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Your Definitive Guide To Drinks Packages At Sea: What Really Floats Your Boat

Your Definitive Guide To Drinks Packages At Sea: What Really Floats Your Boat

Drinks packages make things a hell of a lot easier. It’s just one extra thing you don’t have to think about and we’ll take any excuse to be stress-free.

Each cruise line offers something different (as ever), so whether it be an alcoholic drinks package or a soft drinks version, you’ll find something suited to you.

It could mean bottomless bubbles, fizzy fun or just a tempting discount. You don’t need to go anywhere else for your definitive guide to drinks packages at sea…

Azamara Club Cruises

Your complimentary beverage option with Azamara includes select standard spirits, international beers and a changing selection of two red and two white wines by the glass each day of the voyage.

—Premium Package

This option includes a wide selection of bottled beer, Heineken on draught, select whiskies and spirits.

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—Ultimate Package

For guests who want a slight upgrade, this includes all of the above aswell as a wide variety of wine by the glass (red, white and rose), seven types of espresso and one bottled water.

—Wine Lover Package

For lovers of wine, this is perfect. It includes all bottles of wine over a certain price with 80 types to choose from (including 5 sparkling, 5 rose, 35 white and 35 red).

—Wine Connoisseur Package

This choice includes all bottles of wine over a higher price than the wine lover package with more than 50 types to choose from (including 3 sparkling, 15 white, 30 red and 2 dessert wines).

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Carnival

—CHEERS! Beverage Programme

Carnival include alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices in this programme, whether you purchase prior to boarding or wait until you’re actually on the ship to book:

-All spirits, including cocktails, wine, champagne and beer by the glass

-Sodas, frozen cocktails and juices

-Speciality coffees and hot tea

-Bottled water and other non-alcoholic beverages in bars and lounges

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—Bottomless Bubbles

This is your unlimited soda programme! One convenient payment guarantees you fountain soda and juice all night long.

The following beverages are included:

-Soft drinks/soda (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Orange Fanta, Dr Pepper, Tonic Water, Ginger Ale, Sprite/Sprite Zero)

-Juices (Orange juice, Cranberry juice, Tomato juice, Pineapple juice, Grapefruit juice)

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Sharing on a drinks package is not permitted so only one drink will be served at a time with a 5 minute wait time between ordering drinks.

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Celebrity

Celebrity have everything covered, from cocktails to soft drinks to- as they say it themselves- everything in between. This comes in the form of a premium bottled water package, soda package and the following:

—Premium Bottled Water Package

This means unlimited bottles of still and sparkling water in bars, lounges and restaurants. It includes Evian, Pellegrino and Perrier!

—Non-Alcoholic Classic Drinks Package

This package includes all fountain and canned sofa, bottled juices, freshly squeezed juices, coffees and teas, bottled water (perfect for children, families and those who don’t want to opt for alcoholic options!)

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—Premium Drinks Package

The alcoholic version upgrades the classic drinks package above to include beer, spirits, cocktails and wines by the glass (aswell as 20% discount on all wines by the bottle!)

—Taste of the Vineyards Wine Package

With this option, guests get to savour premium international wines, Old and New World wines and rare vintages chosen from the finest and famous wineries! There is a classic version, premium package and wine cellars option.  This package also includes cocktails, premium coffees, endless refills of sodas featuring Coca-Cola® products, and unlimited bottled water.

—Classic Drinks Package

From cocktails to soft drinks, and everything in between, we’ve got it all covered.

Choose from an incredible array of beers, spirits, cocktails, liquers, frozen drinks and wine by the glass up to $9 per serving. What’s more, if you’d like to upgrade to a drink from the Premium Drinks Package, you’ll only pay the difference in price.

—Stateroom Bar Setup

Classic Stateroom Bar Setup – includes a selection of brands from wellknown names such as Seagrams, Beefeater, Captain Morgan and more. Enjoy your drinks straight, on the rocks, or with a selection of mixers including CocaCola products, Ginger Ale, tonic water and juices.

Premium Stateroom Bar Setup – features sophisticated brands selected for discerning palettes, including handcrafted vodkas and single malt whiskies as well as soft drinks and juices.

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Costa Cruises

Costa offers drinks packages for a variety of ages:

—Giovani (from 4 to 17 years old)

This includes soft drinks, coffee, cappuccinos, smoothies, juices and hot chocolate but this package must be combined with one of the beverage packages on offer for adults.

—Pranzo & Cena Giovani (from 4 to 17 years old)

This option for kids and teens includes soft drinks and mineral water by the glass at mealtimes in the restaurant and at the buffet

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—Pranzo & Cena (18 or older or 21 or older from US ports)

This includes a glass of wine or a cold beer with meals with an unlimited selection of wines, beers and soft drinks by the glass every day at lunchtime and dinnertime.

