October 4, 2017.
As previously reported, Royal Caribbean announced a ‘test’ of returning to their previous policy of requiring all adults in a cabin to purchase the alcohol drink package. The cruise line changed that policy in 2015 and since then has been allowing individual adults to buy a drink package. The test started on September 30 (all of 5 days ago) and it was claimed that it would run for eight sailings and only on Harmony Of The Seas.
So today, half way through the first week for the test run, Royal Caribbean announced quietly, via an edit to their website and by booked guests noticing it when they tried to buy a drink package online, that indeed, effective December 31, 2017, all those 21 and older in the same cabin will have to buy the Deluxe Beverage Package, or nobody can.
The new language from RoyalCaribbean.com states:
“Onboard, the all-inclusive packages are available for purchase throughout the voyage with at least 4 days remaining. Must be purchased for the duration of the cruise; prorated price based on date of purchase. Any guest wishing to purchase a Deluxe Beverage Package must do so for all other guests 21 years and older in the same stateroom, for sailings on or after December 31st, 2017.
All other beverage packages can be purchased by individual guests, however all packages are for single guest use and cannot be shared by multiple people.”