Princess Cruises Trials All-Inclusive Beverage Package

December 10, 2013
(1:48 p.m. EST) -- Princess Cruises has become the latest cruise line to jump on the all-inclusive beverage package bandwagon, trialing a new program onboard Star Princess and Sapphire Princess.

The package, which previously was only available to groups of 30 passengers or more, costs $49 per day, plus a 15 percent gratuity per person and includes all cocktails, spirits, beer and glasses of wine less than $10. Also, all nonalcoholic drinks served in cans or bottles, as well as mocktails and shakes or included, as are all coffee, tea, espresso and specialty drinks and any food items such as crepes and gelato included with the coffee card. Each purchaser of the package also receives a 40 discount on all bottled wine less than $100.

Princess cruisers may purchase the package on seven-night or longer cruises on board Star Princess or Sapphire Princess. All passengers traveling in the same stateroom must purchase the package, and any children over 6 years old traveling with adults who purchase the package must also purchase the $8.05 per person/per day Unlimited Soda & More package.

If deemed successful, the program will be rolled out to the rest of the Princess fleet by spring 2014. Princess is one of the last cruise lines to adopt an all-inclusive beverage package program.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor