NEW Booze News

The following was copy/pasted from the Cruise Critic Website.  I will give you my “skinny” …

Wonderful change is that we no longer have to buy the same drink package as our cabin mate or at all.  Nice.

They have added  soda to all of the booze packages.

I don’t see the mention of Champagne – but on the old drink card we were able to get the California version – Brut.  I’ll guarantee that with the Ultimate Package I’ll get a nice pour at the Champagne Bar, servers there were accommodating on the last cruise.

Premium Coffee is on the Ultimate package…. there is a Starbucks on Oasis..!  Also fresh squeezed OJ at the Orange Julius…!

Please NOTICE the 15% Gratuity that is included..!

Also you can wait to purchase these on the cruise – maybe you’re unsure how  much you will spend – BUT you have to buy the card before the end of Monday.

(I left in the last paragraph that she wrote.  Just in case some of you have bought your “drink card” already.)

February 15, 2013
Royal Caribbean Expands Alcohol-Inclusive Beverage Package Options

Just a little under a year after Royal Caribbean first introduced alcohol-inclusive beverage packages, the line is updating and expanding its offerings. Four packages are available on all North American sailings of four nights or longer. Itineraries that depart from international ports will get the packages mid-December.

Among the changes made to the packages, only passengers who intend to use a package need to buy it. Previously, all passengers in a cabin had to purchase a package, even if only one wanted it.

Package holders are limited to the number of drinks they can order at a time (one), but there is no cap on the number of drinks they may purchase in a day.

Package prices range from $20 to $65 per passenger/per day. All prices include a 15 percent gratuity. Packages must be purchased a minimum of four days before the cruise ends.

Package choices are:

Royal Replenish Package ($20 per day): includes premium coffee and tea, bottled still and sparkling water, fresh-squeezed orange juice, nonalcoholic cocktails and fountain sodas with a souvenir Coca-Cola cup.

Select Package ($40 per day): includes beer, wine by the glass (up to $8 value), nonalcoholic cocktails, fountain sodas with a souvenir Coca-Cola cup and a 20 percent discount on wine bottle purchases.

Premium Package ($55 per day): includes house and premium cocktails (up to $10 value), frozen cocktails, beers, premium wine by the glass (up to $12 value), nonalcoholic cocktails, bottled still water, fountain sodas with a souvenir Coca-Cola cup and a 20 percent discount on wine bottle purchases.

Ultimate Package ($65 per day): includes premium coffee and tea, bottled still and sparkling water, fresh-squeezed orange juice, house and premium cocktails (up to $10 value), frozen cocktails, beers, premium wine by the glass (up to $12 value), nonalcoholic cocktails, fountain sodas with a souvenir Coca-Cola cup and a 20 percent discount on wine bottle purchases.

Passengers who have already bought the former Classic package will receive the Select package once on board and a refund of $5 per day to their onboard accounts. Passengers who purchased the former Premium package will receive the new Premium package once onboard.

–by Dori Saltzman, News Editor

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