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The Bamboo Room Cocktails

UNLOCK ALL YOUR FAVORITE SIPS

Cruise beverage packages, three options that raise the bar.

There are three ways to upgrade your cruise vacation with a Beverage Package. Enjoy unlimited fountain soda and Coca-Cola® Freestyle beverages by purchasing a Classic Soda Package. Add on mocktails, premium coffees and teas, and fresh-squeezed juices with a Refreshment Package. Or go all out with unlimited alcoholic beverages and 40% off select bottled wine on top of everything else when you purchase a Deluxe Beverage package for your cruise.

Bionic Bar

DISCOVER COCKTAILS WITH CHARACTER

Whatever kind of sip you’re craving — be it a tiki-inspired drink in a Polynesian-themed lounge, piña coladas served poolside to the sounds of a live Calypso band, or cocktails coded by you and crafted by robots — you’re in for an experience that raises the bar.

Bamboo Room, Bar, Cocktail

THE BAMBOO ROOM

Throwback vibes and crazy good cocktails will whisk you away at The Bamboo Room℠ — a kitschy-cool Polynesian-inspired bar that packs a punch. Expert mixologists at this tiki hideaway keep your tastes in mind as they sling spirited sips with exotic fruits and spices.

Bionic Bar, Cocktail

At Bionic Bar®, you’ll meet two robotic bartenders who know how to shake up your night. Choose a cocktail from the menu, or punch your own recipe into an iPad ordering station. Then watch as these mecha mixologists mix, muddle and stir up your signature sip.

The Lime and Coconut, Couples, Cocktails

THE LIME & COCONUT

The Lime and Coconut℠ turns the vacay vibes way, way up with DJs, live music and two pool bars serving all your favorite poolside cocktails — including the signature Lime & Coconut. And when the sun goes down, this pool bar just might be the hottest spot onboard.

Two 70 Lounge

Grab a hand-crafted cocktail at Two70 Bar and start gazing. In the evening, live entertainment pairs with pulsing music and amazing visuals across a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows to dazzle guests late into the night.

North Star

NORTH STAR BAR

The tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship, North Star® is a great spot to enjoy views during the day — but it’s even more magnificent at night. Score dazzling views of the night sky, then raise at glass at the North Star® Bar.

BRING ON THE BUNDLE ADDITIONAL PACKAGES

Discover additional ways to bundle your beverage package with other onboard perks — like specially-priced combos that include VOOM Surf + Stream for one device.

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CAFÉ SELECT COFFEE CARD

Indulge in your favorite brews any time of day with a card that entitles you to any 15 specialty espresso-based coffees throughout your vacation, all for one low price. Start the morning off right with a macchiato or latte and reenergize your afternoons with iced coffee or an espresso, then finish your meal with a cappuccino. Or enjoy your favorite cup of joe any time you'd like and save up to 50% on individually purchased coffees.

Royal Caribbean Beverage Package Water

EVIAN BOTTLED WATER PACKAGE

Hydrate yourself with fresh bottled water from Europe. Enjoy Evian® Natural Spring Water on your cruise, freshly sourced from the French Alps. Reserve before your sail date and have it waiting in your stateroom when you arrive*. Or pick a later date during your vacation for your water to be delivered. You can choose between 12 or 24 one liter bottle packages once you add to the cart. It's the perfect way to quench your thirst!.

Ultimate Beverage Package

CLASSIC SODA + VOOM ONE DEVICE

Sip, save and stay connected all cruise long with a bundle of two great favorites. We are bundling our Classic Soda Package with VOOM® high-speed internet, so you can enjoy unlimited soda in your Coca-Cola souvenir cup, while streaming all your favorite music, movies and sharing your unforgettable moments in real time.

Deluxe Beverage Package Dining Refreshment

DELUXE BEVERAGE PACKAGE + VOOM ONE DEVICE

Relax and unwind with premium and frozen cocktails, domestic and imported beers, and a wide selection of wines by the glass. Stay refreshed and connected with VOOM, the fastest internet at sea, enjoy unlimited high-speed internet and stream all your favorite movies, shows and music while onboard. Share every unforgettable moment of your vacation in real time.

EXPLORE THE BEST BARS AT SEA

Schooner Bar with Piano

SCHOONER  BAR

Trellis Bar

TRELLIS BAR

Playmaker's Football Helmet Sundae

Playmakers Bar & Arcade

Navigator of the Seas Lime and Coconut

The Lime and Coconut

Boleros Entrance

North Star Bar

Diamond Club

Diamond Club

Rising Tides

Rising Tide Bar

Solarium Bar

Solarium Bar

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Suite Lounge

Pool Bar

Pool and Sand Bar

Sunshine Bar

Sunshine Bar

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Viking Crown Lounge

Bionic Bar

English Pub

Woman Enjoying Cocktails

Champgane Bar

Wipe Out Bar Woman Pool Side

Wipe Out Bar

Mariner, Bamboo Room, Sliders Burgers

The Bamboo Room

Two 70 Lounge

Two Seventy Bar

El Loco Fresh Tacos and Margaritas

Cantina Fresca

Icon of the Seas Lemon Post

The Lemon Post

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Our drink and beverage packages cater to every kind of traveler.

