It appears guests who look to purchase an unlimited alcohol package for a 2018 or beyond sailing will be required to purchase an unlimited alcohol package for all adults in the same stateroom.
Guests who use Royal Caribbean's Cruise Planner site will see a new notation in the Deluxe Beverage Package description, that stipulates "each adult of legal drinking age assigned to the same stateroom must purchase this package."
Upon adding the Deluxe Beverage package to the shopping cart, the site requires all adults to purchase the package at that time.
Based on croud sourcing, thus far, the change appears to be for 2018 sailings and some late 2017 sailings.
Based on an email from Royal Caribbean to a concerned guest, there are exclusions to this rule:
- Recovering Alcoholic
- Medical Reason
- Religious Reason
- Does Not Consume Alcohol Due to Personal Preference
Royal Caribbean announced earlier this year it was going to test this policy change on Harmony of the Seas. The policy change would match other major cruise lines that Royal Caribbean competes with that already have a similar rule in place.