Royal Caribbean Refreshment Package Guide
You’ve paid the deposit and are officially in countdown mode! Now you can start dreaming of waking up each morning to specialty coffees, lounging by the pool with your drink of choice in hand, and cooling off with a soda after an adventurous day in port.
Rest assured that you will always have a choice of included drinks for the duration of your cruise. Royal Caribbean includes certain beverages in your base rate: water, milk, tea, coffee (regular and decaffeinated), lemonade, iced tea, flavored waters, selection of breakfast juices and hot chocolate.
If you want a more inclusive and worry-free vacation, you might consider a Royal Caribbean beverage package. The Royal Refreshment package probably caught your eye if you’re not a heavy drinker or are considering options for kids and teens.
What’s included? How is it different from the classic Soda package? Will you save money if you buy it?
Here’s everything you need to know about the Royal Refreshment Package to help you decide whether or not it’s right for your vacation needs.
As of October 2022, the Royal Refreshment package ranges from $29.00 to $38.00 per person per day. Price varies by ship, route and departure date.
Below are the prices you can expect if you choose to pay for your soft drinks à la carte:
- Smoothies at Vitality Cafe are $8.25.
- Zero-proof cocktails are $7.00.
- Specialty coffees at Café Promenade and Café Latte-tudes cost between $4.00 and $5.50.
- Bottled water is $3.00.
- Sodas are $3.50 each.
If you plan to drink more than 4-5 mocktails per day on your cruise, the package will definitely save you money.
All gratuities must be prepaid when purchasing the beverage package. You won’t have to worry about leaving extra tips unless you think the service warrants it. When purchasing a la carte drinks, expect an 18% gratuity to be added to each.
What is included with the Royal Refreshment package?
Consider the Royal Refreshment Package the younger sibling of the Deluxe Beverage Package. The main difference is that the Royal Refreshment Package is the non-alcoholic option. That being said, there is enough in it to keep everyone more than satisfied and refreshed!
Included are all mocktails, Coca-Cola Freestyle drinks and soda refills at any location, bottled still and sparkling water, specialty teas and coffees, Johnny Rockets shakes and freshly squeezed juices.
Please be aware that this package does not include beverages provided in souvenir cups.
It’s tempting to drink more than you normally would to feel like you’re getting your money’s worth, and there’s no limit to how many drinks you can buy per day. Just because you can drink unlimited daiquiris and virgin lattes all day doesn’t mean you should; it’s important to stay hydrated, so you can maximize your cruise vacation without feeling the effects of a sugar crash!
What is not included in the Royal Refreshment package?
The Royal Refreshment package does not include any alcoholic beverages. If you choose to purchase this package, any alcoholic beverages you purchase will incur an additional charge. There are also no discounts on bottles of wine.
The package also excludes beverages ordered through room service and mini-bar purchases, as well as beverages served at licensed Starbucks stores.
The difference between the Royal Refreshment package and the Classic Soda package
If you want a package with more options, the Royal Refreshment package is your best bet. The Classic Soda package only includes soft drinks and a souvenir Coca-Cola mug that can be used in Freestyle machines. It does not include any additional options, including mocktails, bottled water, Johnny Rockets milkshakes, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any age restrictions for the Royal Refreshment package?
No. Unlike the Deluxe Drinks Package, which requires a minimum age of 21, the Royal Refreshments Package can be purchased by guests of any age.
In fact, when my sister and I were in elementary school, our parents would always choose to buy this package over the classic soda package. We always look forward to being able to order our mocktails during dinner in the main dining room!
Can I buy the pass for a few days during my navigation?
Unfortunately no. All packages must be purchased for the entire duration of the trip, whether it’s a 3-night Bahamas weekend getaway or a 7-night Mexican Riviera cruise.
Does everyone in the cabin have to buy the Royal Refreshment package?
No. As this is a non-alcoholic package, not all passengers staying in the same cabin are required to purchase it. That being said, as with the Deluxe Beverage Package, sharing is strictly prohibited. If you get caught, you could potentially have your package canceled without a refund.
How to buy a package?
You can purchase a package up to 48 hours before your departure date by logging into your cruise planner; there is a tab dedicated only to drinks packages. If you buy one in advance but find a cheaper price later, you can cancel and rebook without penalty.
We stop at CocoCay. Can I use my package there?
Yes! You can use the Royal Refreshment Package on Royal Caribbean’s private islands. This includes both Perfect Day in CocoCay and Labadee, Haiti.