Celebrity Cruises raises drinks package prices

Celebrity Cruises raises drinks package prices

By Tom Stieghorst
Celebrity Cruises has changed its drinks package, raising the price if the plan is not purchased in advance of the cruise.

The new two-tier price system means that the Classic Package that costs $44 per person, per day in advance costs $49 on the ship. The Classic Package includes beers up to $5 and mixed drinks and wine up to $8, as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

Pricing spreads of $2 to $4 per person, per day apply to other packages including non-alcoholic beverages. On the Premium Package that includes alcoholic drinks priced up to $12, the price spread is $5 per person, per day.

The new pricing became effective Sept. 20. The prices prevailing at that time became the pre-purchase prices, with the onboard prices going up, Celebrity said.

Premium & Classic Beverage Packages

Premium & Classic Beverage Packages

From bottled water to wine by the glass, relax in the freedom and convenience of having all your cruise beverages included for one price.

*Starting from: 9.24 GBP Per NIGHT
Taste of the Vineyards Wine Packages

Taste of the Vineyards Wine Packages

Offers a variety of international wines by the bottle that will meet your preferences. Choose 3, 5, or 7 bottle packages and make your specific wine selection on board.

*Starting from:65.34 GBP Per PACKAGE
Soda Package

Soda Package

Enjoy refreshing Coca-Cola® beverages throughout your cruise. Available as fountain drinks or canned drinks.

*Starting from: 4.62 GBP Per NIGHT
Premium Bottled Water Package

Premium Bottled Water Package

Refresh your thirst from our selection of both still and sparkling bottled water, including Evian® , Pellegrino® and Perrier®.

*Starting from: 7.92 GBP Per NIGHT
Stateroom Bar Setup

Stateroom Bar Setup

Enjoy your favorite bottle of spirits, with an assortment of mixers and ice bucket, in the comfort of your stateroom. Choices include Classic and Premium brands. Simply indicate the spirit of your choice and let Celebrity take care of the rest.

*Starting from:52.80 GBP Per PACKAGE
Riedel Comparative Wine Crystal Workshop

Riedel Comparative Wine Crystal Workshop

Attend Riedel’s Wine Glass Comparative Workshop onboard Celebrity. In this unique workshop, you’ll taste different varieties and learn how the shape of a glass affects the experience of every sip.

*Starting from:54.12 GBP Per PACKAGE


Carnival puts 15-drink daily cap on alcohol package

Carnival puts 15-drink daily cap on alcohol package

By Tom Stieghorst
Carnival Cruise Lines has incorporated a daily limit of 15 drinks into its single-price drinks package.

The package, which is now being offered on 13 Carnival ships, lets passengers pay for all beverages on a cruise in a single payment.

A Carnival spokesman said the cruise line recently “formalized” the limit on how many alcoholic drinks guests will be served within a 24-hour period running from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

He stressed that the program is still in a trial period. It started on one ship last summer and has since been expanded to about half of Carnival’s fleet.

Sodas and most other non-alcoholic beverages remain unlimited and are not counted toward the 15 drink ceiling, he said.

Drink packages now available on 13 Royal Caribbean ships

Drink packages now available on 13 Royal Caribbean ships

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Royal Caribbean has begun offering all-inclusive drink packages on 13 ships and plans to make them available on all of its vessels sailing voyages of at least seven nights by early next year.

Passengers can now purchase “Classic” or “Premium” packages. Royal Caribbean has been testing the idea on several ships this year.

The Classic package includes beer and house wines, plus non-alcoholic beverages, for $45 a day. Premium, for $55 a day, adds frozen drinks and cocktails, including premium brands, to the Classic lineup.

Packages must be bought on or before the first day of the cruise and cover every day of the cruise. Also, if one passenger in a cabin buys the package, everyone over 21 in the same cabin must also buy one.

Carnival Cruise Lines began testing a similar package this summer and has it available on a half-dozen ships, while Norwegian Cruise Line has said it is evaluating such a package.

Fans of the idea say it helps them manage their bar bills; opponents say it facilitates excessive drinking.