Optional Drink Packages on Cruises -
Are They Worth the Price?
Many people who are new to the pleasures of cruises ask us what is included in the price. Most of the time, what they are really asking is if drinks with alcohol are included. If your cruise line will be Crystal, Regent, Seabourn or Siversea, then the answer is yes. All of these lines offer all inclusive cruises including alcohol at one fixed price. Be aware that hese luxury cruise lines' rates may be double or more than cruise lines with comparable itineraries.
All inclusive beverage packages have become wildly poplular add-ons for those passengers who enjoy not having to worry about having a whopping drink bill at the end of the voyage. Packages vary from various cruise lines but from my experience with Celebrity Cruises, they will save big-time, even if you don't consume alcohol.
Here is an example of prepaid drink options available on all Celebrity ships:
Soda Package: Starting at $8.00 per day includes popular soft drinks in can or at the fountain.
Bottled Water Package: $14.00 per day for sparkling and still water. Popular brands include Evian and Perrier.
Classic Non-Alcoholic Package: $16.00 per day included Soda Package plus premium juices and teas as well as non-premium bottled water.
Premium Non-Alcoholic Package: $20.00 per day includes all non-alcoholic drinks including smoothies, Vitamin Water and Red Bull Engery Drink.
Classic Package: For $49.00 per day you get the benefits of the Classic Non-Alcoholic Package plus all beer up to $6 per serving, spirits, cocktails, and frozen drinks up to $8 per serving, and wine by the glass up to $9 per serving. As an added benefit, there is a 15% discount on premium wines by the bottle.
Premium Package: At $59.00 per day, this package includes all drinks available with the Classic Packages as well as premium beer, wines and liquors. Believe me, for this is one of the best deals any cruise line offers.
So, the bottom line...are all inclusive beverage packages on cruises worth the added expense? YES!
Note on bringing alcohol on board: Passengers are allowed to bring 2 bottles of per per cabin for the initial embarkation. Do not try to game the system and sneak additional alcohol onboard. Many cruise lines will no longer confiscate illegal itms and return to the offender at the end of the cruise. They will confiscate the liquor/wine/beer, whatever alcoholic beverage and destroy it.