—Brindiamo

This package is for any time of the day, including coffee and cappuccinos, soft drinks and beers, aperitifs and a great selection of wines and liquers.

—Più Gusto

This option is perfect for those who love cocktails, especially before or after dinner. It includes soft drinks, wines, beers and coffee too aswell as a selection of 34 kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, mixed drinks and frozen drinks.

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—Intenditore

This is ideal for those who love the best labels on their cruise and for real connoisseurs of liquers and champagne; guests will enjoy unlimited premium drinks served by the glass, including drinks from the minibar and drinks serviced in cabins!

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Cunard

Cunard tested ‘A World of Drinks’ in Summer 2018 which was a range of new inclusive drinks options to purchase for voyages of five days or more. It is now available to book on the entire fleet.

—Soft Drinks Option

This includes unlimited draught soft drinks, selected fruit juices, squash and cordials

—Beers, Wines & Spirits Option

Cunard’s most comprehensive selection includes an incredible array of beers (including their new Cunard Craft Beers, exclusively brewed for them by award-winning micro brewery Dark Revolution), wines by the glass, spirits, liqueurs and cocktails, aswell as all the benefits of the Premium Soft Drinks option.

It also includes a 20% discount on drinks above a certain price, some bottles of wine and bottles of water.

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—Speciality Hot Drinks

For those who want unliimited speciality coffees, Tea Forté infusions and hot chocolates, this is the right package!

—Premium Soft Drinks

The package for unlimited refreshments like soft drinks, freshly squeezed juices, non-alcoholic cocktails, speciality hot drinks and small bottled waters.

—Wine Collections

For wine-lovers, this is perfect with Cunard’s handpicked fine wines from around the world. The line has created two distinct wine collections in the form of the Commodore’s Collection and the Captain’s collection.

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Guests can expect full-bodied reds to crisp whites with the option to create their very own tailor-made selection of either 6 or 12 bottles!

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Disney

There are no drinks packages available onboard Disney, however soft drinks during meals are included in the price of the cruise and complimentary soft drinks are available at the teens-only lounge.

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Additional charges apply for wine, beer and bottled water aswell as aloholic beverages at the bars and lounges. There will also be a charge for smoothies at the teens-only lounge.

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Fred. Olsen

More than half of Fred Olsen guests opt for the all inclusive drinks upgrade, however there is no option for those who prefer a non-alcoholic drinks package.

—In the bars

This will include selected soft drinks, choice of wines, certain house spirits, ciders and beers.

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—In the restaurants & buffet areas

This includes a selection of soft drinks, mineral/spring water and juices by the glass, a choice of three red, three white and two rosé wines by the glass and selected branded beers in cans.

—Discounted premium drinks

This means 50% savings on premium and branded drinks, other red and white wines (excluding champagne or sparkling wine), cocktails and bottled water.

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Holland America Line

—The Elite Beverage Package

This option means everything is covered! It includes any premium spirits, cocktails, wines, beers, coffees and most non-alcoholic beverages (sodas and bottled water).

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—The Signature Beverage Package

This includes standard selections of wine, beer, spirits, sodas, coffees and cocktails

On top of the Signature Beverage Package that HAL offer including a selection of wine, spirits, beers, sodas and more, the line also offer two non-alcoholic beverage options and a water package.

—Quench Beverage Package

This includes unlimited nonalcoholic beverages that include any juices, bottled water, non-alcoholic cocktails, nonalcoholic beers and speciality coffees

—The Coca-Cola Package 

includes unlimited fountain sodas

—The Water Package

offers 12-litre bottles

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Hurtigruten

When sailing with Hurtigruten, cruisers have three fare options which include a variety of extra and exciting features (two of which include a drinks option):

—Select

Hurtigruten’s best selling fare option includes complimentary tea and coffee

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—Platinum

This is the best option for beverage choices as it includes complimentary tea and coffee and an inclusive drinks package with dinner.

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Marella Cruises

When you sail on Marella Discovery, Marella Discovery 2, Marella Explorer and Marella Explorer 2, all your drinks are included!

It will include selected draught beer and cider, selected wine by the glass, spirits and aperitifs, selected cocktails and soft drinks by the glass.

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—Premium Drinks Package

There is still an option to upgrade to gain extras such as upgraded cocktails, premium gins/vodkas,rums/tequilas, more choice of whiskies/brandies/cognacs, cans of soft drink and freshly squeezed juices, and all drinks from The Coffee Port.