From caffeine craving to soda sipping, from cocktails to mocktails, favorite brews and more, our drink and beverage packages satisfy every preference. There’s a Classic Soda Package and a Refreshment Package to cover nonalcoholic options — perfect for kids. Or sip your way across the fleet’s world-class bars and lounges with a Deluxe Beverage Package. There are even special bundles that let you save on drinks while also enjoying amenities like VOOM®, the fastest internet at sea. Plus, you can use your drink packages on shore at our private destinations Perfect Day at CocoCay and Labadee.

Want to find out more about our Beverage Packages, what’s included in each one, and which option might be best for you and your adventure squad? You’ll find lots of helpful information and tips in our Beverage Package FAQs — just click here to learn more.

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Royal Caribbean drink packages: Prices, inclusions and what to know before you buy

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Royal Caribbean drink packages allow you to drink what you want, when you want without feeling like you are being nickeled and dimed. Isn't that most cruisers' dream? The all-inclusive, extra-fee beverage plans aren't necessarily for everyone, but they offer a nice way to enhance your cruise and take some of the stress out of in-the-moment vacation decisions.

Royal Caribbean ships offer a variety of packages, from a simple Water Package that keeps you and your crew hydrated during your cruise to a comprehensive plan that includes most alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Other than the Water Package, which is priced based on the quantity you order, drink packages on Royal Caribbean are priced per person, per day.

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The most common questions about Royal Caribbean's drink packages revolve around what each package includes, whether they are worth the price and when is the best time to buy your package. I've tried all of Royal Caribbean's drink packages. I've also cruised without a package. Here's what you need to know to decide if a beverage plan is right for you.

What's included in Royal Caribbean's drink packages?

Royal Caribbean offers a few different drink packages, and the inclusions vary based on your choice. All options include gratuities, and no Royal Caribbean drink package covers room service or minibar drinks. Also, unlimited alcoholic beverage packages may not be available while the ship sails in some locations, so package details may change based on the itinerary.

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Water Package

Royal Caribbean's Water Package is available in 12- and 24-packs of 1-liter bottles of Evian water. The bottles will be delivered to your cabin on embarkation day.

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If you don't want to pay for a Water Package, you can find drinking water at complimentary drink stations in the buffet area and often in other locations on Royal Caribbean ships. Bring your own reusable bottle and fill it from these stations or straight from the faucet in your cabin. The water throughout the ships is not only drinkable but also better than what's available in many cities. You can also purchase bottles of water a la carte.

Why might you consider a Water Package? If you drink bottled water at home, you may prefer the taste. The package also allows you to have plenty of water on hand in your cabin or to take on excursions.

The downside is that 1-liter bottles are not the ideal size for lugging off the ship with you. You must either bring a reusable bottle or purchase single-serving bottles for port days. You can get these at bars or the gangway as you disembark in each port.

Classic Soft Drinks Package

Royal Caribbean's Soft Drinks Package is for the serious soda drinker. On select ships, the package comes with a souvenir Coca-Cola cup with a chip on the bottom to allow the holder to use the Freestyle soda dispensing machines throughout the ship. The "magic" cup gets you all the refills you want 24 hours a day, with your pick of sodas with add-in flavorings. (Orange Coke is my fave.) Coca-Cola Freestyle machines are available on 18 ships in the fleet.

You can also order a glass of soda at any restaurant or bar on board. Some venues only serve fountain sodas, but others have cans. One big bonus of the package is that sodas on Royal Caribbean's private island destinations ( Perfect Day at Coco Cay and Labadee ) are included. The only time you can't get a free soda with this package is with room service (because room service, other than continental breakfast, comes with a $7.95 service fee, no matter what you order) or from your cabin's minibar.

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You can bring up to 12 cans of soda (or bottles up to 17 ounces) per person on board with you in your carry-on luggage when you board the ship. So, why would you want a Classic Soft Drinks Package?

It's a question of convenience. I've been known to take a couple of 16-ounce bottles of soda on board with me, but carrying on much more than that is a big hassle. With a Classic Soft Drinks Package, you can easily access your beverage of choice anywhere you are on board — including ordering sodas from roaming bar servers at the pool, in the casino or at events and shows — or on Royal Caribbean's private islands . You don't have to return to your room to grab a soda. It's also great for older kids and teens who might be roaming the ship with friends.

Refreshment Package

This is my favorite Royal Caribbean drink package. It includes still and sparkling water, sodas (with the included Freestyle magic cup), mocktails, premium coffees and teas (but not those from Starbucks stand-alone stores or kiosks) and freshly squeezed juices.

With this package, you can order almost anything nonalcoholic at bars and most restaurants on board. The Refreshment Package does not include shakes at Johnny Rockets, which are only included with the Deluxe Beverage Package.

Even the smoothies and protein shakes at Vitality Cafe and milkshakes at Johnny Rockets are included in this package, as is the sweet tea at Portside BBQ on Oasis of the Seas. Want a strawberry slushy? Order a virgin strawberry daiquiri. Want hot cocoa? Covered. How about a virgin mudslide? A bartender will happily blend up vanilla ice cream, coffee, hazelnut syrup and chocolate syrup into a perfect mocha shake.

As with the Classic Soft Drinks Package, you can order your nonalcoholic beverages, from sparkling water to fancy mocktails, from your pool lounger or blackjack table.

