Oceania beverage packages and drinks options (updated 2020)

This guide to the Oceania beverage packages explains the various drinks options on board. Indeed, there are different Oceania drinks packages available so it is important to know what’s included when choosing the package that is right for you. In addition, there is also the option of paying per beverage.

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The different Oceania beverage packages are explained in the onboard brochures.
The different Oceania beverage packages are explained in the onboard brochures.

About the Oceania beverage packages and drinks options

The Oceania drinks packages can be good value, especially when you consider alcoholic beverages are not included in the price of your Oceania Cruises fare. There are three Oceania beverage packages:

  • House Select package.
  • Prestige Select package.
  • Wine By The Bottle package.

The House Select and Prestige Select packages offer drinks by the glass, while the other lets you choose from a selection of bottled wine.

In addition, there is also a daily Wine With Lunch promotion as well as two happy hours.

House Select package – US$39.95 per person per day

The House Select beverage package is the least expensive. It offers champagne, wine and beer by-the-glass, but only during lunch and dinner at dining venues (including in-room dining).

The price of the House Select package includes gratuities.

It is important to note that only your drinks are covered by this drinks package. In other words, you can’t order drinks for a friend using this package.

Prestige Select package – US$59.95 per person per day

The Prestige Select package is the top of the line Oceania drinks package. With it you can order whatever you like, including premium spirits, cocktails, champagne, wine and beer. You can order these by-the-glass from any bar, restaurant or with in-room dining during bar operating hours.

This Oceania beverage package represents excellent value for money. It also includes gratuities.

It is important to note that only your drinks are covered by this drinks package.

Wine By The Bottle package – from US$332.50

Oceania also have a wine by the bottle beverage package. A range of whites, reds, rosés and late-harvest wines are available.

At the time of writing almost all of these wines were new-world varieties. It’s worth noting that the champagne is a Brut Nicolasfeuillatte Rosé – a very nice drop.

All bottles are priced at US$47.50 each. The price includes gratuities. This drinks package must include at least seven bottles. It’s worth remembering that once ordered, you cannot add extra bottles to the package.

The bottles are not refundable, however you can take home any bottles that you do not drink on board.

Wine With Lunch – US$7.50 per glass + gratuity

Each day Oceania Cruises have a special Wine With Lunch promotion. This includes one white wine and one red wine offered at a reduced price. The daily Currents newsletter will advertise details of each wine.

The Wine With Lunch promotion is available in the Grand Dining Room, the Terrace Cafe and Waves Grill.

Happy hours

In addition to the Oceania beverage packages, there are two happy hours each day:

  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm in Horizons and Martinis
  • 10:30pm – 11:30pm in Horizons

During these Happy Hours guests can purchase two of the same drink for the price of one. However, the offer only applies to the standard Bar List. It excludes the Martini’s menu, as well as single malt scotches, OXs, the cocktail of the day and the wine of the day.

Visit the Oceania Cruises website to learn more.

49 comments

  1. Richard Ceresa says:

    How does one find out what specific wines are included in the wine by the bottle package?
    How does a person who chooses that package access the bottles?
    Are they available only at one specific place and during specific hours?
    Can a husband and wife both access the same package?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Dear Richard

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      The wines offered in the Oceania Wine By The Bottle Package change seasonally. By way of example, here is a list of the wines offered on board Oceania Regatta in March this year. All bottles are priced at USD47.50 and seven bottles are requiered for the package.

      You access any of the bottles you have selected by simply alerting the sommelier in any of the restaurants.

      The Oceania Wine By The Bottle Package can be consumed by a husdand and wife together. i.e. you do not need to purchase a separate wine package for each.

      I hope this helps.

      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  2. Karen Clarke says:

    Hi, if you have the house package can you upgrade to premium

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Karen
      Thanks for your question. It’s a good one. I’ve spoken to the good people at Oceania Cruises and you can upgrade prior to your sailing if you purchased in advance. You may also upgrade on embarkation day.

      If you wish to upgrade some days into the cruise you may do so. You will be charged for the Prestige Select package as per the number of days remaining.

      Hope this helps

      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  3. Jc says:

    I had the same questions. What happens if you don’t have all seven bottles? Can you take them home?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Dear JC

      The good people at Oceania Cruises tell us that you can indeed take home any bottles you don’t consume on board.

