Everything you need to know about Royal Caribbean’s Deluxe Drinks Package

You’ve paid the deposit and are officially in countdown mode! Just a few more days until you’re lounging by the pool with a cocktail in hand, cooling off with a soda after an adventurous day in port, and sipping wine while enjoying mouth-watering cuisine.

You can’t imagine the perfect cruise vacation without drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, crossing your mind.

How much are the a la carte drinks? What are your Royal Caribbean beverage package options? Do they have any restrictions? Will you actually save money if you choose to splurge on a plan?

Unlike other cruise lines, Royal Caribbean does not offer different levels of liquor packages for guests to choose from. Since there’s only one package, you can expect plenty of high-quality liquors — think Gray Goose Vodka, Patron Tequila, Hennessy, and Dewar’s 12 Year Scotch, among other offerings.

Top tier booze comes at a price, so I bet you’re wondering if this package is worth it or not.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Deluxe Drinks Package to help you decide if it’s the right decision for your vacation.

Pricing

As there’s only one package, expect pricing to reflect the premium offerings. As of October 2022, the Deluxe Beverage Package ranges from $63.00 to $89.00 per person per day. Price varies by ship, route and departure date.

Below are the prices you can expect to find if you choose to pay for your drinks à la carte:

  • Most cocktails are between $13.00 and $14.00, excluding the drink of the day. Each day a new drink will be discounted, usually around 20%.
  • The majority of spirits range from $9.99 to $13.99. New Amsterdam vodka, for example, costs $9.99, while Gray Goose costs $13.99.
  • Beer ranges from $7.49 to $7.99.
  • Hard ciders, like Angry Orchard and Strongbow, are $7.99.
  • Really $7.49 each. Flavors available may change, but we often saw lemonade and wild berries.
  • Wine glasses vary widely; however, most are in the $8.00 to $14.00 per glass window.
  • Much like wine glasses, expect there to be a wide range of prices for the bottles. Most cost between $29.00 and $58.00 each.
  • Zero-proof cocktails are $7.00.
  • Specialty coffees at Café Promenade and Café Latte-tudes cost between $4.00 and $5.50.
  • Sodas are $3.50 each.

All gratuities must be prepaid when purchasing the beverage package. You won’t have to worry about leaving extra tips unless you think the service warrants it. When purchasing a la carte drinks, expect an 18% gratuity to be added to each.

What is included with the Deluxe Beverage Package?

The answer is pretty much everything!

The Deluxe Beverage Package includes all cocktails, beers, and wines by the glass valued up to $13.00, plus sodas, mocktails, still and sparkling bottled water, teas and specialty coffees, Johnny Rockets shakes and freshly squeezed juices. Plus, you’ll get 40% off bottles of wine under $100 and 20% off bottles over $100 at bars and dining rooms.

Please note that this package does not include beverages served in souvenir cups.

It’s tempting to drink more than you normally would to feel like you’re getting your money’s worth, and there’s no limit to how many drinks you can buy per day, including alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic. That being said, remember that if you seem too drunk, the bartenders have the right to refuse you service.

What is not included in the Deluxe Beverage Package?

Beverages over $13 are not included in the package price and you will be responsible for paying the difference. So, for example, if you order a glass of wine that costs $16.00, you will be charged $3.00.

Additionally, the package does not include beverages from Starbucks kiosks, as well as those ordered through room service or other mini-bar purchases.

The catch with the Deluxe Beverage Package

Several members of your group are over 21 years old. You’re probably tempted to buy a package or two and try to share them with the group, right? Unfortunately, every adult over 21 in a cabin must purchase the package. If you get caught, you could potentially have it revoked without a refund.

You cannot order more than one drink at a time unless you present a second SeaPass to the bartender and be prepared to wait approximately 15 minutes between orders. This prevents customers with a package from ordering a drink, handing it to someone, and being able to immediately order another drink for themselves.

There are a few exceptions to this rule, however, such as traveling in the same cabin as someone who is pregnant or non-drinking for personal or religious reasons. You will need to call Royal Caribbean directly to get an exception to the rule and purchase a soft drink package for the other person. This cannot be done online through the cruise planner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy the pass for a few days during my navigation?

No, all packages must be purchased for the entire duration of the trip, whether it is a 3-night Bahamas getaway or a 10-night European adventure.

How to buy a package?

You can purchase a package up to 48 hours before your departure date by logging into your cruise planner; there is a tab dedicated only to drinks packages. If you buy one in advance but find a cheaper price later, you can cancel and rebook at no additional cost.

Tip: Sometimes you can bundle a drinks package with internet to get a discount.

We stop at CocoCay. Can I use my package there?

Yes! You can use Royal Caribbean’s Deluxe Private Island Beverage Package. This includes both Perfect Day in CocoCay and Labadee, Haiti.

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