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(11 a.m. BST) -- Passengers on Royal Caribbean sailings of three nights or fewer departing from the United Kingdom might have a harder time purchasing unlimited beverage packages.

According to the package terms and conditions on Royal Caribbean's website, the unlimited "Deluxe Beverage Package" option will only be available on voyages of four nights or longer.

However, two spokespeople for the line told Cruise Critic that the package will still be available on short cruises, but it will be sold in more limited quantities on a first-come, first-served basis.

The aim, the line said, is to provide faster bar service: "Waiting too long for a drink is never enjoyable. We believe this change will help provide guests with speedy bar service and a richer onboard experience."

Refreshment, soda and coffee packages will continue to be available as usual on short sailings, and unlimited Deluxe packages will still be sold in unlimited quantities on short cruises departing from ports outside the UK.

--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor