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Royal Caribbean Changes Drink Packages, And In A Good Way

Written by: Cruise News

November 15, 2013.

Earlier this year Royal Caribbean rolled out a new beverage program that included two tiers for alcoholic drinks. In order to purchase an alcohol package, everyone in the same cabin who was 21 or older had to buy the same plan. This was an expensive proposition, especially if someone was not a drinker or only had one or two cocktails per day. Well, I have good news for those who like the packages. I was looking at the Royal Caribbean UK website today and discovered the following information. As is often the case, things seem to show up on the company’s UK site before the U.S. website.

Royal Caribbean is eliminating the requirement for everyone to buy the drink plan. Going forward, starting later this month, drink plan purchases will be on an individual basis and not based on cabin occupancy by adults.

Some things are not changing though. Drink plan participants will still be limited to ordering one drink at a time, but as before there is no daily limit on the number of drinks ordered such as other cruise lines have in place. Packages will only be sold on cruises of 4 days or longer duration.

All packages include a 15 percent gratuity in their price.

The packages have been re-worked and there are now four to choose from. They are as follows:

Royal Replenish Package
The price is $20 per day and it includes premium coffees and teas, bottled water, the fresh-squeezed orange juice they sell at breakfast in the Windjammer and main dining room, nonalcoholic cocktails, and fountain sodas with a souvenir cup.

Select Package
For $40 per day this package includes beer, wine by the glass ($8 value maximum), nonalcoholic cocktails, fountain sodas with a souvenir cup and a 20 percent discount on wine bottle purchases.

Premium Package
This package costs $55 per day. It includes cocktails ($10 value maximum), frozen cocktails, beers, premium wine by the glass ($12 value maximum), nonalcoholic cocktails, bottled water, fountain sodas with a souvenir cup and a 20 percent discount on wine bottle purchases.

Ultimate Package
For those who want everything, for $65 per day you can get premium coffees and teas, bottled water, the fresh-squeezed orange juice, cocktails (up to $10 value), frozen cocktails, beers, premium wine by the glass (up to $12 value), nonalcoholic cocktails, fountain sodas with a souvenir cup and a 20 percent discount on wine bottle purchases.

Cocktails can include both house and call stock, with some limits on the expensive stuff. Details are provided when you purchase one of the plans, either online with your booking or onboard the ship.

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