MSC Easy Plus Package Price & Menu (2024)

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If you’re booking a cruise with MSC, one of the options you need to think about is whether to get a drinks package, and if so, which one should you book?

One of your options is the Easy Plus package, which isn’t quite the top-tier option but will be sufficient for many, once you know what you get and how much it costs. MSC’s more clear on the former than the latter, so I’m here to clear everything up.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about the Easy Plus package, including restrictions.

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What Is the Easy Plus Drinks Package on MSC?

The Easy Plus Drinks Package for MSC Cruises is a package that includes a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There are cheaper options available including one which still includes alcohol, but if you want a good range of drinks without paying top price, this may be the best option.

Of course, it might be that a drinks package isn’t right for you at all. If you don’t drink much then you might be better off if you pay for each drink individually. After all, the Easy Plus package has to be bought for the full duration of your cruise, not just the days you pick and choose.

So, you should weigh up whether it’s best to buy drinks individually before deciding on getting a package, and then decide which is right for you.

My drinks package calculator will help:

Drinks Included in the MSC Easy Plus Package

The Easy Plus Drinks Package with MSC includes all drinks priced up to $10, €9 or £10 – the currency will depend on where your ship is sailing. It covers a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Here’s the full list of what you get with the package:

  • A variety of draught and bottled beers
  • A selection of wines by the glass
  • A variety of frozen and classic cocktails
  • Non-alcoholic cocktails
  • Selected house and brand spirits
  • Liqueurs and cordials
  • Soft drinks – fountain sodas and fruit juices
  • Mineral water
  • Coffee drinks (latte, espresso, cappuccino, etc.)
  • Hot chocolate and hot teas

You also get a 10% discount on any bottles of wine that you buy while you’re onboard.

So that’s a pretty good list – you aren’t going to be short of choice when it comes to deciding what to drink during your cruise. Still, it’s not all-inclusive – there are lots of drinks that cost more than these limits.

Take a look at the MSC Cruises drinks menus here.

It’s important to note that the Easy Plus package does cover you in speciality restaurants, as well as the Main Dining Room, the buffet and the bars on the ship. The package below this one, the Easy package, doesn’t include drinks in speciality restaurants, so Easy Plus is the starting point if you plan on dining in various restaurants onboard.

It’s also good to know that, on MSC cruises in the Middle East, you won’t be able to get served an alcoholic drink while your ship’s in a Saudi port, even with the Easy Plus package. You’ll have to wait until the ship’s in international waters again.

A crew member in a white shirt hands over a beverage tomy husband seated on the sunny deck of the MSC Virtuosa cruise ship.

MSC Easy Plus Drinks Package Price

The cost of the Easy Plus Drinks Package varies depending on where you’re sailing, and how long for. You’ll also get it cheaper if you book in advance. You’ll pay between $61 and $74 per person, per night on US cruises and between £47 and £57.50 per night on cruises from the UK.

MSC are a little secretive about their drinks package prices – they don’t publish them online and only let you see them once you’re booking or have booked a cruise. The prices are fixed though, unlike some cruise lines that don’t publish them because they like to change them for different dates, or depending on demand.

Here’s a full breakdown of the Easy Plus drinks package prices:

CruisePrice Per Night (Bought Onboard)Price Per Night (Prebooked)
North America & Caribbean Up To 6 Nights$74$64
North America & Caribbean  7+ Nights$70$61
Europe & Middle East Up To 6 Nights€54€47
Europe & Middle East 7+ Nights€62€54
Cruise From UK Up To 6 Nights£57.50£50
Cruise From UK 7+ Nights£54.05£47

The discount for booking before you sail is 15%, so it’s definitely worth booking before you travel if you want a drinks package. Over the length of a cruise, it works out at quite the saving.

Plus, you’ll be glad to know that all of these prices (either prebooked or booked onboard) include the gratuity that would normally be charged for each drink you buy – so there’s no extra 18% on each drink for US cruises, or 15% for Europe and Middle East cruises. The package price is all you’ll pay.

A hand with teal nails holding a frosted glass of red slush drink with a striped straw, set against a calm ocean backdrop, suggesting a relaxed vacation vibe.

What Happens if You Order Outside of the MSC Easy Plus Drinks Package?

If you order a drink that costs more than $10, €9 or £10 on your MSC cruise and you have an Easy Plus drinks package, you’ll only pay the difference – you don’t have to pay the full price of the drink.

So if you order a cocktail that costs $14, you’ll only pay $4, since the $10 is covered in the drink’s package. You’ll also pay the gratuity on that drink but only on the extra you pay – so a $14 cocktail will actually cost you $4.72, since you’re paying 18% on the extra $4.

This is still a better deal than with some other cruise lines that would charge you the full price of the drink.

You can also upgrade while you’re onboard, if you decide you want the Premium Extra drinks package instead. Remember though that you’ll pay the full onboard price for the package.

What Is the Difference Between the Easy Package and Easy Plus Package on MSC?

The Easy Plus drinks package covers all drinks up to the values of $10, €9 or £10, depending on your sailing. With the Easy package, you only get selected drinks included, so your choice is more limited.

Here’s a comparison of what you get with each package:

DrinkEasyEasy Plus
BeerHeineken onlySelection of beers
WineHouse winesSelection of wines
CocktailsClassic cocktails & mocktailsMore cocktails, including frozen options
SpiritsHouse spiritsHouse & branded spirits
Soft drinksFountain sodasFountain & bottle
Hot chocolates and teasYesYes
10% discount on wine bottlesNoYes

Also, remember that Easy Plus includes drinks in speciality restaurants whereas the Easy package does not.

You Can Use the MSC Easy Drinks Package On Private Islands

If your cruise calls at any of MSC’s private resorts – Ocean Cay or Sir Bani Yas – then you can use your Easy Plus drinks package in that resort. The drinks selection may be more limited than on the ship, but anything that would normally be included is still covered.

Ocean Cay - A beautiful island in the middle of the ocean with a huge MSC cruise ship docked beside it

You Have To Buy A Drink Package For Kids

It’s not possible for only some guests in an MSC cabin to have a drinks package, and this includes children. If the adults buy an Easy Plus drinks package, the children must have an appropriate drinks package for them too.

Depending on their ages and where you’re sailing, they may not be eligible for the Minors drinks package. In Europe, anyone 17 and under can get the Minors package, but on sailings from the US, that only applies to kids up to the age of 12. From 13 to 20, they can buy the Alcohol Free package, and then get one that includes alcohol when they turn 21.

I find this very frustrating as my six-year-old only ever drinks water. He’s just not interested in any other drinks, so buying a package for him is a complete waste of money as tap water is free. He won’t even have ice in it or a slice of lemon!

My son with a contemplative expression, sitting in a high-back dining chair in the main dining room on MSC Virtuosa

Is the MSC Easy Plus Drinks Package Worth It?

There’s no simple answer on whether the Easy Plus drinks package is worth it – it all depends on how much you drink on a typical day, and the kind of drinks you like to enjoy.

Also, you should check your cruise fare as you might get the Easy Plus (or even the Premium Extra) package included anyway – so you don’t need to pay any extra for it.

Weigh up how many drinks you’re likely to buy each day, and then decide whether it’ll be cheaper to get a drinks package or buy them individually. Then think about which drinks you’ll likely want, and that’ll help you decide whether the Easy Plus is the right one for you.

If you’re still not sure which package to get, then you can read my MSC Cruises Drinks Packages Guide which will explain the differences between each.


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