Plus, with the Refreshment Package, you've solved the problem of needing water to take off the ship with you for excursions and what to drink while on the private islands. It's all included in this package.

Deluxe Beverage Package

This package takes all that's available in the Refreshment Package (sodas, water, mocktails, premium coffee and tea, and fresh-squeezed juice) and adds cocktails, spirits and liquors, as well as beer by the bottle or can and wine by the glass.

There are some limits on brands available with the package, but the list includes imported, domestic and craft beer, an extensive wine list and commonly ordered spirit brands on drinks up to $14. Any bar server can tell you what's available on your cruise.

You also get a hefty 40% discount on bottles of wine up to $100 and a 20% discount on bottles over $100. It's handy for sharing a bottle with your travel partner at dinner.

As with the Classic Soft Drinks and Refreshment packages, you can use the Deluxe Beverage Package anywhere on board (except stand-alone Starbucks locations). Use it in restaurants, bars and any other venue where a bar server is present, as well as at either of Royal Caribbean's private island destinations. The Deluxe Beverage Package also includes milkshakes at Johnny Rockets.

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This package comes with a few caveats. If one person in a cabin buys this package, everyone of legal drinking age in the cabin must buy the same package, according to cruise line policy. If someone in your room does not drink alcohol, don't worry. I've encountered many people who have called customer service and downgraded one or more non-drinking adults to a Refreshment Package.

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The package also does not include drinks that come with souvenir glasses, but you can order the same drink in a regular glass.

If your vacation plans include alcoholic beverages, buying this package is a nice way to pay your cruise bar tab in advance rather than deal with the shock of a high bill at the end of the cruise.

Cafe Select Coffee Card

This option is ideal for cruisers who prefer a little fancier caffeine fix than what a simple cup of coffee provides. This card entitles you to any 15 specialty espresso-based coffees throughout your cruise. (This package excludes beverages from Starbucks stores or cafes.) One shot of espresso equals one card punch. If you order a specialty coffee that includes two shots of espresso, you will pay for that one drink with two punches.

Unlike Royal Caribbean's other drink packages, the Cafe Select Coffee Card is not restricted to one person, and anyone in your cabin can use it.

What do Royal Caribbean drink packages cost?

The cruise line uses dynamic pricing on beverage packages the same way it does on cruise fares. That means you won't know the prices for each package before you book a cruise. Demand, destination and promotions play a big part in the pricing, especially for the Deluxe Beverage Package, causing them to fluctuate slightly.

Here's what you can expect a Royal Caribbean drink package to cost:

  • Water Package : 12 bottles for $39; 24 bottles for $69
  • Classic Soft Drinks Package : $12.99 per person, per day
  • Refreshment Package : $29 per person, per day
  • Deluxe Beverage Package : $56 to $105 per person, per day (depending on your ship and trip)
  • Cafe Select Coffee Card : $31 per card

The prices listed above do not include an automatic 18% gratuity (which is also applied to the coffee card). You'll want to factor that amount into your travel budget if you decide to purchase a package.

You will notice that the Deluxe Beverage Package price range listed above is a bit wider than what is posted on Royal Caribbean's site. Posted price ranges include the disclaimer that prices on individual sailings may vary. We used a realistic range of prices from Royal Caribbean guests who have booked cruises and paid for drink packages in the past 12 months.

The best time to buy Royal Caribbean drink packages

You can purchase a beverage package as soon as you book your cruise, but should you? A lot depends on how soon your ship will depart. If you're sailing within a few months, go ahead and get any packages you plan to buy — unless Black Friday happens before you sail. Black Friday deals on drink packages are generally the lowest you'll find all year.

The package that varies most in price is the Deluxe Beverage Package. Its price is higher during peak travel times and on cruises with stops at private islands. Buying this package ahead of time is always cheaper than purchasing it once you're on board.

Royal Caribbean does advertise price drops and deals for pre-cruise purchases. If you're waiting and hoping for a deal, frequent cruisers report that you should look at the actual price per person, per day, not at the percentage off or BOGO deals, to determine if the package price is where you want it.

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Is a Royal Caribbean drink package worth it?

Now that you know your choices and why you might want each package, let's get down to the nitty-gritty of whether these packages are worth purchasing.

The 1-liter bottles in the Water Package cost roughly the same as a 12-ounce bottle from a bar. That makes this package a deal, but only if you prefer bottled water over taps or dispensers. It's also convenient to have the water delivered to your cabin, eliminating the need to bring a case of bottles on board or search for a bottle when you want water on the ship.

When ordering an individual soda on the ship, your charge will be what you'd expect to pay at a land-based restaurant, plus an 18% gratuity added automatically. When you ask a bar server for a soda on the ship, you'll be charged just over $4 per soda with the tip, regardless of whether it comes in a can or from a fountain.

As the starting point for the Classic Soft Drinks Package is just over $15 per person, per day with the gratuity, you'll need to count on drinking a minimum of four sodas a day for it to be a good value.

If you prefer nonalcoholic beverages, you can expect to pay around $7 for mocktails and protein shakes, $5 for lattes at non-Starbucks locations and close to $9 for smoothies. These prices are before the automatic 18% gratuity.

