One of the common questions that first time cruisers ask – is there a Disney Cruise Drink Package? Many cruise lines these days offer there guests a chance to purchase an all inclusive drinks package. However, Disney cruises does things rather differently – and we think much more sensibly.
Disney Cruise Drink Package
There isn’t a Disney Cruise Drinks Package available. When we talk about a drinks package here what we mean is the type of cruise drinks package where you pay a flat fee for each day of your cruise and you can have unlimited alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic beverages. These packages are often expensive and you have to drink a lot of alcohol to make it an economical choice.
For instance Carnival Cruises offers a Cheers Program for $49.95 per day plus gratuity. If you buy this drinks package you can have up to 15 alcoholic drinks per day (!). There are certain exclusions to this, but the bottom line is that most drinks are included. It doesn’t take anyone very long to work out why Disney may not want to be a cruise line which sells a package which some would say, encourages cruisers to drink excessively. Who wants to be on a cruise where the guy on the table next to you is on his fifteenth drink of the day? Probably not those of us who sail on a Disney cruise.
However, there are plenty of places that you can enjoy an adult beverage or two on a Disney cruise. It’s just that Disney does not have the approach of many other cruise lines.
Here are some things you need to know about drinks on board a Disney cruise.
Disney Cruise Beverage Policy
Disney cruise lines has an generous policy relating to your taking your own bottles of wine and beer on board.
Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call.
This is a change from the previous policy where you could bring as much as you wanted. However, it is still pretty generous within the cruise line industry where many lines do not allow you to bring anything at all on board without being charged.
You can enjoy the wine or beer in your stateroom. If you want to drink it in one of the restaurants there is a $25 charge.
We have written a complete guide to this policy which you can see by clicking on the link below.
Disney Cruise Wine Package
The closest that Disney comes to offering a drinks package is the Disney Cruise Wine Package.
There are two wine packages available for your Disney Cruise and you can purchase. You choose from either The Classic and the Premium Wine Package. You can buy 3,4,5 or 7 bottles within the package. All packages are available regardless of the length of the Disney cruise you are sailing on. So you can buy a 3 night package if you are sailing on a 7 night cruise. Or a 5 night package if you are sailing on a 3 night.
Here are the prices for the Disney Cruise Classic Wine Package:
- 3 Bottle Classic Wine Package $95.00
- 4 Bottle Classic Wine Package $124.00
- 5 Bottle Classic Wine Package $149.00
- 7 Bottle Classic Wine Package $199.00
Here are the prices for the Disney Cruise Premium Wine Package:
- 3 Bottle Premium Wine Package $145.00
- 4 Bottle Premium Wine Package $192.00
- 5 Bottle Premium Wine Package $234.00
- 7 Bottle Premium Wine Package $309.00
A 15% service charge will be added to all Wine Packages.
You can save up to 25% on the per bottle prices if you get the wine package. Some bottles are more expensive than others, and it is possible to work the system so that you get maximum savings. You can see our complete guide by clicking on this link – Disney Cruise Wine Package – Is It Worth It?
Disney Cruise Drink of the Day
The Disney Cruise Drink of the Day is not a package, but we wanted to include it so that you get an overview of the available drinks. The Drink of the Day is priced at a very reasonable $5.46 for the alcoholic cocktails which includes 15% gratuity m $5.46. There is always a non-alcoholic drink of the day which are priced at $4.89 including tax and gratuity. Note that tax is only charged if you order the drinks whilst you are in port. If you are out at sea this is not added.
The drinks of the day do vary, but include Caribbean Dream, High Tide, Key Lime Margarita, Mai Tai, Paradise Cocktail, Pineapple Mojito, Stingray and Yellow Bird.
Non-alcoholic drinks of the day include Lava Smoothie, Mango Crush, Mint Tea Punch, Parrot Song, Passion Cream Freeze, Princess Delight and Purple Basil Lemonade.
All of the Drinks of the Day are available in a souvenir cup for an extra charge. We usually get at least one of these as they make a nice souvenir to take home with you.
Disney Cruise Beer Mug
If you enjoy a beer once in a while this is a great deal. You pay $16.95 for a Disney Cruise line glass beer mug. This includes 22 oz of whatever beer you want. Once you have paid for this you can get it refilled for the cost of a 16 ounce beer. So you are getting a free 6 ounces every time.
Don’t worry. You don’t have to carry around your beer glass. You have a token which you show at the bar so they know you bought the deal.
The glass mug makes a nice souvenir.
Disney Cruise Drink Specials
Drinks specials are not guaranteed, but they are often available on a Disney cruise. Always ask your bar tender if there are any specials available. They are sometimes announced in your Navigator’s, but sometimes you may hit it lucky with an unadvertised deal, or one you may not have seen. It never hurts to ask.
Disney Cruise Free Soda
This is one of the things which will save you a lot of money on a Disney cruise if you are a soda fan. Whilst other cruise lines charge up to $10 a day for soda packages, Disney gives you a lot of this for free.
The free soda is available in either the buffet or on the pool deck. It is help yourself to as much as you want. The pool deck location is open 24 hours a day. Teens can also get these unlimited beverages in Vibe.
The selection includes:
- Coke Zero
- Diet Coke
- HiC Fruit Punch
- HiC Pink Lemonade
- Fuse Ice Tea
- Sprite Zero
If you want any of these in a bar you will pay for them. However, it is so convenient just to get them from the pool deck. Coffee and tea is also available for free.
As you can see, really there is no such thing as a Disney Cruise Drink Package in the sense that other cruise lines promote them. However, with Disney you have the advantage that if you really don’t want to pay anything for soda, you don’t have to as it is free. Also, the wine package, drink of the day and beer mug can all save you money. What you don’t have the choice of is the “all you can drink” alcohol package. Really we commend Disney for this. It’s usually a way for cruise lines to make a lot of money on alcohol and we think it encourages the “get your money’s worth” mentality of over consumption. Not what we want on a Disney Cruise!