Cruises now offer an array of drinks packages, but which is the right one for you? Do you need one? Read on to learn about the different options available from Princess Cruises and how to decide which package is the best option for you.
Princess, like many of the other cruise lines offer a selection of drinks packages to cater for different needs. There are three packages currently available:
- Unlimited Soda and More
- Cafe Select
All-inclusive: Unlimited drinks including cocktails, wine, beer, sodas, lattes, cappuccinos, bottled water and more. This is limited to drinks up to $10 each but not bottles of wine so if you like your wine, just order it by the glass. This package is $56.35 per person, per day.
Unlimited Soda and More: Unlimited fountain soft drinks, mocktails, juices, and complimentary hot chocolate. Ideal if your unlikely to drink very much during your cruise. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased individually and will be added to your onboard account. This package is $8.05 per person, per day.
Café Select: You can purchase a Café Select Coffee Card, which entitles you to 15 espresso-based specialty coffees for $35.65. You just present this card which will be stamped every time you redeem a coffee so depending on your caffeine requirements, you can make one card last you the whole trip.
Before my first cruise with Princess, I spent some time thinking about whether I needed to fork out for the drinks package as it did seem like a lot of money to spend on booze. I like to have a drink on holiday but usually only in the evenings. I decided to do a few calculations and came to the conclusion that the All-inclusive Package was actually worth getting as by the time I’d had a few cocktails and glasses of wine each day as well as coffee, I was up the daily package price.
The beauty of the All-inclusive Package is that once you’ve got it, you don’t have to worry about the bar bill at the end of the holiday. If you fancy an extra Margarita, you don’t have to think about the cost, you can just sit back knowing that it’s already paid for. You can grab a coffee from the International Cafe in the morning, sip cocktails by the pool in the afternoon and enjoy wine with your dinner without that nagging feeling of ‘should I have another?’Needless to say, I’ve already purchased the All-inclusive Package for my next cruise.
Further information about the drinks packages from Princess Cruises can be found here