Here's what your daily consumption might look like on the Refreshment Package: You could start with a morning latte ($6 after you add gratuity), grab water for your excursion ($3.84), enjoy a soda at lunch ($4), sip a couple of mocktails during the afternoon ($8.25 each), have another soda with dinner ($4) and enjoy another mocktail for the show or in the casino ($8.25).

That puts you at over $40 for the day, making the Refreshment Package a deal at $34 (with tip) per person, per day. Drink much less than that, and this Royal Caribbean drink package won't be worth it. The Refreshment Package price varies only slightly between sailings.

For alcoholic drinks, prices vary a lot based on your order. Beer and hard cider average $7 to $9. Wine by the glass is $9 to $25. Cocktails are $10 to $14, except for the drink of the day, which is $8. These prices do not include the 18% gratuity.

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When deciding if Royal Caribbean's Deluxe Beverage Package is worth it, be sure to factor in nonalcoholic drinks you are likely to have, not just those with alcohol. How many premium coffees do you drink each day, including one with your dessert at dinner? How many bottles of water and sodas?

The value of those often adds up to $25 or more per day. That leaves you with somewhere between $30 and $80 per day to spend on alcoholic drinks to break even.

If you're lucky and can purchase your package at the lowest possible price, almost anyone who drinks a combination of nonalcoholic drinks and a couple of cocktails daily would break even. But if your purchase price is somewhere in the middle of the price range (where most people land), you would need to consume a minimum of $55 per day beyond the average nonalcoholic beverages to break even. That equals six beers, or four or five glasses of wine or cocktails.

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For fans of specialty coffees, this package could save you money. Based on the price of a single espresso shot latte (about $6 after you add gratuity), you would only get five coffees for roughly the same cost as the coffee card. Since you get 15 single espresso shot beverages with the coffee card, you get more than double the number of coffees for the same price.

Whichever package you choose, your value may also depend on your itinerary and activities. On a Caribbean cruise that includes a sea day or two and a stop at CocoCay, you'll likely drink more — simply because you're relaxing more than touring, and the hot temperatures will make you thirsty.

But what about a port-intensive cruise in Europe where you are off the ship for long hours and likely to be sampling local beverages? In that case, the ship's beverage package might not come through for you.

Combined packages

If you mainly drink specialty coffees and sodas, one way to save a little money on your beverages is to combine the Cafe Select Coffee Card with the Classic Soda Package.

For example, you would need to purchase the Refreshment Package to get both sodas and premium coffees and teas, which is $29 per person, per day. The cost for the Cafe Select Coffee Card with the Classic Soda Package would run you $12.99 per day, plus a one-time cost of $31 for the card. So, for a five-night cruise, the Refreshment Package would cost you $145 per person; the combined Cafe Select Coffee Card and Classic Soda would cost $95.95 per person. You could spend even less if you're traveling with a partner and want to share one coffee card and each get your own soda package.

Additional factors

Before you decide if a Royal Caribbean drink package is worth it, there are two more things to consider: your Crown & Anchor loyalty status and your Casino Royale player status .

If you are a Diamond C&A member, your SeaPass card will be loaded with four free drinks per day. Diamond Plus members get five drinks, and Pinnacle members get six. Those can be water, specialty coffee or tea (other than from Starbucks and Desserted), sodas from bar servers, beer, wine or cocktails up to $14 (except at Bionic Bar).

As for casino perks, if your status is Prime or higher, you can drink free from the casino bar anytime it is open.

Those free perks could make the difference in which package you choose, if any. For example, a Diamond member might use her free drink allotment on cocktails and wine and save money with a Refreshment or Soda Package for her other daily drinks. Or, perhaps, the free drinks are enough that it's cheaper to buy a few nonalcoholic beverages a la carte.

Diamond Plus members also have a discount of 30% on Deluxe Beverage Packages when purchased on board. That's rarely a good deal unless you simply forget to buy in advance, as pre-purchase in the cruise planner or app is almost always at least 30% lower than the onboard price.

Bottom line: Is a drink package on Royal Caribbean right for you?

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Now that you have all the facts, there are several ways to look at Royal Caribbean's drink packages to determine if you should get one.

First, consider every kind of drink you will likely pay for on board. Are you happy with beverages that are included in the cruise fare? Those include tap water, drip coffee, tea, milk, lemonade and juice from a dispenser at breakfast. Or, will your vacation only be complete with morning lattes, smoothies, fruity drinks by the pool and wine with dinner?

For some people, it's easy. If you're likely to drink four or five cocktails most days, plus specialty coffee, waters for excursions, soda and a glass of wine at dinner, your total, if purchased individually, would easily exceed $80 per day. Unless your sailing has a higher-than-average price for the package, go for it.

However, if you typically only drink a couple of glasses of wine at dinner, you aren't likely to break even — at least, not on the Deluxe Beverage Package. In that case, skip the package that includes alcohol and do the math on the Refreshment Package.

If you drink soda, the difference in price between the Classic Soft Drinks Package and the Refreshment Package is $16. Almost any combination of two other drinks — lattes, mocktails, smoothies or bottled water — makes the Refreshment Package a deal for you. If you can live without the extras, stick with the soda-only package.

If none of those looks like a bargain, pay as you go. Some people set a daily drink budget and check themselves (or their kids) against their folio in the Royal Caribbean app or on the interactive TV in their cabin. I've even met people who bring cash along to pay their drink balance daily at guest services to stay on track.

