If you love a drink when dining, forget the wine list and order up an onboard wine package instead.
You can save up to 20% and still get the best drop on board.
We compared wine package prices offered across Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Oceania Cruises and Cunard to find the best deals.
Azamara Club Cruises’ Wine Lover Package came out on top in terms of variety and price per bottle, so if you fancy their selection of wines, you can indulge while going easy on your holiday budget.
For premium wines, Celebrity Cruises offers the best per bottle value at $69.30. But do look out for deals on Azamara Club Cruises and Cunard when you are looking to buy a larger wine package.
There is more than 15% savings to be had when you get the 12-bottle package under Azamara Club Cruises’ Wine Connoisseur Package when compared to five bottles in the same package.
The Commodore’s Collection on Cunard which offers guests their premium wine selection is more expensive compared to Azamara Club Cruises’ but you get to enjoy up to 10% off when purchasing a dozen bottles rather than half dozen.
Here are the wine packages on different cruise lines at a glance:
Azamara Club Cruises
Wine Lover Package
Choose from more than 80 bottles of wine valued at US$50 or less. Their selection includes five sparkling wines, 35 white wines, five rosé wines and 35 red wines.
The package comes in five, seven, 10 and 12 bottle packages. It goes at $252 (US$180) for a five-bottle package and up to $490 (USD$350) for a 12-bottle package.
Wine Connoisseur Package
Choose from more than 50 bottles of wine valued at US$51 to $75. Their selection includes three sparkling wines, 15 white wines, 30 red wines and two dessert wines.
Similarly offered in five, seven, 10 and 12 bottle packages from $441 (US$315) to $882 (US$630).
Three wine packages are offered on their whole fleet except for the line’s all-inclusive Galapagos-exclusive fleet (Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity Xperience, Celebrity Xploration).
Classic Wine Package
The Classic Wine Package presents a sampling international wines such as Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and Malbec from Argentina.
This package goes from $153 (US$109) for three, five or seven bottles, allowing you to enjoy 10% off regular list prices.
Premium Wine Package
The Premium Wine Package offers a selection for the more discerning palate, but you may also choose to mix in wines from the Classic Package.
This package goes from $208 (US$149) for three, five or seven bottles, with savings of up to 15% off regular list prices.
Build Your Own Wine Package
In this package you can choose from selections such as boutique Californians, French Grand Cru, and Italian Super Tuscan wines. Select three or more bottles valued at $75 each or more to receive an overall savings of 15%.
Holland America Line
The line offers a Cellar Master Package, which includes a choice of five wine bottles, a standard and a premium wine-tasting, one Pinnacle Grill dinner, a wine accessory gift set and a Holland America Line commemorative bottle of wine, starting at $353 (US$252) per person.
The line offers a Wine by the Bottle package of seven bottles, with each bottle priced at $67 (US$47.50). The selections can be made from a set list and varies by ship and voyage.
The Captain’s Collection
This package features the most popular wines on board the three Queens and offers a saving of up to 15% off regular wine list prices.
The selection includes six white wines, seven red wines and one sweet wine, going at $419 (US$299) for 6 bottles and $784 (US$560) for 12 bottles.
The Commodore’s Collection
This package is curated by their experts to offer wines that represent the finest examples of Cunard’s most popular styles. The package offers a saving of up to 20% off regular wine list prices.
The selection includes seven white wines, one rosé wine, seven red wines and one sweet wine, going at $553 (US$395) for 6 bottles and $1,001 (US$715) for 12 bottles.
Create your own collection
For your own tailor-made selection, choose either the Commodore’s Collection or the Captain’s Collection. You can opt for either six or 12 bottles from each and enjoy savings of up to 20% when compared to buying each bottle separately.
You can also receive up to a 15% discount on Cunard Wine Academy activities depending on the collection purchased.