If you’re considering an Ambassador drinks package, the good news is there’s no shortage of options to satisfy your needs. There are, in fact, four different packages to choose from – but what exactly is included in an Ambassador Cruise Line drinks package? And are they worth the upgrade?

Here, we answer all those burning questions and give you all the facts and figures you need to come to that all-important final decision.

What Ambassador Cruise Line drinks packages are available?

As we’ve mentioned, there are four different drinks packages available if you’re sailing with Ambassador. The prices below apply for cruises with a duration of between five and 29 nights. Scroll further down to see short cruise Ambassador drinks package prices.

The prices quoted below are per person, per night and reflect the fare payable when booking more than seven days in advance of a cruise.

Quick guide
☕ Ambassador Experience Package from £18 pp, per night
Ambassador Explorer Package from £33 pp, per night
Ambassador Expedition Package from £38 pp, per night
Ambassador Adventurers Package (only for children) from £11 pp, per night

How much are Ambassador drinks packages, and what’s included?

This is where it gets a bit more complicated. The price of the drinks package will depend on how long your cruise is, and whether it’s charged per night or per cruise. It is also cheaper to book your Ambassador Cruise Line drinks package more than seven days before you board – after this time, the full onboard price will apply.

What is included in your package will depend on which one you have selected.

  • Ambassador Experience Package* – non-alcoholic drinks and unlimited soft drinks
  • Ambassador Explorer Package* – as above, plus house wine and spirits by the glass
  • Ambassador Expedition Package* – as above, plus premium wines and spirits, premium teas and speciality coffee
  • Ambassador Adventurers Package – for children only, non-alcoholic drinks and unlimited soft drinks

*denotes that gratuities and service charges are included throughout the duration of your cruise

Note that the Ambassador Adventurers Package is only available on multi-generational cruises and all adult occupants of the cabin need to buy an Ambassador Drinks Package. 

Ambassador Cruise Line drinks package for short cruises

On two, three and four-night cruises, you will pay a set amount for the drinks package for the whole of your time on board.

Ambassador Experience Package (prices quoted are per person, per night when pre-booked more than seven days before departure).

  • Standard cruises – from £18
  • Cruises of 30 – 69 nights – from £16
  • Cruises of 70 nights and over – from £15

Ambassador Explorer Package (prices quoted are per person, per night when pre-booked more than seven days before departure).

  • Standard cruises – from £33
  • Cruises of 30 – 69 nights – from £30
  • Cruises of 70 nights and over – from £28

Ambassador Expedition Package (prices quoted are per person, per night when pre-booked more than seven days before departure).

  • Standard cruises – from £38
  • Cruises of 30 – 69 nights – from £35
  • Cruises of 70 nights and over – from £33

It is possible to buy an Ambassador drinks package on board, but the prices will be higher than quoted above.

When can I buy it?

The easiest – and most affordable – option is to purchase your drinks package more than seven days prior to your cruise. However, it is possible to buy it on board, although this must be done within 24 hours of boarding the ship. The cut-off date will be published in the daily programme of events.

What is not included in an Ambassador drinks package?

No matter which option you decide on, it will include any drinks and snacks taken from your in-cabin mini bar, including bottled water. Tea and coffee ordered in the bars are also not included, with the exception of the Ambassador Expedition Package.

Any speciality coffees that include alcohol will be counted towards your 15-beverage limit. 

Is it worth it?

Ambassador drinks packages won’t be for everyone. In fact, we found that many of the pay-as-you-go drinks prices on board were favourable. For example:

  • House wine by the glass – £3.15 for a small, £6 for a glass
  • Pint of Fosters or John Smiths – £4
  • Soft drinks – £2.10 (for 330ml)

…so we will leave it up to you to do the sums to figure out if it’s going to deliver good value for your needs!