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Royal Caribbean adds 'all-you-can-drink' alcohol plans

10:04 AM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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The 22-ship line Thursday unveiled two new drinks packages that give buyers access to nearly unlimited wine, beer and in some cases alcohol-containing cocktails while on board ships, as well as sodas and non-alcoholic cocktails:

-- The Classic Beverage Package includes beer and house wines by the glass, as well as all non-alcoholic cocktails, fountain soda and juices. It costs $45 per person, per day, including gratuities.


-- The Premium Beverage Package includes beer, house wines by the glass, frozen alcoholic drinks and all alcoholic cocktails including premium brands, as well as all non-alcoholic cocktails, fountain soda and juices. It costs $55 per person, per day, including gratuities.

The packages will be available on all Royal Caribbean sailings of seven nights or longer by early 2013. Passengers must be 21 years old or older to buy one and must make the purchase on the first day of a sailing.

A caveat: Each passenger age 21 years and over in the same cabin must purchase the beverage package -- a rule presumably enacted to prevent cabin mates from sharing a package.

Royal Caribbean rolled out similar alcohol packages on three ships based overseas last year and has been testing the concept on more ships in recent weeks.

The line's latest move comes as rivals Carnival and Norwegian are in the midst of testing all-you-can-drink packages on a number of ships. Celebrity Cruises added beverage packages that include alcoholic drinks fleetwide in 2010.

(Copyright © 2012 USA TODAY)

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