MSC Drink Packages (2021 onwards)

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The decision of whether or not to get the drinks package for your cruise is always a tricky one.

To further confuse matters, MSC Cruises has introduced five new drinks packages for 2021 and 2022 cruises. Plus, they’ve removed all of the drinks package prices from their website!

MSC drink packages

If you need to decide whether the drinks package is worth it for your cruise, fear not, I’m here to help with all the information you could ever want about MSC Cruises drink packages (including the MSC drinks package prices for 2021 and beyond).

I’m something of a drink package nerd and book the drink packages about 50% of the time when I cruise.

I always work out how much I expect to pay for drinks with and without the package before deciding. Today, I’ll help you to do the same.

Five MSC Cruises drink packages to choose from

There are five different packages to choose from. So let’s take a look at what’s included in each, compare the prices and pick the best one.

MSC Cruises offers five different drinks packages:

  1. Easy Package
  2. Easy Plus Package (was called Premium)
  3. Premium Extra Package (was called Premium Plus)
  4. Alcohol-Free Package (was called Non-Alcoholic)
  5. Minors Package (was called Non-Alcoholic Child)

The new drinks package names apply to cruises departing in November 2021 onwards.

With so many different beverage packages to choose from, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at what’s included in each package and pick the one that offers the best value for money for what you like to drink.

After all, there’s no point in paying for the top package if you like simple drinks. And there’s no point in getting the cheap package if you love to drink Champagne!

MSC drinks package cocktails

MSC Drinks Package Prices

MSC Cruises no longer publish the prices of drinks package on the website. Instead, guests are asked to log in to see the prices for their cruise. This makes things tricky for people who want to know how much the drinks package costs before they book a cruise.

The pricing for MSC beverage packages has always been a little complicated because you will pay in pounds sterling, US dollars or Euros depending on where you live. There are different prices depending on where in the world your ship departs from. In the future, there may also be different prices for summer and winter cruises.

To give you a rough idea of the prices of MSC drinks packages in 2021 and 2022, I have included a table of the old drinks package prices for cruises departing before November 2021. New drinks packages for winter 2021 and 2022 cruises will cost about 10% more than this.

Old MSC drink package prices until November 2021

(Add 10% to these prices for cruises departing November 2021 onwards)

Mediterranean, Europe, Emirates, Antilles, CubaCaribbean & North AmericaSouth America
Easy £27 / $35 / €29£27 / $35 / €29£27 / $35 / €29
Premium£36 / $47 / €39 £45 / $62 / €52 £41 / $56 / €47
Premium Plus£51 / $62 / €55 £57 / $79 / €66 £48 / $65 / €55
Non-Alcoholic£17 / $23 / €19£21 / $28 / €24 £18 / $25 / €21
Non-Alcoholic (Child) £12 / $17 / €14£12 / $17 / €14£12 / $17 / €14
For MSC Grand Voyages, the price is based on the port of embarkation.

NEW MSC drink package prices (November 2021 onwards)

While MSC Cruises hasn’t published any prices for the new drinks packages, cruisers with winter 2021 and 2022 bookings who have logged into their MSC accounts have reported that the prices have increased by around 10%. [Source]

How much are MSC drinks packages in 2021 and beyond?

MSC drink packages prices for European cruises in winter 2021 are approximately:

  • Easy Package: $38 / £27 per day
  • Easy Plus Package: $49 / £35 per day
  • Premium Extra Package: $69 / £50 per day
  • Alcohol-Free Package: $25 / £18 per day
  • Minors Package: $19 / £14 per day

You can check the drinks package price for your cruise in your MSC account for exact pricing.

Drink package prices for Caribbean cruises may cost more, please refer to the table above as a guide.

Large selection of beers included in MSC Premium drinks package.

What’s included in MSC drinks packages?

To help you decide which drinks package is the best, here’s the menus of what’s included in each package on MSC Cruises…

1. MSC Easy Drink Package

MSC Easy Drink Package Menu:

  • Draught beer (Heineken)
  • Selection of house wines by the glass
  • Selection of classic cocktails
  • Mixed drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails
  • Soft drinks and fruit juices by the glass
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Classic hot drinks (espresso, cappuccino, caffe latte, hot tea)

Drinks can be consumed in all bars, buffet, main dining room but NOT in speciality restaurants or the Starship Club.

This package offers great value for money and is ideal if you’re on a budget and happy to stick with drinking draft Heineken, the same wines or choosing from a small list of cocktails.

2. MSC Easy Plus Drink Package

This package includes all drinks priced up to $9 or €8.