      Hope this helps

      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  4. Selena says:

    They do not have any detailed information about the beverage packages online, even if you have made a paid reservation. I found out more here than on their website – hoping its all true onboard.

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Selena

      I’m glad you found our information so usful. We pride ourselves on the accuracy of our stories. Indeed, the details here have been comfirmed with Oceania Cruises.

      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  5. John White says:

    The House Select Package.

    It is unclear as to whether this package is only when one is at table enjoying lunch or dinner, or whether it includes pre dinner drinks. A number of our group have endeavoured to interpret the wording without success
    Please could you clarify?

    Kind Regards,
    John.
    John.

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Dear John
      The House Select Package includes unlimited champagne, wine and beer with your lunch and dinner meals. If you were to have a pre-dinner drink at the table it would be included. However, it is our understanding that it does not include drinks consumed in a bar outside the restaurant.
      Kid regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  6. reginald clark says:

    Can you have the wine in your cabin?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Reginald

      If you have the Prestige Package you can order drinks in your stateroom or suite through room service. If you have a Wine By The Bottle Package you can also consume these bottles in your room.

      I hope this helps.

      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  7. alan Weinrib says:

    Are non alcoholic drinks tea and coffees included in the cruise price with oceana?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Dear Alan

      Thank you for your question. Yes, non alcoholic drinks, tea and coffees are all included in the cruise fare on Oceania.

      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  8. Anne says:

    If you go off the radar, bring your own wine, and pay the corkage fee, can you drink it anywhere on the ship? If I pay the corkage fee in the dining room, can I take my bottle to the lounge?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Anne

      Thank you for your question. It is my understanding that you can indeed take your bottle to the lounge after paying the corkage. Hope that helps.

      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  9. Caroline says:

    The joy of a cruise to my elderly mother is be able to have a glass of champagne when ever she wants. That’s all she will drink. Is that feasible and if so how?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Dear Caroline

      I would suggest your mother simply order champagne by-the-glass. Alternatively, she could purchase a drinks package but that may be a more expensive option. I hope this helps.

      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  10. Konietzko Nikolas says:

    My wife would not make use of the prestige package so can I buy just one package or do you have to buy for everyone in the suite

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Dear Konietzko

      Thanks for your question. Yes, all adults in the same stateroom must purchase the Prestige Package.

      Happy New Year
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  11. Lynn says:

    Trying to work out whether to upgrade to the premium package. Please can you give some idea as to the price of a G&T and a Margarita?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Lyn

      Thank you for your question. When I last sailed with Oceania Cruises in August 2019 the price of a Margarita was US$11.00. From memory a G&T was about the same. Indeed, most basic cocktails like Mai Tai, Aperol Spritz, Long Island Ice Tea, Tequila Sunrise and Manhattan range from US$11.00 to US$11.25. Hope this helps with your decision.

      Happy New Year
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  12. Leah says:

    Hi,
    Does the house package include a drink in the bar before dinner?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Dear Leah

      Thanks for your question. The fine print says House Select beverages may only be conusmed in the dining venues.

      Hope this helps

      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  13. Paul says:

    Can you take a drink purchased in bar or restaurant back to your state room / suite?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Paul

      Yes, you can take drinks back to your stateroom.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  14. Craig says:

    Leaving on Cruise Feb 1 – the packages are not worth the money for me.
    do you know prices for beer per the bottle and wine by the glass ?? this is the route we will be taking for our drinks.
    By chance any picture of the drink menu?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Craig

      In August 2019 the price of a Corona or Heiniken beer was US$7.50. A Budweiser costs US$6.50. Oceania have a selection of American, Australian, Argentinean and European wines. These range in price from US$10 to US$11.50 per glass.

      Cocktails start from US$10.00

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

      1. Janet says:

        I understand that you can bring wine on board Do you know what the corkage fee is

        1. Jason Kerr says:

          Hi Janet

          Thank you for your question. If you consume the wine in your stateroom there is no corkage fee. However, if you drink it in a public area or dining venue the corkage fee is typically US$25.

