A Royal Caribbean drinks package can be a good way to save money on your next cruise. If you’re a fan of premium coffees, fine wines and stellar soft drinks, this can be a cost-effective way of making sure you get your fix while out on the ocean waves!

The good news is that whatever your favourite tipple, there’s a Royal Caribbean drinks package that will suit your tastes. We take a look at your different options to help you narrow the field.

What is a Royal Caribbean Drinks Package?

When you buy a Royal Caribbean drinks package, you’re essentially paying for your bar tab up front by choosing from a number of fixed-price options. Every adult of legal drinking age in the same stateroom will need to book the package.

What drinks are free on a Royal Caribbean cruise?

You might be asking what drinks are included on Royal Caribbean – and it’s a fair question if you’re weighing up whether a package is worth your while.

Currently, the free drinks on a Royal Caribbean cruise are:

  • Tap water
  • Tea and coffee
  • Hot chocolate
  • Iced tea
  • Milk
  • Lemonade
  • Flavoured waters
  • Juices (usually only at breakfast)

If you’re happy enough sipping on these drinks throughout the duration of your cruise, then a package might not be worthwhile. However, if you want more variety – and not to worry about who’s racking up a bar bill – then read on.

What different drinks packages will be available on my cruise?

There are currently three, yes THREE, different drinks packages available on your Royal Caribbean cruise. The one you choose will depend on what drinks you’re likely to want on your holiday, and whether it makes more economical sense to buy a package than do pay-as-you-go.

Quick guide
🥂 Deluxe Beverage Package $63 – $89 pp per day
☕ Refreshment Package $29 – $38 pp per day
🥤 Classic Soft Drinks Package $12.99 – $15 pp per day


(On the majority of sailings, an 18% gratuity will be added to the cost of a beverage package and will not be reflected in the initial cost).

One Royal Caribbean drinks package includes premium spirits

Your Guide to What’s Included in the Drinks Package

Deluxe Beverage Package – $63 – $89 per person, per day

The Royal Caribbean Deluxe Beverage Package is the ultimate option for your cruise. If you enjoy kick-starting your day with a premium coffee, this one will have you covered – it also includes fresh juices, wines, cocktails and pretty much any other drink you can imagine.

The full list is shown below:

  • Soft drinks and refills at any venue
  • Coca-Cola Freestyle beverages
  • Non-alcoholic cocktails (mocktails)
  • Still and sparkling water
  • Premium coffees and teas
  • Freshly-squeezed juices
  • Cocktails
  • Spirits
  • Liquors
  • Hard seltzers
  • Beer
  • Wine by the glass

And that’s not all. You’ll also enjoy a 40% discount on bottled wines up the value of $100 and a 20% discount on those over $100.

Refreshment Package – $29 – $38 per person, per day

This is the ultimate non-alcoholic Royal Caribbean drinks package. You’ll get all the great soft drinks, premium teas and coffees on board for a set daily amount.

Included in this package is:

  • Soft drinks and refills at any venue
  • Coca-Cola Freestyle beverages
  • Non-alcoholic cocktails (mocktails)
  • Still and sparkling water
  • Premium coffees and teas
  • Freshly-squeezed juices

Classic Soft Drinks Package  – $12.99 – $15 per person, per day

Sometimes known as the Classic Soda Package, this is the one for getting your ultimate sugar fix. It includes soft drinks and refills at any venue throughout the ship, as well as Coca-Cola Freestyle beverages. As with all the drinks packages we’ve mentioned, you will also receive a Coca-Cola souvenir cup.

Water Package

As you cruise your way around exotic locations, it’s essential to keep hydrated. The Royal Caribbean Water Package means you can get six, 12 or 24 packs of water delivered directly to your stateroom. This is perfect for keeping topped up as you explore your ship, or for taking with you as you disembark, ready to explore your port of call.

How do I buy a Royal Caribbean drinks package?

You’ve got two options for buying a Royal Caribbean drinks package – do it before you sail, or when you’re on board. If you like to be ultra-prepared for your cruise holiday, all you have to do is head to your online Cruise Planner where you’ll be able to make your purchase. This option is available up to 72 hours before you sail.

Alternatively, if the fear of missing out becomes too much once you’ve stepped on board (we’ve all been there!), then you can book your Royal Caribbean drinks package on board. However, three conditions apply:

  • There must me at least four days of your cruise remaining
  • The drinks package must cover the duration of the cruise – the cost will be pro-rated depending on when you purchase it
  • If you’re buying a Royal Caribbean alcoholic drinks package, you must purchase the same one for all guests of legal drinking age in the same stateroom

And that’s it! Visit any of the onboard bars and they’ll be able to sort your drinks package for you. The drinks will be flowing in no time!

So, there you have it – all your Royal Caribbean drinks package questions covered! Still haven’t booked your next cruise? What are you waiting for! Take a look at our Royal Caribbean sailings by clicking here.