On-Board Drinks Prices and Packages Guide

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Drinks are amongst the most continuous costs on a cruise ship, with the whole family needing their thirst quenching on the high seas, and the adults clamouring for a spirited tipple of something a little stronger. To help you prepare yourself for an upcoming cruise we have put together this guide about drinks prices and the available packages. A quick bit of mental arithmetic can help you figure out if it is worth investing in a drinks package for an upcoming cruise holiday.

Drinks Prices

Here we have a look at the prices you’ll expect to pay aboard all of the major cruise lines. We’ve found the cheapest option for each section (so you should expect to pay a little extra for 21 year old Hibiki). Also, we’ve popped the prices in the currency used on board, to simplify matters.

  Bottle of Beer Glass of Wine Spirit Coffee/
Tea
Soft Drink Bottle of Water
Azamara Cruises $2.50 $2.50 $4.50 – Litre
Carnival Cruises $4.95 $5.75 $4.95 $0.95 $1.95 $1.95
Celebrity Cruises $6.00 $9.00 $8.00 $4.50 $2.50 $3.50
Cunard Cruises $4.75 $6.25 $8.25 $2.50 $2.75 $2.50
Fred Olsen Cruises £3.25 £3.95 £3,75
Holland America $4.75

 

$6.00 $5.95 $1.20 $1.95 $1.95
MSC Cruises $1.70 $2.25 $2.80 $1.25 $1.90 $1.50
Norwegian Cruise Line $5.25 $7.00 $6.00 $1.75 $2.10 $4 – Litre
P&O Cruises £2.95 £5.50 £3.00 Free £1.95 £1.50
Princess Cruises $4.95 $7.25 $6.25 $1.25 $2.25 $2.00
Royal Caribbean $5.50 $6.00 $5.75 Free $2.25 Free

Some prices will change from ship-to-ship, so this should be used as a rough guide. Cruise1st cannot accept responsibility if the prices are incorrect.

Drinks Packages

Many of the major cruise lines also offer drinks packages which can help guests make huge savings during their time on the seas. Here, we list the different packages available from each line – again some of these may be tiered so we have included just the basic package.

  Packages
Azamara Cruises Wine Lover Package $180-$350 5-12 Bottles Selected Wines

Wine Connoisseur Package $315-$630 – 5-12 Bottles Higher Value Wine

Premium Liquor Package $15.95/day – Unlimited Selected Liquors

Premium Beer Package $11.95/day – Unlimited Selected Beers

Carnival Cruises Cheers Beverage Program $49.95/day plus gratuities — selected drinks not available in package
Celebrity Cruises Classic No Alcohol $18/day – Unlimited Selected Soft Drinks
Premium No Alcohol $22/day – Unlimited Soft DrinksClassic Alcohol $55/day – Unlimited Selected Alcoholic & Soft DrinksPremium Alcohol $65/day – Unlimited Selected Alcohol & Soft Drinks
Cunard Cruises Soft Drinks Package $6.50/day plus gratuities

Coffee Card $38.52

Wine Tasting Package $35.00

Fred Olsen Cruises All Inclusive Package £10
Holland America Signature Drinks Package $44.95 – All drinks under $6.95 – up to 15/day

 

MSC Cruises Adults Package $44/day – Unlimited Drinks

Premium Adults Package $57/day – Unlimited Drinks & Selected Food

Kids Package $21/day – Unlimited Soft Drinks

Premium Kids Package £18/day – Unlimited Soft Drinks & Selected Food

Norwegian Cruise Line Children’s Soda Program (12&Under) $5.50/day – Unlimited Soft Drinks

Adult & Teen Soda Program (13+) $7.50/day – Unlimited Soft Drinks

Wine & Beer Package (21+) $59/day – Unlimited Selected Beers & Wines

Ultimate Beverage Package (21+) $79/day – Unlimited Selected Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks

P&O Cruises Soft Drinks Package £35 – 20 Refills on Soft Drinks

Costa Coffee Card £21.50 – 10 Refills on Coffees

Wine Commodore’s Collection £88-£230 – 4-12 Bottles

Wine Captain’s Collection £72.50-£200 – 4-12 Bottles

Princess Cruises Café Select Card $33.35 – 15-Espresso-Based Coffees

Unlimited Soda $8.05/day – Unlimited Selected Soft Drinks

All-Inclusive $56.35/day – Unlimited Beverages Worth up to $10

Royal Caribbean Select Drinks Package $40/day – Beer and Soft Drinks

Premium Drinks Package $55/day – Spirits, Cocktails, Beers, Wines, Soft Drinks

Ultimate Drinks Package $65/day – Almost Unlimited

Evian Water Package $28.45/day – Evian Water Delivered to your Door

Juice Package $20.15/day – Minute Maid Juice Delivered to your Door

All prices correct February 2016, and are subject to change.

If this information has helped you make your mind up about which cruise to take, visit the Cruise1st homepage for a huge range of fantastic deals, or call our dedicated team on 0800 230 0655.

Image credits: Dave Herlholz

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Claire Wilde

Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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