MSC Easy Plus Drink Package Menu:

  • Variety of draught and bottled beers
  • Selection of wines by the glass
  • Variety of frozen and classic cocktails
  • Non-alcoholic cocktails
  • Well spirits
  • Liqueurs and cordials
  • Soft drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Coffee drinks (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.)
  • Hot chocolate and hot teas
  • 10% discount on bottles of wine purchased on board

With the Premium package, drinks can be consumed in all bars (except the Starship Club on MSC Virtuosa), buffet and the main dining room as well as speciality restaurants. This is an important difference from the Easy package, which doesn’t allow you to order drinks in speciality restaurants.

If you plan to dine in a few speciality restaurants during our cruise, this deal is probably a better choice than the Easy drinks package.

3. MSC Premium Extra Drink Package

This package includes all drinks priced up to $15 or €13.

MSC Premium Extra Drink Package Menu:

  • Selection of draught, craft and bottled beers
  • Entire selection of wines and champagne by the glass
  • Extensive variety of frozen and classic cocktails
  • Premium brand spirits
  • Liqueurs and cordials
  • Sodas
  • Fruit juices
  • Energy drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Coffee (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.)
  • Hot chocolate and teas
  • 25% discount on wine and champagne bottles purchased on board

Drinks can be consumed in all bars (except the Starship Club on MSC Virtuosa), buffet, main dining room and speciality restaurants. It doesn’t however, include drinks in the onboard Lavazza coffee shops and other signature venues.

The old Premium Plus drink package also included drinks from your minibar. However, there’s no mention of the minibar being included in the new Premium Extra package, so be careful!

4. MSC Alcohol-Free Drink Package

MSC Alcohol-Free Drink Package Menu:

  • Wide choice of alcohol-free cocktails
  • Sodas
  • Energy drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Flavoured water
  • Fruit juices
  • Coffee drinks (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.)
  • Soft drinks
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hot teas
  • Soft-serve ice cream

Drinks can be consumed in all bars (except the Starship Club on MSC Virtuosa), buffet, main dining room but NOT speciality restaurants.

5. MSC Minors Drink Package

This package is for children aged 3 to 17 on European cruises and aged 3 to 20 on North American and Caribbean cruises.

MSC Minors Drink Package Menu:

  • Wide choice of alcohol-free cocktails
  • Sodas
  • Energy drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Flavoured water
  • Fruit juices
  • Coffee drinks (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.)
  • Soft drinks
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hot teas
  • Soft-serve ice cream

Drinks can be consumed in all bars (except the Starship Club on MSC Virtuosa), buffet, main dining room but NOT speciality restaurants.

How much are drinks on MSC Cruises?

The cost of drinks on MSC Cruises is on par with other cruise ships from other cruise lines.

Here are some examples of the MSC bar prices on my latest cruise on MSC Virtuosa in 2021:

MSC drinks prices

  • Glass of wine: £8 to £10
  • Pint of beer: £7.50 to £9
  • Bottle of beer: £8 to £10
  • Cocktail: £10 to £17
  • Spirit and mixer: £8 to £16
  • Soft drink: £3 to £3.50
  • Water (500ml): £2.50
  • Coffee: £2.20 to £4.50

Click here to see photos of all the MSC drink menus

What drinks are free on MSC Cruises?

These drinks are included on MSC Cruises:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Ice tea
  • Lemonade
  • Milk
  • Chocolate milk
  • Juices (at breakfast only)

Not all drinks are available for free in all bars. For the best selection of free drinks, head to the Main Dining Room or the casual (buffet) restaurant.

How much is a glass of wine on MSC Cruises?

A glass of wine on MSC Cruises costs £8 to £10. On cruise ships that use Euros, this equates to approximately €9 to €11.50. On cruises from the US, this equates to approximately $11 to $14.

How much is a beer on MSC Cruises?

A pint or bottle of beer on MSC Cruises costs between £7.50 and £9. This equates to approximately €8.50 to €10 for European cruises or $10.50 to $12.50 for US cruises.

Is water free on MSC Cruises?

Tap water is available free of charge on MSC Cruises. Bottled water costs £2.50 for a 500ml bottle. This equates to approximately €2.90 or $3.50. Bottled water is free if you have a drinks package.

Is tea and coffee free on MSC Cruises?

On MSC Cruises, tea and coffee is available free of charge but only at the buffet area. You can get all kinds of teas and coffees such as cappuccino and espresso for free with a drinks package.

Is the MSC Cruises drinks package worth it?

