Why you should upgrade your drinks package on a cruise

Tuesday, 14 May 2024

Cocktails being served on the top deck on an Ambassador cruise

A cruise holiday is an adventure offering a world of possibilities - where travel and leisure combine. There are a wealth of choices you can make to enhance your onboard experience, from dining in speciality restaurants to visiting our onboard spa. One such option is upgrading your drinks package.

Our cruising drinks packages can be a great way to make the most of your voyage and make the experience even more special, but we understand those who haven’t opted for one before might wonder if they’re truly worth it. If this is the case for you, read on to discover why upgrading your drinks package is a great way to improve your cruise.

Perfect for drinkers and non-drinkers

Our drinks packages don’t only cover alcohol, and those who don’t drink – including little ones enjoying one of our family cruises – can still make the most of a package. For those who prefer to stay away from harder stuff, our Ambassador Experience Package and Ambassador Adventurers Packages for children aged 3 – 17 cover the cost of all non-alcoholic beverages, including unlimited soft drinks.

Along with all your favourite soft drinks and some fruit juices, the Experience Package also covers our selection of mocktails, so you won’t have to miss out on any of the fun of a holiday beverage! Why not sample our Peach Sangria, Tropical Watermelon or “0” Proof Colada (with your choice of fruit!) mocktails?

Enjoy a variety of drinks

If you’ve never joined us on a cruise before, you might be surprised when you first open the drinks menu to see how many options you’ll have! From a vast range of cocktails to a series of wines and even some speciality hot drinks, you’ll be spoilt for choice from the moment you arrive!

Opting for a drinks package lets you be more adventurous with your ordering and try some of the amazing drinks on offer at our onboard bars and restaurants. Whatever your tipple of choice, you’ll find some brilliant and punchy cocktails to sample, including:

  • Ambassador Cocktail – vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, lime juice,  lavender syrup
  • Bramble – gin, blackberry brandy liqueur, lemon mix
  • Old Fashioned – bourbon, angostura bitters, sugar, fresh orange juice, lemon juice, soda
  • Pina Colada – rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice and your choice of strawberry, banana, kiwi or mango
  • Mint Berry Delight – vodka, blueberry puree, lemon juice, mint, soda
  • Paloma Cocktail – tequila, grapefruit juice, agave syrup, flaked sea salt, sparkling water

And, when you know the drinks have already been paid for, you’ll be much happier to try something new. Who knows, you may even find your new signature drink!

Know that everything is already paid for

One of the beauties of a cruise holiday is that almost everything is paid for upfront. For those who are travelling on a budget, a cruise is a great way to keep an eye on your spending, with the vast majority of your trip paid for in advance. However, when you don’t opt for a drinks package, you’ll have to pay for your drinks whilst onboard.

By purchasing a drinks package ahead of time, you’ll know that your drinks are covered and not have to worry about keeping track of your spending. All of our menus onboard clearly indicate what drinks are included in which packages, so it’s easy to know what’s included in your package. 

We have three levels of drink packages to choose from on our cruises:

  • Experience Package – This covers your gratuities and service charges and non-alcoholic beverages; perfect for those who don’t drink alcohol but who do want to enjoy a stress-free cruising experience.
  • Explorer Package – This covers gratuities and service charges, non-alcoholic drinks, house brands and house wines. You’ll also be able to enjoy 50% off all premium beverages; this is perfect for those who stick to their tipple of choice.
  • Expedition Package - This covers gratuities and service charges, non-alcoholic drinks, house brands, house and premium wines, premium drinks and premium teas and speciality coffees. For those who want to sample the full Ambassador menu, this is perfect, and you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of whatever you want while sailing with us.

If you haven’t booked a cruise now – what are you waiting for? Why not browse our selection of cruise deals, offering great prices on upcoming cruises, and you can get away before you think?

If you’re looking for more cruising guides, destination advice or tips for making the most out of your upcoming holiday, be sure to read our blog.