When you sail with Celebrity Cruises, you no longer need to consider purchasing a drinks package. Every Celebrity cruise includes a drink package, gratuities, and basic wi-fi in the standard “Always Included” fare.
The inclusion of the Celebrity Cruises drink package with the standard fare provides a more all-inclusive approach to cruising.
If the Classic package isn’t enough, you can always upgrade to the Premium drinks package which includes higher-priced beverages, large martinis, and Champagne.
But is the upgrade to the premium drink package worth the price?
Celebrity Cruises Drink Package
Starting November 17, 2020, Celebrity Cruises now includes the Classic Beverage Package, gratuities, and basic wi-fi as part of its Always Included fare.
With the inclusion of the drink package as part of the standard fare, Celebrity has streamlined its drinks package offerings.
In the past, the cruise line offered upwards of 8 different packages. Fortunately for passengers sailing today, they only need to decide if they should keep the classic package or upgrade to the premium packages.
Celebrity Cruises Classic Beverage Package
Celebrity Cruises’ Classic Beverage Package is the most popular choice among Celebrity cruisers.
Beginning November 17, 2020, Celebrity Cruises began offering the Classic Beverage Package in their Always Included Fare. This means every passenger now received the classic package with every booking.
Further, the cruise line doesn’t charge a gratuity on the free drink package.
The Classic Beverage Package is truly free!
This drink package includes all beers, cocktails, and wines by the glass up to $9 per drink. The Classic drinks package also includes bottled water, specialty coffees, juices, and soda.
The selection of beverages covered by the drinks package covers almost all 16 oz beers on the ship and a basic selection of red and white wines.
Passengers also receive a 15% discount on wines by the bottle.
If you want to purchase a drink that costs more than $9, you will only be charged the difference plus a 20% gratuity on the difference.
Celebrity Cruises Premium Beverage Package
Passengers can upgrade to the Premium Beverage package which includes higher-priced drinks.
This package includes all beers, cocktails, top-shelf liquor, and wines by the glass up to $15 per drink. Further, the premium package includes unlimited premium still and sparkling bottled water, Red Bull, Vitamin Water, soda, juices, and premium coffees and teas.
The premium package covers most of the drinks offered at the onboard bars and restaurants, with the exception of Eden.
Additionally, the premium package covers martinis from the Crush Martini Bar and most of the handcrafted drinks found at the World Class Bar.
With the premium package, you also get a 20% discount on bottles of wine.
The normal price for the package is $69 per person per day. But, when you receive the Classic package as part of the Always Included fare, you can upgrade to the premium package for only $12 per person per day.
If you want a truly all-inclusive experience on your Celebrity cruise, the premium drinks package is your best option.
Is it Worth Upgrading to the Premium Beverage Package?
Before upgrading to the Premium Beverage Packages, it’s important to consider if the upgrade is worth the cost.
Remember, if you have the Classic package, you can purchase premium drinks, you’ll just have to pay the difference in price.
For the majority of beer and wine drinkers, the upgrade to the premium package isn’t worth it because many of the included drinks are already included in the Classic Beverage Package.
I would only suggest upgrading if you want a particular brand, or you prefer to drink higher-priced beverages such as cocktails or gluten-free beer.
How to Upgrade to the Premium Beverage Packages
So, you’ve made the decision to upgrade to the premium package. Now how do you upgrade?
Celebrity Cruises offers two ways to upgrade your drinks package.
1. Upgrade Your Drinks Package from Classic to Premium
The first way to upgrade your beverage packages is to upgrade only your drink packages from the Classic Beverage Package to the Premium Package.
The cost of upgrading your drink package is $12 per person per day.
After you make the upgrade, you will receive all of the benefits of the premium package.
But, there is another way to upgrade that may save you more money in the long run.
2. Upgrade your cruise from ‘Always Included’ to ‘Elevate’
By now you know that if you book a Celebrity cruise, you’ll receive the Classic Beverage Package, basic wi-fi, and gratuities included as part of their Always Included fare.
