Cheers Beverage Program - Carnival Cruise Lines

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Cheers Beverage Program




Carnival's new flat-rate pricing beverage program.


Carnival 'Drinks Of The Day'   Carnival 'Tropical Drinks'   Carnival 'ThistyFrog Red'

Currently Available On

(last change 1/10/2014)

Carnival Breeze
Carnival Conquest
Carnival Dream
Carnival Ecstasy
Carnival Elation
Carnival Fantasy
Carnival Freedom
Carnival Glory
Carnival Legend
Carnival Liberty
Carnival Magic
Carnival Miracle
Carnival Paradise
Carnival Pride
Carnival Splendor
Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Triumph
Carnival Valor
Carnival Victory

The cost for this program is $49.95 per person, per day ($42.95 on cruises in Europe), plus a 15% gratuity added on at the time of purchase of the program. see full details below.



Warning: Be sure to read through all of the program details below thoroughly. There have been many program changes throughout the life of this still "trial" program. Carnival is continually changing/tweaking the program, so check back here for all the latest details and information.



Most Recent Major Program Changes
Update April 2014 - No major changes to the Cheers Beverage Program in the last 8 months.
Update August 2013 - Five additional ships are now offering the Cheers Beverage Program: Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Elation, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Paradise and Carnival Triumph.








Program Details


The "Cheers" Beverage Program (previously named the My Awesome Bar Program!) is flat-rate daily pricing for alcoholic drinks, non-alcoholic frozen drinks, wine by the glass and soda. The non-alcoholic drinks and sodas portion of the program are unlimited and do NOT count towards the program limit of 15 in a "day". Alcoholic drinks covered by the program are limited to 15 in a "day". The program "day" is a 24 hour period starting at 6:00AM and ending at 6:00AM the following day. See Restrictions below.

What started as a trial in August on the Carnival Victory now includes numerous additional Carnival ships due to overwhelming popularity and very few reported issues. The program is now on most of Carnival's fleet offering cruises 7 days or longer and is expanding onto additional ships with shorter cruise lengths.

The cost for the "Cheers" Beverage Program now is $49.95 per person, per day ($42.95 on cruises in Europe), plus a 15% gratuity added on at the time of purchase (total of $57.45 per person per day). The program must be purchased on the embarkation day or the next day and for the remainder of the cruise. Beverages, including beers, cocktails, wines by the glass, and non-alcoholic frozen drinks all must have a $10.00 or lower menu price to qualify for inclusion in the program. For drinks with a menu price over $10.00 a 25% discount is offered, this includes wine and champagne by the bottle. Unlimited sodas are also included in the program. Bottled water is offered at a 25% discount. See complete details below.


Beverages Included In The Program:


  • All spirits (including cocktails), as well as beer and wine by the glass with a $10.00 or lower menu price.
  • Sodas and non-alcoholic frozen cocktails.
  • 25% discount off the menu price for bottled water
  • 25% discount off the menu price for spirits or wine above $10.00 per drink.
  • 25% discount off the menu price wine and champagne by the bottle.


Beverages Excluded From The Program:


  • Non-alcoholic beverages other than soda and non-alcoholic frozen cocktails.
  • Beverages promoted and sold in souvenir glasses.
  • Bottles of liquor.
  • Bottled water (offered at a 25% discount).
  • Beverages offered at gangway while debarking.
  • Beverages offered through room service as well as mini bars and/or other in-stateroom beverage programs.
  • The sharing of cocktails and floaters.
  • Buckets of beer, pitchers of beer, and beer tubes.
  • Wine and champagne by the bottle (offered at a 25% discount).
  • All spirits or wine above $10.00 per drink (offered at a 25% discount).
  • Beverages offered through enomatic wine machines.
  • Coffee beverages and food items.
  • All other beverage-related programs including cookbooks and bar books, beverage seminars and classes, as well as cigars.


