Use the Royal Caribbean Beverage Package Calculator to determine the most cost-effective beverage package to purchase for a cruise, based on anticipated beverage consumption/habits and pricing. The calculator was last updated in August 2020.
Royal Caribbean is a trademark of Royal Caribbean Group. This calculator is not endorsed by Royal Caribbean Group.
Royal Caribbean Beverage Package Calculator: Instructions and Explanations
Use this section of the Royal Caribbean Beverage Package Calculator to enter general information about the cruise. If traveling with others, enter each guest’s information separately, resetting the calculator as needed.
# of Nights
Select the number of nights for the cruise, from a minimum of two nights to a maximum of thirty nights. The number of nights affects the total cost of beverage packages. The calculator will also treat nights as equivalent to “days” for the purposes of per-day beverage calculations.
Anticipated Beverage Consumption
Use this section of the Royal Caribbean Beverage Package Calculator to enter information about anticipated beverage consumption and pricing information.
The default average cost is per beverage and beverage type and can be edited.
When entering the number of beverages per beverage type, the number entered can either be per day or for the entire length of the cruise for each beverage type.
The calculator includes the following beverage types:
- Beer and Cider
- Coffee and Tea (specialty)
- Spirits, Liquor, and Mixed Drinks
- Water (bottled)
- Wine (by the glass)
Beer and Cider include:
- Amstel Light
- Blue Moon Belgian Ale
- Bud Light
- Coors Light
- Corona Extra
- Dos Equis
- Heineken (non-alcoholic)
- Michelob Ultra
- Miller Lite
- O’Doul’s (non-alcoholic)
- Paulaner Weissbier
- Strongbow Hard Cider
- Red Stripe
Spirits and Liquors include:
- 1800 Tequila
- Bailey’s Irish Cream
- Bombay Sapphire
- The Botanist
- Buffalo Trace
- Camarena Gold
- Canadian Club
- Captain Morgan
- Chivas Regal 12
- Crown Royal
- Del Maguey Vida Blanco
- Four Roses Single Barrel
- Gentleman Jack
- Grand Marnier
- Grey Goose
- Hangar 1
- Jack Daniel’s
- Johnnie Walker
- Jose Cuervo
- Leblon Cachaca
- Maker’s Mark
- Miami Club
- New Amsterdam
- Pyrat XO
- Rittenhouse Straight Rye
- Ron Zacapa
- Rémy Martin
- Southern Comfort
- Whistlepig Rye
The calculator will add the mandatory gratuity to the average beverage cost for all beverage types in its calculations.
Beverage Package and Pricing Information
Use this section of the Royal Caribbean Beverage Package Calculator to adjust assumptions and default pricing for beverage packages.
Available beverage packages include (in descending order of cost):
- Deluxe (alcohol) @ $63/day
- Refreshment @ $29/day
- Classic Soda @ $13/day
The default pricing for beverage packages can be adjusted to account for price increases or discounts. The actual daily package cost can vary depending on the cruise and ship. The daily cost is per guest.
The calculator will add the mandatory gratuity to the package cost in its calculations.
Keep in mind that Royal Caribbean generally requires that if one adult purchases the Deluxe package, that all other adults over the age of 21 traveling in the same cabin purchase the Deluxe package; this requirement may be waived if you contact Royal Caribbean, explain the other adult(s) does not consume alcohol, and request to downgrade the additional package to Refreshment.
Beverage packages do not cover certain specialty beverages, particularly those purchased at an onboard Starbucks. They also do not include the charge for special souvenir or commemorative beverage containers.
Beverage packages can be used at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas and at Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach in Haiti. Beverage packages may not be available for purchase for cruises of less than four nights departing from Southampton, England.
The default mandatory gratuity of 18% can be adjusted to account for increases or decreases. The gratuity is applied automatically to all average beverage costs and beverage packages, as well as applicable upcharges for beverages whose cost is not fully covered by a package.
Deluxe (alcohol) Maximum Covered
This figure reflects the maximum per-alcoholic-beverage cost that is covered with a Deluxe (alcohol) package. All non-alcoholic beverages are covered in full, regardless of price, unless otherwise excluded from all beverage packages. The default amount of $12 can be adjusted. Some ships may cover up to $13 per alcoholic beverage.
Alcoholic beverages that exceed this amount will be charged the difference plus gratuity on the difference. The calculator will account for these upcharges.
This section of the Royal Caribbean Beverage Package Calculator advises you of the most cost-effective beverage package given your anticipated beverage consumption and pricing inputs.
Most Cost-Effective Beverage Package
The calculator recommends the most cost-effective beverage package. If purchasing beverages à la carte (without a package) is the best option, the calculator will recommend “Pay As You Go.”
The calculator does not take into account the three beverage vouchers that Crown and Anchor Society members holding Diamond, Diamond Plus, or Pinnacle elite status receive when attending the Exclusive Nightly Diamond Event. These vouchers expire on the same night that they are issued.
Estimated Total Cost
The calculator estimates the total cost for beverages, including the cost of beverage packages, gratuities, and upcharges.
The calculator estimates the savings achieved by selecting the most cost-effective beverage package versus Pay As You Go. If purchasing beverages à la carte (without a package) is the recommended option, then the calculator estimates the savings achieved by Pay As You Go versus the lowest-cost beverage package, factoring in gratuities and upcharges.