By Jennifer Stuart
Cruising is expensive and there are lots of extras that can add to the price of a cruise. Read on for our best tips on how to keep your drinks costs down.
Drink of the Day
The Beer Mug program can be a good value for beer drinkers. For $16.95 you can purchase a Disney Cruise Line beer mug filled with 22oz of beer. Refills of the mug are then offered at the same price as a 16oz beer. There is no need to carry around an empty beer mug as when you are done with your beer, hand the mug to the bartender and he will give you a paper beer mug token. The next time you want a beer you give the waiter the token with your order to receive your beer in a new clean mug. At the end of your cruise hand in the token and take home your clean beer mug as a souvenir.
Most non-alcoholic drinks on your Disney Cruise are included in the price of your cruise, but there are exceptions. To save money on these your best bet will be the beverage station located on Deck 9 on the Wonder and Magic and on Deck 11 on the Dream and Fantasy. The beverage station is a self-serve option for soda pop (Coke Products) as well as lemonade and ice water. There are cups available but our favourite money saving tip is to bring your own insulated cup on board with you. These cups tend to be larger and stay cold longer than a regular paper cup. These can be carried around on board or back to your stateroom as needed.
One of the exceptions to the free soda pop is at bars/lounges and the theater concession stands. Here you will have to pay for your drinks. This is where it pays to be prepared and to make a stop at the beverage station for a free drink to take in with you.
Free hot beverages (coffee, decaf, tea and hot chocolate) are also available at the beverage stations 24 hours a day.
Smoothies and Specialty non-alcoholic drinks
Specialty coffee such as a latte or cappuccino is always an extra charge whether you order it in the dinning room or from the adults only Cove Cafe. If you really like your lattes then consider getting the Cove Cafe punch card. If you don't fill it up on one cruise just keep it for the next.
Room Service is included in your Disney Cruise and can be a great way to start or end the day. This picture is tea and coffee delivered to our room for a leisurely start to the morning. It was great to have a cup in bed in the morning before getting ready for the day. It can also be a great way to end the day. We ordered cookies and milk for the kids to enjoy while watching movies on the TV one night. (If they prefer warm milk --just ask). Be aware that you will want to avoid ordering soda pop, water or other bottled beverages from room service. These items come at an extra charge.
Insider tip: We kept a few water bottles in the fridge, some with water and some with soda that we filled up at the beverage station to enjoy in our room.
Bringing It Onboard
Disney Cruise Line permits guests to bring a limited amount of wine, champagne or beer onboard at embarkation. On other cruise lines, they will confiscate your beverages and return them at debarkation. There are a few rules to keep in mind.
All Photos by Jennifer Stuart
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