Royal Caribbean Drink Package Options & Pricing
Royal Caribbean offers various drink packages that allow you to enjoy a wide range of drinks while you sail. Whether you love fruity mocktails, fancy coffee, refreshing sodas, or just water, there's a package just for you. In this guide, we'll break down the different drink packages, explain how they work, and provide tips on choosing the one that suits you best.
Royal Caribbean Drink Package Types
To ensure you receive exactly what you are looking for, be sure to familiarize yourself with the complete list of beverages covered by each Royal Caribbean drink package before finalizing your purchase. Each drink package, outlined below, provides a detailed inventory of the contents it encompasses.
Classic Soda Package
The soda package, the smallest offered, features fountain drinks, refills, and Coca-Cola® Freestyle beverages. Depending on the cruise's availability, this package may include up to 100 different drinks. Common options often include Coca-Cola, Fanta, Bangs, Sprite, Mello Yello, Vitamin Water, Minute Maid juices, and a variety of flavor options.
At a rate of $12.99 per person per day, the soda package proves its value when you consume at least 4 sodas daily. Without the package, buying 4 sodas individually at the regular price of $3.50 each would amount to $14. If you don't intend to consume that quantity of soda, it's advisable to consider purchasing a more comprehensive package that provides a wider beverage selection or buying your drinks individually.
The refreshment package offers a variety of beverages, including milkshakes at Johnny Rockets, premium coffees, teas, freshly squeezed juices, bottled still and sparkling water, and a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails. Additionally, it encompasses everything featured in the classic soda package.
The refreshment package is priced at $29 per person per day. Non-alcoholic drinks typically cost about $7 each, and specialty beverages like coffee and tea typically cost $4.50 each without the package. Additionally, it includes Johnny Rocket milkshakes, typically priced at $5.50 each when not included in the package. To get value out of this drink package, you’d need to drink about 4-5 of these drinks per day.
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Deluxe Beverage Package
The Deluxe Beverage Package is all-inclusive, incorporating the offerings of both the refreshment package and the classic soda package. Additionally, it provides access to a wide selection of alcoholic beverages, making it the perfect choice for those seeking to enjoy cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, beer, and wines by the glass during their Royal Caribbean voyage.
The Deluxe Beverage Package's cost varies from $56 to $105 per person per day, depending on your ship and itinerary. This comprehensive package covers all non-alcoholic beverages and provides unlimited access to alcoholic beverages, along with exclusive discounts on bottled wines.
Within this package, you'll find an assortment of alcoholic beverages, and the following prices reflect what each drink would typically cost if not included in the Deluxe Beverage Package: specialty cocktails, which usually cost $14, mixed drinks containing spirits and liqueurs: $11, individual beers priced at $7, and single glasses of wine available for $11. Additionally, this package offers a 20% discount on bottled wines priced above $100 and a 40% discount on bottles under $100. To get your money’s worth, you’d need to drink about 4-15 alcoholic drinks per day, depending on the cost of the drink package on your ship and your preference of alcoholic drinks.
The water package offers the options of either 12 or 24 bottles of water. It’s a simple package that can save you money depending on how much water you drink on your trip. Generally, we advise you to purchase the water package to help stay hydrated throughout the trip.
The 12 bottle package costs $39 and the 24 bottles cost $69. If you consume 12 water bottles over 3-4 days, the water package would come to $9.75-$13 per day. If you were to buy individual bottled water at most bars, they’re typically priced around $3.50 per bottle. For a quantity of 12 bottles, this would amount to $42. Regardless of whether you opt for 12 or 24 bottles, the water package represents excellent value for its price.
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Is It Cheaper to Buy a Drinks Package Onboard the Royal Caribbean?
In most cases, it is cheaper to purchase a Royal Caribbean drink package than paying for drinks individually, depending on your anticipated consumption.
In the following example, we outline the costs of drinks, if purchased individually (no drink package). Consider this example to illustrate the value of the Deluxe Beverage Package:
- 1 specialty coffee: $4.50
- 2-3 waters: $6.50 - $9.75
- 1 soda: $3.50
- 1 glass of wine: $11.00
- 2-4 beers or cocktails: $28.00 - $56.00
Total: $53.50 - $85
The approximate total for beverage consumption for an entire day, considering a range of preferences, is around $$53.50 - $85. Please note that these are rough estimates and actual costs can vary depending on individual choices, actual costs onboard, and consumption patterns. If you're on a voyage where the package is priced at $56 per day, you'll find that it offers excellent value. The potential for savings varies depending on your choice of drinks and the package cost associated with your specific cruise.
How Many Drinks per Day on Royal Caribbean Drink Package?
On a Royal Caribbean Drink Package, you can have as many drinks as you want, as long as you are not overly intoxicated.
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Availability & Venues
It is important to know where you can and cannot use the drink package. As outlined by Royal Caribbean, “the beverage packages are honored at any of our bars, cafés, lounges, Windjammer cafe, Main Dining Room, Specialty Restaurants, Johnny Rockets, and on Perfect Day at CocoCay and Labadee during normal business hours. Room service, minibar, and Starbucks purchases are not included.”
Be sure to take advantage of where you can use your drink package to maximize your savings and get your money’s worth each day to avoid having to buy a drink where you could have used your drink package.
Drink Package Cancellations and Refunds
The Royal Caribbean rules on cancellation and refunds are quite straightforward and reasonable. The Royal Caribbean refund policies claim that “orders can be canceled through Cruise Planner up to 2 days before the sail date and are 100% refundable. Once onboard, refunds will be credited to the guest's account. Any partially consumed portion of the package will be charged at full price.”
When purchasing a drink package, be sure to understand exactly what you are buying and make sure that it is worth it. The hassle and inconvenience of cancellations and refunds are better to be avoided for your benefit and the benefit of Royal Caribbean.
Is the Royal Caribbean Drink Package per Person or Room?
The drink packages are sold per person, not per room.
Can a Couple Share a Drink Package on Royal Caribbean?
No, sharing drinks or jointly ordering drinks from a single drink package on Royal Caribbean Cruises is not permitted. The drink packages are intended for individual use and cannot be shared, even if you’re staying in the same room with other guests. However, you can certainly purchase beverages for others separately from your drink package.
If you and your companion wish to enjoy drinks at the same table, that's acceptable, as long as no one is abusing the drink package privileges. Only those who have purchased a drink package are entitled to the beverages included in it. Sharing drinks, if discovered, may lead to the cancellation of your drink package without a refund.
Navigating Royal Caribbean's Drink Packages with Confidence
Royal Caribbean’s drink packages offer a wide array of options to cater to every cruiser's beverage preferences and budget. Whether you're a soda enthusiast, a fan of specialty coffees and milkshakes, or looking to indulge in alcoholic beverages, there's a package just for you. With this information at your fingertips, you can embark on your Royal Caribbean cruise well-prepared to enjoy a delightful and refreshing beverage experience that enhances your journey.