Before you go ahead and buy a drinks package, it’s worth doing a little bit of maths to figure out how many drinks you’d need to have per day to ‘break even’ on your package.

Whichever MSC drink package you choose, you’ll need to drink around five drinks per day to break even. Of course, the exact number depends on what you like to drink and which package you choose.

When thinking about whether a package is good value or not, think about how much time you plan to spend on the ship. Whilst you might easily get through five or six drinks on a sea day, you might not have so many if you’re off the ship all day and only having a couple in the evening.

MSC Cruises drinks package calculator

To help you work out whether the drinks package is worth it or not, I’ve built a handy calculator tool.

The calculator will show how much your bar bill will be if you don’t have a drinks package. You can then compare this to the price of the drinks package to decide whether it’s worth it or not.

Just pop your details in the form and you’ll receive an email with a link to the calulator…

MSC drinks on balcony

MSC all-inclusive cruises

If you’re interested in the all-inclusive drinks package on MSC Cruises, you should be sure to look out for MSC all-inclusive deals which are sometimes offered by specialist cruise travel agents.

Travel agents can package up cruises with flights, a pre-cruise hotel and all-inclusive drinks to create a great value all-inclusive package cruise holiday.

With these MSC Cruises deals, free all-inclusive drinks are sometimes included when you book a Fantastica grade cabin. As well as free drinks, this upgraded stateroom comes with other value-added extras such as flexible dining times and free room service.

Get the best price on your MSC Cruises booking

The price you pay for your cruise will be different depending on who you book it with, even though what you get will be exactly the same.

It’s generally always cheaper to use a specialist cruise travel agent that can access discounted rates.

Click here to see who’s offering discounted rates on MSC Cruises.

Of course, not all travel agents are equal in terms of the service that they provide. If you’d like to get a quote from a trusted travel agent that I’ve used to book multiple cruises myself, click here to get a quote.

MSC Cruises free drinks package offer

One very popular offer is the MSC ‘ALL-IN drinks and Wi-Fi offer’ which is sometimes available on the MSC Cruises USA website. This offer includes free drinks, free Wi-Fi and free on-board credit.

Before you go ahead and book an all-inclusive deal, I’d suggest working out how much it would cost to buy each part of the package separately to make sure that it’s actually good value. Consider whether you actually want the drinks and the wifi, or whether they just seem good because they’re packaged up in a deal.

Couple with MSC drinks menu

MSC Cruises drinks package FAQs

Here are the answers to your most commonly-asked questions about drinks on MSC Cruises. If you have a question that isn’t covered here, please add it into the comments below and I will answer it for you.

Does everyone in a cabin have to have the same drinks package on MSC Cruises?

On MSC Cruises, all passengers travelling together must have the same drink package, with the exception of children who must have the minor’s drinks package. This rule applies to everyone aged three or over. You don’t need to purchase a package for children under three.

Can you bring drinks on MSC Cruises?

MSC Cruises do not allow guests to bring any drinks on-board. This includes alcohol, soft drinks and water. You may bring water if you have a medical need for it and you can bring unlimited baby milk.

Read more: Can you take drinks on a cruise ship?

Can you sneak alcohol on MSC Cruises?

Sneaking alcohol onto a cruise ship is not recommended and it can get you kicked off the cruise.

Many cruise lines allow guests to bring water and soft drinks on-board and people sometimes sneak alcohol inside. To prevent this, MSC Cruises does not allow guests to bring any drinks at all. However, people may still try to sneak alcohol inside shampoo bottles or other containers.

Read more: How to sneak alcohol on a cruise ship

Do you pay service charge on MSC drinks packages?

You do not need to pay any service charges (also known as tips or gratuities) on MSC Cruises as this is included in the cruise fare. You don’t pay any additional service charge when you buy a drink package.

Does MSC Fantastica include drinks?

MSC Cruises offer three ‘experiences’ – Bella, Fantastica and Aurea.

MSC Bella and Fantastica experiences do not include drinks as standard. However, there may be special MSC Cruises Spromotions whereby you can get a free drinks package when you upgrade to a Fantastica experience.

How do I order a drinks package on MSC Cruises?

You can order your MSC drinks package before you cruise or on-board your ship. It’s 15% cheaper to buy your drink package before your cruise. You can do this via the ‘Manage My Booking’ section of the MSC Cruises website.

How old do you have to be to drink alcohol on MSC Cruises?

The drinking age on MSC Cruise ships depends on the itinerary, not the nationality of the passenger. It is generally 18 years old on European cruises and 21 years old on Caribbean cruises.