The other side of the equation is to factor the price of the drink package into the total vacation cost to make the cruise more of an all-inclusive vacation experience. Think about it like you would an all-inclusive land-based resort. When you vacation at one of those, you not only wouldn't know the price of the drinks you consume, but you also would not care.

If you're more interested in a stress-free vacation where you don't have to agonize about the cost of every drink you consume than you are in paying the least amount of money possible for your vacation, a Royal Caribbean drink package is totally worth it.

The bottom line is that drink packages on Royal Caribbean expand your choices. You can use packages to make your cruise as all-inclusive as you'd like (and maybe save some money in the process), or you can opt to cruise and drink in pay-as-you-go mode. Either way, you'll find plenty of fun cocktails and mocktails, as well as your favorite wine and beer, to enhance your vacation at sea.

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Drink Packages

By Goofyisme , July 12, 2023 in Royal Caribbean International

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Cool Cruiser

What are the current prices for drink packages.  I have looked on RCCL site and can find the packages but not the prices.

Thanks in Advance

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You will only find the price out once you have booked a cruise and they are available on the manage my booking on the RCCL site or on your App. The prices will be different between cruises.

There’s no set price. It can and does change - both up and down. The good news is you can cancel for a full refund and repurchase if it goes down after you’ve bought it. So the usual advice is to buy it, then keep checking in case it’s come down.

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silentbob007

The prices fluctuate a bit and they are also different per ship and sailing. On my next booked cruise it is $80/pp/pd plus gratuity.   

OCSC Mike

Here is a neat tool a poster created to help you look at any future cruise planner, even if you haven't booked the cruise...

4 minutes ago, OCSC Mike said: Here is a neat tool a poster created to help you look at any future cruise planner, even if you haven't booked the cruise...    

This web tool is brilliant.  I used it to create the link and bookmarked the link so that I can check for price changes.   It would be great if the web tool was pinned in the forum.   

Hutcha

The prices go from ridiculous to outrageous. Especially in this day of competing lines offering free drinks (including Celebrity).

On my Mar 2024 Icon cruise it's running over $1500 (incl grat) for two people, on a 7 day.

LittleJoefromKokomo

9 minutes ago, Hutcha said:   On my Mar 2024 Icon cruise it's running over $1500 (incl grat) for two people, on a 7 day.

It sure is expensive to be drunk on a cruiseship  😂

12 minutes ago, Hutcha said: The prices go from ridiculous to outrageous. Especially in this day of competing lines offering free drinks (including Celebrity).

Celebrity is not offering free drinks other than the loyalty stuff. The all-inclusive rate is costing you roughly $140 pp/day for tips/drinks/wifi  (and the that is for a classic beverage package with sub-par offerings compared to Celebrity's Premium package or RCL's Deluxe package) over the cost of just the cruise only fare.

2 minutes ago, RedIguana said: Celebrity is not offering free drinks other than the loyalty stuff. The all-inclusive rate is costing you roughly $140 pp/day for tips/drinks/wifi  (and the that is for a classic beverage package with sub-par offerings compared to Celebrity's Premium package or RCL's Deluxe package) over the cost of just the cruise only fare.

Every line that offers a drink package included also has a cheaper option that doesn't include it. I just pulled a random one up and it was $75 pp/pd for drinks, wifi, and tips. That's a far cry from the $107 pp/pd for just drinks on my Icon cruise.

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8 minutes ago, Hutcha said: Every line that offers a drink package included also has a cheaper option that doesn't include it. I just pulled a random one up and it was $75 pp/pd for drinks, wifi, and tips. That's a far cry from the $107 pp/pd for just drinks on my Icon cruise.

Here's a comparable deal on RCL the same month (first one I pulled up).

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So, The base cruise fare, plus the drink package (incl grat) is $2,749 pp. Yes, it is a better drink package.

21 minutes ago, Hutcha said: Every line that offers a drink package included also has a cheaper option that doesn't include it. I just pulled a random one up and it was $75 pp/pd for drinks, wifi, and tips. That's a far cry from the $107 pp/pd for just drinks on my Icon cruise.

Is that $75 pp/pd difference you listed from Celebrity? That would shock me. RCL and Celebrity are charging what I consider crazy pricing on beverage packages since sometime in 2022. My first two back from the restart on RCL was paying in the upper $50's to mid $60's for the deluxe package/wifi combo. My 7 night on Celebrity last fall was $1500 pp for concierge class cabin with Premium beverage/tips/wifi + 400 obc  (total $800 obc, also no solo supplement...wife and I grabbed connect concierge class cabins). But RCL and Celebrity's packages are crazy high right now. I was agreeing with you on that. I was just pointing out Celebrity was not offering free drinks, and that their packages were just as nuts as RCL's. Other lines AI's are less expensive than just the beverage packages on RCL/Celebrity right now. 

ARandomTraveler

I have 4 cruises booked right now, 2 with Royal and 2 with Celebrity, and the Celebrity premium drink packages are the most expensive at $86.99/day. 

