Unlike its North American counterpart cruise lines, Aussie favourite P&O
had long eschewed drinks packages as part of their offerings. Their days of holding out against this popular feature are well over, and the line announced in 2016 that, following a trial onboard the Pacific Pearl
, beverage packages would be available permanently across the fleet. There are four options:
1. Soft Drinks Package
At AU$7.50 per person per day, this one covers solely the fizzy drinks which are available onboard such as Pepsi, lemonade, tonic water and ginger ale. Bottled water, juice and other non-alcoholic options are not included.
2. Refreshment Drinks Package
Costing AU$25 per person per day, this one is more varied and includes all non-alcoholic drinks except energy drinks - that means soft drinks, juice, bottled water, mocktails and espresso coffee drinks.
3. Premium Beverage Package
For AU$89 per person per day, this package should be sufficient for most who like a few drinks by the pool or in the evenings. It includes all non-alcoholic drinks bar coffees and energy drinks, and all wine, beer, cider and cocktails which cost AU$12 or less.
4. The Lot! Beverage Package
At AU$105 per person per day, this one is pricy, but it really is the lot - everything from soft drinks to coffee to energy drinks to all alcoholic beverages costing up to AU$15. You certainly won't be lacking in drinks with this one!
Beverage packages of this nature are a favourite feature for many cruise lovers, allowing them to indulge in hot drinks, evening tipples and favourite brews without concerning themselves about the individual cost of each. Paying for as much of these as you would like upfront is a great way to relax and enjoy the holiday, treating yourself to as many beverages as your heart desires.
Is it worth it? As with any line, cruisers on P&O will have to decide this on an individual basis. If the free coffee and tea available in the buffet is sufficient for your purposes and your evenings consist of no more than a couple of drinks, then it's almost definitely not worth the extra cost. However, it's surprising how purchases of various drinks can add up throughout the day. Like a flat white or two? Add that to a few cocktails in the afternoon or evening and wine with dinner, and you are well on your way to spending more than you would on a beverage package. You certainly wouldn't need to be a heavy drinker to make the package deal worth your while.
Are you happy with this new feature from P&O
? Would you opt for the package? We'd love to hear what you think in the comments below!