Your ultimate info source about the "Cheers Carnival Cruise All You Can Drink" (alcohol & soda) program and the list of all Carnival ships on which it's been implemented so far (last updated January 2013). The Carnival all-you-can-drink packages idea relates to an all-inclusive 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).
Carnival "Cheers" program price (new pricing on some ships!)
In a few words, it's an "All-Inclusive Carnival Cruise Alcohol Included" package deal in the form of a pass-card at the modest cost of US $49,40 per passenger per day(inclusive of the 15% gratuity). Without gratuities, the Carnival all-you-can-drink card price is US $42,95, but most importantly - it includes unlimited number of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (both frozen and soda), plus wine by the glass. To add some spice to the Carnival vs Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines battle, check here what the RCCL Royal Caribbean cruise unlimited alcohol package has to offer.
- UPDATE May 19, 2013: The "Cheers" Bar program pricing was changed on some ships. There are also some changes in the Carnival's policy - the "Cheers" package can not be used at private islands anymore (Half Moon Cay or CocoCay/Little Stirrup Cay). The new Carnival Cheers program price is US$49,95 plus 15% gratuity, which is $57,45 per person per day, or US$402 for a 7-day cruise.
Carnival "All You Can Drink" ships - the Carnival "Cheers" program ships
Breeze, Conquest, Dream, Freedom, Glory, Legend, Liberty, Magic, Miracle, Pride, Splendor, Sunshine (after the Destiny's 2013 dry-dock/refurbishment), Valor, Victory. The program can be also used on Half Moon Cay (the line's Bahamian private island resort). Expect in the near future the "all-you-can-drink-alcohol" package to be available on all Carnival ships. The names of the rest of the Carnival ships are Ecstasy, Elation, Fantasy, Imagination, Inspiration, Fascination, Paradise, Sensation and Triumph, excluding only the "Australian" Carnival Spirit.
Carnival "Cheers" program 2013
- 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, CCL 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!
Carnival cruise "All You Can Drink" pass/card - inclusions/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.
- when the ship sails in US waters, state and local taxes will be applied
- 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, drinks from mini bars
- in the "free non-alcoholic drinks" list are only non-alcoholic frozen cocktails and soda (no bottled water)
- drinks on promotion, drinks sold in souvenir glasses, drinks served through enomatic vending machines, coffee drinks, bottles of liquor
- drinks offered at gangway (on debarkation)
- 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".
- this article is integrated with Carnival Drink Packages and the Carnival Alcohol/Drink Prices (by the glass & liquor by the bottle).
The Carnival Cruise Lines "Cheers Program" started with the Victory ship and has been tested on a trial basis. Because the all you can drink alcohol package has 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 cruise Bar Menu Prices (inclusive of gratuities).
Carnival Cheers Bar Program reviews - is the Carnival Cheers program worth it
- Note: we've made changes in some parts because of the Google duplicate content policy.
- "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 true!
- And now some "Cheers program tips":
- "Let the bartender be creative on your next drink".
- "If you don't like alcoholic beverages, you can always ask for their nonalcoholic versions".
- "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".
- (on the new Cheers program price)
- "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".
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