Whether or not to purchase an all-inclusive beverage package can be a bit tricky.  All Royal Caribbean beverage packages have rules of course, especially about sharing.  Their rules require that if one person in a stateroom purchases a beverage package, then BOTH must purchase a beverage package.

Royal Caribbean Deluxe Beverage Package
Photo: Royal Caribbean

All-Inclusive Beverage Packages

Considering that the prices are per diem, beverage packages can get quite expensive.  What if the second person in the stateroom doesn’t drink alcohol? There are some exceptions to the rule, usually found in the fine print.

When only one person, aged 21 or older, purchases an alcoholic beverage package, if the traveling companion (2nd person in the stateroom also over 21) does not choose to or like to drink alcohol, they will have the option to choose a non-alcoholic refreshment package.

Packages include:

  • Teas
  • Bottled water
  • Freshly squeezed juice
  • Mocktails
  • Soft drinks

There are a few exceptions to the rule that requires both guests in the stateroom to purchase a beverage package if only one person wants to buy it.

  • Pregnancy
  • AA member
  • Documented medical reasons

What if a parent and child are traveling together and the parent wants to purchase a beverage package? The minor does not have to purchase any all-inclusive beverage package.

Discounts are available

I highly suggest to purchase your beverage package (and WiFi, too) before departure.  Discounts are usually offered if you buy before you sail.

Purchase an all-inclusive beverage package mid-way through your cruise and the price is prorated based on the date of purchase.  But, there must be at least four days remaining on your cruise.

Beverage packages can be used at any bars or lounges, in the Windjammer Café and Main Dining Room.  You can also use the package at CocoCay and Labadee.  In addition, room service and the minibar are not included.

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All-Inclusive Beverage packages

Deluxe Package – From $57 a day, plus gratuity

  • Cocktails, Spirts, Liqueurs, Beer
  • Bottled still and sparkling water
  • Wine by the glass
  • Fresh squeezed juices, Non-alcholic cocktails
  • Premium coffees and teas
  • Fountain sodas, Coca-Cola Freestyle beverages
  • Coca-Cola souvenir cup included

Deluxe Package includes any single beverage item with a value up to $12. Plus, receive a 40% discount on bottled wines priced up to $100, and 20% discount on wines priced above $100.

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Refreshment Package – From $26 a day, plus gratuity

  • Premium coffees and teas
  • Bottled still and sparkling water
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Non-alcoholic cocktails
  • Fountain sodas, Coca-Cola Freestyle beverages
  • Coca-Cola souvenir cup included

Classic Soda Package – From $8.50 a day, plus gratuity 

  • Fountain soda and refills in any venue  
  • Coca-Cola Freestyle beverages
  • Coca-Cola souvenir cup included

Evian Water Package

  • 12 – one liter bottles of Evian Natural Spring Water – From $39 plus gratuity
  • 24 – one liter bottles of Evian Natural Spring Water – From $69 plus gratuity

While I’ve never known of anyone being “punished”, keep in mind that all Royal Caribbean “beverage packages are for single guest use and cannot be shared by multiple people” according to their website.

And remember, when you check-in on their website, check out the prices if you purchase before you go.

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