How many drinks can you drink per day on MSC Cruises

Unlike some other cruise lines, MSC Cruises don’t have a set maximum number of drinks per day. However, if you appear to be intoxicated you are unlikely to be served more alcohol.

Are drinks packages always available on MSC Cruises?

Drinks packages are available on all MSC Cruises ships, except for cruises from South Africa and China.

Does the MSC drink package work on Ocean Cay?

Your MSC drink package can be used to get free drinks on MSC Cruises’ private island, Ocean Cay. However, there will not be as many different drinks available on the island as there is on the ship.

Champagne bar on MSC Seaview

Other drinks packages on MSC Cruises

MSC Yacht Club drinks package

The luxurious MSC Yacht Club gives guests many perks including:

  • A luxury suite in the Yacht Club area of the ship
  • Access to the Top Sail lounge
  • Private dining in the Yacht Club restaurant
  • Entry to the exclusive pool area
  • Priority boarding
  • Butler service
  • Premium internet package
  • Included drinks

MSC Yacht Club guests enjoy the equivalent of the Premium Extra drinks package which can be used in all bars and restaurants throughout the ship. Yacht Club guests also enjoy a free minibar.

MSC Aurea drinks package

MSC Cruises Aurea Experience is an upgrade which is available to guests staying in balcony cabins or suites. Aurea fares include:

  • Easy drink package
  • Free access to the exclusive sun deck
  • Wellbeing package (massage, tanning booth, welcome cocktail in the spa, private MediSpa doctor consultation, access to Thermal Area)
  • Bathrobe and slippers in your cabin
  • Choice of dining time
  • MSC for Me wristband
  • Free gift

Discontinued drink packages

If you’ve cruised with MSC Cruises a few years ago, you may be familiar with some of the drinks packages which have now been discontinued. These include…

MSC Premium Drinks Package

For cruises departing in November 2021 onwards, the MSC Premium drinks package has been renamed to the MSC Easy Plus drink package. The Premium package included drinks up to €10, whereas the Easy Plus package includes drinks up to €8.

MSC Premium Plus Drinks Package

For cruises departing in November 2021 onwards, the MSC Premium Plus package has been renamed to the MSC Premium Extra package. The Premium Plus package included all drinks with no price limit, whereas the Premium Extra package only includes drinks up to €13.

MSC drink vouchers

Until 2019, MSC Cruises used to regularly offer cruisers 12 free drinks vouchers when they booked a Fantastica cabin. These paper coupons could be exchanged for a glass of wine, pint or bottle of beer, spirit and mixer, non-premium cocktail, soft drink, mineral water or hot drink.

The coupons no longer exist. However, the current MSC Cruises offer of a free Premium drinks package when you book a Fantastica Experience is actually better value, so look out for that one.

MSC Allegrissimo drinks package

The MSC Allegrissimo drinks package is the name of a package which has been discontinued. The Allegrissimo offer was most similar to the Easy drinks package. The main difference is that the Allegrissimo drinks package also included ice cream.

MSC Mealtime drinks package

Another discontinued deal is the one where you could get free wine and beer with meals. The mealtime drinks package no longer exists, and now you can always get drinks at any time of day.

MSC Classic drink package

If you’re used to cruising with Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises, you’ll be familiar with the term ‘classic drinks package’. MSC Cruises don’t call their main package the ‘classic package’. Instead, you can choose from Easy, Easy Plus or Premium Extra drinks packages.

Wine glass on a cruise

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26 thoughts on “MSC Drink Packages (2021 onwards)”

  1. Dear Jenni,
    When the Easy Plus or Easy package is included in your cruise fare at the time of booking, will 15% drinks service charges for each & every “free” drink be added to your bill ? ( like Norwegian) or not added ? (like Celebrity)
    Thanks, drsel

    • Yes, it’s included in the package, so nothing extra goes on your bill.

  2. Hi, Jenni,
    Are drinks service charges of 15% Included with Easy Plus & Easy?

    • Yes, the service charge is included in the package so you won’t be charged any extra for that. Jenni

  3. Hi,

    On the Easy Plus drinks package it includes soft drinks, whereas the Premium Extra package includes sodas and fruit juices as well as soft drinks.

    Do you happen to know what MSC class as a soft drink – eg would blackcurrant cordial and orange cordial be classed as a soft drink, so would be available on the Easy Plus package?

    Thanks for your help

    • Yes, soft drinks would be cordial and also sodas like Coke, Fanta, Sprite as well as fruit juices (not freshly squeezed).

