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Onboard soda packages (Photo: Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock.com)
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What Is a Soda Package on a Cruise?

Onboard soda packages (Photo: Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock.com)
Onboard soda packages (Photo: Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock.com)
Melinda Crow

Sodas are generally only included in the cruise fare on upper-end and luxury cruise lines. On most mainstream cruises, sodas are available for purchase (using your onboard account) in the ship's dining rooms and bars, and in stateroom mini-bars. As an alternative to paying separately for each soda you drink, cruise lines offer packages that can be purchased in advance online or onboard on embarkation day.

Related: Carnival Cruise FAQ

Soda packages may or may not represent a savings over individually purchased drinks, depending on how much soda you consume per day.

A typical soda package includes fountain and/or canned soft drinks, but may also include specialty coffees, fruit drinks and bottled water. On some ships, soda packages come with a souvenir cup for easy refills during your cruise. Soda packages do not include beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages, but are sometimes bundled with alcoholic drink packages for an all-inclusive drink experience onboard.

Most soda packages are purchased per person and may not be shared. The price for a package covering unlimited sodas averages around $8 per adult per day and most must be purchased for the full length of the cruise. That makes an adult soda package for a seven-night sailing around $56, plus the ship's standard service charge. Lower-priced packages for children are available on some cruise lines.

Alternatives to unlimited soda packages on a few cruise lines include plans that allow a specified number of drinks during your cruise. This type of package may be shared, and may be ideal for cruisers that only want a few sodas during their cruise.

Updated January 08, 2020

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