I have had so many people asking me about the drinks packages with MSC Cruises that I decided to do this blog earlier than planned. It is also slightly longer than usual as I took pictures of the pool bar menu for you all!
I opted for the Allegrissimo package on my MSC Opera cruise and I am VERY glad that I went with it! The package is 23 euro per person per day and includes selected cocktails, wine, soft drinks, Vitamin Bar drinks, spirits, ice cream, kid’s cocktails, water and hot beverages like tea, coffee and hot chocolate. There is also an Allegrissimo premium package which is 42 euro per day and that literally includes everything plus room service, premium spirits, in cabin mini-bar and more. For me personally though the basic Alleggrissimo was enough. It included Bacardi and Captain Morgan so I was one happy cruiser!
I would strongly recommend taking a drinks package. I went with Allegrissimo because it was unlimited, 24 hours per day and from any bar or restaurant. That suited me perfectly. The total cost of the package for ten days was 230 euro. Had I not had the package my cabin bill for drinks and ice cream would have been………………..wait for it……………………….860.89 euro!!!! That is a MASSIVE difference! The package was such good value for money and because I met quite a few people it meant getting rounds of drinks for everyone was also included. They too had the same drinks package so we just took turns going to the bar and the waiter would add each round to one card instead of doing it separately. Made more sense really saying as we were all paying for the same package. One round alone went through one evening at 46 euro, that’s the cost of the package for two days gone on one round of drinks. It just shows how much you are saving by opting for the drinks package.
Even if you don’t drink alcohol it’s still worth getting. I was drinking Mango juice like there was no tomorrow. Each bottle was 2.70 and I would get maybe 5 a day as they were only small, that plus the 15% worked out at roughly 15.52. Add a bottle of water to that, an ice cream and a Vitamin Bar drink and already you have gone beyond what you are paying per day for the package.
I booked the Allegrissimo before boarding so the 15% service charge was already included in the cost. If you book when onboard you will be billed at the end of the cruise for the 15% service charge so it’s much more cost effective to book BEFORE you sail.
Other packages included:
Cheers! 16.50 per day and included unlimited wine by the glass, draft beer, soft drinks, fruit juices and mineral water with dinner. There was also a kid’s version of this package for 9 euro per day.
Draught Beer Package 62.00 euro total and included 14 40cl draft beers
Soft Drink Package 34.00 euro total and included 14 soft drinks or fruit juices
Classic Wine Package 115.00 euro total and included 6 bottles of wine plus 7 bottles on mineral water.
Some of the above were on offer at check-in so the prices could be ever so slightly lower than they would be if you booked at home but not by a lot to be honest.
Below are some images of the Pool Bar Menu, to see an enlarged version simply click on the image. Note that everything marked with a red star is EXCLUDED from the Allegrissimo package. I was surprised at just how much choice there was for the Allegrissimo package. You always wonder when you book drinks packages if the menu will be incredibly limited, but I can honestly say the choice was superb! Everything I would personally want was included.
Hopefully today’s blog has helped you with your drinks package decision. I can’t say enough times how good I thought it was, give it a try, you can see how much I saved by having it! Over 600 euro!!!