By Published On: 31 Jan 2020

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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 packagePrice
Stateroom Water PackageUS$19.50 for 6 litres
Soft Drinks packageUS$10 per person per day
Premium Non-Alcoholic PackageUS$29 per person per day
Beers, Wines & Spirits PackageUS$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
The Cunard cocktail called Punch Romaine à la Carpathia.
Punch Romaine à la Carpathia is an exclusive cocktail not included in the drinks packages.

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.

Brochure for the Premium Non-Alcoholic Option.
The brochure for the Premium Non-Alcoholic drinks option.

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.

About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

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49 Comments

  1. Bruce Simpson 12 Nov 2020 at 05:51 - Reply

    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?

    • Jason Kerr 12 Nov 2020 at 17:53 - Reply

      Hi Bruce

      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.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  2. Ian Heseltine 11 Feb 2021 at 20:08 - Reply

    Can I purchase my drinks package now .? Voyage ref M 204D. Booking ref. 2C3MCN. Sails 01-02-22. IanHeseltine

  3. Kris Shannon 1 Apr 2021 at 07:18 - Reply

    Question: Are we really not allowed to take a drink with us, to a lounge chair or another deck, for example?

  4. Michael L 20 Apr 2021 at 23:01 - Reply

    Thanks for the exceptional information in this article/review.

  5. Joan Cole 2 Aug 2021 at 09:19 - Reply

    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?

    • Jason Kerr 2 Aug 2021 at 16:39 - Reply

      Hi Joan

      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!

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  6. Karen 13 Nov 2021 at 21:45 - Reply

    Can you use the $69 package in the main dining room for wine by the glass?

    • Jason Kerr 16 Nov 2021 at 09:57 - Reply

      Hi Karen

      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.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  7. Gerald whittall 16 Nov 2021 at 03:32 - Reply

    Can we share one drinks package between two of us in the same cabin on queen Elizabeth many thanks

    • Jason Kerr 16 Nov 2021 at 09:53 - Reply

      Dear Gerald

      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.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  8. Ron 10 Feb 2022 at 02:57 - Reply

    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?

    • Jason Kerr 24 Feb 2022 at 00:25 - Reply

      Hi Ron

      Yes, if you purchase the Beers, Wines & Spirits Package that should be fine.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  9. David Payne 1 Mar 2022 at 01:41 - Reply

    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!

    David

    • Jason Kerr 1 Mar 2022 at 02:00 - Reply

      Hi David

      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.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  10. David Payne 1 Mar 2022 at 03:12 - Reply

    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!

    Kind regards

    David

  11. carletonm 5 Mar 2022 at 14:15 - Reply

    Technically, Champagne (as defined by the French) is only provided upon embarkation in Queens Grill staterooms. Other classes get sparkling wine instead.

  12. Terence Pellowe 19 Mar 2022 at 18:21 - Reply

    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.
    Many Thanks
    Terry

    • Jason Kerr 12 Apr 2022 at 17:38 - Reply

      Hi Terrence

      In my experience you should not have a problem taking a bottle non-alcoholic beverage on board.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  13. PaulandSusan Brown 13 Apr 2022 at 02:16 - Reply

    Cunard wine list plus prices, please. Can’t find it anywhere.

    Thanks

  14. Steven 9 Jul 2022 at 03:51 - Reply

    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

  15. Helen A 27 Jul 2022 at 02:22 - Reply

    I believe it is 15 ALCOHOLIC drinks per 24 hours, unlimited coffee etc.

  16. Josephine Hurley 5 Aug 2022 at 00:47 - Reply

    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!

    • Jason Kerr 5 Aug 2022 at 01:13 - Reply

      Dear Josephine,

      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.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  17. Royston 10 Aug 2022 at 17:51 - Reply

    What I enjoy with Cunard and P&O is you are allowed to to your favourite spirit onboard along with cans of coke etc.

  18. J Preston 16 Aug 2022 at 00:29 - Reply

    Please can you advise if Cunard (QM2) offers an alcoholic stateroom drinks package, ie a bottle of spirit with mixers? Thank you.

    • Jason Kerr 16 Aug 2022 at 17:00 - Reply

      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.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  19. Aisha 16 Aug 2022 at 16:37 - Reply

    Hi Royston

    Are you saying that you are allowed to bring a bottle of alcohol and can cokes on board?

  20. Chuck 28 Aug 2022 at 03:21 - Reply

    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???

    • Jason Kerr 28 Aug 2022 at 13:07 - Reply

      Dear Chuck

      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.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  21. Anne Humby 19 Sep 2022 at 08:10 - Reply

    Hi there,
    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.
    Many thanks,
    Anne

    • Jason Kerr 19 Sep 2022 at 17:32 - Reply

      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.

      Kind regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  22. Suzie 1 Oct 2022 at 17:44 - Reply

    Hi. I was wondering how much a glass or can of Coca-Cola is on board the Queen Elizabeth.

    • Jason Kerr 5 Oct 2022 at 12:07 - Reply

      Dear Suzie

      Thanks for your question. A 330ml can of Coca-Cola costs USD 3.80.

      Kind regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  23. Lyn 3 Oct 2022 at 19:51 - Reply

    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.

    • Jason Kerr 5 Oct 2022 at 12:23 - Reply

      Dear Lyn

      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.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  24. Carol 6 Oct 2022 at 22:36 - Reply

    Hi, l have been told by my travel agent that they do happy hour on the QE2. Is this correct?

    • Jason Kerr 10 Oct 2022 at 15:58 - Reply

      Dear Carol

      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.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  25. Dave Collard 9 Oct 2022 at 22:26 - Reply

    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?

    • Jason Kerr 10 Oct 2022 at 15:50 - Reply

      Hi Dave

      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.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  26. Nicola 10 Oct 2022 at 19:58 - Reply

    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.

  27. Dave Collard 10 Oct 2022 at 20:15 - Reply

    Thanks Jason, we’re on a 13 day cruise so fingers crossed. Regards, Dave.

  28. Vicky connon 11 Oct 2022 at 12:16 - Reply

    Please could you tell me what currency I need onboard queen mary 2

    • Jason Kerr 12 Oct 2022 at 17:59 - Reply

      Dear Vicky

      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.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  29. Billy 8 Nov 2022 at 23:39 - Reply

    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

    • Jason Kerr 7 Dec 2022 at 14:56 - Reply

      Dear Billy

      The bottles of spirits are yours to do with as you please. You may take them ashore on disembarkation either opened or unopened.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  30. Carol 18 Nov 2022 at 10:42 - Reply

    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.

    • Jason Kerr 7 Dec 2022 at 14:54 - Reply

      Dear Carol

      In my experience you will have to purchase the same drinks package.

      Regatds
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  31. DONALD WALKER 30 Dec 2022 at 05:45 - Reply

    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.

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