These 9 Drinks Are Free on Royal Caribbean Cruises

When you book a Royal Caribbean cruise, an important decision that you’ll need to make is whether to buy a drink package or pay for your drinks individually.

On a Royal Caribbean cruise, the drinks can be pretty expensive. You can take a look at the menus to see exactly how much they cost.

But, savvy cruisers will know that there are lots of drinks that are completely free of charge on Royal Caribbean cruises.

If you stick to these drinks, then you won’t need to spend a penny on drinks for your cruise, unless you want to.

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List of Free Drinks on Royal Caribbean Cruises

1. Water

Is water free on Royal Caribbean? Yes! Well, tap water is. And there are lots of places you can get it on the ship. You can ask for a jug of iced water in any restaurant or get iced water by the glass for free at any bar.

Most people say that the tap water on cruise ships tastes better than the water on land. It’s filtered well and doesn’t have to travel through as many pipes as it does in your home.

You’ll also be able to help yourself to water in the Windjammer buffet as well as from drink dispensers around the ship.

It’s not sanitary to use a water dispenser to fill your personal after bottle that you’ve been drinking out of, so it’s recommended that you use one of the clean glasses provided and then pour it into your bottle.

Boy with glass of water on Royal Caribbean cruise
His breakfast choices may be unhealthy, but Adam only ever drinks water

The tap water in your stateroom is also perfectly safe to drink and tastes just fine. On hot days, the water isn’t always very cold, but you can always ask your stateroom attendant to bring you some ice for in your room.

If you prefer to drink bottled water, you won’t be able to get this for free on the ship, unless you bring it on board with you.

Suggested read: Can You Bring Your Own Drinks on a Cruise Ship?

Main Dining Room
Main Dining Room

2. Flavoured Water

It’s not just plain old tap water that you can enjoy for free on a Royal Caribbean cruise. You’ll also find a choice of flavoured waters available for free in the Windjammer buffet restaurant.

The flavoured water on Royal Caribbean ships is really nice. I think it’s a bit more like fruit cordial than water. And there are always at least two flavours to choose from.

3. Lemonade

In the Windjammer Marketplace buffet, the machines that dispense flavoured water also dispense lemonade. Royal Caribbean’s lemonade tastes absolutely delicious – it’s cloudy, with a little pulp and just the right amount of sweetness.

If you prefer fizzy lemonade like Sprite or Minute Maid, you can get this on board too, but you’ll have to pay for it.

4. Coffee

On Royal Caribbean cruise ships you can get complimentary coffee in the main dining room, Windjammer buffet, Cafe Promenade, Lafe Latte-tudes, the Park Cafe and also through room service.

There’s a choice of regular or decaf coffee and when it comes to milk you can choose from whole, semi-skimmed (half and half) skimmed, (fat free), soy or almond.

There’s a difference between the free coffee and speciality coffees like Cappuccino and Espresso as these have an extra charge. Some ships have Starbucks on board and the coffee from there isn’t free either.

Royal Caribbean’s free brewed coffee tastes fine. It’s not amazing, but it’s pretty good. Always ask for a ‘brewed’ coffee to make sure that you get the free version. But, if you’re something of a coffee aficionado then you might want to pay to upgrade to the fancy coffees.

Royal Caribbean free coffee

5. Tea

You’ll find a selection of complimentary hot teas to choose from in Royal Caribbean’s main dining rooms and Windjammer buffet. There’s quite a big choice, with Earl Grey, English Breakfast tea, black tea, green tea, orange tea, peppermint tea, chamomile tea, and other herbal teas on offer.

You can also get unsweetened iced tea for free in the main dining room and buffet. If you prefer sweet tea, one tip is to add a little lemonade.

Royal Caribbean fruit juice machine
This machine always has iced tea as an option

If you cruise from the UK, you’ll also find a kettle in your room with tea bags. Isn’t it great that Royal Caribbean realises how much Brits love a cup of tea first thing in the morning?

6. Hot chocolate

On Royal Caribbean ships you’ll find packets of hot chocolate mix in the Windjammer buffet. You can also order hot chocolate or hot cocoa in the dining rooms, Cafe Promenade and through room service for free.

The hot chocolate is very chocolatey, so you may wish to add a little milk to it.

7. Milk

In the Windjammer buffet, you can help yourself to milk. There’s half and half and skimmed milk next to the coffee and also next to the cereal, but you can also ask for almond or soya milk if you prefer that.

If your room has a kettle (cruises from the UK do) then you’ll get small pots of milk. But if you need dairy-free milk for your morning cuppa or want some whole milk to feed your baby or toddler, then just call room service and they will bring some to you. You can keep it in your fridge until you need it.

Royal Caribbean milk room service
As I’m vegan, I requested almond milk on room service for my coffee. It was delivered free of charge.

8. Chocolate Milk

In the Windjammer buffet, you’ll often see single-serve cartons of chocolate milk. If they’re not there, just ask and the staff will bring one out for you. You can also request chocolate milk in the main dining room – the staff will make it up for you using chocolate milk powder. Chocolate milk is also available for free via room service.

My daughter drank a lot of chocolate milk on Mariner of the Seas

9. Fruit Juice

On Royal Caribbean cruise ships, fruit juices are available free of charge. In the main dining rooms and buffet, you’ll find a choice of fruit juices that usually include apple juice, orange juice and one or two other types such as grapefruit juice or tropical breakfast juice.

