Now that I'm over 21, my mom and I have a big decision when we cruise as a family: do we get the drink package?!
Every cruise line is different, and every group of travelers is different, so the answer is it depends. We broke down the Carnival Cruise drink package so you can decide if it's the right fit for you!
What is the Drink Package on Carnival Cruise Lines?
If you decide to purchase the drink program, be aware that anyone age 21+ staying in the same stateroom will be required to purchase the program as well (no exceptions).
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What's included in the "CHEERS!" drink package?
Here's a summarized list of all of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included in the drink package:
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So... Is Carnival's drink package WORTH IT?
At first glance, the Carnival Cruise drink package definitely seems like it's worth the money. However, it depends on the people in your party, and how much you plan on drinking each day!
At first glance: See the math
For example, I'd save a lot of money in one day buying the pre-purchase drink package at $51.95 per day. The same goes if a large group of partiers is sailing together.
However, my mom doesn't drink $50 worth of alcohol every day, so in this example she'd be losing money. (See approximate drink prices here!)
Since we stay in the same stateroom, the verdict is that we'll still save a little money by purchasing the all-inclusive drinks.
The problem with the drink package is, this equation only makes sense if you're drinking that much EVERY day of the cruise, and only accounting for drinking ON BOARD the ship.
WE KNOW YOU'RE AMBITIOUS, BUT...
If you have a lot of excursion days, you may not be day-drinking nearly as much as you think.
Also, a lot of ports have bars on-shore that you might choose to hang out at instead of drinking on the ship.
Lastly, if you're drinking the max 15 alcoholic drinks a day, then trust me- you'll want to account for a hangover day too.
After 1 "Missed Day": See the math
As you can see, the second you aren't drinking at "max capacity" for the entire duration of your cruise, this equation flips upside-down fast! This is why we typically chose NOT to purchase the drink package as a family. But again, it totally depends on your party's situation!