On-Board Drinks Prices and Packages Guide

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With the whole family needing their thirst quenching on the high seas, and adults clamouring for a spirited tipple of something a little stronger, the cost of cruise ship drinks can often mount up. To help you prepare yourself for an upcoming cruise, we’ve put together this guide to the major cruise lines’ drink prices and available packages. With a quick bit of mental arithmetic, we’re sure it’ll help you figure out if it’s worth investing in a drinks package for your upcoming cruise holiday.

Cruise Ship Drinks Prices

Whether it’s a snifter of something special, or something to get you ready for the day ahead, here’s what you’re likely to pay for drinks aboard all the major cruise lines. We’ve found the cheapest option for each section, so you should expect to pay a little extra for that glass of 21-year old Hibiki. Also, we’ve popped the prices in with the currency used on board just to make things a little easier.

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

Cruise Ship 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.

Alcoholic drinks

Whatever your tipple of choice, the alcoholic drinks packages that many of the major cruise lines offer help make your onboard drinks that little bit sweeter. So, whether it’s a glass of wine, your favourite beer or a cocktail, it’s well worth pushing the boat out with one of the following:

  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: $21.95/day – Unlimited selected liquors

Premium Beer Package: $15.95/day – Unlimited selected beers

Carnival Cruises Cheers Beverage Program: $54.95/day plus gratuities — Selected drinks not available in package
Celebrity Cruises Classic Alcohol: $55/day – Unlimited selected alcoholic & soft drinks

Premium Alcohol: $65/day – Unlimited selected alcohol & soft drinks

Cunard Cruises Wine Tasting Package: $35.00
Fred Olsen Cruises All Inclusive Package: £15 per person
Holland America Signature Drinks Package: $44.95 – All drinks under $6.95 – up to 15/day
MSC Cruises Adults Package: $45/day – Unlimited drinks

Premium Adults Package: $61/day – Unlimited drinks & selected food

Norwegian Cruise Line Wine & Beer Package (21+): $59/day – Unlimited selected beers & wines

Ultimate Beverage Package (21+): $89/day – Unlimited selected beers, wines, spirits & soft drinks

P&O Cruises Wine Commodore’s Collection: £87-£239 – 4-12 Bottles

Wine Captain’s Collection: £74-£203 – 4-12 Bottles

Princess Cruises All-Inclusive: $59.99/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

Cruise & Maritime All Inclusive Drinks Package: £17/day – Beer, wine, cocktails, spirits, soft drinks and juices.

All prices correct October 2017, and are subject to change.

Non-alcoholic drinks

If you’re looking to keep the kids happy or just need something a little more refreshing, then there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks packages to cool down with too. You’ll also find coffee packages too, perfect for a quick pick-me-up in the morning.

  Packages
Celebrity Cruises Classic No Alcohol: $18/day – Unlimited selected soft drinks

Premium No Alcohol: $22/day – Unlimited soft drinks

Cunard Cruises Soft Drinks Package: $8.50/day plus gratuities

Coffee Card: $40

MSC Cruises Kids Package: $23/day – Unlimited soft drinks

Premium Kids Package: $31/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

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

Costa Coffee Card: £22– 10 Refills on coffees

Princess Cruises Café Select Card: $35.65 – 15-Espresso-based coffees

Unlimited Soda: $8.05/day – Unlimited selected soft drinks

Royal Caribbean Classic Soda Package: $8.50 per person, per day – All soft drinks

Refreshment Package: $26 per person, per day – Premium coffee and tea, bottled water, freshly squeezed juice, and non-alcoholic cocktails.

All prices correct October 2017, and are subject to change.

Can I bring my own drinks onboard?

Cruise lines have strict policies when it comes to bringing your own drinks onboard, whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Here’s a quick run through the major cruise lines policies.

Azamara Cruises: You can bring bottles of liquor or wine onboard to consume in your room. If you consume these in any restaurant, bar or dining venue, then a $10 corkage fee applies.

Celebrity Cruises: No alcoholic beverages are to be brought onboard at any time other than personal bottles of wine at the beginning of the cruise, limited to two bottles per stateroom. If they wish to consume these in a dining venue, then each bottle is subject to a $25 corkage fee. Alcoholic beverages bought at ports of call or from onboard shops will be delivered to guests’ staterooms on the last day of sailing.

Cunard Line: Liquor may not be brought onboard, although wine and champagne, limited to one bottle is allowed, with a $20-per-bottle corkage fee if you wish to drink in the ships’ dining and bar venues. Currently, purchased wine and liquor at ports of call will not be collected, although liquor and wine bought at on-ship stores will be.

MSC Cruises: One of the stricter policies, MSC do not allow alcoholic drinks of any kind to be brought onboard, even at embarkation, while all alcohol bought in port and the ships’ shops will be held until your last evening of sailing. 

Norwegian Cruise Line: With the exception of wine and champagne, bringing alcohol on board is prohibited. Bottles consumed in dining or public areas is subject to a corkage fee – $15 for 750ml and $30 for 15ml bottles. Alcohol bought in port or the ship’s shop will be held and delivered to you at the end of your cruise.

P&O Cruises: P&O Cruises allow guests to take a ‘reasonable’ amount of alcohol on board to enjoy in their cabin, but taking their own bottles into restaurants or lounges will incur a corkage fee of £15 per item.

Princess Cruises: Liquor will be confiscated and disposed of. When it comes to wine and champagne, you can bring them on board but are subject to a $15 corkage fee if consumed in restaurants. Liquor bought at port or from the ship’s shop will be retained until the end of your cruise.

Royal Caribbean: Guests are not permitted to bring alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages on board. On boarding day, guests may bring wine and champagne on board, limited to two bottles per stateroom. Alcohol bought at ports of call will be stored by the ship and returned to your stateroom on the last day of sailing.

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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