Beverage Packages on Royal Caribbean Cruises | #SeasTheDay

Cruise courtesy of Royal Caribbean as part of Brandcation. All opinions are my own.

When planning my spending budget for our recent Royal Caribbean cruise on Liberty of the Seas, I went on a mission to understand the beverage packages available. It was a bit confusing, but I was soon able to make a decision that was right for me.

Included with the cruise:

Some beverages are included in the cost of the cruise. These include Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water, and sugar-free kiwi-strawberry drink. At breakfast I noticed an orange drink (not juice) offered as well as a sugar free strawberry-kiwi drink at lunch and dinner.

What you can bring on:

Unfortunately beer, hard liquor and non-alcoholic beverages are not allowed. You may bring personal wine and champagne onboard only on boarding day, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom.

Please be advised, though, that if you choose to consume the wine/champane you brought on board in any public area, each bottle will be subject to a corkage fee of $25.00.

Drink Packages for a cost:

The drink packages can be found on Royal Caribbean’s site. Unfortunately you cannot purchase a drink package “for just a day”… they must be purchased for the entire cruise.

I will try my best to summarize them for you here.

* If you are a pop drinker, the Royal Refreshment Package may be an option for you. On top of the included drinks, you will receive a souvenir cup and unlimited refills on fountain Coca-Cola products ship wide. I purchased this option and paid around $6.50 a day.


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* If you like pop but also would like juice, bottled water, frozen non-alcoholic drinks &/or premium coffees the Royal Replenish is for you. You will receive unlimited premium coffee (hot, cold or frozen), premium tea, bottled water (sparkling or still), fresh squeezed orange juice, non-alcoholic cocktails as well as unlimited fountain soda with the Coca-Cola souvenir cup. My room mate paid around $20 a day for this package.


Here is where it gets a little complicated.

* If you would like unlimited beer, wine by the glass (up to $8 value each), non-alcoholic cocktails, fountain soda with souvenir cup the Select Package is for you. This will run you around $40 a day.

* If you’d prefer premium cocktails (up to $10 each), frozen cocktails, beer, premium wines by the glass (up to $12 value each, bottled water, and fountain soda with souvenir cup the Premium Package if your guy. This runs around $55 a day.

* If you prefer to have no limits on what you drink… the Ultimate Package offers virtually unlimited options by combining the benefits of the Premium and Royal Replenish packages. This runs around $65 a day.

Last but not least, if you know you will only want bottled water or juice, you can order them before you embark to be delivered to your stateroom at around 25% off the cost of a single bottle on board.

*** TIP *** Be sure to pick up a bottle of two of water before heading off the ship for port days. If you have a package that includes this, you can have a waiter bring them to you at breakfast at no charge. I did not purchase a package that included water, but there were tables set up on the way out of the ship where you can purchase (charge to your room) before you disembark.


So there you have most of the selections that should offer something for everyone.

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What sounds good to you?




  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says

    I think I would want the Royal Replenish because I would want orange juice and tea

  2. Tara says

    I knew a lot of cruise lines to offer a soda package, but didn’t know RC had a liquor package too. Very cool! Love the Royal Replenish option with premium tea too, cool. I always bring two bottles of wine/champagne on with me on boarding day too, however, the corkage fee on Princess is only $15.


    This is a very informative post. I have never been on a cruise and now know what to expect!

  4. Sarah L says

    I’d be perfectly fine with the no-cost version, paying for a glass of wine with one dinner. Water is what I drink most of the time anyway.

  5. wow i’ve always wanted to go on a cruise and the drinks look fabulous. i want a bloody mary!

  6. saminder gumer says

    i think the royal refreshment package is a great deal.

  7. shelly peterson says

    Wow, that’s a bit crazy and confusing. I probably will never have the chance to take a cruise but good think I’m not a big alcohol beverage drinker. But I do drink lot’s of water.

  8. Great review and Ouch! The premium packages are a bit costly and would add up quickly. I think the Royal Replenish package would be perfect for me and my family. We could do without fancy drinks.

  9. nicole dz says

    Pricey it is, but maybe it does save you money down the line. The drinks do looks good. But the corkage fee of $25.00 just for your own bottle of wine was shocking, I don’t even pay $25 for the bottle when I buy it. Glad I don’t like cruises, im a land person.

  10. Sarah L says

    We had a glass of wine a couple of times during the cruise so it makes no sense to pay for a package.

  11. Sarah Hayes says

    they look so yummy and refreshing. Ive never been on a cruise but i think Id enjoy it

  12. Megan Filzen says

    I love the creative drinks you can find!

  13. Maria C says

    can’t wait to try those on our next cruise getaway

  14. David Fultner says

    I would like Royal Replenish because of the beverage choices.

  15. David Fultner says

    This looks tasty and fun.

  16. Cheryl Reinhardt says

    Wow, that is a new concept for me…. it seems like a lot of money, but I guess if you really like to drink cocktails or margaritta’s then it would pay off, buying a drink package.

  17. MeMe R says

    I was just discussing this with my husband. He could not believe on most ships you can bring your own allotted amount of alcohol aboard to drink. That is the way I would go before boarding, of course I would check to make sure this is the case depending which cruise you take.

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