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|
|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 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.
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:
|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.
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.
|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.
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Note: This post was updated in October 2017 for accuracy and timeliness.