Serenity Bar on Carnival Sunshine

For some cruisers, a favorite facet of cruising is trying out the colorfully named cocktails, getting brain freeze from a variety of frozen drinks or indulging in buckets of beer. But if you're not paying attention, the cost of all these drinks can add up -- unless you've prepaid your entire bar tab. With Carnival's Cheers beverage package, you can do just that.

What It Is

The Carnival Cheers beverage program is essentially a way of creating an almost all-inclusive beverage experience on a Carnival cruise ship. The Cheers package allows cruisers to get up to 15 alcoholic drinks a day, as well as unlimited sodas, nonalcoholic cocktails, energy drinks, bottled water, specialty coffees and teas.

Alcoholic options include mixed drinks, beer, wine and spirits valued at $50 or less. (Cheers does not apply to drinks served in souvenir glasses). On top of the 15-alcoholic drink cap, Cheers program participants must wait five minutes in between drink purchases and all bottles and cans are served opened.

The Cheers package also includes a 25-percent discount on bottles of wine, Champagne, tasting sessions, beverage-related seminars and cocktails that cost more than $50.

Cheers applies to beverages bought onboard your Carnival ship only; it cannot be used on Carnival's private island, Half Moon Cay.

Serenity Bar on Carnival Sunshine

Price

The cost for the Cheers beverage program is $49.95 per person, per day when purchased in advance and $54.95 per person, per day if purchased onboard your cruise ship. (Starting January 1, 2018, the prices will go up to $51.95 and $56.95, respectively.) A 15-percent gratuity is added to the cost of the package at the time of purchase, and due to state laws, the Cheers package is not available until the second day of all sailings leaving from ports in New York, Alabama and Texas. Note: If one adult in a cabin purchases the Cheers beverage program, all adults 21 years of age or older must also purchase it.

Carnival's Cheers package is not available on two-night sailings, and it must be booked for the entire length of your sailing.

Ships

You can purchase the Cheers beverage program on all Carnival ships, except Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend.