We’ve all been there before – when you get your final statement on the last night of the cruise and nearly fall over trying to understand how you drank that much alcohol. All those frozen drinks on the lido deck and late nights at the piano bar add up quickly. Fortunately, there are a few ways to slim down your bill without cutting out the booze.
1. Bottle service. Some cruise lines offer bottle service, meaning you can have bottles of liquor delivered to your room for much less than what it would cost to buy the same amount of alcohol at the bar. If you’re smart enough to bring your own 12-pack of soda with you at embarkation, you can mix your own drinks in your cabin and save some money from tipping a bartender too.
2. Beverage packages. Most cruise lines offer beverage packages for $50-80 per day that are all-inclusive, so you can order whatever you want and never worry about a bill. If fact, Carnival just expanded its beverage package to include all alcoholic drinks under $50; soda; specialty coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos; and other drinks such as juices, coconut water, gatorade, etc. Make sure to read the fine print, though, as each line differs in what its packages may offer. For example, on Carnival everyone in the same cabin must purchase the beverage package, whereas on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian it is sold individually.