Royal Caribbean is currently testing two new drinks packages on its largest ship, Harmony of the Seas, in a bid to stop passengers “double dipping”.
The new policy, which started at the beginning of the month, says everyone over 21 in a stateroom must sign up for the Deluxe Beverage or Sip & Stream new drinks packages.
The move is designed to stop some passengers sharing a single drinks package among their roommates. Lines like Carnival and Norwegian already run similar policies, stating that every passenger must purchase a drinks package to prevent sharing.
Royal Caribbean’s deluxe package is $55 per passenger per day, and offers unlimited beers, wines by the glass, cocktails, nonalcoholic beverages, premium coffee, tea, fountain soda, fresh-squeezed juices, sparking and bottled still water. The Sip & Stream is a beverage package with Voom internet service included that costs $56 a day.
Royal has always said that packages cannot be transferred or shared so it’s a fair call so the lines don’t get ripped off.
A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean in Australia said: “At this time we do not have plans to roll it out to any other ships.”