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MSC 

MSC has five different drinks packages available to including a non-alcoholic package alongside a non-alcoholic package child that includes soft ice cream, flavoured water, fruit juices, energy drinks, sofas, alcohol-free cocktails and chocolate delights!

—Easy Package

This includes draught beer, selection of house wines/spirits/cocktails, classic hot drinks, energy drinks, alcohol-free cocktails, and aperitifs

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—Premium Package

This is a slight upgrade with a wider selection of cocktails/wines by the glass, bottled beers aswell as draught, all standard and premium spirits, fresh fruit & vegetables cocktails, and premium mineral water!

—Premium Plus Package

This option is not limited in any sense, including all wines and champagnes by the glass, Connoisseurs’ selection of spirits, all cocktails and champagne cocktails, Minibar, drinks and food from room service menu, drinks from theme bar menus.

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NCL

NCL tell you to mix it up with their beverage packages with alcohol options, soda versions and something in between.

—Open Bar (ages 21 & older)

This option is for those wanting a wide selection of everything from soft drinks, spirits, cocktails, and draft beer to soft drinks and wines by the glass!

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—Premium Plus Beverage Package (ages 21 & older)

includes the widest selection of beverages by the glass, such as Veuve Clicquot, Patrón Añejo, The Macallan Quest and more. Enjoy all beverages by the glass throughout your cruises including unlimited soft drinks, beers, spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass and select bottles of wine with dinner, plus, still and sparkling water, energy drinks, and speciality coffee!

—Corks and Caps

Those who just want a simpler option can choose this for a wide selection of beers and wines by the glass, and soft drinks too.

—Unlimited Fountain Soda

Perfect for families and children, this is the package that includes endless soda throughout the entire cruise.

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NCL include their all-inclusive package as standard when guests book premium all-inclusive fare!

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Oceania

The luxury line refers to their drinks packages as “the perfect libation for every occasion”.

—Prestige Select

The first option includes unlimited premium spirits, Champagne, wine and beer by the glass wherever and whenever you wish!

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—House Select

This one includes unlimited Champagne, wine and beer by the glass with lunch and dinner.

—Wine by the Bottle

Seven bottles of wine are required for each package!

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P&O Cruises

As P&O state on their website, they have “something for everyone, for every mood and occasion”!

—Ultimate Drinks Package

This will include a large choice of beers, spirits, cocktails, liqueurs, wines by the glass and 20% off bottles of wine not included in the package.

It also entails bottled water, draught soft drinks, long life juices, Costa coffee, teas, hot chocolates and non-alcoholic cocktails.

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—Non-Alcoholic Drinks Package

This option is also due to be introduced which will feature unlimited bottled water, draught soft drinks, long life juices; Costa coffee; teas; hot chocolates and non-alcoholic cocktails.

—Hot Drinks Package

This option will entitle guests to unlimited Costa coffee, hot chocolate and teapigs teas.

—A Children’s Drinks Package

This includes draught soft drinks (Pepsi, lemonade, tonic and soda), selected long life juices, hot chocolate, and fruit squash or cordial by the glass.

The package is complimentary for children who are travelling in the same cabin as adults purchasing the Ultimate Drinks Package.

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Drinks packages should be purchased during the first two days of the cruise and loyalty discounts do apply.

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Princess

—Premier Beverage Package

This one package includes everything from speciality cocktails and coffee to beer and wine!

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—Premier Coffee & Soda Package

Enjoy unlimited premium & specialty coffee and tea, fountain sodas, fruit juices, hot chocolate, smoothies and hand-crafted “zero-proof” mocktails with this convenient package.

—Classic Soda Package

Stay hydrated with fountain sodas, fruit juices, mocktails and smoothies.

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Royal Caribbean

Guests will find coffee, tea, cordials and water all complimentary onboard but Royal’s drinks packages have something for everyone:

—Deluxe Beverage Package

Enjoy unlimited drinks and options all-cruise long. You’ll be able to enjoy selected cocktails, liquers, spirits, wines, beer, sofa beverages, bottled water, fresh squeezed juices, mocktails, premium coffee and premium tea aswell as a 40% discount on selected bottles of wine.

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—Refreshment Package

This option includes a selection of premium coffees and teas, bottled water, non-alcoholic cocktails, fresh-squeezed juices, plus fountain soda

—Classic Soft Drinks Package

As expected, this option means unlimited fountain sofa refills and a free Coca-Cola souvenir cup too!

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—Water Bottle Package

12 or 24 packs of Evian Water Bottles delivered to your stateroom

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That was your definitive guide to drinks packages at sea! Every cruise line has something for everyone, whether it’s an option you need for the kids or an alcoholic version for you and your friends.

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