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.
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/
|Soft Drink||Bottle of Water|
|Azamara Cruises||$2.50||$2.50||–||–||–||$4.50 – Litre|
|Fred Olsen Cruises||£3.25||£3.95||£3,75||–||–||–|
|Norwegian Cruise Line||$5.25||$7.00||$6.00||$1.75||$2.10||$4 – Litre|
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.
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.
|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.
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