You may have heard about Royal Caribbean's drink packages and wondered which package is right for you? There's a number to choose from these days and here's your guide to knowing what the packages include and if they will benefit you.
Unlimited alcohol packages
If you enjoy a having a few alcoholic drinks per day on your Royal Caribbean cruise, then there's a few options for you. Each package offers a little something different to cater to what suits you.
All the unlimited alcohol packages include non-alcoholic cocktails, a souvenir Coca-Cola cup and 20% off bottles of wine.
Select Package - $35 per person, per day
This package includes beer and wine by the glass (up to $8 value).
If you want just beer and wine, this is the least expensive alcohol package and requires the least amount of drinks per day to make the package with it.
The chief downside of this package is it's limited to just beer and wine, so no mixed drinks or shots.
Premium Package - $49 per person, per day
This is the next step up from the Select Package and includes beer, wine by the glass (up to $12 value), premium cocktails (up to $12 value) and frozen cocktails. You will also get bottled water still (500ml).
With this package, you get everything in the Select Package but with the addition of cocktails. Now, you can get mixed drinks of nearly every kind in addition to beer and wine.
While there's greater variety of drinks, you will also pay an extra 40% for that luxury. Still, it's the best overall package for longer cruises where more choices are always welcome.
Ultimate Package - $55 per person, per day
For the person that wants it all, it's everything you get in the previous two packages: beer, wine, mixed cocktails, frozen cocktails along with premium coffee, premium tea, bottle water and fresh squeezed juice.
In short, the Ultimate package has the most to offer and it combines the Premium Package along with the non-alcoholic Royal Replenish package.
To make your money here, you will need to be drinking a lot but it doesn't all have to be alcohol. As Royal Caribbean describes it, it's virtually unlimited options. Of course, it comes at the highest price of any package.
Unlimited beverage packages
If alcohol isn't your thing or you're just not old enough to be drinking yet, then Royal Caribbean has a number of beverage packages perfect for you.
Royal Replenish - $19 per person, per day
With the Royal Replenish package, you will get premium coffee, premium tea, bottled water (sparking or still), fresh squeezed juice, non-alcoholic cocktails and a Coca-Cola souvenir cup.
If the drinks Royal Caribbean provides complimentary aren't enough to quench your thirst, this is the best choice for how much you get. It especially appeals to coffee drinkers, where on certain ships we've seen the package work with Starbucks drinks.
The cost of $19 may not sound like a lot, but for a 7-night cruise it's still a few hundred dollars. Like the alcohol packages, it's best for those that enjoy having a number of drinks per day.
Royal Refreshment - $4.50 per person, per day (Ages 17 & under) or $6.50 per person, per day (Ages 18 & over)
This package is simple, it's all the soft drinks you can drink during your cruise.
Coke, Sprite, root beer and all the other carbonated drinks that are available from the self-serve machines, restaurants and bars are at your disposal.
To purchase a can of your favorite soft drink onboard otherwise, will cost you about $2, so the package requires the least commitment to get your moneys worth.
A word about all the drink packages
It's important to note about all the drink packages that if you want them to make financial sense for you, you should be able to drink enough during your cruise to essentially "break even" on the package cost.
Each package is above the cost of just one or two drinks per day and over the course of your cruise, drinking enough to make the packages worth it is critical for the up-front investment required.
It's also worth noting these packages work best when you're onboard the ship, so port days when you spend a majority of the day off the ship result in less time to enjoy the package's benefits.
At a minimum, the unlimited alcohol packages all require around a half dozen drinks per day, every day to be a good value for you. Reading this, you will have instantly thought to yourself, "That's a lot of drinking" or "That's not really that much" and that is when you know if the packages in general may be a good choice for you.
What did you decide?
Will you get a drink package on your next Royal Caribbean cruise? Still on the fence about it? Share your thoughts on why or why not a drink package makes sense for you in the comments! If you have any questions, ask them there, too.