All inclusive alcohol on cruises?

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This post updated February 27, 2015.

An “all-inclusive” trend for alcoholic beverages is underway in the cruise industry.  Here is a summary of which cruise lines include beverages or offer all-you-can-drink alcohol packages.  This post will be a “work-in-progress”–check back often.

A-Rosa: all inclusive–cruise fare includes complimentary air, transfers, taxes, gratuities, open dining & bar, free wi-fi

Azamara: cruise fare includes house beer and wine, but no additional packages are offered.

Carnival:  offers an unlimited soda program for $4.50 per day for children 17 years of age and younger or $6.00 for adults; they also offer “Cruise the Vineyards” wine packages which allow you to drink your favorite wine at a discounted price or to explore new wines from the wide assortment of wines offered in these packages.  UPDATE: August 2012: Carnival is testing a drinks package on the Victory and the Splendor.  The “My Awesome Bar Program” package lets guests drink wine, beer, spirits, sodas, and non-alcoholic frozen cocktails during the cruise at a flat rate of $42.95 per person per day, plus a 15% gratuity.  All wines by the glass, beer and individual cocktails priced $10 and lower are available in the program. Full bottles of wine and champagne, as well as wines by the glass, beers and individual cocktails priced above $10, are available at a 25 percent discount.

Celebrity: offers a wide variety of optional beverage packages; Soda Package, Classic Non-Alcoholic Package, Premium Non-Alcoholic Package, Classic Package, Premium Package, and Wine Packages, ranging from $7 –$54 per night.  Celebrity’s soda package even includes canned soda if you prefer canned over fountain.

Compagnie du Ponant:  all-inclusive; all meals, open bar, stocked mini-bars in all staterooms and suites, and a welcome-aboard cocktail party.  Gratuities and port charges – even taxes and fees, are now included in the pricing.

Crystal: all-inclusive; cruise fare includes bottled water, soft drinks, fine wines, and premium spirits.

Great American Steamboat Company: cruise fare includes soft drinks, bottled water, beer and wine with dinner.

Oceania: cruise fare includes soft drinks, bottled water, and specialty coffees and teas; will offer “all-you-can-drink” cocktail packages beginning on January 3 (Insignia and Marina), January 6 (Regatta), and January 26 (Nautica); two options: 1) $29.95 per person, per day, includes house wine and beer with dinner and lunch, 2) $49.95 per person, per day, includes beer and premium house wine (from a selection of red and white vintages that change daily), all beverages on the bar menu (except Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac) and room service beverages (but not mini-bar selections).

MSC: MSC offers 5 optional drink packages ranging in price from $13 – $61 per day, depending on the passenger’s age and other factors, e.g., unlimited drinks anytime or drinks only included during meals.

Paul Gauguin: All shipboard meals in your choice of venues, complimentary 24-hour room service, complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, drinks, bottled water, and hot beverages served throughout the ship, refrigerator replenished daily with soft drinks, beer, and bottled water, all shipboard entertainment, all onboard gratuities included for room stewards and dining staff, complimentary kayaking, windsurfing, and paddleboarding

Royal Caribbean:  Update December 14, 2012 (source/credit: Gene Sloan, USA Today) RCCL is adding “all-you-can-drink” alcohol plans across its fleet.  They will offer two new drinks packages that give buyers access to nearly unlimited wine, beer, and in some cases alcohol-containing cocktails while on board ships, as well as sodas and non-alcoholic cocktails: 1) The Classic Beverage Package includes beer and house wines by the glass, as well as all non-alcoholic cocktails, fountain soda, and juices. It costs $45 per person, per day, including gratuities. 2)  The Premium Beverage Package includes beer, house wines by the glass, frozen alcoholic drinks, and all alcoholic cocktails including premium brands, as well as all non-alcoholic cocktails, fountain soda and juices. It costs $55 per person, per day, including gratuities.  The packages will be available on all Royal Caribbean sailings of seven nights or longer by early 2013. Passengers must be 21 years old or older to buy one of the packages and must make the purchase on the first day of a sailing.  A caveat: If one passenger in a cabin buys one of the packages, each additional passenger age 21 years and over in the same cabin also must buy the package — a rule presumably enacted to prevent cabin mates from sharing a package.  Thanks again to USA Today for this info.  Read their full article here.

SeaDream Yacht Club:  all-inclusive; open bar with selected premium brands, daily selection of wines to accompany lunch and dinner, mini bar in your stateroom, 24 hour room service from the “Small Bites” menu

Seabourn: all-inclusive; fine wines poured at lunch and dinner, and open bars throughout the ship, a range of dining venues that are all complimentary.  Complimentary welcome champagne and in-suite bar stocked with your preferences of soft drinks, beer, and mineral water, complete glassware, and your favorite wines or spirits.

Scenic Cruises: all-inclusive all the time, not just at meals; all shore excursions and sightseeing with expert local guides, along with gratuities onboard and on land.

Silversea: all-inclusive; fine wines and spirits are served not only with meals, but also throughout the ship.  Even champagne flows freely.  Silversea cruise fares also include a butler, onboard gratuities, in-room bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferred beverage selections, complimentary 24-hour room service and in-suite dining, complimentary shoreside events on select voyages, complimentary guided excursions ashore on Silversea Expeditions aboard the Silver Explorer, and complimentary transportation into town in most ports of call. Silversea is the only cruise line to offer butler service in every suite fleetwide.

Uniworld: all meals onboard include complimentary European wines, draft beer, and soft drinks during dinner; also included are shore excursions hosted by the best local guides in the industry, airport transfers on arrival and departure days.  Beginning with their 2014 Europe sailings, Uniworld will become more all-inclusive and will include unlimited wine, beer, and spirits (not just at lunch and dinner) as well as gratuities.

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