It has just been revealed that a policy Royal Caribbean has been testing on Harmony of the Seas is set to spread to several ships.
Passengers that are 21 years of age and older (18 years in the U.K and Australia) are now required to purchase the Deluxe Beverage Package (DBP) if at least one other person in their cabin has one.
Royal have stated that guests who use the line’s Cruise Planner site will see a new notation in the Deluxe Beverage Package description, that clarifies “each adult of legal drinking age assigned to the same stateroom must purchase this package.”
Exclusions to this rule include:
-Does Not Consume Alcohol Due to Personal Preference
Any guest that calls to provide information as to why specific guests in their stateroom cannot utilize the package will be granted an exception without documentation required and no requirement to purchase a different beverage package.
The change seems to be for 2018 sailings and some late 2017 sailings and comes after nearly three months of testing it on select Harmony of the Seas sailings.
Royal’s DBP is the line’s only alcohol-inclusive beverage package on offer and costs $55 per person, per day.
The change comes just days after Norwegian Cruise Line raised its Ultimate Beverage Package price to $89, making it the most expensive alcohol package in the mainstream cruise industry.
What are your thoughts on Royal’s drinks package policy going further than Harmony? Do you think this is unfair or should everyone in a cabin be purchasing the same drinks package anyway? Have you sailed with Harmony of the Seas whilst this policy is being tested? Leave us your comments!
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