Princess Cruises To Offer Drinks Packages on Australian Ships
As of July, Princess Cruises has rolled out an all-inclusive beverage package on voyages of 8 nights or longer that depart from and return to Australia. These packages are now available on three of the cruise line’s Australian-based ships, including the Sun Princess, the Dawn Princess and the Sea Princess. It will also apply to cruises on-board the Diamond Princess, Golden Princess and Emerald Princess.
What is a drinks package?
A drinks package is a system that lets you choose from a range of pre-selected drinks in return for paying one set base price. Each one generally has different fine print, so it’s important to read up on the package before deciding if it will work for you.
Why purchase one?
A drinks package offers a range of benefits for cruisers. When you sign up for one, you can get the convenience of not having to pay individually for each beverage – that means never having to run back for your purse or wallet if you left it in your room, and not having to worry about cash, change or credit card.
It may mean great value as well. For example, if you would typically consume two or three coffees, a couple of soft drinks, and then a few alcoholic beverages each day, you may actually pay less per day with the capped package. This means more cash for souvenirs!
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What do you get?
Princess Cruises’ new package costs AU$59 per person, per day. This package includes all drinks up to the value of $14 including:
• Wine by the glass
• Specialty coffees – mocha, latte, macchiato, espresso, iced coffee
• Soft drinks
• Bottled water
Cruisers sailing with Princess Cruises will also enjoy a 40% discount on bottles of wine under AU$100. If you decide this is something that will benefit your pocket, just ask any bartender or waiter on-board your cruise.
How to tell if a drinks package is good value for you
So now you know what it is, but will it actually save you money? To work that out, simply estimate what beverages you would consume in a typical day on-board, and then add the cost of those together. Using this all-inclusive package as an example, if the cost of your typical daily beverages exceeds $59, then this is a good deal. Even if it’s a close call, the convenience factor may be enough to tip you over the edge.
While Princess Cruises are the first to launch these packages on Australian ships, drinks packages are by no means a new phenomenon. Other lines like Celebrity and Royal Caribbean International have been offering packages for quite some time, with similar tiers and offerings. So whether you are cruising from Australian shores or docking in exotic locations, it is well worth checking out what is available on your ship. It might well save you a few dollars by the time you get home!
For more information about any beverage packages, or to book your cruise, call one of our experienced cruise consultants on 1300 954 661 today!