On the whole, drinks on cruise ships cost about the same as they do in high street bars, with some variation between the cruise lines. However, none of them charge extortionate amounts for drinks, so you don't have to worry about being a 'captive market' on-board.  Some drinks are in fact very reasonable, which can be a pleasant surprise, particularly to anyone who lives in London or is used to the prices you'll find there!

Your cruise ship drinks menu may be priced in either Pounds, Dollars or Euros, depending on the cruise line and destination. For ease, we've converted all the prices to Pounds, and priced up a round of drinks on-board. As you'll see, how much change you'll get from £20 varies from £8 to nothing.

The price of a round of drinks

Pint of beer Glass of wine Spirit and mixer Soft drink Total for the round
Fred.Olsen Cruises £3.70 £4.05 £3.80 85p £12.40
P&O Cruises £4.05 £4.25 £4.50 £1.95 £14.75
Cunard £4.23 £4.80 £5.33 £1.78 £16.14
Princess Cruises £3.52 £4.97 £5.86 £1.42 £15.77
Royal Caribbean £4.94 £7.11 £7.28 £2.31 £21.64

Are all-inclusive cruises available?

Yes, most cruise lines offer drinks packages, which can convert your cruise from full-board to all-inclusive for a fixed price.

There are usually several different drinks packages available, so it's important to consider what's included in each, to work out what will give you the best value for money. Your Cruise Concierge will be able to advise you about the various drinks packages that are available when you book. Or you can call us now on 0808 1234 118 for more information.

Are drinks packages good value for money?

We've worked out how many drink you need to drink per day to make your drinks package pay for itself. The results are a bit shocking!

How can I get free drinks?

Cruise lines often offer free drinks packages as an incentive to get you to book your cruise with them. These deals aren't on all the time, but it's worth keeping an eye out for these promotions, as they can save you hundreds! Our Cruise Concierge team will be able to advise you of any offers that are currently available.

If you'd like any more information about drinks on your cruise, please don't hesitate to give our Cruise Concierge team a call on 0808 1234 118.

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