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P&O Cruises serves up new drinks packages

Guests taking a holiday of five nights or more with P&O Cruises will soon be able to take advantage of new drinks packages. A range of four different options has been designed to suit varied tastes and will be rolled out across all ships starting on Azura in March 2019. The packages may be used in all restaurants, bars and cafes on board.

The ‘Ultimate Drinks Package’ includes a large choice of beers, spirits, cocktails, liqueurs and wines by the glass. Bottled water; draught soft drinks; long life juices; Costa Coffee; teas; hot chocolates and non-alcoholic cocktails are also part of the offer. Items exceeding £6.95, such as bottles of wine are excluded but benefit from a 20% discount. Guests will pay £39.95 per person per day for the ‘Ultimate Drinks Package.’

Azura. Image: P&O Cruises
Azura. Image: P&O Cruises

A non-alcoholic drinks package, priced at £19.95 per person per day, is also being introduced across the P&O Cruises fleet. An unlimited array of non-alcoholic drinks is included with a choice of bottled water; draught soft drinks; long life juices; Costa coffees; teas; hot chocolates and non-alcoholic cocktails.

Hot drinks packages are available for £10.95 a day which entitles guests to unlimited Costa coffees, hot chocolate and teapigs tea.

A children’s drinks package includes draught soft drinks (Pepsi, lemonade, tonic and soda); selected long life juices; hot chocolate and fruit squash/cordial by the glass. The children’s package costs £7.95 per day and is available to any child aged 16 and under. The package is complimentary for children who are travelling in the same cabin as adults purchasing the ‘Ultimate Drinks Package.’

Image: P&O Cruises
Image: P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “We have introduced these drinks packages following direct feedback from our guests. They add even more value for guests on our cruises and can help with the all important holiday budgeting too. With a vast range of drinks included, our guests will be spoilt for choice and can try new wines, artisan gins or cocktails, for example, which they would not normally have at home.”

Drinks packages should be purchased during the first two days of the cruise. Loyalty discounts will be applied when purchasing a drinks package. Full terms and conditions of the offers will be available on board and online. Guests who purchase the ‘Ultimate Drinks Package’ are also entitled to a 20% discount on a variety of other soft drinks, mixers, bottles of wine or other drinks which are not included in the package.

Roll-out dates are as follows:

Azura: 26 March 2019

Britannia: 7 April 2019

Aurora: 8 April 2019

Oceana: 18 April 2019

Ventura: 23 April 2019

Arcadia: 5 May 2019


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    1. No, it’s a daily charge. It’s like you asking for money back for you cabin because you didn’t use it for half the day.

    1. Hello Steve,

      This was taken from an official P&O press release. They have also announced it on their social media channels. Sometimes news takes a while to filter down to their call centre.

  1. Why draught soft drinks only as a non drinker I expect to have a proper can or bottle of soft drink not some crap out of a tap. Not impressed

    1. You are right not to be impressed, we have just disembarked from Britannia we tested the drinks package with another couple. One on the deal and the other not. We saved £140 + over the week by not being on the deal. The group of people we were with had been celebrating three birthdays throughout the week so heavy drinking each day. The mixers are draft so not good.

  2. As far as children are concerned the PO package SHOULD meet the criteria as published by the government’s action for healthy and sugar reduced soft drinks.

  3. Over £1000 for two people for a two week cruise, if you weren’t an alchy when you board you will be when you get off. It’s all about personal choice, not something for us but sure it will suit some. Just hope it doesn’t backfire on P &O.

  4. I have just booked a all inclusive cruise on Ventura in may next year . Dose this mean I have to pay for my drinks . As it say need to buy drinks package now total confused as this will be my first cruise

    1. Hi Sandra,

      You are best contacting the cruise line directly to find out what your package includes. Hopefully they will be able to clarify things for you.

  5. You may only have 1 or 2 full days at sea to make use of full package. Most days you are spending money on drinks ashore. £40 daily is too excessive in my opinion, works out as £280 per person weekly. Best option is paying for drinks against your on board account, also if you drink wine opting for wine package within first 2 days of boarding.

    1. Hello Mr Leach,

      I’m afraid I am unable to answer that as it depends on your budget and the drinks menu does change from time to time.

    1. Hi Lorraine,

      I’m not sure what the current price for The Retreat is and spa prices vary. You are best checking these out when you go on board, as they do vary depending on the length of the cruise.

  6. The captains Selection is now (June 19) £120 for 6 bottles. Some on the list are priced below £20 in the wine List. Presecco Canti is £20.95 a bottle

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