Carnival Cheers program is the new flat-rate priced All-You-Can-Drink beverage package of Carnival Cruise Lines (alcohol & soda included). You will also find the list of all Carnival “Cheers ships” on which the all-inclusive alcohol package has been implemented so far.
The Carnival Cheers beverage package relates to alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages bar program under the name “Cheers” (previously known as “My Awesome Bar Program”, Carnival Cruise Lines changed the name in 2012).
See here the newest Cheers program rates, which are currently based on the length of your cruise. And also check our Carnival all-you-can-drink package review with samples – to find out is it really worth it to buy the Carnival Cheers beverage package.
Cheers program price
In a few words, Cheers program is an “All-Inclusive Carnival Cruise Alcohol Included” package deal in the form of a pass-card at the modest cost of US $43.00-$63.00 per passenger per day(inclusive of the 15% gratuity). Without gratuities, the Carnival all-you-can-drink card price is US $37.50-$55.00, but most importantly – it includes “almost unlimited” number of alcoholic drinks (up to 15 per day, actually) and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks (both frozen and soda) plus wine by the glass. To add some spice to the Carnival vs Royal Caribbean battle, check here what the new Royal Caribbean all-you-can-drink package has to offer.
In late of June CCL changed considerably all of their Bon Voyage alcohol prices in The Fun Shops - and not for the better. Some items have gone up 25%, most are “merely” 10% “adjusted”. But all are up for sure! For more and exact numbers – follow the above link.
Note: table links redirect to the ship’s itinerary-schedule-prices-current position page.
|Carnival Breeze||Carnival Conquest||Carnival Dream|
|Carnival Ecstasy||Carnival Elation||Carnival Fantasy|
|Carnival Fascination||Carnival Freedom||Carnival Glory|
|Carnival Imagination||Carnival Inspiration||Carnival Liberty|
|Carnival Magic||Carnival Miracle||Carnival Paradise|
|Carnival Pride||Carnival Sensation||Carnival Splendor|
|Carnival Sunshine||Carnival Triumph||Carnival Valor|
- In May 19, 2013, the “Cheers” Bar program pricing was changed on some ships. There were also some changes in the Carnival’s policy – the “Cheers” package was a “no deal” on the Caribbean private islands (Half Moon Cay, or CocoCay/Little Stirrup Cay of Royal Caribbean).
- As of June 2013, all ships (excl. Legend and Sunshine) offered the Cheers package at its “expensive” price – $57.45 pp pd, gratuities included.
- On September 19, 2013, Carnival changed its “Cheers program” policy and allowed guests to purchase unlimited sodas while on Half Moon Cay. Carnival Cheers alcohol on HMC is still no deal.
With the Carnival cruise ships Legend and Sunshine return from Europe, the Cheers program price was ~$58 pp pd on all the Cheers ships listed in the above table.
Currently the “all-you-can-drink-alcohol” package is not available on Carnival Legend and Carnival Spirit (sailing from Australia); on 2-day and charter cruises; on port calls in Little Stirrup Cay and Half Moon Cay, the Bahamas (only on board the ship while docked in these ports).
IMPORTANT: As of August 08, 2014, the new effective prices of Carnival “Cheers” beverage package are based on the cruise length. The new Cheers pricing goes as follows:
|cruise length||per-day price||per-day price
|total Cheers cost
|savings over the previous
Cheers program cost
Carnival Cheers program details (2014-2015)
- The card must be purchased on the embarkation or the next day. According to the Carnival Cruise Lines alcohol policy, passengers must be 21 years of age or older to order/receive alcoholic drinks on board their ships (including the all-inclusive alcohol package). The places where guests can sign up for it are at the ship’s atrium (Lobby Bar) and the casino bar, and also at the main swimming pool bar.
- Which beverages qualify for inclusion in the program? – All beers, wines (by the glass), non-alcoholic frozen drinks, and yes – sodas are also for free here. There’s a 15 drink limit per day (alcoholic beverages, per 24 hrs period – 6am to 6am).
- Your drink must have a bar menu price of max US $10. For drinks which cost more than $10 – an 25% discount is offered (including on wine/champagne sales by the bottle).
- You guys should know when enough is enough, but know that (in a day) after your 15th drink is being served, a bar manager (the Carnival staff) will decide whether to continue to serve you or not. Safe drinking (on cruise ships too) is important, so drink responsibly. Recently, Carnival defended itself against Cheers guests complains and pretty real charges by the International Cruise Victims Association about the 15-drink limit by saying, quote: “If a bartender determines someone is too drunk to continue drinking before the 15 drinks are reached, they will be cut off from the program for the rest of the cruise and will be refunded the balance of the package”. Always fun on Carnival ships, right?
Cheers beverage program – inclusions and restrictions
- It is mandatory the “Cheers Program” to be purchased from each adult assigned to the same cabin (everyone over the age of 21 in your cabin). The program is non-refundable. You’ll be charged the number of nights (a 7-day sailing is “8 calendar days/ 7 nights” so you’re charged 7 nights). Remember – the “Cheers” program can be purchased the 1st or 2nd day only.