6 minutes ago, RedIguana said: Is that $75 pp/pd difference you listed from Celebrity? That would shock me. RCL and Celebrity are charging what I consider crazy pricing on beverage packages since sometime in 2022. My first two back from the restart on RCL was paying in the upper $50's to mid $60's for the deluxe package/wifi combo. My 7 night on Celebrity last fall was $1500 pp for concierge class cabin with Premium beverage/tips/wifi + 400 obc  (total $800 obc, also no solo supplement...wife and I grabbed connect concierge class cabins). But RCL and Celebrity's packages are crazy high right now. I was agreeing with you on that. I was just pointing out Celebrity was not offering free drinks, and that their packages were just as nuts as RCL's. Other lines AI's are less expensive than just the beverage packages on RCL/Celebrity right now. 

The $75/pp/pd is their bundled all included rate which includes the Classic drink package.  The classic on its own is $89pp/pd plus 20%.  The Classic is very limited in the offering and only goes up to $10 per drink.  If you want the Premium package, its $109pp/pd plus 20%.  If you take the all included rate, you can upgrade to premium for $24pp/pd plus 20%.  

The all included is a good deal given it includes tips and wifi on top of the drinks if you are ok with basic drinks.  

I must be different from most.  I am heading on a 10 day cruise in Nov 2024.  Drink package would be $1,500 for 2 of us for the 10 days.  That is 10 drinks a day at $15 a drink to break even.  That is 5 drinks per day per person.  While I may have 5 drinks in a day once or twice, my wife's max may be 3.  On some days we may have 1 or 2.

I can't justify it.  It is a port intensive cruise and I am sure we may tip a few back while on shore. I am thinking it is borderline insane.  I wonder how many of these packages do they sell?  Is there any data on that that anyone has access to and can share?

8 minutes ago, Rob-Bob said: I must be different from most.  I am heading on a 10 day cruise in Nov 2024.  Drink package would be $1,500 for 2 of us for the 10 days.  That is 10 drinks a day at $15 a drink to break even.  That is 5 drinks per day per person.  While I may have 5 drinks in a day once or twice, my wife's max may be 3.  On some days we may have 1 or 2.   I can't justify it.  It is a port intensive cruise and I am sure we may tip a few back while on shore. I am thinking it is borderline insane.  I wonder how many of these packages do they sell?  Is there any data on that that anyone has access to and can share?

Nothing wrong if the drink package doesn't make sense to you.  Its expensive and not for everyone.  For a lot of people, 5 drinks is not a crazy amount.  A mimosa in the morning, a drink by the pool when you return to the ship, a wine at dinner and a couple of drinks for after dinner entertainment and you are there.  

1 minute ago, Liljo22 said: Nothing wrong if the drink package doesn't make sense to you.  Its expensive and not for everyone.  For a lot of people, 5 drinks is not a crazy amount.  A mimosa in the morning, a drink by the pool when you return to the ship, a wine at dinner and a couple of drinks for after dinner entertainment and you are there.    

True.  I guess I just can't see doing that 10 days in a row but that is me.  Plus what you described is breaking even, financially.

Looks like I can bring on 2 bottles of wine for no charge. Is this accurate?

Just now, Rob-Bob said: True.  I guess I just can't see doing that 10 days in a row but that is me.  Plus what you described is breaking even, financially.   Looks like I can bring on 2 bottles of wine for no charge. Is this accurate?   Thanks.

Yes its break even but the allure for some is not having to worry about the bill at the end.  Plus it gives you the freedom to try drinks you would not normally order.  If you don't like it, just order something different.  

You can bring 1 bottle per person of age in the cabin.

Just now, Liljo22 said: Yes its break even but the allure for some is not having to worry about the bill at the end.  Plus it gives you the freedom to try drinks you would not normally order.  If you don't like it, just order something different.     You can bring 1 bottle per person of age in the cabin.

Thanks.  And you are right about trying different drinks.  That is definitely one benefit of a drink package.

12 minutes ago, Rob-Bob said: I can't justify it.  It is a port intensive cruise and I am sure we may tip a few back while on shore. I am thinking it is borderline insane.

I can't justify it either. I think the prices are insane, especially as you mention most of our wives would never come close to breaking even.

16 minutes ago, Liljo22 said: The all included is a good deal given it includes tips and wifi on top of the drinks if you are ok with basic drinks.

Compare to Princess plus at $60 pp/day with drinks up to $15, or Princess Premier at $80 pp/pd with drinks up to $20. Both include grats and wifi, Premier also includes specialty dining (2 per person on a 7 night). Both also include some extraneous stuff that isn't really relevant to our comparison. I was drinking Caymus cabernet sauvignon for an $8/glass up charge on my last Princess cruise. 

Royal's drink vouchers are nice though, probably best loyalty perk of the mass market lines. Pretty much make a beverage package not required.

5 hours ago, RedIguana said: Is that $75 pp/pd difference you listed from Celebrity? That would shock me. RCL and Celebrity are charging what I consider crazy pricing on beverage packages since sometime in 2022. My first two back from the restart on RCL was paying in the upper $50's to mid $60's for the deluxe package/wifi combo. My 7 night on Celebrity last fall was $1500 pp for concierge class cabin with Premium beverage/tips/wifi + 400 obc  (total $800 obc, also no solo supplement...wife and I grabbed connect concierge class cabins). But RCL and Celebrity's packages are crazy high right now. I was agreeing with you on that. I was just pointing out Celebrity was not offering free drinks, and that their packages were just as nuts as RCL's. Other lines AI's are less expensive than just the beverage packages on RCL/Celebrity right now. 