  4. Hi Jenni
    Can you please tell me if sugar free drinks are available on the MSC virtuosa. Like many women nowadays my wife prefers to drink slimline drinks such as tonic with a gin. We have booked a seven day cruise leaving Southampton on 3 July.
    Thanks Brian

    • Hi Brian, I don’t know about slimline tonic, sorry, as I didn’t order it. The only other sugar-free drink I saw was Coke Zero, they didn’t have sugar-free orange or lemonade when I asked. Jenni

  5. If you have the Easy package and want to drink something more expensive do you have te pay the difference or the real price?

    • Hi. I believe that you would have to pay the full price for that drink. So it’s worth looking at the prices on the menu to make sure that any drinks you order are covered by your package. You could choose to upgrade your whole package – if you do this, you will pay only the differences between the package prices. Jenni

  6. Hello,
    Thanks for this greatly detailed news.

    I wonder: if I take easy package (included drinks until 6€). What happen if I order a 6€50 drink ? Will I pay 6€50 or only 0€50 ?

    • Hi Ezetor. I believe that in that case you would be charged the full price for the drink. Jenni

  7. Is there a martini bar on MSC Meraviglia? Are martinis included in easy package or easy plus package?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Barbara. There’s a cocktail bar called Edge on Meraviglia. I’m off on MSC Virtuosa soon so I’ll be able to take some photos of the menus and exactly what’s included in the packages. Jenni

  8. Is there a time limit to when I can get my next drink. If I order a shot and take it at the bar can I get another drink. Also how do they know I have the package. My room key?

    • Hi Tabitha. Yes, your cruise card that opens your door is also used to pay for drinks and they scan it for each drink if you have a package. MSC Cruises don’t publish a specific time that you must wait between each drink. With some cruise lines it’s 15 minutes, whereas others will serve you right away. It might be down to the individual bartender. If you tip them extra, they’ll always treat you well! Jenni

  9. Hi Jenni,

    If I book Aurea package can I upgrade the easy drink package that’s included to premium extra package and only pay the difference?

    • Hi Rebecca. Yes, you can do that. If you call MSC Cruises they will be able to let you know how much it would cost for your particular cruise. Jenni

  10. Hi Jenni,
    I have booked a repositioning MSC cruise from Durban to Venice March 2022. I was told I couldn’t book a drinks package until I board the ship because it is a repositioning cruise. News to me but I am also new to cruising. So, after reading your post above more than once and some other information I have a concern that there won’t be a drinks package because the cruise departs South Africa. From what I have read is SA and China do not offer drinks packages. Then I thought well I think the cruise is considered an MSC Grand Voyage, so the price is based on the port of embarkation. That’s leads me back to embarkation is SA.

    Do you know if it is likely that the cruise will have a drinks package but I can not book until I board or is it known that because it embarks SA there will be no drinks package on offer?

    I would be appreciative of any information you can provide.

    Michele…
    PS love the drinks calculator 🙂 Thank you

    • Hi Michele, that’s a good question! As you say, it looks like it’s not possible because it departs from South Africa. I would advise that you try MSC Cruises again as they will be the only ones who will know for sure. You could also try asking in one of the MSC Facebook groups as someone who has done that same cruise previously might be able to share their experience. Jenni

      • Thank you, I will try the FB page 🙂

    • I just looked at our reservation & with our cruise we have the easy package: Now they are asking if we’d like to upgrade: Easy to Easy Plus package is: 121. US pp & Easy to premium extra is 341. US pp. Hope this helps.

  11. Thanks for the information above! I do have a rather odd question. I have a family of 5 and we are looking at booking a MSC cruise. In my research I’ve found that its actually cheaper to book 2 separate cabins than to book the family cabin with adjoining rooms. My question is, If I have two totally separate bookings and if I purchase a drink package, for my cabin and not the other can I still sit with all my family at dinner in the dining rooms or would that cause them to have to get a drink package as well to do so?

    • Hi Ken, that’s a great question. According to MSC Cruises, everyone ‘travelling together’ must purchase a package if one person does, including kids. In normal times, you would be allowed to sit with whomever you choose, but nowadays only people travelling together may sit together for distancing requirements. To make sure that you are seated together it is a good idea to link your bookings, but yes, this would mean that you can’t get a package for just some of your party. Jenni

  12. Hi Jenni, I’m hoping to book a cruise for me and my 13 year old son in may on the MSC Divina to the Caribbean. If I was to book the easy drinks package for me would I have to book the same for my son even though he’s not old enough drink alcohol ? Thanks.

    • Hi Emma. You would be required to buy the non-alcoholic drinks package for your son in this case. Jenni

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