On July 3rd, Carnival Cruise Line launched its first passenger sailings in over 15 months. It’s been a rough time for cruise lines, with the COVID shutdown in the US all but closing up shop for these businesses. Cruise lines lost a lot of money; Carnival Corporation (the parent company of Carnival Cruise Lines) posted a loss of $2.1 billion for the second quarter of the year. A big fear was that cruise lines would jack up on-board prices to compensate for the lost income. This week we saw that this is NOT the case with Carnival.
Increasing drink prices would have been an easy way to get some extra income once sailing resumed. Cruise lines don’t post their drink menus with prices online, and the time between cruises is so usually long, so if you increased the cost of drinks by a bit, almost no one would notice. Also, since Carnival is currently using electronic menus with QR codes, rather than print menus, they could easily change prices without worrying about the cost of printing new menus. Then again, Carnival is more of a budget cruise line, with the most reasonable single drink price we’ve seen. Increasing it could hurt their brand.
Now with cruises sailing again, we’ve been able to see bar menus with the current prices. Then we compared those to the drink menus that we saw on one of the last cruises before the shutdown, a 7-day on the Carnival Horizon (see the live blog for this cruise). The good news is, Carnival’s 2021 drink prices have stayed the same as 2019/2020.
Carnival 2021 Drink Prices and Bar Menus
Below you’ll find the bar menus we have available so far. We’ll update this post as we get more. Carnival has a pretty robust beverage program and usually has different drinks available at nearly every bar on a ship, so you’ll see a ton of drink options below. For drinks offered at multiple venues, the prices are consistent (i.e., a Coors Light and the Atrium Bar will cost the same as a Coors Light at the Pool Bar).
If you want to see if the Carnival unlimited drink package (called Cheers) might be good for you. You can learn more about it the Cheers package here.
Atrium Bar Drink Menu
This bar is available on most Carnival cruise ships. While it has different names, this is the menu for the bar that’s in the lobby or atrium of the ship.
Ocean Plaza Bar Drink Menu
Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse and Brewhouse Drink Menu
If you’re a beer fan, I highly recommend the Brewery Tour for $30 a person. You can read more about the Carnival Pig & Anchor Brewery Tour here.
Havana Bar Drink Menu
Piano Bar 88 Drink Menu
This bar is available on most Carnival cruise ships. It may have a different name, but the piano bar’s menu will usually be similar.
Fahrenheit 555 Wine List
This venue is available on most Carnival cruise ships. It may have a different name, but the steakhouses wine list will usually be similar.
Main Dining Room Wine List
This venue is available on most Carnival cruise ships.
Don’t want to pay for each individual drink?
For those who don’t want to pay a ‘la cart for drinks, Carnival has an unlimited drink package, called Cheers. Try our Drink Package Calculator to see if it’s worth it financially for you.