- Since Galveston laws don’t allow the Cheers program, on a 7-day cruise out of Galveston TX Carnival will charge you for 6 days. You can not do it until the next day when the ship is in international waters, and you’ll pay a total of US$592 per cabin (2 adults).
- You can’t buy multiple drinks at once - permitted is only 1 drink to be ordered at a time, and there’s a 15 minutes in between limit.
- Additional cost - when the ship sails in US waters (also docked in US port), state and local taxes will be applied. You’ll be taxed per drink, so add $0.50 to each drink.
- Carnival Lines reserve the right to refuse service for any reason.
- The “Cheers” program is not available on cruise charters.
- The “Cheers Program” does not include room-service drinks and drinks from mini bars
- “free non-alcoholic drinks” list includes non-alcoholic frozen cocktails and soda only (no bottled water).
- Drinks on promotion, drinks sold in souvenir glasses or served through vending machines, coffee drinks, bottles of liquor, drinks offered at gangway (on debarkation) are also not included.
- The program also excludes any food items, all other drink-related packages, cook- & bar books, drink seminars & classes, cigarettes & cigars.
- It is not permitted in any way to share the “Carnival all-inclusive drinks”.
- About purchasing the Cheers program by both adults in the room – there are no exceptions for medical/religious reasons! However, there are some passenger reports proving otherwise. Making an exception might be a decision based on the guest’s status by the Carnival VIFP Club/loyalty program more than any particular medical reasons. So bring your med documentation with you and ask the Guest Services Desk staff nicely – you never know what, and it won’t hurt to try! This article is integrated with Carnival drink packages and the Carnival drink prices (by the glass & liquor by the bottle).
Carnival Cheers Program has started with the Victory ship and has been tested on a trial basis. Because this beverage package gained enormous popularity, and also due to the reasonably low number of reported issues, more and more Carnival ships will offer cruises with the “all-inclusive alcohol cruise” option. As a comparison, the card cost roughly covers the cost of 5 Martinis, 7 Vodkas or 8 Beers (Domestic brands) – according to the Carnival Bar Menu prices (inclusive of gratuities).
NOTE: Following are some samples to easily realize that, YES, Carnival Cheers program is worth it. But ONLY if you will be drinking AT LEAST 1 of the samples listed below, or more in 1 day, for the given length of the voyage.
Is the “Cheers” program worth it of its price?
($63 per day + gratuity)
($52 per day + gratuity)
($49 per day + gratuity)
($43 per day + gratuity)
martinis – 6 ($8.95 each)
sodas – 1 ($1.95 each)
total $64 + gratuity
martinis – 5 ($8.95 each)
total $52 + gratuity
martinis – 4 ($8.95 each)
sodas – 3 ($1.95 each)
total $48 + gratuity
martinis – 4 ($8.95 each)
sodas – 1 ($1.95 each)
total $42.5 + gratuity
domestic beers – 9 ($5.75 each)
sodas – 2 ($1.95 each)
total $64 + gratuity
domestic beers - 7 ($5.75 each)
sodas - 2 ($1.95 each)
total $51 + gratuity
domestic beers - 7 ($5.75 each)
sodas - 1 ($1.95 each)
total $49 + gratuity
domestic beers - 6 ($5.75 each)
sodas - 1 ($1.95 each)
total $42 + gratuity
Cheers Bar Program reviews and tips
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- “We used it (the cheers package) for our 5 day sailing – it was very much worth it!!! It was our honeymoon… On our 1st day I got 2 icy drinks, two glasses of wine, 1 glass of champagne, & another cocktail at the end of the night… that is $50 right there and I would not consider that ALOT cos we got on the ship around 12 that day! The last day at sea… we started with mimosas in the morning and were up till 11 pm – that is over 12 hours, having only 1 drink per hour that is almost to the 15 drink limit (by the Cheers program)… my husband even did exceed it & we had a very nice waitress who “bought me” a Heineken after my glasses of wine. Bottom line - it’s well worth it even if you’re just a wine drinking & occasional mixed drink, having the peace of mind to not worry about your tab bill or how much you’ve spent on drinks so far. It was amazing – a total cost of around $470 for the whole 5 day trip for me and my husband – highly recommend!”
- “I don’t like being in position where I’m trying to drink my money’s worth – unless I wanna end up plastered”.
- “I’ll be signing up for the Cheers on the…! If you like adult drinks onboard you can’t go wrong with the all-inclusive”.
- “Sailing on…. not expecting to be worth it, but since everyone in the room has to get it, I’ll be getting it too”.
- “At the end of our last trip we tallied our bar bill – nope, not worth it. There were so many people knocking back shots ‘cos they had to get their 15 drinks – it’s ridiculous”.
- “Cheers is all or not – you can’t buy it just by the day. This is why it’s a waste of money – the full sea days it would get used, but on port days it would barely get used.”
