If you like to enjoy a drink or three on your cruise holiday, it’s a good idea to find out what drinks are available and how much they will cost before you embark, and preferably, before you book.
This article has pictures of P&O drinks menus with prices, so you can easily see the cost of drinks on P&O Cruises.
If you’re wondering whether the P&O Cruises drinks package is worth it, I have built a P&O drinks package calculator which will work it out for you, based on your individual drinking preferences.
Just pop your details in this form and I’ll send it to you.
You’ll also find more information about P&O drinks packages here: P&O drinks package: Is it worth it?
How much are drinks on P&O Cruises?
P&O drinks prices for 2020 and beyond are:
- Pint of beer: £4.30 to £4.95
- Bottle of beer: £3.50 to £4.50
- Glass of wine: £4.25 to £7.80
- Spirits: £3.50 to £4.71
- Cocktail: £6.20 to £8.75
- Mocktail: £3.25
- Soft drinks: £2.50 to £3.05
- Bottle of water: £1.85
Depending on where in the UK you live, you may find that P&O drink prices are similar to what you’d pay in your local pub.
Wherever in the world you cruise to, drinks on P&O Cruises’ ships are all priced in pounds sterling, so it’s easy to know how much you’re spending.
P&O Cruises drinks menus
Each P&O Cruises ship will have many different bars and restaurants onboard, and each venue will have different drinks available. The pub, for example, has lots of different beers but a smaller cocktail menu, whereas the cocktail bars have lots of cocktails and a smaller choice of beers.
Please note: The photos of the P&O drinks menus in this post were taken on board Britannia in June 2019. Drinks prices have increased by around 20 pence per drink since then.
The following menu is the standard P&O drinks menu and wine list which you’ll find in several places onboard P&O Cruises’ ships, such as the poolside bars and the buffet restaurant. As you can see, P&O bar prices are quite reasonable.
P&O Cruises serve kosher and vegan wines. You can ask onboard for more information.
Extensive drinks menu
In bars, lounges and nightclubs such as the Live Lounge or the Crows Nest, you’ll find a wider choice of drinks, yet the bar prices remain consistent. This is where you’ll find the largest P&O Cruises cocktail menu. Here are some photos of this drinks menu and wine list:
Brodies pub drinks menu
Each ship in the P&O Cruises fleet has a traditional British pub, whether it’s The Rising Sun on Arcadia, Champions Bar on Aurora, The Yacht & Compass on Oceana, The Exchange on Ventura or Brodies on Azura and Britannia. Each pub has its own unique character and charm, but all offer an extensive drinks menu and wine list. Below are photos of the drinks menus from Brodies on board Britannia:
Room service drinks list
If you’d like to enjoy a drink in your room or perhaps on your balcony, then the following menu lists the drinks that are available to order via room service:
If you have a drinks package, you should note that room service drinks aren’t included in your drinks package.
You can order full 70cl bottles of spirits including whisky, vodka, gin and rum on room service. This is a good option for anyone doing a longer cruise such as a world cruise.
Mini bar drinks
Each cabin also has a mini bar which is replenished daily. The drinks menu and price list for the mini bar is as follows:
Mini bar drinks are also not included in the P&O Cruises drinks package.
Can you bring your own alcohol on board P&O Cruises ships?
P&O Cruises allows each passenger aged 18 and over to bring up to 1 litre of alcohol and unlimited soft drinks on-board the ship when they embark. If you purchase any more alcohol, either whilst ashore or in the onboard duty-free shop, it will be held in storage until the end of your cruise.
When we sailed on Britannia I took a bottle of gin and my husband took a bottle of rum and we also took several large bottles of lemonade. We were able to buy more lemonade in port and bring it on to the ship. We called our stateroom attendant each evening to request a bucket of ice. After the first few evenings, the ice was waiting for us without having to ask.
The alcohol that you bring on board can only be consumed in your stateroom, but if you enjoy a drink whilst getting ready to go out in the evening, or perhaps a nightcap, then bringing your own drinks on board can be a great way to save money on your cruise.
We saved over £400 by bringing our own drinks, compared to if we had bought the same spirits and mixers individually at bar prices. Plus, they were there in our fridge, which was so convenient.
How to stop glass bottles breaking in your suitcase
Worried about your bottle of wine of spirit getting smashed in your case? You can get inflatable bottle protectors on Amazon to prevent that from happening. Sue, you could just wrap your bottles in clothes, but why take the risk?
Do P&O Cruises offer all-inclusive drinks packages?
In 2019, P&O Cruises introduced a drinks package which can turn your cruise from full-board to all-inclusive. P&O drinks packages are available on cruises of five nights or more and much be purchased for every day of the cruise.
Is the P&O Cruises drinks package worth it?
Before you go ahead and buy a P&O drinks package, it’s vital that you work out whether it’s good value for money, and that will depend on what you drink and how much of it.
In my next article, I detail what’s included (and not included) in the P&O Cruises drinks package, and which drinks are always free.
Read more: Guide to P&O Cruises drinks packages
Alternatively, you can use my quick and easy drinks package calculator do do all the match for you. Just pop your details in this form and I’ll send it to you.