The cruise line’s guests will pay more for its popular beverage deal, along with its gratuity fees starting next month. Effective on May 1, 2022, an increase will be added both to its pre-cruise and onboard prices.
Drink packages, which typically cover soda, specialty coffees, smoothies, juices, and alcoholic beverages are popular programs. Carnival’s program allows for up to 15 alcoholic drinks. On a 3-4 day cruise, passengers wanting CHEERS pay $54.95 per day, and passengers on longer cruises pay $51.95 per day if purchased pre-cruise. If the passenger purchases the package after embarkation, prices go to $59.95 per day and $56.95 per day respectively. An 18% gratuity charge is added to the purchase.
Starting May 1, 2022, the price will be $59.95 USD, per person, per day pre-cruise and $64.95 per person, per day if purchased on board. In addition, Carnival is also increasing the service gratuities from $13.99 to $14.50 per person per day for most cabins and from 15.99 to $16.50 per person, per day for suites.
Most analysts anticipated increases across cruise lines as travel recovers from a two-year hiatus which damaged the companies’ balance sheets. Although Carnival’s price increases are getting the most coverage other cruise lines such as rival Norwegian Cruise Line have already raised items like their gratuities per day, per person and Norwegian’s drink packages are higher than the new Carnival costs.