(Update, 10:00 a.m. EST) – Carnival Cruise Lines has imposed an official 15 alcoholic drink limit on its Cheers! beverage program. According to a Carnival spokesman, "Guests are limited to 15 drinks total within the 24 hour period, which runs from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. Sodas and other applicable nonalcoholic beverages will remain unlimited and will not be counted toward the 15 alcoholic beverage limit."
(December 21, 11:46 a.m. EST) -- Carnival Cruise Lines has expanded the Cheers! program to more ships -- Carnival Glory, Carnival Pride, Carnival Legend and Carnival Conquest. The package is now available on 13 of the cruise line's ships.
(November 26, 2012, 1:35 p.m. EST) -- Carnival Cruise Lines has renamed and expanded its all-you-can-drink alcohol package to Carnival Dream, bringing the number of ships offering the program to four.
Launched in August, the "My Awesome Bar Program" is now the "Cheers!" program and was rolled out to Carnival Dream last week. Other than the name change, the only difference between the My Awesome Bar Program and Cheers! is it now includes a 25 percent discount on bottled water.
The beverage package, which was originally launched on Carnival Victory, is also available on Carnival Splendor and Carnival Breeze. The pre-cruise cost for the program is $42.95, per person, per day, (if one adult in a cabin purchases the package, all adults over 21 years old in that cabin must purchase). Purchasers can select from a variety of wine, beer and spirits, up to a 15-drink maximum per day. All included beverages, such as wines by the glass, beers and individual cocktails, must cost less than $10.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor