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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing a Drink Package on a Cruise Ship

Updated: Feb 9

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing a Drink Package on a Cruise Ship

Cruises are a fantastic way to unwind and enjoy a vacation at sea, and for many passengers, indulging in a drink package can enhance the experience. However, there are common mistakes that can impact the value and enjoyment of your drink package. To help you make the most of your cruise, here are 10 mistakes to avoid when considering a drink package on a cruise ship.


1. Not Understanding the Inclusions

Before purchasing a drink package, carefully review what is included. Some packages may cover a wide variety of beverages, while others have limitations. Make sure the package aligns with your preferences for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, specialty coffees, bottled water, and more.

2. Assuming Everyone in Your Party Needs a Package

Consider the drinking habits of everyone in your party. Not every member may need a drink package, especially if they consume beverages infrequently. Evaluate individual preferences to determine who would benefit most from a package.

3. Overlooking Discounts and Promotions

Cruise lines often offer promotions and discounts on drink packages, especially when purchased before embarkation. Keep an eye out for these deals to maximize your savings.

4. Ignoring the Fine Print


Take the time to read the terms and conditions of the drink package. Pay attention to any restrictions on where and when the package can be used, as well as any daily limits.

5. Failing to Consider Port Days

On days when the ship is docked in ports of call, you may spend a significant portion of the day off the ship, making the drink package less valuable. Take port days into account when deciding if the package is worth it for you.

6. Not Factoring in Specialty Dining

If you plan to dine at specialty restaurants with surcharge fees, check if the drink package covers beverages in these venues. In some cases, the package may not be valid at specialty dining establishments.


7. Waiting Until Embarkation Day to Purchase

Avoid waiting until embarkation day to purchase your drink package. Lines can be long, and you may miss out on pre-cruise discounts. Secure your package in advance to save time and potentially money.

8. Disregarding Corkage Fees

If you plan to bring wine or champagne onboard, be aware of any corkage fees associated with consuming these beverages in dining areas or your stateroom. These fees may not be covered by the drink package.


9. Not Monitoring Your Consumption

It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of your cruise, but be mindful of your beverage consumption. Excessive drinking can diminish the value of your package and lead to unnecessary expenses.

10. Forgetting to Stay Hydrated

Amidst the excitement of specialty cocktails and other beverages, don't forget to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is important, especially in the sun and sea air.

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By avoiding these common mistakes, you'll be better equipped to make informed decisions about purchasing a drink package for your upcoming cruise. Cheers to smooth sailing and enjoyable libations!

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