Yes, that was from Celebrity. Yes, if you wait and just buy the drink package, it is really expensive. My point was that there are many cruise lines (X, NCL, MSC) that let you bundle your fare to include a drink package. NCL is something like $120 pp/pd, plus grat, if you opt out of it when you book and try to add it later.

On my 7 day X cruise in Feb, it was about a $500 pp difference for the cruise. When you include the internet and tips, it's a really good deal. The drink package alone was more than that. I like the convenience of the drink package, but I'm not getting it on Royal at $107 pp/pd on my Feb cruise. They are going to need to do something to remain competitive. The Diamonds and above might not care about a package, but a lot of people do.

What great information especially the tool.

What is the availability of coffees and teas outside of Starbucks? Is there just a "normal" coffee shop?  BTW looking to sail on the Vision.

Thanks again

21 minutes ago, Goofyisme said: What great information especially the tool. What is the availability of coffees and teas outside of Starbucks? Is there just a "normal" coffee shop?  BTW looking to sail on the Vision. Thanks again

https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/vision-of-the-seas/things-to-do/cafe-latte-tudes

I just paid $1482CAD for a 6 day cruise for 2. Last year I paid $1313 for a 5 day including drink package and Wi-Fi.  Crazy!!

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This is whats showing for my 7 night Oasis cruise for next January. Is this the best deal you can get or is there a chance for a better deal come Black Friday etc?

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Drink Package Price

By BahamianBill , July 16, 2021 in Royal Caribbean International

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I've recently booked a cruise on Harmony of the seas for late February I couldnt be more excited. However I was wondering if anyone knew what a good price for the Deluxe drink package is this year? I'm getting offered 20% off which is $66.99 thats about 17% more then I paid 2 years ago I know they usually raise it about 7-10% a year. I was just curious if thats a decent deal. 

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Pay no attention to the discount % that means nothing the prices go up and down almost daily. We are on the Harmony in Jan, we got a great deal during last years Black Friday sale (Thanksgiving) deluxe at  for $50.00 pp/pd ea. Our last one we got it for 43.00 ea. You can purchase it at the price you are comfortable with and if it goes down, cancel and rebook at the lower price. Takes a couple of weeks for them to credit back your original price paid. Check the sales during this Thanksgiving. Hope you score a great deal!

52 minutes ago, BahamianBill said: I've recently booked a cruise on Harmony of the seas for late February I couldnt be more excited. However I was wondering if anyone knew what a good price for the Deluxe drink package is this year? I'm getting offered 20% off which is $66.99 thats about 17% more then I paid 2 years ago I know they usually raise it about 7-10% a year. I was just curious if thats a decent deal. 

Book it now, cancel and rebook when it goes to 30%... it probably wont get cheaper than that, but as you said they might raise the price before the 30%

Currently booked on a 9 day NYE21 on Anthem. Currently at $61 PP/PD. Waiting for it to dip.

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11 minutes ago, Miloomar said: Book it now, cancel and rebook when it goes to 30%... it probably wont get cheaper than that, but as you said they might raise the price before the 30%

I got Serenade on July 4th weekend for an August cruise for 40% off at $44 a day.  I had previously purchased it at $48 and it was listed as 30% off.

But you are right.  book it when the price is acceptable and cancel when it goes down.

1 minute ago, Tree_skier said: I got Serenade on July 4th weekend for an August cruise for 40% off at $44 a day.  I had previously purchased it at $48 and it was listed as 30% off.   But you are right.  book it when the price is acceptable and cancel when it goes down.

Damn, on july 4th I only had a 30% offer for Symphony at $62 

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2 hours ago, BahamianBill said: I know they usually raise it about 7-10% a year.

RCI would ecstatic if they could do that - inflation on most things is a lot less than that.

1 hour ago, Miloomar said: Damn, on july 4th I only had a 30% offer for Symphony at $62 

It's always going to be more expensive on the big girls like Symphony.  $62 is high though.  Maybe Labor day they might put up a good sale.

19 minutes ago, Biker19 said: RCI would ecstatic if they could do that - inflation on most things is a lot less than that.

Have you bought lumber lately  😩

4 hours ago, BahamianBill said: I've recently booked a cruise on Harmony of the seas for late February I couldnt be more excited. However I was wondering if anyone knew what a good price for the Deluxe drink package is this year? I'm getting offered 20% off which is $66.99 thats about 17% more then I paid 2 years ago I know they usually raise it about 7-10% a year. I was just curious if thats a decent deal. 

On Freedom yesterday the “normal price” was $89 however they were offering buy one get one %50 off

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24 minutes ago, kilpa482 said: On Freedom yesterday the “normal price” was $89 however they were offering buy one get one %50 off

Is that 89 before gratuity?

WAHMto5

The lowest I have found it on our Symphony cruise this September is $58.00.  This is a lift & shift cruise from last year in which I had it purchased at $44.00. Was hoping to see it drop again like that but never did:(

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My allure November cruise price kept changing then said 40 percent off for 50 a day then I bought, we are diamond plus so we can get 30 percent on board.

