Along with the rest of the mainstream cruise lines, Princess Cruises is now offering an alcohol beverage program, as reported by Cruise Critic. But the cruise line is not going all in with their all-inclusive alcohol packages. They’re giving it a test run first on the Star Princess and Sapphire Princess sailing 7+ days. If all goes well, expect to have this program available on the rest of Princess ships by spring 2014 — just in time for the Alaska sailing season!
The package costs $49 per day plus 15% gratuity. Each person in the cabin has to buy the package and must be 21 years or older. Here’s what this includes:
- Beer and glasses of wine less than $10.
- Coffee, tea, espresso and specialty drinks
- Non-alcoholic beverages in a can or bottle.
- Some food items like crepes and gelato.
- 40% discount on bottled wines less than $100.
Oh, and if there are kids over 6 years old, then the $8.05 per person per day unlimited soda package must be purchased too.
At first, I didn’t get the idea behind the 40% discount on bottled wines. Why would you buy a bottle when wine by the glass in included? Then thought, well, if you’re dining with another couple who don’t have the package and you’d like to share a bottle of wine with them over dinner, that’s one scenario. Another would be if you want to enjoy the bottle in the privacy of your stateroom. Like other drink packages, you wouldn’t be able to order more than one glass at a time.
What are your thoughts on alcohol beverage packages in general? Yay or nay?