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The Princess All-Inclusive Beverage Package

It was Joe E. Lewis who said it best,

I distrust camels, and anyone else who can go a week without a drink. 

On a Princess cruise this will not be a problem with the all-inclusive beverage package. Your cup will literally runneth over and it is up to you what overflows from that cup. On Day 5 of my 31 Day Writing Challenge about our recent cruise to Alaska, I am filling you in on which beverage package we chose, if it paid for itself and why it was a good deal. Here’s your first clue…
All-Inclusive Beverage Package
I handed my bon voyage drink to my clown of a hubby so I could take a picture of the seascape and this is the result!
No, you cannot drink two drinks at a time on any of the packages you choose, so don’t think for a second that you can buy one package and share it with your family. There were three package options that we considered:
  1. The All-Inclusive
  2. The Unlimited Soda, and
  3. The Café Select

The All-Inclusive package includes unlimited drinks including cocktails, wine, beer, sodas, lattes, cappuccinos, bottled water and more. The cost is approximately $55/person per day. Any drink that cost over $10 is not included in the plan. There is also a 40% discount on bottled wine or champagne.

Sabatini's Aboard Crown Princess

The Unlimited Soda plan offers passengers all the fountain soda, juices and fruity mocktails you can handle. The cost is about $5/day per person.


With the Café Select plan, even coffee lovers will have a hard time using all the benefits of this package. At a cost of about $33/card, you can enjoy 15 espresso-based specialty coffees including lattes, cappuccinos, coffee and much more. When you consider how often we drive thru Starbucks at over $5/stop, this is a real bargain!

Breakfast Time

In case you haven’t figured it out by now from our pictures, we purchased the All-Inclusive Plan. To lose money we would have had to pass on adult beverages and drink less than 10 drinks per day. We started out with a carafe of coffee each morning, had juice with breakfast, sodas or tea with lunch and large water bottles for exercise. At dinner we shared a bottle of wine or champagne which would have equaled 2 glasses each. Our wine at dinner alone covered half of the plan. In addition to that we each had a specialty drink at some of the activities.


There is one thing that I do not understand. All of your food is included in the price of your cruise. This includes smoked salmon which sells for $40/pound in Seattle, filet mignon, lobster, Eggs Benedict, omelettes, fresh fruit, ice cream and some game dishes. I’ve done my research and can’t find a satisfactory answer to this question. With the food menu offered on a cruise, why is it necessary to sell a separate drink package? Why can’t drinks be included as well? Do we all drink enough for the cruise line to make money off of these packages? The only thing I can come up with is those who do not partake of adult beverages may not want to feel like they are paying for everyone else to have a cocktail. Wish I had that answer for you!

Well, that camel didn’t have to go a week without a drink after all. But as for that straw… We may have broken a back or two.

5 o'clock Somewhere

It was 5 o’clock where we were!

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