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14 hours ago, George C said: My allure November cruise price kept changing then said 40 percent off for 50 a day then I bought, we are diamond plus so we can get 30 percent on board.

And now D+ gets five free drinks a day even without the drink package....

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Does anyone know if there is still a discount for diamond/DP/pinnacle on the drink package.  You would think they would given the new voucher system.  As a DP I am struggling to justify buying a deluxe package at $70 a day (current price in planner).   I wonder how much a 16 ounce domestic beer is now? If I assume around $10 (which is a ridiculous price but probably close to what it is), I’d have to drink 7 beers on top of my 5 free DP drinks per day to make the deluxe package worth considering.  That’s 12 drinks a day.  Hard to imagine how I would want a drink package with that math.  

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2 minutes ago, topnole said: Does anyone know if there is still a discount for diamond/DP/pinnacle on the drink package.  You would think they would given the new voucher system.  As a DP I am struggling to justify buying a deluxe package at $70 a day (current price in planner).   I wonder how much a 16 ounce domestic beer is now? If I assume around $10 (which is a ridiculous price but probably close to what it is), I’d have to drink 7 beers on top of my 5 free DP drinks per day to make the deluxe package worth considering.  That’s 12 drinks a day.  Hard to imagine how I would want a drink package with that math.  

I agree, I have decided with the new voucher system, I will forgo the DBP on the next cruise and drink normally. At the conclusion I am going to crunch the numbers. I am fairly confident I will come out ahead. 

7 minutes ago, topnole said: Does anyone know if there is still a discount for diamond/DP/pinnacle on the drink package.  You would think they would given the new voucher system.  As a DP I am struggling to justify buying a deluxe package at $70 a day (current price in planner).   I wonder how much a 16 ounce domestic beer is now? If I assume around $10 (which is a ridiculous price but probably close to what it is), I’d have to drink 7 beers on top of my 5 free DP drinks per day to make the deluxe package worth considering.  That’s 12 drinks a day.  Hard to imagine how I would want a drink package with that math.  

I'm thinking that a domestic beer is closer to $7-$8, so you'd be looking at 9-10 beers a day in addition to your 5 vouchers.  

4 minutes ago, not-enough-cruising said: I agree, I have decided with the new voucher system, I will forgo the DBP on the next cruise and drink normally. At the conclusion I am going to crunch the numbers. I am fairly confident I will come out ahead. 

I think a lot of people are going to drop the DBP with the vouchers, but I'm hoping that it doesn't cause them to delete the new voucher program when "normalcy" returns to the world.  (Pretty sure it was announced as a permanent change, but they can always change their minds!)  I'm guessing that the majority of the DBP purchasers were not D/D+/P to begin with, so hopefully the voucher program won't affect the bottom line too much and they'll maintain the changes.

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We're on the Jewel of the Seas in October this year, lowest the price has been was $59/pp/day.

15 minutes ago, topnole said: Does anyone know if there is still a discount for diamond/DP/pinnacle on the drink package.  You would think they would given the new voucher system.  As a DP I am struggling to justify buying a deluxe package at $70 a day (current price in planner).    I wonder how much a 16 ounce domestic beer is now? If I assume around $10 (which is a ridiculous price but probably close to what it is), I’d have to drink 7 beers on top of my 5 free DP drinks per day to make the deluxe package worth considering.  That’s 12 drinks a day.  Hard to imagine how I would want a drink package with that math.  

On the blog, the new bar menus were posted, beers are $7.49 plus 18% = $8.84

17 minutes ago, not-enough-cruising said: On the blog, the new bar menus were posted, beers are $7.49 plus 18% = $8.84

Cool. Now I can have 8 beers extra per day before considering the Drink package.  Looks like I can easily have a vacation I won’t remember for cheaper than the drink package.   😂 😂

1 hour ago, brillohead said: And now D+ gets five free drinks a day even without the drink package....

I don't even think I would consider a drink package as D+. Especially since the other half probably wouldn't use more than 1.

33 minutes ago, not-enough-cruising said: I agree, I have decided with the new voucher system, I will forgo the DBP on the next cruise and drink normally. At the conclusion I am going to crunch the numbers. I am fairly confident I will come out ahead. 

Same.  And of course my wife is DP too so she gets 5 per day.  She may use most of them, but probably not all of them over a week cruise.    

I’m sure there are many who have spouses that drink one or two a day max.  These will inevitably end up being used by the spouse that drinks more.   So yet again another reason not to buy a package.  

27 minutes ago, topnole said: Same.  And of course my wife is DP too so she gets 5 per day.  She may use most of them, but probably not all of them over a week cruise.     I’m sure there are many who have spouses that drink one or two a day max.  These will inevitably end up being used by the spouse that drinks more.   So yet again another reason not to buy a package.  

Spot on, DW will use maybe 2 of her D+ vouchers in the evening, the rest I will handle for her

Haha

1 hour ago, not-enough-cruising said: Spot on, DW will use maybe 2 of her D+ vouchers in the evening, the rest I will handle for her

So nice of you to take care of them for her!   😄

On 7/16/2021 at 2:03 PM, Tree_skier said: It's always going to be more expensive on the big girls like Symphony.  $62 is high though.  Maybe Labor day they might put up a good sale.

 $62 was 30% off... how often do you see bigger discounts?

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