You’ve paid the deposit and are officially in cruise countdown mode! Only so many more days until you’re lounging by the pool with a cocktail in hand, cooling down with a soda after an adventurous day in port, and sipping on wine while enjoying mouthwatering cuisine.
You can’t think about the picture perfect cruise vacation without beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, crossing your mind.
How much do drinks cost a la carte? What are your Royal Caribbean drink package options? Do they have any restrictions? Will you actually save money if you opt to splurge on a package?
Unlike other cruise lines, Royal Caribbean does not offer different tiers of alcoholic beverage packages for guests to choose from. Since there is only one package, you can look forward to many high quality liquors – think Grey Goose vodka, Patron tequila, Hennessy, and Dewar's 12 Year scotch, among other offerings.
Top tier alcoholic beverages come at a price, though, so I bet you’re wondering if this package is worth it or not.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Deluxe Beverage Package to help you decide if it’s the right decision for your vacation.
Because there is only one package, expect the pricing to reflect higher end offerings. As of October 2022, the Deluxe Beverage Package ranges from $63.00 to $89.00 per person, per day. The pricing varies based on ship, itinerary, and sail date.
Below are the prices you can expect to find if you choose to pay for your beverages a la carte:
- Most cocktails are $13.00-$14.00, excluding the drink of the day. Each day, a new drink will be discounted, usually about 20%.
- The majority of liquors range from $9.99 to $13.99. New Amsterdam vodka, for instance, is $9.99, while Grey Goose is $13.99.
- Beer ranges from $7.49-$7.99.
- Hard ciders, like Angry Orchard and Strongbow, are $7.99.
- Trulys are $7.49 each. The available flavors may change, but we’ve frequently seen Lemonade and Wild Berry.
- Glasses of wine vary greatly; however, most fall within the window of $8.00-$14.00 per glass.
- Just like glasses of wine, expect there to be a wide range of pricing for bottles. Most cost between $29.00 and $58.00 each.
- Zero proof cocktails are $7.00.
- Speciality coffees at Cafe Promenade and Cafe Latte-tudes are $4.00-$5.50.
- Sodas are $3.50 each.
All gratuities must be prepaid when you purchase the drink package. You won’t have to worry about leaving any additional tips, unless you feel like the service warrants it. When purchasing drinks a la carte, expect an 18% gratuity to be added to each.
What’s included with the Deluxe Beverage Package?
The answer is pretty much everything!
The Deluxe Beverage Package includes all cocktails, beers, and wines by the glass valued up to $13.00, plus soda, non-alcoholic cocktails, bottled still and sparkling water, specialty teas and coffees, Johnny Rockets shakes, and freshly squeezed juices. In addition, you will get a 40% discount on bottles of wine under $100 and 20% off bottles above $100 in bars and dining rooms.
Be advised that this package doesn’t include drinks that are served in souvenir cups.
It is tempting to drink more than you normally would to feel as though you’re getting your money’s worth, and there is no cap to how many beverages you are able to purchase per day, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. That being said, remember that if you appear to be too intoxicated, the bartenders have the right to deny you service.
What isn’t included with the Deluxe Beverage Package?
Beverages valued at more than $13 are not included in the cost of the package, and you’ll be responsible for paying the difference. So, for example, if you order a glass of wine that costs $16.00, you’ll be charged $3.00.
Additionally, the package does not include beverages from Starbucks kiosks, as well as those ordered via room service or other mini-bar purchases.
The catch with the Deluxe Beverage Package
Multiple members of your party are over the age of 21. You’re probably tempted to purchase one or two packages and try to share them amongst the group, right? Unfortunately, each adult over 21 in a stateroom must purchase the package. If you’re caught, you could potentially get it revoked with no refund.
You can’t order more than one beverage at a time, unless you present a second SeaPass to the bartender, and be prepared to have to wait about 15 minutes in between orders. This prevents guests with a package from ordering a drink, handing it off to someone, and immediately being able to order another drink for themselves.
There are, however, some exceptions to this rule, such as traveling in the same stateroom as someone who is pregnant or who does not drink for personal or religious reasons. You’ll need to call Royal Caribbean directly to get an exception to the rule and purchase a non-alcoholic beverage package for the other person. It cannot be done online through the Cruise Planner.
Frequently asked questions
Can I purchase the package for a few days during my sailing?
No, all packages must be purchased for the full duration of the voyage, whether it is a 3-night Bahamas getaway or 10-night European adventure.
How do I purchase a package?
You can purchase a package up to 48 hours prior to your sail date by logging onto your Cruise Planner; there’s a tab dedicated just to beverage packages. If you purchase one in advance but find a cheaper price later on, you can cancel and rebook at no additional cost.
Tip: Sometimes you can bundle a beverage package with internet for a discount.
We’re stopping at CocoCay. Can I use my package there?
Yes! You can use the Deluxe Beverage Package on Royal Caribbean’s private islands. This includes both Perfect Day at CocoCay and Labadee, Haiti.