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A Beginner's Guide to Carnival Cruise Line's Cheers Beverage Program

Are you gearing up for your first cruise with Carnival Cruise Line? If so, you might be wondering about their Cheers Beverage Program. As a first-time cruiser, understanding the ins and outs of this program can enhance your overall experience. In this blog post, we'll break down the Cheers Beverage Program, outlining its pros and cons so you can decide if it's the right fit for you.

What is the Cheers Beverage Program?

Carnival's Cheers Beverage Program is an unlimited drink package designed to provide guests with a hassle-free way to enjoy a wide variety of beverages throughout their cruise. From alcoholic drinks to specialty coffees and sodas, the program offers an array of options to quench your thirst while on board.

Pros of the Cheers Beverage Program

1. Convenience

With the Cheers Beverage Program, you won't have to worry about keeping track of your onboard beverage expenses. Once you've purchased the package, you can enjoy your favorite drinks without constantly reaching for your wallet.

2. Variety

Whether you prefer sipping on cocktails by the pool, indulging in specialty coffees, or trying different wines with your meals, the Cheers program covers a wide range of beverage options to suit various preferences.


  • All spirits (including cocktails), as well as beer and wine by the glass with a $20.00 or lower menu price 

  • Sodas, Zero-Proof frozen cocktails, energy drinks, specialty coffee, hot tea, 500ml bottled water and other non-alcoholic bottled beverages

  • Packaged water in the Dining Room and Specialty Restaurants

  • 25% discount off the menu price for any spirit or wine by the glass above $20.00

  • 25% discount off the menu price for wine and champagne by the bottle

  • 25% discount off beverage seminars and classes


  • Beverages promoted and sold in souvenir glasses

  • Bottles of liquor

  • Beverages offered at gangway

  • Beverages offered through room service, mini bars and/or in-stateroom beverage programs

  • Sharing cocktails, floaters, pitchers, tubes and buckets

  • Beverages offered at private parties and/or events

  • All other beverage-related programs including merchandise, cigars and cigarettes

  • Food items

3. Cost Savings

If you're someone who enjoys multiple drinks throughout the day, the Cheers Beverage Program can potentially save you money compared to purchasing individual beverages à la carte.

Starting at $59.95 / Person per Day

Cons of the Cheers Beverage Program

1. Upfront Cost

The Cheers package comes with a flat daily fee, which might seem expensive at first glance. It's important to consider your drinking habits and calculate whether the package will truly save you money based on your anticipated consumption.

2. Limited Availability

The Cheers program is subject to certain restrictions, such as a minimum age requirement and limitations on where and when the package can be used. Additionally, some premium or ultra-premium beverages may not be covered by the package.

3. Personal Drinking Habits

If you're not a frequent drinker or if you have specific dietary restrictions that limit your beverage choices, the Cheers Beverage Program may not be the most cost-effective option for you.

Fine Print

Cheers package begins on Day 2 for ships sailing from Texas and New York - activation will occur at 6:00am on the second day of the cruise.

Applicable state and local taxes will be charged to the guest folio when this program is used within US waters. The tax is based on the state's tax structure and the cost of the individual drink purchased (not the daily program rate). For example: if the drink price is $5 and the tax is 10%, the guest's Sail & Sign card will be charged $0.50 for tax. This applies to all US ports (embarkation home ports and ports-of-call). Cheers Package is inclusive of VAT, if and as applicable on European cruises. Package is non-transferable and non-refundable after 10:00pm ET the evening before departure.

In conclusion, the Cheers Beverage Program can be a fantastic addition to your Carnival cruise experience, particularly if you're someone who enjoys a variety of drinks and wants the convenience of a prepaid package. However, it's important to weigh the upfront cost against your anticipated consumption and personal preferences to determine if it's the right choice for you.

Whether you decide to opt for the Cheers program or not, remember that Carnival Cruise Line offers a multitude of onboard activities and amenities to ensure you have a memorable vacation at sea. Cheers to smooth sailing and unforgettable memories on your upcoming cruise!

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