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The Aussie cruise line is keeping up with the Americans

Sarah on Mar 07, 2016

The Aussie cruise line is keeping up with the Americans

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!

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!

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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  • Mar 22, 2016 by Lynne

    I am a regular cruises, and would never go with P and O simply because they did not have drinks packages.

  • Mar 22, 2016 by Carlo

    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

  • Mar 8, 2016 by Lorna

    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.