Are you someone with refined tastes when it comes to alcohol? Then Princess just made a revamp to their beverage package lineup that may be right up your alley.
The cruise line used to have one alcoholic package option — the (former) Premier Beverage Package. That offer cost $59.99 per day (plus an 18% gratuity), and offered drinks up to $12 per glass.
Now that package has been renamed to the Plus Beverage Package while the cost and what’s available remain largely the same.
In addition, the cruise line has introduced a newly revamped Premier Beverage Package that’s aimed at those who like higher-end alcohol options. The new package costs $79.99 per day (plus 18% gratuity) and includes drinks up to $18 per glass.
According to the cruise line’s website, the package includes a selection of “75+ spirits, 40 wines by the glass, 20+ high-end crafted cocktails.” Of course, the basics like beer, coffees, soda, are also included.
The Premier package also includes some specific options unavailable in the lower tier package, including a Woodford Reserve Bourbon selection created for Princess and “personalized Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Single Barrel Select.”
In other words, passengers now have the option of sticking with the Plus Beverage Package (which still includes 50 spirits, 25 wines by the glass, 25 beers, cocktails, soda, coffee, and more) or upgrading to a package with more expensive options available.
Some things to keep in mind is that Princess limits passengers to 15 alcoholic drinks per 24-hour period. And if you buy a drink over the price limit of the package, then you will have to pay the amount above the limit.
New Drink Package Included With “Princess Premier”
The shuffle in beverage packages comes as Princess also adds a new layer to its all-inclusive offers that include drinks.
Princess has standard base fares that are typical of cruises where you pay for your cabin, but then things like gratuities, wi-fi, and drinks cost extra on the ship. But the cruise line also has an all-inclusive offer — Princess Plus — that has gratuities, wi-fi, and the Plus Beverage Package included.
This offer (about to increase in price from $40 to $50 per person, per day) provides an outstanding value given everything that includes. Instead of paying roughly $100 a day for your gratuities, Internet access, and a drink package, you get them all for $50.
Now, however, Princess is adding a new level to their all-inclusive offer — Princess Premier. This offer includes wi-fi (for up to four devices), gratuities, specialty dining, and more perks. But it also includes the new Premier Beverage Package instead of the lower-tier Plus Beverage Package.
Given that the cost of the Princess Premier offer is $75 per person, per day and the value of the Premier Beverage Package is $79.99 per day, people wanting the new higher-tier drink package would be best off opting for Princess Premier instead. Not only is Princess Premier less money than the drink package alone, but it will also include wi-fi, specialty dining, and more.
For more on drink packages, be sure to see our other articles on the topic:
- Everything to Know About Alcohol & Drinks on a Cruise (Costs, Rules, & More)
- Worth It? Everything About Cruise Line Drink Packages
- Cruise Line Drink Package Calculator