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Cunard beverage packages enable you to get drinks on board without having to pay for them individually. Indeed, because drinks are not included in the cruise fare a drinks package can represent good value for money. There are four Cunard beverage packages inlcuding:
|Cunard beverage package||Price|
|Stateroom Water Package||US$19.50 for 6 litres|
|Soft Drinks package||US$10 per person per day|
|Premium Non-Alcoholic Package||US$29 per person per day|
|Beers, Wines & Spirits Package||US$69 per person per day|
About Cunard beverage packages
Cunard have a range of beverage packages. These include water and soft drink packages as well as other packages that let you order beer, wine and spirits by the glass. In addition, there are wine by the bottle packages.
Guests staying in Queens Grill category rooms have a complimentary in-suite mini-bar stocked with free water, soda and two bottles of spirits.Jason Kerr – Managing Editor
Stateroom Water Package – US$19.50 for 6 litres
The Stateroom Water Package is the most basic Cunard beverage package. It includes six 1-litre bottles of water, delivered to your stateroom. Alternatively, you can buy single bottles for US$3.90 each.
It’s important to note that this package does not include gratuities, so a 15% service charge will be added.
Soft Drinks package – US$10.00 per person per day
The Soft Drinks Package includes unlimited draught soft drinks (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, R Whites Lemonade, Britvic Indian Tonic Water, Soda Water), selected long-life fruit juices, squash and cordials.
You can only drink items from the Soft Drinks Package in the bars, service areas and dining venues.
It’s worth noting that this package doesn’t include items from your stateroom mini-bar, bottled water or canned/bottled soft drinks and juices. It also excludes alcoholic beverages, mocktails, smoothies and specialty coffees and teas.
Each guest older than 3-years of age in the same stateroom must buy the package, or one of the other Cunard beverage packages. Sharing is not allowed. The price of the Soft Drinks Package includes a 15% gratuity.
Premium Non-Alcoholic Package – US$29 per person per day
In addition, there is a 20% discount off the price of non-alcoholic drinks that are excluded from the package.
It’s worth noting that the package does not include large bottles of water (750ml, 1ltr and 1.5ltr), freshly squeezed juices or drinks from the stateroom mini-bar.
Each guest staying in the same stateroom must buy the package. However, the cost of the Premium Non-Alcoholic Package is inclusive of a 15% gratuity.
Beers, Wines & Spirits Package – US$69 per person per day
The Beers, Wines & Spirits Package is the only Cunard drinks package that includes alcoholic beverages by the glass. However, not all drinks are included. For instance, champagne is not included in the package. This is because only drinks priced at US$12 or less are covered. Here is an example of the current Cunard dinks price list:
- Budweiser – US$6.80
- Prosecco – US$8
- Margarita – US$12
- Aperol Spritz – US$12
- Glass of champagne – US$16
- Kir Royal – US$17
That said, a good range of beers, spirits, liqueurs, cocktails and wines are included. Also included are soft drinks, juices, mocktails and small bottles of mineral water, as well as specialty coffees and teas. While drinks priced over US$12 are not included, the package offers a 20% discount on beverages priced over US$12.
It’s worth noting that you can only drink items from the package in the bars, service areas and dining venues.
The package does not include large bottles of water (750ml, 1ltr and 1.5ltr), freshly squeezed deluxe juices, smoothies and any items from the stateroom mini-bar.
The price of the package includes a 15% gratuity. All adults staying in the same stateroom must purchase the package.
Wine By The Bottle packages
In addition to the range of Cunard beverage packages, there are also two different Wine By The Bottle packages.
The Captain’s Collection
The Captain’s Collection offers some of the most popular wines on the Cunard fleet, selected for their positive reviews from Cunard guests. It offers savings of up to 20% off regular wine list prices.
There are usually at least six white and six red wines in the Captain’s Collection, as well as an Italian Prosecco and a sweet wine.
6 Bottles: US$310.
12 Bottles: US$590.
At the time of writing, some of the wines included were: Château La Fleur des Graves Blanc (France), Assyrtiko/Malagousia Sillogi White (Greece), Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Berton Vineyard (Australia), Valpolicella Classico Superiore (Italy).
The Commodore’s Collection
The Commodore’s Collection has been curated by Cunard’s wine experts to represent the finest examples of the most popular styles. Indeed, the wines represent a highly regarded and diverse collection from all over the World.