- “I spent hours running back to guest services because of mess ups with the Cheers - 1st for my son, then me, later for my wife.” To this a fellow Carnival fan replies: “To miss all the fun stuff you wanted to do because of problems with the Cheers implementation says a lot about your vacation priorities.” Then another guy replies: “The running helps burning off the calories. Don’t forget to always have fun!” – so so true!
- “Let the bartender be creative on your next drink”.
- “If you don’t like alcoholic beverages, you can always ask for their nonalcoholic versions”.
- How quick is the service by the Cheers program, especially in the MDR/Main Dining Room? There guests usually order a bottle of wine for the meal, and with Cheers they’d have to order by the glass. “I would recommend you order a glass of wine at the bar outside the dining room and carry it to your MDR table. You’ll have your glass there and it’ll save you some minutes while the waiter take your order & bring you next one”.
- maybe a little slow service in MDR, especially at dinner - “… it took us maybe an hour between each drink at diner (MDR) to get service”. But there are so many bars on the ship – casino bar , atrium bar, piano bar… Cheers will work if you let it”.
- “If you have problems with Cheers, bring the receipt showing that the program had been paid for and Carnival would refund your money”.
- “I used Cheers on Breeze, and it was great – no problems signing up for it or using it, it takes like 3 seconds to look at your receipt when you get a drink – just to make sure everything’s ok”.
- “On my last cruise a young man told me that his bar tab was over $1500. I think he totally would have liked the Cheers package”.
- “We bought the Cheers package as soon as we got on the ship – I gotta tel you it worked out quite well for us. We bought the program in the lobby bar before we even went to our cabin. It so nice to budget your drinking. When we figured it up at the end we saved almost 400 bucks. Love it!”
- “You pay money for a prepaid drink program, you don’t lose money with it. Cheers is designed to keep your drink costs down, not to get you drunk like a skunk”.
- “We did Cheers on a 8 day cruise – we saved $500+ by purchasing the package, and we had great service any time of day or night”.
- (remember, you need 5-6 drinks in a 24 hour period to break even with Cheers) “We are not big drinkers at home, but we surely love our cocktails when we cruise, so here’s my “beer math”: 1 drink in the morning (Bloody Mary/Mimosa), 1 at lunch, 1-2 by the pool, 1 at dinner, 1 in the casino, 1-2 at the comedy club – it’s totally worth it!”
- “Works best if you both plan to drink – a lot, and everyday. I don’t have alcohol issues lol”.
- “All inclusive alcohol packages encourage over drinking to make it worth the money. It’s really like when people feel they need to eat everything in site to justify the buffet – stupid, and not healthy at all”.
- “Cheers is well worth its cost – having those min 7 drinks per day is not so hard than you think! Start with the breakfast time Bloody Mary, drink a few beers or cocktails throughout the day, and here you go – they go down so smoothly.”
- “Consider that ~1/2 the cruise is port time. Even with the 15-drinks limit you’ll have to drink more in a shorter time on port days. This way Carnival is encouraging more drinking and more drunks. I like to drink, especially on vacation, but even when splurging to spend $400+ in 6-7 days on booze is huge for me. For $50 I’ll have my 10 beers a day, but with the Cheers program I would probably be tempted to add at least 5 tequila shots every day on top of that. So if you’re not a heavy boozer where is the fun here?”
- If you pre-order online Bon Voyage liquor can you still purchase Cheers? The short answer is yes (they are different programs). And you can use the new Carnival “Cruise Cash” account towards the purchase of Cheers.
- (on the new Cheers program price)
- “Well, in my modest opinion - that is just RIDICULOUS!!! It’s not all-inclusive because of the 15 drinks limit, and its price is going up every day!”
- “Well that does it for me. It’s simply not worth it, especially without coffee & milkshakes included”.
- “We planned on $700 drinking budget, another $100 won’t kill us”.
- (By the new pricing) basic math says: an 8 day “Cheers cruise” will cost you $57,44 x2 ($114,85 pp pd) x8 days equals $919,08. Really?! Who drink this much on the ship, right?! Yep, the estimate is a most correct one, and keep in mind that some people actually do save money buying this program! Wanna proof? Just read this: “We got this on our 7 day Breeze cruise. The total was ~$680, with extra tips we spent ~$730 on booze for the whole trip. On our previous vacation on the Fantasy we spent ~$950 on booze in just 5 days – so it was totally worth it!” I guess some guys do enjoy boozing too much! So cheers to their big fun!
Carnival has a trademark on “Fun For All – All For Fun” – meaning also that the “Fun” must be “For All” guests on board your “Fun Ship”. It’s always up to you to fully enjoy your ship vacation (with or without alcohol) – it’s all about time, money and the right attitude. But if it’s going to be a “Carnival Booze Cruise”, you guys should know your limits – so drink responsibly to behave properly!
You can share/like/rate our Carnival Cheers program all-you-can-drink package review via the social buttons. Many tanks to the always fun Funvillers for their amazing reviews! Many cheers to the Carnival’s employees – for this new all-inclusive drink package alternative and for the tremendous job they do each day to serve us! Tanx, Carnival, for being the Most Fun line, and happy sailings to you all, guys – with and without the new “Carnival Cheers”!