Despite what many believe, drinks packages are not just for those who drink alcohol. If you fancy sodas, special coffees and teas or anything other than basic tea, lemonade and water, then you may want to buy a drink package.
What is already included in the cruise fare:
- water (not bottled water)
- fruit juice at breakfast
Why cruisers buy a non-alcoholic beverage package:
- So you will know your bill ahead of time with no surprises from a-la-carte beverages
- Because you like sodas, specialty coffee, and bottled water
- So you will have a variety of options to drink each day
- You would have the convenience of ordering quickly without having to pay each time
- You can experiment with new drink options and try something new, like all of the fun mocktails offered on cruises
Most cruise lines offer a few different varieties of drink packages that include both alcoholic and non-alcoholic items. Starting with the classic soda package which is usually comprised with Coca-Cola® or Pepsi® products and many cruise lines include mocktails (fruity drinks without alcohol) in this package.
Carnival Cruise Line has Bottomless Bubbles Package that covers all-you-can-drink soda and juice for the full length of your cruise. Cost: $9.50/adult per day and $6.95/child per day.
Royal Caribbean has 2 non-alcohol packages: Classic Soda Package and the Refreshment Package. The Classic Soda Package includes a Coca-Cola® souvenir cup and unlimited Coca-Cola® beverages anywhere on the ship. The Refreshment Package includes the same Coca-Cola® souvenir cup and unlimited Coca-Cola® beverages, but also premium coffees and teas, fresh squeezed juices and non-alcoholic cocktails (mocktails). Classic Soda Package cost: $12.99 - $15.00 per person/per day and Refreshment Package Cost: $29.00 - $38.00 per person/per day.
Norwegian has an unlimited Cola beverage package. Cost: $7.95 per person/per day.
Celebrity offers 4 non-alcohol beverage packages: Premium, Classic, Kids Drink Package and Soda Package. The Premium Non-Alcoholic Package includes premium bottled water, specialty coffees and teas, Red Bull Energy Drink, coconut water and Vitamin Water. The Classic Package includes Coca-Cola®, juices, premium coffees and teas, and bottled water. The Kid's Drink Package includes smoothies, juices, bottled water, sodas and one mocktail flaring mixology class. The Soda Package includes both fountain and canned soda. Premium Package cost: $25 per person/per day, Classic Package cost: $18 per person/per day, Kid's Drink Package cost: $15 per person/per day, and Soda Package cost: $9 per person/per day.
Princess offers 2 non-alcohol beverage/coffee packages: the Classic Soda Package and the Coffee & Soda Package. The Classic Soda Package includes all fountain sodas, fruit juices, mocktails, and smoothies. The Coffee & Soda Package includes premium and specialty coffees and teas along with fountain sodas, fruit juices, hot chocolate and “zero-proof” mocktails. Classic Soda Package cost: $9.99 per person/per day and Coffee & Soda Package cost: $19.99 per person/per day.
Holland America offers 2 non-alcohol beverage packages: the Quench Package and Coca-Cola® package. The Quench Package includes an unlimited variety of premium coffees (espresso and cappuccino), juices, Coca-Cola® products, signature mocktails, Red Bull, and bottled waters 500ml and under. The Coca-Cola® package offers more than 100 unique flavors available. The Quench package cost: $17.95 per person/per day and the Coca-Cola®package costs $8.00 per person/per day.
For more information on the price of beverage packages visit: How much does it cost to buy a beverage package.