No drink package? No problem!
Whether you think the drink package is worth it or not, there may be a time you can’t get it. Can you still find free or discounted prices on drinks?
The following is our experience on Carnival. We will be updating as we cruise more and find more discounts!
Did you know on the first night of the cruise there is an alcohol tasting for those 21+? The Fun Shops will have 3-4 alcohols for you to taste. While this is a ploy to get you into the shops and see their specials, it is easy to walk in and out without any pressure. Check your fun times for time.
For those who enjoy the specialty restaurants, booking a reservation the first night comes with a free bottle of wine.
The art gallery gives free champagne during the presentation. This does require a time commitment, as they hand it out sometime during the auction.
Ladies Night in the night club comes with free champagne for the ladies (sorry gentlemen!). It is around 10-10:30 pm the first night of the cruise. All you need to do is walk in. I usually stay a few minutes, then go to bed.
One of our favorite discount drinks/happy hours is at the Alchemy bar. On the first night of the cruise between 5-10 you can get $1 off the martini tasting. You choose 4 martinis to try and includes a small guessing game to see how well you know your flavors.
On ships that have the Red Frog Pub (Different than the Red Frog bar that is on deck), there will be multiple happy hours throughout the cruise. A few were in the fun times, while others we stumbled upon.
Before muster drill, we found this happy hour.
The Sports Box will have a different drink on special daily. If you go in, you will find the daily drink sign on the tables.