There are generally six or more white and red wines in the Commodore’s Collection, as well as two sparkling wines (not champagne), a rosé and a sweet wine.
The Commodore’s Collection offers savings of up to 35% off regular wine list prices.
6 Bottles: US$395.
12 Bottles: US$725.
At the time of writing, some of the wines included were: Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV (New Zealand), Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc (France), Whispering Angel Rosé (France), La Grola Allegrini (Italy), Sandeman 10 Year Tawny (Portugal).
Insider’s tip: Cunard have an extremely large wine list. Indeed, it is like a wine bible with some exceptional vintages and great value end of bin offers. On the other hand, the Wine By The Bottle packages have a somewhat limited selection. So you might like to check the onboard wine list before deciding if this package is right for you.
The fine print on Cunard drinks packages
It’s important to note that Cunard drinks packages are only available on voyages of 5-nights or more.
Also, you must purchase your drinks package within the first two days of your voyage and that package must be for all the remaining days of your voyage (excluding disembarkation day).
Cunard beverage package conclusions
Drinks are not included in a Cunard cruise fare, so buying then individually can be expensive. That makes a Cunard beverage package a cost effective alternative.
However, it’s worth remembering that beverage packages do not cover all drinks available on board. In fact, many of the signature cocktails in venues like the Commodore’s Club are priced over US$12 and so not included.
In addition, it is important to remember that you can only buy a drinks package within the first two days of your voyage. It’s also worth noting that there is generally no discount for buying Cunard beverage packages in advance of your cruise.
For more information visit the Cunard website.
Can a regular bottle of white wine which usually sells for $15-$21on land be substituted for the champaign that we get upon boarding in our cabin?
Thank you for your question. Champagne is the only wine offered on embarkation: A half bottle in Britannia Staterooms, and a full bottle in Grills Suites.
I hope this helps.
Can I purchase my drinks package now .? Voyage ref M 204D. Booking ref. 2C3MCN. Sails 01-02-22. IanHeseltine
Question: Are we really not allowed to take a drink with us, to a lounge chair or another deck, for example?
Thanks for the exceptional information in this article/review.
Would I be able to make coffee in my room and put it in my flask to enjoy on the deck? Also would I be able to fill my reusable water bottle at the buffet to enjoy on the exercise deck area/paddle tennis?
Thank you for your question. In principle I can’t imagine that would present an issue. Although refilling a water bottle at the buffet might be frowned upon in these COVID times.
You must be looking forward to cruising once again!
Can you use the $69 package in the main dining room for wine by the glass?
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can get wine by the glass in the main dining room as part of the Beers, Wines & Spirits Package.
Can we share one drinks package between two of us in the same cabin on queen Elizabeth many thanks
Thank you for your question. The answer is no, you may not share a drinks package between people. Even if they are in the same cabin. Indeed, each person must have their own drinks package in the same cabin.
I hope this helps.
Within the drinks package, for example could one have 3 or 4 beers and a glass or two of wine over the course of a day?
Yes, if you purchase the Beers, Wines & Spirits Package that should be fine.
Hi Jason, my wife and I are due to join a Cunard cruise, on the Queen Elizabeth, in March. We will be in a Queens Grill Q4 Penthouse suite, and are wondering exactly what the complimentary in suite mini bar package actually includes? The Cunard website is not very clear, but note that 2 bottles of spirits seem to be included, but what about wine (apart from the bottle of Champagne on arrival)? Can one of the bottles of spirit be replaced by wine, and would this be replenished when finished? Cunard should be clearer about their included Queens Grill in suite drinks package!
In my experience Cunard are quite strict on this. When I stayed in the Queens Grill it was 2 complimentary bottles of spirits (choosen from a list supplied by your butler), as well as the complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival. Of course, this is in addition to the complimentary non-alcoholic offering.
However, some cruisers have told me that on longer voyages they have had their spirits replenished.
As for swapping out a bottle of spirits for wine, you might have to simply ask your butler. Certainly, it’s not ‘in the rules’, but they might be happy to oblige.
I hope this helps. And enjoy your Queens Grill experience, especially the exceptional dining in the Queens Restaurant.
Hi Jason, Many thanks for this response. As my wife does not drink spirits, we will see whether the Butler will oblige us by swapping a spirit for wine!
