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The Aussie cruise line is keeping up with the Americans

Unlike its North American counterpart cruise lines, Aussie favourite P&O have long eschewed drinks packages as part of their offerings. Their days of holding out against this popular feature are now over, and the line has announced that, following a trial onboard the Pacific Pearl, beverage packages will be available permanently across the fleet - just in time for the summer season and the arrival of the new fleetmates Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden!
 
Priced at $69 per person per night of the cruise, the packages will include any individual beverage item up to the value of $12 - that means coffees, teas, wine, beer, cocktails and more. They will not include room service, in-cabin water, food or merchandise, NZ Natural ice cream or cover charges.
 

P&O beverage package

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!
 
 

Written By: Sarah Glover, Content Editor of Cruise Sale Finder

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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3 comments
Lynne Mar 22, 2016
I am a regular cruises, and would never go with P and O simply because they did not have drinks packages.
Carlo Mar 22, 2016
Sarah, finally !! Yes drinks package is the way to go I don't want to think about whether I am spending too much on drinks or what it costs I just want to relax with friends. Well done P&O
Lorna Mar 8, 2016
Just got back from cruise on the Jewel,before I left I was offered a great deal on large bottles of water,got 6 bottles for the price of 3,which was just enough for us both.No other packages were offered which was a pity as I always get the coffee card when I sail on Princess,reading the report above can you confirm if the in cabin water deal will still be available or was it just a trial.
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