Restrictions:


  • Must be 21 or older to purchase and agree not to give to minors.
  • Each adult (21 and over) assigned to the same stateroom must purchase the program. (see Note 1 below)
  • Only one drink at a time may be ordered. No sharing is permitted.
  • There is a 5 minute wait time between ordering drinks.
  • Applicable state and local taxes will be charged to the guest folio when this program is used in US waters. (see Note 3 below)
  • For ships sailing from Texas, due to state laws, the Cheers Program cannot be purchased on embarkation day but will be available for purchase on the 2nd day of the cruise.
  • Program allows for up to 15 alcoholic drinks per 24 hour period (6AM-6AM). (see Note 4 below)
  • Carnival reserves the right to refuse service for any reason.
  • Program is non-refundable.
  • Guests must purchase the program for the entire cruise. The Cheers Program is not offered on a per day basis.


How to Sign Up:


  • On embarkation day or the next day: You can sign up at the Atrium Bar, Casino Bar or one of the Lido Deck bars.
  • On embarkation day only: You can sign up at the temporary area set up on the Lido Deck where you previously could sign up for the "Bottomless Bubbles" Unlimited Soda Program.
  • You currently CAN NOT sign up prior to boarding.


Notes:


  • 1) There are absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS to the rule that everyone in the same cabin (21 years of age or older) most purchase the program. If they allowed one exception it would open the door to everything.
  • 2) You still must sign all of your drink slips after getting a drink, just like you would if you weren't on the Cheers program.
  • 3) You will not be charged tax when purchasing the Cheers Beverage Program, regardless of where/when you purchase it. You will be charged tax on the individual drinks you get while still in US waters. When this occurs the receipt, which would normally say $0.00, will have a small charge on it equivalent to the state and local tax rate for the drink just ordered.
  • 4) Once you hit the program daily limit of 15 alcoholic drinks some cruisers have reported they were still able to purchase drinks at full price, others were not (seems to depend on the ship). Again, Carnival reserves the right to refuse service for any reason.
  • 5) If you order a double it will count as 2 drinks against your program daily limit of 15 alcoholic drinks.
  • 6) The Cheers Program is NOT available on:
    • a) 2-Day Cruises
    • b) Charter Cruises
    • c) Ships on a 3-day/4-day cycle: Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Ecstasy (sailing from Miami); The program IS offered on ships that sail on a 4-day/5-day cycle.
    • d) Ships sailing from Australia: Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend
    • e) Port calls in Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas and Little Stirrup Cay, The Bahamas. The program CAN be used for Unlimited Soda on Half Moon Cay and Little Stirrup Cay. (This is the latest as of Sept 2013)




"Is The Cheers Beverage Program Worth It?"
...the question many are asking.


Program Cost = $57.45 per day with gratuity for most ships;
$49.40 per day with gratuity for cruises in Europe

(see complete pricing details above)


Sample 1


5 - Martinis ($8.95/per)
3 - Sodas ($1.95/per)

= $58.19 with gratuity



Sample 2


6 - Top Shelf Vodka Drinks ($7.50/per)
3 - Sodas ($1.95/per)

= $58.48 with gratuity



Sample 3


8 - Domestic Beers ($5.75/per)
2 - Sodas ($1.95/per)

= $57.39 with gratuity

Sample 4


6 - Domestic Beers ($5.75/per)
2 - Drinks of the Day (≈$8.00+/per)

= $58.08 with gratuity


If you will be drinking on average at least one of the samples above or more in a day, this program will save you money.



For additional information on alcohol including offerings, prices and menus: Carnival Alcohol Prices & Selections


If you are looking for just the unlimited soda (not including alcohol) program: Carnival's "Bottomless Bubbles" Unlimited Soda Program




"Cheers" Beverage Program Flyer
(previously the My Awesome Bar Program)


Click here to download the full-sized flyer.

(click on flyer below to enlarge image)







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