Fresh juice al fresco – is there anything better?

Most other cruise lines only offer free fruit juice at breakfast time, so I love that on a Royal Caribbean ship, you can help yourself to free fruit juice in the buffet at any time of day. The photo above shows us enjoying fruit juice at lunchtime.

If you prefer freshly-squeezed juice, you can request this for an extra charge.

free orange juice
Enjoying freshly-squeezed orange juice in the Main Dining Room

Other Free Drinks

So now you know which drinks you can get for free. If those aren’t enough for you, then it’s worth looking into the various Royal Caribbean drink packages as those can make all of your drinks free, once you’ve bought the package of course.

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There are also some other times when you can get alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for free on Royal Caribbean cruises. These are:

Free Fizz At Art Auctions

If you attend one of the art auctions on board your cruise, you’ll be handed a glass of free Champagne. It’s probably not real Champagne, but it tastes good, and it’s free. Just be careful that you don’t drink too much and end up bidding on some art that you don’t really want!

My free mimosa at the Royal Caribbean art auction.

After I drank this free mimosa I bid on and bought some art! It was only $60 though and it hangs in pride of place in my living room, so I feel like I got a good deal.

Concierge Club & Suite Guests

If you’re staying in a suite or are a Diamond, Diamond Plus or Pinnacle Crown & Anchor member, then you’ll have access to the Concierge Lounge, Diamond Lounge or Suite Lounge. Which one there is depends on the ship.

In your VIP lounge, you’ll get complimentary alcoholic drinks during happy hours between 5 pm and 8 pm.

Guests staying in suites on Oasis-class ships used to be able to get free wine, beer and soft drinks between 11 am and 11 pm, but it appears from a discussion in a forum that this has now been halted.

Crown & Anchor Parties

Guests who are at least a Gold member of Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society will receive an invite to a Welcome Back party where complimentary wine and cocktails are served.

There’s usually a second party for Platinum members and above called the Top Tier event. Look out for the cards placed in your stateroom with the invitations.

Bring Your Own Drinks

When you board your Royal Caribbean cruise ship, each stateroom may bring up to two 750ml bottles of wine or Champagne. You can drink these in your stateroom free of charge, but if you want to drink your drinks in a public area then a corkage fee will be applied.

Can You Bring Soda On Royal Caribbean?

You can bring up to 12 cans, bottles or cartons of non-alcoholic drinks per stateroom on board with you on boarding day. So sodas are fine – just make sure you pack them in your carry-on luggage.

Read more: Can You Bring Bottled Water On A Cruise?

To Conclude

There are lots of free drinks available on Royal Caribbean cruise ships, especially in the Windjammer Marketplace Cafe and the main dining rooms. In most bars and lounges you may be limited to tap water for the free drink selection, but the Windjammer is open almost all of the time, you can always head there and get your free drinks to take away.

Remember that with the Royal Caribbean soda policy you’re allowed to bring 12 cans or bottles with you, so that’s another way you can save. Or bring bottled water if you prefer to drink that – while the tap water is clean and refreshing, you don’t want to have to leave your cabin to get it (and I wouldn’t recommend drinking the warm tap water in your stateroom bathroom).

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17 thoughts on “These 9 Drinks Are Free on Royal Caribbean Cruises”

  1. As my wife is diabetic can you get slimline tonic on board Legacy of the seas

  2. Morning Jenni
    Thanks for all your posts , we are going on anthem of the seas in September sailing from Southampton, just so I’ve got this right , both my husband and I can take on board a bottle of wine and up to 12 sodas like Coca Cola etc or water .
    Thanks

    • Yes that’s correct. Enjoy your cruise! Jenni

  3. If the juices are free, where do they sell a juice package?

    • You can get flavoured water and lemonade for free in the buffet. Juices are free at breakfast time.

  4. Hi Cruise Mummy,

    have you been on Odyessy of the seas? If so, where are the free drinks on this ship?

    • I haven’t! You’ll find them in the buffet for sure, and some in the main dining rooms. Jenni

  5. I ‘cook’ sometimes when I’m on the cruise, as I use the food to create other things.
    For example for drinks, I would brew black tea with sugar, then pour milk & ice or ice cream inside to make like a bubble tea without the boba pearls.
    I also put ice cream in hot chocolate or in milk to do a milkshake.
    I crush strawberries in the bottom of a glass, then add sugar and milk to do a strawberry flavored milk! Put fruits in my water, etc…

  6. This was so helpful thank you. Do you have one for the dinning options?

    • great idea, I’ll add that to my list, thank you!

  7. Hi
    For a family of 4 is the sofa bed made into 2 seperate beds or just 1 double bed?

  8. When docked in Bermuda, does the casino remain open?

    • Cruise ships must purchase a license to keep the casino open while in Bermuda. So it depends on the ship and itinerary. It’s best to check with the cruise line to be sure. Jenni

  9. Are you allowed to bring more wine on board when returning from a day ashore?

    • Hi Kenneth. Any alcohol you buy at a port of call will be taken from you when you board the ship, and kept safe for you until the end of your cruise. You can’t bring it on-board to drink I’m afraid. Jenni

  10. Hi, May I know what drink is free in main dining room for dinner?

    • Hi Pris – in the Main Dining Room you can get free water, coffee and iced tea, and at breakfast there are juices available too. You’ll need to pay for any other drinks – there’ll be bar waiters who will take your drinks orders. Jenni

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