For a bit more money than upgrading the drinks package, you can upgrade your entire cruise from Always Included to Elevate. The cost of upgrading to Elevate is $30 per person per day, and it includes more than just the premium drinks package.
In addition to upgrading to the Premium Drinks Package, you’ll also receive shore excursion credit between $100 and $200.
Surprisingly, if you use the full shore excursion credit when you upgrade to Elevate, it will be cheaper most of the time.
The following tables show the relative cost of the drink package when you deduct the cost of upgrading to Elevate from the shore excursion credit. The price of the drink package is on a per-day basis. So, when it is cheaper than the cost of upgrading the drink package ($12/day), you will save money by choosing to upgrade to Elevate.
|Cruise Length||Cost to Upgrade to Elevate||Elevate Shore Excursion Credit||Cost of the Drink Package After Upgrading|
|4 Days||$120||$100||$5 per day|
|5 Days||$150||$100||$10 per day|
|6 Days||$180||$150||$5 per day|
|7 Days||$210||$150||$10 per day|
|8 Days||$240||$150||$11.25 per day|
|9 Days||$270||$150||$13.33 per day|
|10 Days||$300||$200||$10 per day|
|11 Days||$330||$200||$11.81 per day|
|12 Days||$360||$200||$13.33 per day|
|13 Days||$390||$200||$14.622 per day|
|14 Days||$420||$200||$15.71 per day|
As you can see from the chart above, upgrading to Elevate is cheaper when you sail on 2 to 8-day and 10 and 11-day cruises.
But, keep in mind that you only reap these savings if you use the full shore excursion credit. If you only use part of the credit or forgo it entirely, you might be better off upgrading the drink package by itself.
The credit can only be applied to one shore excursion. We recommend applying it to the most expensive excursion you choose to take during your cruise to maximize your savings.
Final Thoughts: Celebrity Cruises Beverage Package
The inclusion of the Celebrity Cruises beverage packages into the base fare is a welcome change for the cruise industry. The inclusion of the drink package provides a more all-inclusive feel when you sail with the cruise line.
Celebrity passengers no longer need to consider if drink packages are worth it on a cruise, but whether it is worth upgrading to the premium package.
For the vast majority of passengers, the classic package provides more than enough to fulfill your beverage needs. However, guests who wish to upgrade may save money by upgrading the entire cruise from Always Included to Elevate.
Celebrity Drink Packages FAQs
How Much Does it Cost to Upgrade to the Premium Drinks Package?
Guests can upgrade from the Classic Beverage Packages to the Premium Beverage Packages for an additional $12 per person per day.
What is the Drinking Age on Celebrity Cruises?
The minimum drinking age on Celebrity Cruises that sail in North America is 21.
The minimum drinking age for Celebrity cruises in South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand is 18.
Do Guests Under the Drinking Age Get the Classic Beverage Package?
Guests that are under the legal drinking age at the time of sailing will get the full benefits of the drinks package with the exception of non-alcoholic beverages.
Can You Use Your Celebrity Drinks Package In The Restaurants?
Yes. You can use your Celebrity cruises drink packages at the onboard restaurants, bars, and lounges.
Do Celebrity Cruises Drink Packages Limit the Number of Drinks You Can Order?
Unlike some cruise lines, Celebrity Cruises does not limit the number of drinks you can order in a day.
However, a bartender or staff member can refuse to serve anyone they deem intoxicated. Additionally, you can only purchase one drink at a time.
Can You Take Wine On A Celebrity Cruise Ship?
Yes. On embarkation day, Celebrity Cruises allows passengers to bring up to two bottles of wine onboard the cruise ship, per cabin.
These bottles will be subject to a corkage fee. But, the corkage fee is cheaper than purchasing a bottle of wine on the ship.
This is only applicable to embarkation day. Any alcohol brought on the ship during port days will be held by the cruise line until the end of the voyage when it is returned to you.
Does The Celebrity Drink Package Include Gratuities?
Yes. The beverage packages that come with the Always Included fare include gratuities.
This means that you won’t need to tip when you purchase drinks around the ship.
If you purchase a drink above the maximum price limit covered by the package, you will need to pay gratuities on the difference.