Drink Package

We keep pondering over the Drink Package?

$300 per person for 5 days.

If we were to do this on Carnival how do we get the best value other than just trying to dink 15 drinks a day.

Are there fruity fancy drinks included we should order? I know you are not suppose to share but?

We have 13 of us going on the cruise and most of us can not afford the drink package with a very limited budget to buy drinks.

I am sure there are some experts in this area out there?


Thank you for any suggestions.



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29 Answers

I avoid these packages. They just encourage you to drink more.

They are not really worth it unless your plans are to float in a haze through your cruise. Even the free ones sometimes cost more than you may drink. NCL offers their drink package free as a booking perk. But you still have to pay the 18% gratuity on the price of the package which is about $15 per person per day. In that respect it is a good deal but not free.

Which is another reason we have settled on NCL past few years...drinking up the gratuity "tax" for lack of a better word, is easy...even for two...there is a phenomenon on cruises where people have to try to drink up what theyre paying daily, without the drink package. They have to figure out how to "get ahead" of the charge...Course it gets complicated with ships drink prices being what they are...it gets interesting 2-3 days in...when the amateurs have gone on overload....now then, if you're asking which "fancy fruit drinks" you should order, I couldn't (and wouldn't tell you what to drink..just decide which group you're in,, and drink accordingly...wife happens to like pina coladas...properly done...not all shipboard bartenders can do it...I drink the same everywhere...STOLY rocks, no fruit...order doubles, they don't care, and I don't share...(its a poem hehehhe)

On Carnival, if you "share" your drinks from the drink package and get caught, it can be taken away and you do NOT get reimbursed for what is left on it. We found it not worth the price and the cruise line made money on us. Now if someone waned to gift us the package, that's a different story....Wink We do purchase the wine package once on board, because we like a glass (or two) of wine with dinner. This you may share (if you want) and/or you may take the unfinished bottle of wine back to your cabin.

As to your second question: Carnival has some good frozen drinks that are included as part of the drink package: Miami Vice, Mocha Get-away, Dirty Banana, etc. Here are a few with recipes: http://www.cruisemapper.com/wiki/714-carnival-cruise-drink-recipes

Have fun!

Works for some but not for us.

That must be an alcoholic package, which will naturally cost more. Get the Soda Fountain package, it's only about $50 and you get bottomless drinks.

It will more than likely only come to about 7 drinks each per day at that price so think about how many drinks you might want every day and go from there. It does not do you any good for someone to say they can't afford the $300 and end up spending $500

There you go...………..BARTENDER!!!!

We typically have four or more drinks per day and at $10-$15 per drink it works out at about even including the gratuity. Our drinks tend to be Martini's or straight up Bourbon so they tend to be a little more pricey. We have also noted it seems to be less of a hassle when getting the drinks.

Ive noticed the same thing re less hassle...sometimes they don't even run the card at all...just look at it...and I tell them to pour doubles, they usually do and don't care...I went back and looked at the posts in this thread...some folks don't drink, some avoid the drink pkg, some think its worth it, some not...sounds like just about everything offered onboard...casinos, excursions, expensive cabins, art, specialty restaurants....to each his/her own...


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