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Cruise Line Alcohol and Beverage Guide

Cruise Line Alcohol and Beverage Guide

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Published by Rich Tucker
Complete guide to each cruise lines alcohol and drink packages as well as their policies for bringing onboard beverages.
Complete guide to each cruise lines alcohol and drink packages as well as their policies for bringing onboard beverages.

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 Cruise Line Drink Package Guide
Another Original Resource created by CruiseWithMike.com
 
 
CruiseWithMike.com
Cruise Line Drink Package Guide
ALCOHOL AND BEVERAGEPackage Availabilityby Cruise Line
With Cruise Lines becoming much more aggressively creative in their means by which to increase their bottom lines,particularly by way of on-board revenues, it is important to know who is doing what, and who is not. While it wouldseem somewhat counter to their goal to offer cost cutting incentives, it is due primarily to their customer base eitherrequesting it, or by way of their customers patronizing other cruise lines that do, so that they too
get
with the program
and begin offering special pricing packages for their on-board passengers.This list would have looked somewhat different just a few short years ago, and it should be noted that it is in acontinual state of change and revision by the cruise lines. Basically everyone who cruises wants to think they aregetting a good deal. So the cruise lines have basically acquiesced some of their profits in order to appease theincreased customer demand for such programs.
First things first 
. You should know that the Cruise Lines do not treat
Hard Liquor
(spirits) the same as they do saywine or champagne. Most cruise lines have policies that forbid passengers from bringing on board any hard alcohol,unless you are sailing on a premium or luxury line, and you have purchased something while at port, and you wish toconsume it in your room. While Most Duty Free shops on Cruise ships, are not able to let you have your bottle until themorning of your departure, once again this can sometimes be different when it comes to the luxury lines, so just besure you are
familiar with your cruise line’s policies. And since they can and do change so often, it is a good idea to
inquire at the customer service desk once you are on-board.
Wine Packages
can add up to some pretty healthy savings over the bottle-at-a-time, and especially so over the by-the-glass price. While if you purchase the wine packages you are generally going to expect to realize a savings of around15-25 percent, depending on quality of the wine package and the duration of your cruise. Consequently, the longer thecruise the more savings you will be able to rack up.
Beer Packages
are beginning to grow in popularity with the cruise lines, and we have seen a much larger increase inthe number of cruise lines that offer such packages over just a few short years ago. Even thought you may find yourself 
sailing on a cruise line that does not yet offer a beer package, most every cruise line will offer some type of “bucketprice” or something similar to it. Carnival in particular even allows you to keep the b
ucket, although many of thebuckets remain behind on the ship after the customers have emptied its content, like a crustacean
s discarded shell!Also you might wish to inquire with your room steward as they can normally fix you up with beer six pack specials foryour mini fridge in the room. You might even be able to get them to fill it full, if the cruise line allows. Celebrity is thefirst contemporary or premium cruise line to offer All-You-Can-Drink packages on Alcoholic beverages on their entirefleet.
Soda Packages
(if you are a person who drinks a lot of soda) will garner a considerable savings over the pay as you goplan. While many of the cruise lines do allow passengers to bring a reasonable amount of soda or bottled water aboardat embarkation (be sure to have it as carry on, and it is always best to just be honest about what it is, and you will beable to pass thru with generally little to no difficulty). Now, for those folks who like to overdo it with trying to get largecoolers on board, you stand to face an uphill battle for sure. Remember that when the cruise line says reasonable theyare meaning that each person is carrying no more than 1 or two soda/waters per day. Not one or two cases. Generallyif you are concerned whether or not you are trying to bring on too much, then you most likely are!
 
CruiseWithMike.com
Cruise Line Drink Package Guide
Bottled Water
: The prices for bottled water are generally pretty high on cruise ships. But,
if you truly don’t have a
genuine need of using bottled water
vs.
tap water, you might be interested to know that the purification systems onmost larger cruise ships today, put out some pretty fantastic water. However, should you just need your bottled water,if your cruise line offers a package; you can expect to save at least 10 to 15 percent, by purchasing your bottled waterin a package as compared to buying them individually.The following matrix is a representation of the various cruise line policies with regards to beverages (both alcoholicand non-alcoholic). Additionally, there are many cruise lines that are actually silent as to specific policies regarding thisissue. Additionally, while doing the research for this article it should be noted that there were always several instanceswhere it was found that although strictly forbidden, some passengers will still attempt to bring these contrabandarticles on board with them, often times disguised as checked luggage, or covered up by something in their carry on.While it may not be considered a severe offense to bring such items, you should bear in mind that for those lines whichdo have policies(and do rigidly enforce them), that you can run the risk of finding yourself in a denied boarding, over amatter of trying to save yourself a few dollars. So what is really the smart play here? Also, I must say that I haveobserved on several occasions, where passengers have brought items aboard that I was told by reservations could notbe brought on, the embarkation personnel clearly saw the items, and allowed them to pass without incident. So whatis the real word? It may come down to it just depends, (but for me) I buy the packaged beverages, and feel goodenough that I have saved myself a little money. If you have children, and the policy allows you to bring bottled waterand soda aboard, then you should be just fine to do so.
Just remember “moderation”!
 
If you see the (*) sign within the matrix data, this means that further information is referenced on this matter withinthe individual cruise line summary information which follows.
Cruise Line Alcohol and Beverage Packages Available
 
Line Wine Pkg Beer Pkg Soda Pkg Water Pkg BYO Wine BYO Bev CommentsAzamara
Compl* Yes Compl* Compl* N/A N/A Yes
Carnival
Yes No* Yes No Yes* Yes Yes
Celebrity
Yes Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Costa
Yes Yes Yes Yes NO NO Yes
Crystal
Compl* Compl* Compl* Compl* Yes Yes* Yes
Disney
Yes Yes* Compl* Yes* NO Yes* Yes
HollandAmer
Yes Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MSC
Yes Yes Yes Yes NO NO Yes
NCL
Lmtd* GrpOnly* Yes No NO* NO* Yes
Oceania
Lmtd* No No No YES Yes Yes
Princess
Lmtd* No* Yes No Yes* Yes Yes
Royal Caribb
Yes* Yes* Yes Yes NO Yes Yes

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