          Regards
          Jason Kerr
          Managing Editor

  15. Suzanne Campbell says:

    Hi is bottled water included in the house beverage package? And is sparkling water included?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Suzanne

      Thanks for your question. Oceania Cruises include both still and sparkling water in your cruise fare, as well as coffee and tea. There is no extra charge for any of these beverages regardless of whether or not you have a drinks package.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Jason,

    If we purchase the Prestige Select package, how are we identified as having the package? Do we wear wrist bands? Give our suite number each time?

    Many thanks!

    Karen

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Karen

      Thank you for your question – it’s a good one. There are no wrist bands, rather you are issued with a new room key card which indicates your beverage package. You give this to the server each time you order a drink.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  17. Karen says:

    Fabulous! Many thanks, Jason!

  18. Glenn Harris says:

    Oceania now allows each cabin to bring six bottles of wine on the ship when they board. But it is unclear whether one can also bring wine onboard when coming back from a port. Do you know whether this is possible? (By the way, this page is really informative and helpful — thanks)

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      ** UPDATED 27 Feb 2020

      Dear Glenn

      Thank you for your question.

      According to the onboard literature, guests can bring 6 bottles of wine per stateroom on board during the voyage, for consumption in your stateroom or suite. A corkage fee will apply.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  19. Kevin Onions says:

    Can I use the onboard spend allowance to upgrade between drinks packages?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Kevin

      Thanks for the question. According to Oceania Cruises you can now utilize shipboard credit prior to departure to purchase shore excursions, land tours, onboard beverage packages, culinary classes and dining experiences. I recommend consulting your travel advisor or Oceania Cruises for more information.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  20. Scott says:

    We are cruising in September 2020 with Oceania and have the basic drinks package with lunch and dinner included.
    We would like to upgrade to the premium package. Can you tell me how much this would be and can we buy before the cruise or once we are on board.

    Thanks

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Scott

      Thanks for your question. Yes, you can generally upgrade your beverage package. The House Select package costs US$39.95 per person per day, while the Prestige Select package is US$59.95 per person per day. I would recommend consulting your travel advisor or Oceania Cruises to find out the exact upgrade price.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  21. Deb says:

    do both adults in the cabin have to purchase the drink package? I might be interested in the House Select, but my cruising partner does not drink beer or wine, and doesn’t drink enough alcohol to really justify the Prestige Select package.

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Dear Deb

      Thanks for asking your question. Yes, both guests in the same stateroom must purchase the beverage package. So it might be more cost effective to simply purchase your drinks by the glass.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  22. Frances Turner says:

    We are cruising this summer, and are trying to figure out if the wines included in the Prestige package are worth the extra cost over the House package. I can’t find a list anywhere that shows the different wine offerings for the two packages – is this published anywhere? We generally drink California and Oregon U.S. wines and French Champagnes, ranging from $80 – $120 per bottle, but are open to trying new things.

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Frances

      Thanks for your question. The wines included in the House Select are generally the same as those offered in the Prestige package. The main difference is that the House Select package only lets you order at lunch and dinner, whereas the Prestige package lets you order at any time during bar hours. The wines on offer change semi-regularly depending on reprovisioning.

      Also, the Prestige package offers premium spirits and cocktails (like those served from the Martini list in Martinis Bar).

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  23. Angela says:

    Hi Jason,
    As I understand, the House Select Package is only for the dining experience. When on vacation we generally have hors d’oeuvres in one place and dinner in another place.Is it possible to have drinks and hors d’oeuvres in one restaurant and have dinner in another restaurant aboard ship?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Angela

      That’s an interesting question. My understanding is that, yes, you could have drinks and hors d’oeuvres in one restaurant and dinner in another. Bare in mind that some dining venues do require reservations.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  24. Elaine says:

    We are choosing a cruise that offers a beverage package as one of the O-life choices, the other choices are $1000 shipboard credit or 10 free excursions.
    If we choose the beverage package does that cover both my husband and myself for unlimited wine and beer during lunch and dinner or only one person?

    1. Jason Kerr says:

      Hi Elaine

      Thank you for your inquiry. Generally speaking, if you book an Oceania cruise with O-life Choices the amenities are per stateroom. In other words, a beverage package amenity would cover all guests in that stateroom. However, I would advise you to confirm this with your travel advisor.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

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