the widest selection of beverages by the glass, with super premium drinks such as Veuve Clicquot, Patrón Añejo, The Macallan Quest and so much more. Also including unlimited soft drinks, beers, spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass and a selection bottles of wine with dinner, plus, still and sparkling water, energy drinks, and speciality coffee!
The NCL Premium Plus Package costs $128.00 USD per person per day plus 20% gratuity and service charge.
NCL Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package
The Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package on Norwegian Cruise Line costs $65.00 USD per person per dayplus 20% gratuity and beverage service charge.
If you’re not a cocktail and spirits fan and are paying for your drinks package the corks and caps package is the NCL drinks package for you. Offering a wide selection of soft drinks, beers, and wines by the glass during your entire cruise.
Adult & Teen Soda Programme On NCL
Adult & Teen Soda Programme is for passengers aged 13 & older and costs $7.95 USD per person per dayplus 20% gratuity and beverage service charge.
The package includes Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Mt. Dew, Ginger Ale, Tonic water, Club Soda.
Not available for sailings of 2 days or less.
The Children’s Soda Programme
The NCL Children’s Soda Programme is for passengers age 12 and under and costs $5.95USD per person per day plus 20% gratuity and beverage service charge.
Keep the kiddies hydrated all day with unlimited, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Mt. Dew, Ginger Ale, Tonic water, Club Soda.
Not available for sailings of 2 days or less.
Cruise Drinks Packages And Which Are Best For You
Are Cruise Drinks Packages Worth The Money?
This is the million dollar question isn’t it? However when you work out the cost of a drinks package for a ‘day, v’s exactly what you drink’, they generally work out economical.
Although remember to consider ALL drinks not just alcoholic drinks. For example, if like me you drink sparkling water and also like regular top ups of speciality coffee, factor those in too. Count in the wine you would drink with dinner. Also consider pre dinner drinks and bar added gratuities and tax as it all add up. Check out the drinks prices and bar menus of P&O cruises here, and Royal Caribbean’s Schooner Bar Here.
You will pay tax and gratuities at the point of ordering and paying for your package. Yet this is on the price of the package, not the value of the drinks you consume.
When Is It Not Worth Getting A Drinks Package?
Yet for some it’s simply not worth it, for example if you like to take your own tea bags, cordial and top up with free drinks from the buffet restaurant and that works for you that’s great. Drinks packages don’t suit everybody.
Also bear in mind there is a choice of cruise drinks packages for kids and teens, who in my experience always make full use of a drinks package.
Check out this Celebrity Cruises drinks menu and consider that the classic drinks package currently costs $59 per day per person.
Which Cruise Lines Offer Free Cruise Drinks Packages?
This changes frequently, look out for special offers and promotions with individual cruise lines. Also keep checking as free drinks packages or indeed reduced rate cruise drinks packages become available frequently. NCL consistently offer their open bar drinks package as part of the Free At Sea Promotion.
Cruise lines who consistently offer free drinks packages are;
Marella offer all inclusive cruises.
River Cruises often include drinks with meals and snacks plus free afternoon cocktails and pre dinner drinks. Check out what I thought of River Cruising and also find out whats included on an Ama Waterways River Cruise.
Booking a suite on many cruise lines enables you to access a select lounge where drinks are often free. Check out Donna’s post on Royal Caribbeans Suite Class and whats included.
Can You Share A Drinks Package?
No you can’t share a drink package. Drinks packages are intended for the user only. Additionally you will find on many cruise lines you have to buy a package for every cruiser in the cabin.
What Types Of Packages Are Available?
Classic Drinks Package
The classic package is very often dismissed as an inferior package. Yes, the choice of drinks is most certainly less than the premium packages. However if you enjoy wine, beers and a selection of cocktails these work out the best value.
Premium Drinks Package
Premium packages offer a more premium selection. Such as a wider choice of wines and spirit, if you enjoy spirits then this would possibly be the best package for you.
Non Alcoholic Packages
Not everybody wants to drink alcohol and these non alcoholic packages offer a variety of levels, some including speciality water, speciality coffee and soft drinks, smoothies and mocktails.
The non alcoholic packages are also great for kiddies who don’t enjoy fizzy drinks.
Wine packages are designed solely for use in the dining room the wine packages allow you to preselect your wine for dinner before you sail. These work our better value if you have not already booked a drinks package. Check out more about the Celebrity Wine Package Here.
The soda package is perfect for children and teens, some cruise lines restrict these to fizzy drinks whilst some cruise lines such as Princess Cruises consider that families need a little more variety and offer all fountain sodas, fruit juices, mocktails and smoothies for $9.99 per day.
Is There A Limit To What You Can Drink On Your Package?
Some cruise lines do have limits. For example alcoholic drinks on Princess Cruises are limited to 15 beverages per 24-hour period. Where on Celebrity there is no limit, instead it is at the discretion of the bar staff. But 15 alcoholic drinks is A LOT so does not feel to restrictive.
Hope that has been helpful, I have spent hours researching drinks packages in the past. But if you get it right it can make your cruise so much easier and you know you will not have a large bar bill at the end of your trip.