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One of the common questions that first-time cruisers ask – is there a Disney Cruise Drink Package?
Many cruise lines these days offer their guests a chance to purchase an all-inclusive drinks package. However, Disney cruises do things rather differently – and we think much more sensibly.
Disney Cruise Drink Package
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. Like this Princess Cruise Drinks Package.
These all-inclusive drinks 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 $51.95 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.
There are no comparable Disney Cruise Drink Packages. While some may be disappointed that there is no Disney cruise beverage package, we think that the price of drinks on a Disney cruise is very reasonable.
Also, Disney cruise lines have many non-alcoholic drinks included and available all day every day for no extra charge.
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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 you can see a Guide to Disney Wonder Bars.
Here are some things you need to know about drinks onboard a Disney cruise.
Disney Cruise Alcohol Policy
Disney cruise lines have a 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.
I know some people try it but don’t be tempted to sneak alcohol onto a Disney Cruise. They will find it and they can confiscate it.
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.
You must put any wine or beer that you bring in your carry on luggage. You want your bottles to be safe in your carry on so we use this 2-Bottle Neoprene Wine Bottle Tote
You can only bring wine or beer on a Disney cruise. There is no exception for bottles or miniatures of spirits such as vodka or gin. If you try and “smuggle” these onboard they will be found and confiscated.
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 Disney Cruise Drink of the Day is priced at a very reasonable $5.46 for the alcoholic cocktails which include a 15% gratuity.
There is always a non-alcoholic drink of the day which is 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 bartender 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 Beer Package
There is a Disney Cruise Beer Package which will give you a discount on a 6 pack of beer. You will pay for only 5 and get a 6 pack for $30. As with all Disney cruise beverages, you will have to add a 15% gratuity onto these prices.
The imported beer choices are:
6 Pack of Heineken Beer $30.00
6 Pack of Guinness Beer $30.00
6 Pack of Corona Beer $30.00
6 Pack of Pub Ale $30.00
If you prefer a Disney cruise domestic beer package here are your choices:
6 Pack of 16 oz Aluminum Bud Light $30.00
6 Pack of 16 oz Aluminum Bud Light Lime $30.00
6 Pack of 16 oz Aluminum Budweiser $30.00
6 Pack of 16 oz Aluminum Michelob Ultra $30.00
6 Pack of 16 oz Aluminum Miller Light $30.00
6 Pack of 16oz Aluminum Coors Light $30.00
How to Order a Disney Cruise Drinks Package
The beer and wine drinks packages are easy to order when you are on board the ship. However, you can also pre-order any drinks package at Disney Gifts and Amenities.
It is so easy to order onboard though we never do this. However, it would be useful if you need to budget prior to the cruise and know that your expenses are already taken care of.
Disney Cruise Beer Mug
If you are a beer drinker another way to save money is with the Disney Cruise Beer Mug. You buy a 22oz glass Disney cruise beer much initially. For all subsequent 22 oz drinks, you buy you get a break on the price as you will only be paying for a 16 oz measure. Free beer every time!
What if you don’t want to carry your Disney Cruise beer mug around with you all the time. Of course, Disney already thought about this.
You will be given a beer mug toke to use instead of having to carry around the beer mug with you. Simply show the bartender your token and they will give you the 22 oz refill at a discount.
At the end of the cruise, you can use this to get a clean glass to take home with you as a souvenir.
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. you can serve yourself with 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 are 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! We think that it is just fine not to have Disney Cruise alcohol drinks packages.
What do you think of the fact that there is no Disney Cruise Drink Package? Should Disney introduce one?