Technically, Champagne (as defined by the French) is only provided upon embarkation in Queens Grill staterooms. Other classes get sparkling wine instead.
Hi Jason, we are going on a 13 day cruise on the Queen Elizabeth in April, regarding Alcohol and what I can take on board will we be allowed to take non alcoholic Gordon’s Gin as I have a medication that bars Alcohol. The NHS has advised me I can drink this with no problems as it is classed as a soft drink as it is ZERO % ALCOHOL.
In my experience you should not have a problem taking a bottle non-alcoholic beverage on board.
Cunard wine list plus prices, please. Can’t find it anywhere.
Hi , what a great Article . We are planning on getting the 69$ package does each coffee count as one of the 15 drinks allowed , I do like my coffee
I believe it is 15 ALCOHOLIC drinks per 24 hours, unlimited coffee etc.
I cannot find anywhere a price list for bottles of wine, only per glass . My cruise on QM2 September 4 2022. I find this unacceptable. Just keep seeing packages! Please answer ASAP!
Please be aware that we are not affiliated with Cunard Line so do not have a price list for their bottles of wine. I suggest you contact Cunard directly to request a price list for bottled wines available on board.
What I enjoy with Cunard and P&O is you are allowed to to your favourite spirit onboard along with cans of coke etc.
Please can you advise if Cunard (QM2) offers an alcoholic stateroom drinks package, ie a bottle of spirit with mixers? Thank you.
Dear Mrs. Preston
According to Cunard you can only drink items from the alcohol package in the bars, service areas and dining venues. They do not have a stateroom alcohol package.
I hope this helps.
Are you saying that you are allowed to bring a bottle of alcohol and can cokes on board?
I only want one drink with each evening meal. Can I just pay for that drink each night or do I have to buy the alcohol package???
Thank you for your question. Yes, you can order wine by the glass. It is usually priced from USD8 to USD15 per glass. Ordering wine by the glass means you will not require a beverage package.
If I bought the drinks package on day 2 of a 7 night voyage, would I get charged the drinks package for all 7 days? And if so, do they discard all of the drinks you have bought in the first 2 days and write them off via the drinks package? Or do you get charged for the drinks you bought over the first 2 days ad then get charged 5 days of drinks package?
I hope this makes sense.
Thanks for your question.
You should ideally purchase the package on day one, before buying any drinks. Drink purchased before getting the package can not be removed from your bill in lieu of the package. So, if you purchase the package on day 2 it would be charged for all the remaining days of the cruise (excluding disembarkation day). In other words, you would not be charged for a 7 day package, just 5 days.
It can be somewhat confusing, but I hope this helps.
Hi. I was wondering how much a glass or can of Coca-Cola is on board the Queen Elizabeth.
Thanks for your question. A 330ml can of Coca-Cola costs USD 3.80.
Hi. I am going on a 5 night cruise early 2022, staying in Australian waters. I read wine packages are only offered on five night plus cruises. If I decide to purchase a drinks package on day 2 will I only pay for 4? I also read where I can take a bottle of wine with me on board. If I drink it in my room do I get charged the corkage fee. Also is it a bottle of wine per person.? Can I take my own soft drink on board?
Thank you for your helpful advice.
Thanks for your question. The rule for drinks packages can be confusing. That said, a drinks package is only offered on voyages of 5 nights or more, and is available for purchase only during the first 2 days of the voyage i.e. Embarkation day and the day after. The drinks package must be purchased for all remaining days of the voyage. So if you purchase your package on day 2, you only pay for the remaining nights of your voyage.
Guests may bring one bottle of wine on board at embarkation. It is my understanding that this can be consumed in your stateroom corckage free. However, if you take it to a dining venue corkage will be applied.
You may take soft drinks on board within reasonable limits. Which I always assume means a bottle or two, but not a case full.
I hope this helps in your planning.
Hi, l have been told by my travel agent that they do happy hour on the QE2. Is this correct?
Thank you for your question, it is a good one. I’ve check through the Cunard Daily Programme newsletters from my most recent QE voyage (Feb 2020), but alas there was no advertised happy hour. That said, things might have changed with QEs post-pandemic return to service.
Hi, my wife and I are on QE in a Queens Grill suite around NZ in January. Regarding the mini-bar. I believe we get 2 bottles of wine or spirits included. Are these replenished as with other mini bar items?
