Carnival Cruise Line hikes cost for Cheers! drinks package

Be prepared to pay more for a drinks package on a ”Carnival cruise ship”.

Effective Jan. 1, the Miami-based cruise giant is hiking the base price of its Cheers! Beverage package from $54.95 to $56.95 per person-per day — a 3.6% rise.

As in the past, passengers can get a $5 per person-per day discount on the package if they buying it online in advance.

Also not changing: In addition to the base price for the drinks package, passengers must pay an additional 15% gratuity fee.

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At the new base rate, the gratuity fee will rise to $8.54 per person-per day. Including the gratuity fee, the final cost of the drinks package will be $65.49.

On Carnival sailings in Europe, a value added tax of 10% also will be added to the bill.

Passengers currently booked on a 2018 or 2019 sailing can lock in the old rates for a Cheers! package by pre-purchasing it online before Dec. 31.

The Cheers! package lets passengers order up to 15 alcoholic drinks in a 24-hour period. Most cocktails, spirits, beer and wine available by the glass on Carnival ships are included.

Passengers also can order non-alcoholic drinks such as juices, milkshakes, soda, mocktails, energy drinks, specialty coffees and teas.

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