Royal Caribbean Drinks Packages – Do They Save You Money On A Cruise? (2021)

Royal Caribbean offer one Deluxe Drinks Package which costs USD 63.00 – USD 89.00/per day. This still suits us very well but does not suit our Dad’s and is not value for money for them. In this post we show you the selection of Drinks Packages Royal Caribbean have to offer and whether the Drinks Packages are worth purchasing for you.

We have also cruised with P&O and have a P&O Bar Prices and Drinks Packages Post, which you can see for comparison.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Drinks Packages


There are non alcoholic and alcoholic drink packages available, so lets start with the non alcoholic.

Refreshment Package currently USD 29.00 – USD 38.00/per day

This includes premium coffee, premium tea, bottled water, sparkling (375ml) or still (500ml) water, fresh squeezed juice, non-alcoholic cocktails and fountain soda with a souvenir cup

Does it save you money?

You can get free coffee and tea at the Promenade cafe, in your stateroom, and in the buffet restaurants. You can also get glasses of water in the Promenade cafe. However, if you love your specialist coffee and tea, and drink bottled water then it could be worth it.

Classic Soft Drinks Package costs $13- $15 per day

This covers all the fountain (draft) soft drinks and refills.

Does it save you money?

Soft drinks costs between $2-$4 so we think this is great value for both adults who don’t drink alcohol and also for the kids.

Deluxe Drinks Package – costs USD 63.00 – USD 89.00/per day

This drinks package includes beer, wine by the glass up to $12, non-Alcoholic cocktails and fountain soda with a souvenir cup. In addition to this it includes premium cocktails, frozen cocktails, premium wines by the glass, bottled water still (500ml) and spirits. Cocktail prices are $8-$13 and Wine prices are $9-$20.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Drink Packages

Does it save you money?

If you were only drinking alcohol you would need to drink 5 cocktails, 7 beers, or 5 glasses of wine throughout the day and night. However, again when you combine the soft drinks and bottles of water it really is value for money.

This is the drinks package that we purchased and found that it did save us money. We know this as we have written down exactly what we have drank during the entire cruise. This will tell you two things, one are you getting value for money and two are you drinking too much?!  It has also been a great way to try different brands we have not tried before like Grey Goose, or Knob Creek Bourbon and obviously it’s a great way to try all the different cocktails that are on offer.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Drinks Packages

Other useful information

You can pre book your drinks package or purchase one on board. When you have purchased a package a sticker will be placed on your Sea Pass and then there is no need to sign for each drink. The sticker denotes which package you are on, if you ask for a drink that is not on that particular package the bar staff will let you know.

We advise that you do check your accounts on your stateroom television to make sure no extras have been added. On one of our cruise’s our Dads kept getting charged for their Boddingtons which was included in the drinks package, this was easily rectified by the guest relations desk, but potentially could of been missed.

You will be charged extra for anything you use out of your minibar in your stateroom, so we would advise to get bottles of water that were included in the package and put them in the fridge.

Do be aware that the rules stipulate that both persons sharing a cabin have to have the same package. The only exception to this is if one of the passengers have a medical condition that needs to be covered by a letter from your Doctor.

Some passengers bulk at the price tag when you paying up front rather than individually. It can be painful paying a couple of hundred dollars for drinks before your cruise starts, but once you have paid you have the luxury of ordering drinks at bars without having to worry about the bill at the end.

We have also heard that passengers feel that they might not get good service if they have a drinks package, we have never experienced this as the service has always been excellent.

We are already planning our next cruise, including a drinks package and hope that you have found this useful in planning and budgeting yours!

Further Reading – 

To compare this package to the other cruise companies, do read our these posts here –

P&O Bar Prices and Drinks Packages – All You Need To Know!

Princess Plus package – What is included and is it worth it?

Do read our other cruise related posts here

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