Here’s a rundown on drink packages offered by cruise lines. Costs are per person, are paid in advance for entire duration of cruise, except where otherwise noted. Most plans place a cap on the value of drinks that can be ordered under the package; for example, wine by the glass might be limited to those that individually would cost under $10. In most cases also, prices quoted here do not include a 15 percent gratuity.
All beverages, alcoholic or otherwise, are included in the fares on the five luxury cruise lines, Silversea, Seabourn, Crystal, Regent and Sea Dream. Some of these lines, however, may offer package deals that cover more expensive wines and/or spirits.
Sodas and juices: The line’s Bottomless Bubbles program provides unlimited soft drinks and juices for the duration of the cruise. Cost is $6 per day for adults, $4.50 children 17 or younger.
Alcohol: Being tested on six ships is an all-inclusive program called Cheers that includes wines by the glass, beer and cocktails priced at $10 and lower. Cost is $42.95 per day.
Sodas and juices: Age 18 and older, $6.50 per day; 3-17, $4.50.
With the line’s Bottled Juice Package, juices are delivered to staterooms on first day of cruise, $20.15 for six 15-ounce bottles, $25.25 for eight bottles or $36.55 for 12 bottles.
Alcohol: The line is testing a two-level package on two ships making Caribbean voyages. The Classic Beverage plan, at $45 per day, covers beer, house wines by the glass, and fountain sodas and juices. The Premium Beverage plan, at $55 per day, adds well, call and premium cocktails to the Classic program. Three tiers of wine packages are offered, with choices of five, seven or 10 bottles. Prices range from $135 to $395. Prices are slightly higher on Europe and South America sailings.
Sodas: Fountain sodas are $6.25 per day for ages 13 and older, $4 per day for 6 months-12 years of age.
Alcohol: The line is testing an all-inclusive program on three of its ships at $49 per person per day. The program includes house, call and premium beverages, wine by the glass priced up to $10 in restaurants, bottled beer priced $5.50 and under, draft beer to 26 ounces, fountain sodas and juices. Norwegian also has a new wine program, Viva Vino, that offers 25 percent discounts on three levels of wines. Costs are $99 to $110 for four bottles, $132 to $162 for six bottles and $176 to $216 for eight bottles.
Alcohol: Offered on cruises of 10 days or longer are Silver Tier wines (up to $29 a bottle) priced at $161 for seven bottles, $210 for 10, $240 for 12. Gold tier wines are $217 for seven bottles, $290 for 10, $336 for 12.
Soft drinks: Passengers can buy a Soda Card, good for $50 worth of soda, for $25. A Non-Alcoholic Beverage Card, good for soda, coffee, tea, mineral water, etc., costs $45 for a $50 card.
Alcohol: A Beverage Card, used to purchase any beverage, is priced at $45 for a $50 card; a $100 card costs $90.
Soft drinks: Soda package starts at $7 per day, premium bottled water at $12 per day.
Alcohol: Premium and Classic Beverage package includes all cruise beverages, runs $44-$54 a day. Taste of the Vineyards wine package starts at $99.
Extra: This package includes a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks by the glass, mineral water, draft beer and wine at $26 per day.
EXTRACHD: Soft drinks by the glass, $14 per day.
X1: This Happy Individual Beverage Package includes wines or draft beer and mineral all served by the glass in the dining rooms during lunch and dinner only; $17.55 per day.
X1CHD: For children 4-17, includes soft drinks and mineral water; $10.79 per day.
Guests on Europe-based sailings are charged in euros; prices below have been converted to dollars at current exchange rate.
Sodas and water: Soft drinks $14.20 a day for ages 4-17. Mineral water: 13 bottles for $29.15. Also, 20 non-alcoholic drinks for boys and girls, $54.25.
Alcohol: On Europe sailings, cost is $25.20 per day for adults 18 years and older. Wines: Three tiers providing seven bottles of mineral water and four to six bottles of Italian wine range in price from $100 to $167.30. Beer package of 20 craft beers runs $106.50.
Soft drinks and alcohol: Allegrissimo Premium package provides wines by the glass, draft beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic items such as sodas, mineral waters, smoothies, milkshakes and take-away ice cream. Cost is $61 per day for adults. Same package for teens and children, minus the alcohol, is $31 per day.
All sodas, iced tea and coffee are complimentary.
Wine: Two choices are offered, each providing one bottle of wine each evening at dinner. Classic costs $84-$189, depending on cruise length, Premium runs $239-$292.
All sodas, bottled water and specialty coffees are complimentary.
Alcohol: House Select package, at $29.95 per day, includes house wine by the glass and beer with lunch and dinner. The Premium package, at $49.95, includes beer and premium wine by the glass and most beverages on the bar menu. Packages can be purchased on board at any time during cruise, with prices pro-rated.
Boutique wines at lunch and dinner, bottled water and specialty coffees and teas are complimentary.
Alcohol: Three packages are offered: Beer package, which includes all brands, and discounts on wines, spirits and premium bottled water, is priced at $19.95 per day. Classic package includes call-brand spirits and beer, $29.95 per day, plus 25 percent discount on wines, specialty spirits and mineral water. Premium package includes premium-brand spirits, all beer brands, glasses of wine priced at $10 or less and premium bottled water, costs $39.95 plus 25 percent discount on all wines and specialty spirits.
Soft drinks: Package provides unlimited fountain sodas by the glass in restaurants and cocktail bars. Cost is $4.95 per day.