If you’re considering a cruise vacation but don’t have the gall to sneak your own booze on board, there are actually some cruise lines that offer alcoholic beverage packages that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Whether you’re in the market for a luxury cruise or happy with a mainstream line, these five drink packages will ensure you’re well lubricated (and hydrated) on your next ocean voyage.
For $55 a day (plus 18 percent gratuity), cruisers aboard Royal Caribbean ships have unlimited access to anything they want on board with a value up to $12. If you want to enjoy a cocktail or spirit that exceeds that limit, you simply have to pay the additional balance. This package also boasts a 40 percent discount on wines less than $100 and 20 percent discount on vinos that cost more than $100. The package can be used on Royal Caribbean’s private destinations CocoCay and Labadee, so you don’t have to worry about that frosty beach Piña Colada costing you extra.
In addition to all the brands you get to sample in Celebrity Cruises’ Classic Beverage Package ($55 per day), the Premium Package gets you high-end spirits and cocktails up to $13 per serving for a mere $10 more per day. This includes craft beers, wines by the glass, frozen drinks, specialty coffee concoctions, energy drinks, bottled water and 20 percent off all bottles of wine. An 18 percent service charge is added at booking, which means you don’t have to worry about tipping for the rest of your trip.
For $69 a day (which includes a 15 percent gratuity), you can indulge in unlimited drinks aboard Princess Cruises. This includes all spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass and beers priced at $12 or less in all of the bars and restaurants aboard the ship. The package is good on all of Princess Cruises’ private islands and includes an array of non-alcoholic options like smoothies, fresh juices and milkshakes. Imbibers can also enjoy 25 percent off bottles of wine and one-liter water bottles, including sparkling.
When you sail with Azamara, you don’t have to pay extra for alcohol at all—they offer spirits, cocktails, beer and a rotating selection of wines for free. Of course, these don’t include super premium brands, but you can get a Beefeater Martini or Jim Beam Old Fashioned for no extra cost. If you’re picky about brands, upgrade to the Premium ($15.95 per day) or Ultimate ($21.95 per day) package for a larger selection.
Most beverage packages don’t include unlimited Champagne, which makes Oceania’s Prestige Select package extra appealing if you’re a fan of bubbly. For $59.95 per day, guests can enjoy unlimited spirits, cocktails, Champagne, wine and beer, and it only costs $39.95 if you opt to drink only at lunch and dinner. With a solid selection of signature and classic cocktails like Negronis and Rob Roys, this package appeals to every drinker on board.