That is a good question. In my experience it depends on the duration of your voyage. I’ve sailed short (4 day) voyages in Queens Grill and the mini-bar was not replenished. On the other hand, during longer voyages it has been refreshed. I recommend checking with you butler when you get on board.
Is it expected that you will leave a tip for the butler or the Maitre d’ in the restaurant? It seems that most things say inclusive of 15% service, and my husband therefore says not. However my sister, who is a regular traveller says yes.
Thanks Jason, we’re on a 13 day cruise so fingers crossed. Regards, Dave.
Please could you tell me what currency I need onboard queen mary 2
Most cruise lines, including Cunard, charge in USD. Purchases are typically charged to your shipboard account and settled at the end of your voyage either by credit card or in cash.
What happens to the open bottle of spirit as part of the complimentary bar in the queens grill do you get charged if removed on disembarkation
The bottles of spirits are yours to do with as you please. You may take them ashore on disembarkation either opened or unopened.
We are on a cruise on Queen Elizabeth in January.
I do not drink alcohol, but my husband does. I note that if one person in the cabin purchases a drink package, then we would be other be required to. Can we purchase an alcohol package and a non alcohol package or is ‘mix and match’ not permitted? Thanks.
In my experience you will have to purchase the same drinks package.
CUNARD have advised that each passenger may take 1 bottle of alcohol onboard each port visited by the passenger. What I find as an unethical policy by CUNARD is that CUNARD will charge the full package price for each passenger in the same cabin and that means, seeing that I am a non-drinker, it ends up costing my wife who enjoys a drink at dinner time US$140/day which I believe is a very expensive drink package. However as I understand that balcony cabins have a mini bar fridge in the room my dear wife will have to enjoy her glass of wine in her room and at the dinner table as wine can be ordered by the glass. Another gripe I have with CUNARD is that they charge a 25% surcharge when upgrading from an inside cabin to a balcony cabin.
Thank you for all the information – so helpful. In the drinks package can I buy a double gin and tonic? I also like one as a night cap in bed. Does the queens grill mini bar have tonic water in it to mix with the gin that we would choose as our free bottles of spirits. Can you order more bottles for your room and pay for it? Sorry for all the questions .
So long as the price for the double G&T was under the per drink price limit the answer would be yes. Unfortunately you’ll need to wait until you get on board, but I’d be interested to hear from you on that.
Also, yes in my experience there is tonic water in the Queens Grill mini bar. If it’s missing, just ask your butler.
Whether or not the spirits in your suite are replaced mid-voyage is a moot point. In my experience, the answer is no. However, other cruisers have told me their spirits were replaced. Again, I would simply ask your partner to replace as necessary.
I hope this helps
Can you get cider in place of beer on a package as I am coeliac.
Hello. I’m sailing on Queen Victoria in Aug for a week. I used to go on the wonderful QE2 many times with my Dad, who passed away recently. He went so often the waiters called him by his first name. I cannot drink alcohol. I really like the non alcoholic,beers, wines gin zero etc so firstly do you stock these in the bars and restaurants please. Secondly if I was to get a drinks package which would these drinks come under as they are non alcoholic. Finally what can I bring onboard for example bottle non alcoholic wine , nonsecco or Gordon’s % gin . Thank you .
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In our experiece the options are limited insofar as non-alcohol wines and gin are concerned. Indeed, we can see none on the beverage menu.
That said, they do have a small selection of non-alcoholic beers like Beck’s Blue, San Miguel Alcohol Free and Ghost Ship. Also, Cunard do offer a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails including a Virgin Mary, Rumless Mojito and Atlantic Mist made with ginger beer.
As far as we can see there is no restriction on bringing non-alcoholic beverages on board. So you may be able to bring non-alcoholic wines on with you. However, I’d recommend ringing the Cunard Call Centre in you region to confirm this before sailing.
I hope this helps in your travel planning.
Hello, we are sailing on Queen Elizabeth, and have purchased the drinks package. I can see that there are a quite a few cocktails at $12.30. Would these be included in the drinks package.?
Thank you for your question. The Cunard beer, wine and spirits drinks package only covers drinks costing USD12 or less. So cocktails priced at USD12.30 are not included in the package.
I hope you have a great cruise.