Sip on th­ese op­tions for drink pack­ages

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TRAVEL - Kris­ten Grif­fith

Do you like to or­der four or five drinks a day on while on a cruise?

It might be a smart move – fi­nan­cially, at least – to sign up for an all-you­can-drink pack­age.

Most ma­jor cruise lines of­fer a bev­er­age pack­age that al­lows pas­sen­gers to or­der un­lim­ited al­co­holic drinks as well as so­das, cof­fees and other non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages for a flat fee that of­ten is in the $50 to $70 per day range.

The most in­clu­sive and pricey pack­ages in­clude ac­cess to an ar­ray of cock­tails, beer, wine and other al­co­holic drinks.

But there are lim­ited, less-pricey op­tions, too, as well as pack­ages de­signed for tee­to­talers.

The list be­low shows pack­ages avail­able from ma­jor cruise lines. The pack­age rates be­low are per per­son, per day. A 15% to 20% gra­tu­ity of­ten is in­cluded in the fi­nal price.

Car­ni­val Cruise Line

Daily cost of most-in­clu­sive op­tion: $51.95

What it’s called: CHEERS!

What it in­cludes: Cock­tails, beer, wine, soda, smooth­ies, cof­fee, tea and wa­ter.

Other op­tions: Bot­tom­less Bub­bles has un­lim­ited soda for chil­dren, $4.95 per day, and adults, $7.50 per day.

Avail­able on: Sail­ings of at least three days, with the ex­cep­tion of char­ter voy­ages and trips from Aus­tralia.

Ad­di­tional charges: A 15% gra­tu­ity is added to the cost of all drink pack­ages.

Celebrity Cruises

Daily cost of most-in­clu­sive op­tion: $69

What it’s called: Pre­mium Pack­age What it in­cludes: Cock­tails, beer, wine, juice, soda, cof­fee, tea and wa­ter

Other op­tions: Clas­sic and Stan­dard pack­ages costs $55 and $45 per day, re­spec­tively. Wine-fo­cused pack­ages are avail­able for $109 to $149. A Build Your Own pack­age fea­tures wine bot­tles that cost at least $75, and a non-al­co­holic Pre­mium pack­age for $22 per day. Avail­able on: Ships fleetwide. Ad­di­tional charges: An 18% gra­tu­ity.

Costa Cruises

Daily cost of most-in­clu­sive op­tion: $59

What it’s called: In­ten­di­tore

What it in­cludes: Cock­tails, wine, beer, juices, cof­fee, tea and wa­ter. It also in­cludes drinks from cabin mini­bars.

Other op­tions: The Pranzo & Cena pack­age for $25 per day comes with un­lim­ited beer or wine at lunch and din­ner. The Brindi­amo pack­age comes with un­lim­ited cof­fee, soda, beer and wine through­out the day for $41 per day. The Più gusto pack­age of­fers at least 34 types of al­co­hol and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages for $45 per day. Any­one be­tween 4 and 17 can en­joy the non-al­co­holic Gio­vani pack­age for $25 per day. Avail­able on: Ships fleetwide Ad­di­tional charges: A 15% gra­tu­ity.

Nor­we­gian Cruise Line

Daily cost of most-in­clu­sive op­tion: $99

What’s it called: Pack­age

What it in­cludes: A range of cock­tails, beer, wine and soda.

Other op­tions: The Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Pack­age for $65 per day. It comes with beer, wine and soda. There also is an all-soda pack­age for chil­dren, $5.95 per day, and adults, $7.95 per day.

Avail­able on: Ships fleetwide Ad­di­tional charges: A 20% gra­tu­ity.

Princess Cruises

The Ul­ti­mate Bev­er­age

Daily cost of most-in­clu­sive op­tion: $59.99

What’s it called:

Pack­age

What it in­cludes: Cock­tails, wine, beer, foun­tain soda, spe­cialty cof­fees, wa­ter and tea

Other op­tions: The Un­lim­ited Soda and More pack­age of­fers non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages for $8.05 a day. There’s a pack­age that serves 15 spe­cialty cof­fees through­out the cruise for $35.65. Avail­able on: Ships fleetwide Ad­di­tional charges: A 15% ser­vice charge on the Premier Bev­er­age Pack­age ex­cept in Aus­tralia

Royal Caribbean

Premier Bev­er­age

Daily cost of most-in­clu­sive op­tion: $64 to $70

What it’s called:

Pack­age

What it in­cludes: A range of cock­tails, beer, wine, non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages, cof­fee, tea, foun­tain soda and bot­tled wa­ter.Drinks with room ser­vice and from cabin mini­bars are not in­cluded.

Other op­tions: A non-al­co­holic Pre­mium Re­fresh­ment Pack­age in­cludes cof­fees and teas, juices, non-al­co­holic cock­tails and foun­tain so­das for $29 per day. A soda pack­age is $12.99 per day. Avail­able on: Ships fleetwide Ad­di­tional charges: An 18% gra­tu­ity. Deluxe Bev­er­age

TIM AYLEN

Ro­botic arms mix drinks on Royal Caribbean's Quan­tum of the Seas.

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