What are the differences between the beverage packages onboard Celebrity Cruises? Is it worth it to upgrade? How much does it cost? What other packages are available? These are very common questions and I will do my best to provide quick and easy answers.
You can choose from an array of beers, spirits, cocktails, liqueurs, frozen drinks and wines by the glass up to $9 per serving. This package also included a 15% discount on all wines by the bottle. This package will cover coffee and tea at Cafe al Bacio, bottled water and sodas. Most drinks at the Martini Bar, World Class bar are outside this package, as are most drinks in Eden.
$69 per person per day
With this package, you will receive all classic package items, PLUS: Specialty coffees & teas, craft & artisan beers, spirits, cocktails, frozen drinks, premium bottled water and wines by the glass up to $15 per serving. Also take a 20% discount off all bottles of wine!
$84 per person per day
What is included in each package?
This link will show you the brands included in the Classic and Premium packages: https://www.celebritycruises.com/content/dam/celebrity/pdf/compare-drink-packages.pdf
Can I upgrade from Classic to Premium? What is the cost?
Yes, of course you can upgrade! The current cost to upgrade is $14/day plus the 20% gratuity, which totals $16.80/person/day. We have done the math on previous cruises and the upgrade always pays itself off within the first few days. Remember, this covers WAY more than just alcohol! Fresh squeezed juice in the morning and premium bottles of water are worth it just by themselves! I’m not a water snob, but those aluminum cans they are currently using are dangerous! I’ve cut my hand several times trying to open them.
If you are a Captain’s Club member, you will receive a discount according to your level. You must call in prior to sailing to receive this discount. Otherwise, you can upgrade at any bar onboard at any time during your cruise.
Classic and Select members receive a 5% discount, Elite and Elite Plus receive a 10% discount and Zenith members receive a complimentary premium package.
If you decided to NOT upgrade, when you purchase a drink outside of the package, you will be charged the difference in price, plus the 20% gratuity.
Remember….you MUST upgrade prior to sailing in order to receive this discount!
There are also a number of non-alcoholic packages you can choose.
Classic Non-Alcoholic Package
With this package, you can enjoy your favorite Coca Cola selections, juices, premium coffees and teas and bottled water.
$18 per person per day
Premium Non-Alcoholic Package
In addition to the Classic Non-Alcoholic Package inclusions, you can refresh with premium bottled water from Evian, Perrier & San Pellegrino, specialty coffees & organic teas, Red Bull Energy Drink, coconut water and offerings from Vitamin Water.
$25 per person per day
Kids’ Drink Package
Keep your kids happy during your cruise with a package created just for them. This package has a wide variety of delicious beverages for them to drink during meals, or after they’re done with their onboard or onshore activities. Purchase one before you sail, to maximize your savings, and give your kids plenty of options to enjoy. This package includes smoothies, juices, bottled water, sodas and one mocktail flaring mixology class.
$15 per person per day
The Soda Package features both fountain and canned soda for more variety and convenience. Selections include new, popular flavors such as Coke Zero, Sprite Zero, and Caffeine-Free Diet Coke.
$9 per person per day
Premium Water Package
If all you want is quality bottled water, you can easily quench your thirst with unlimited bottles of your favorite still or sparkling premium water, such as Evian, Aqua Panna, San Pellegrino & Perrier. Whether in a bar, lounge, or any restaurant, simply present your SeaPass® Card to order your favorite.
$16 per person per day
Are drink packages worth it?
A cappuccino or specialty coffee from Cafe al Bacio starts at $5. Various beers start at $6 or $7 at most onboard bars, with special offers for buckets. A glass of wine starts at $9….and that’s just the starting point.
Since the Classic Package starts at $69 per day, if you order a morning coffee, an orange juice, two beers at the pool, and a glass of wine or two with dinner for yourself, you’re already paying almost half of the daily fee when you could easily take advantage of an unlimited selection per day of beers, spirits, cocktails, liqueurs, frozen drinks, and wines by the glass, and get 15% off all wines by the bottle with a beverage package. Add in an after dinner beverage or two and you are well on your way to saving money! Not to mention an afternoon coffee or tea and the numerous bottles of water you should be drinking during the day!
Ultimately, the guests who find cruise drink packages the most worthwhile are those who don’t want to worry about getting an unexpected bill at the end of the cruise. The convenience of knowing that your drinks are already paid for can help you relax into your well-deserved vacation.
All information has been taken directly from the Celebrity website and is accurate as of June 6, 2022. Prices can (and do!) change, so be sure to check current costs.