Are the drinks free on the Disney Cruise Line Ships? This answer to this is yes and no! Unlike many other cruise lines Disney Cruise Line has free soda at the self serve beverage station which is open 24 hours a day. This can be a very significant saving, particularly when you have a family who loves soda!
On the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic the beverage station is on on Deck 9 close to the Mickey Pool and Beach Blanket Buffet. There are 2 Beverage Stations on Deck 11 of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
You will have to pay for any soda or beverage you order in any of the bars. But you can have your choice of soda or soft drinks in the restaurants onboard a Disney cruise ship and you will not be charged (with the exception of specialty drinks such as smoothies or cocktails).
If you enjoy good coffee it is probably best to avoid the mix served at the free beverage stations. It really is not the best! They serve Nescafe coffee on board, and this really is not my favorite. You do get a reasonably decent cup in the restaurants but not from the self serve machines in the buffet and on deck.
Much better coffee is served in the specialty restaurants such as Palo and Remy. You can also get a decent (although not free) cup of coffee in the Cove Cafe. There you can get specialty coffees for around the $3.50 to $4.50 range. The Cove Cafe also serves wine and martinis.
As you would probably expect alcohol is not free! The prices are pretty reasonable for a cruise line though and you can save money by choosing one of the wine packages. You can choose from the Classic Package and the Premium Package with options from 3 to 7 nights available. Prices range from $85 to $300 for each package.
You can bring your own wine and alcohol onboard to drink in your stateroom. Guests often ask how much alcohol they can bring onboard. I would say use your common sense. All bottles have to be carried in hand luggage. This is not a party ship cruise line so most guests will probably only bring a couple of bottles onboard. There is a $20 corkage charge if you want to consume your own wine in any of the restaurants.
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