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Your food onboard is included in your fare, but some drinks are not free. Sure, you can get tap water, coffee, tea, milk, and juice with your meals and at select locations onboard. Sodas (fountain drinks) are also available for free everywhere except bars and room service. But bottled water, specialty drinks, smoothies, and alcohol come at a price (but not a high price).
✔ Soda—Disney offers complimentary soda at all meals, at the Beverage Station (deck 9/11 aft/11 mid), and on Castaway Cay. Selection is limited to Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Minute Maid Lemonade, Pomegranate Lemonade, and Fuze Ice Tea. Soda purchased at bars and from room service costs about $1.50 each.
✔ Beers range from about $3.25 to $4.00 and include tap beers (Bud, Miller Lite, Heineken), canned beers (Bud, Bud Lite, Coors Light, Icehouse, Miller Draft, Miller Lite, Beck’s, Guinness, Heineken), and bottled beers (Amstell Light, Bass, Corona). Mixed drinks are $3.00 to $9.00 each (most about $6.00), wine is $4.25 and up, and smoothies are $3.50.
✔ A 15% gratuity is automatically added to all beverage purchases. There’s no need to give another tip, even though there is a space provided for it on your receipt.
✔ Bring Your Own—Many guests opt to “BYOB.” Bring bottled water, beer, wine, or champagne and stow it in your carry-on luggage (it's prohibited in checked luggage). If you run out, pick up more at a port. Adult guests can carry-on up to six 12-ounce beers or two 750 ml. bottles of wine at embarkation and in each port, so long as they are hand-carried in a day bag (hard-sided coolers are not allowed). Carry-on of hard liquor is prohibited—the cruise line will store it for you until the end of the cruise. You can only take home one liter of alcohol duty-free per person and it must be unopened. (Warning: Don’t expect to restock at the onboard liquor shop—you won’t get your booze until the night before you disembark.) The stateroom refrigerators keep your beverages chilled, but you’ll have to ask your stateroom host/hostess for ice (see page 154). If you bring your own wine to dinner, expect to pay $28.75 per bottle ($25 corkage fee + 15% gratuity)—ouch! You may bring a glass of poured wine to the dinner table.
✔ Beer Mug—Check the lounges for a 22 oz. refillable, glass beer mug. Cost is $16.95/mug. Get 22 oz. refills at the 16 oz. price ($3.75). You’d need 10 to 12 refills to break even.
✔ Beverage Station—Visit the beverage station on deck 9 aft/11 aft/mid for complimentary soda, water, coffee, hot tea, iced tea, hot cocoa, whole milk, fruit punch, and lemonade—available 24 hours a day. Orange juice may also be available in the mornings.
✔ Cabanas—Soda, fruit punch, and iced tea are included at lunch or dinner. Hot tea, coffee, and juice are available at breakfast. If you want soda at breakfast or hot tea at lunch, the Beverage Station is nearby.
✔ Wine Package—Commit to a bottle of wine for each night of your cruise and save up to 25%. You choose your wine from a list at each dinner. The Classic package is about $28 for each night of your cruise, and the Premium package is about $43/night. If you don’t finish an entire bottle, take it back to your room or ask your assistant server to store it for your next meal. Unopened bottles may be taken home, and count toward your customs allowance.
✔ Fairy Tale Cuvée—This champagne—available in the dining rooms—was created for Disney by Iron Horse Vineyard. Taittinger produced a special champagne for both the Dream’s and Fantasy’s inaugurals, available in those ships’ duty-free shops.
✔ Drinks Come to You—Servers on Castaway Cay and at the Walt Disney Theatre bring specialty drinks around on trays for purchase so you don’t have to get up for them.
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