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Windstar FAQ: Cruise Beverage Packages for Every Taste

Windstar’s beverage packages are the perfect complement to your cruise. For everyone from wine dabblers to wine connoisseurs, cocktail enthusiasts and spirits lovers, you’re sure to find an option that suits you. Most non-alcoholic beverages aboard Windstar ships are complimentary, but you may want to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail under the setting sun, choose a wine to pair with your evening meal, or end the night sipping scotch as you sail under the stars. Get immediate access to the bar upon your arrival, without any hassles, and bring your drink with you as you wander the deck.

As a package perk, all non-package wine bottles are 30% off, up to a retail value of $100. In addition, there is no corkage fee for any wine our beverage package guests bring onboard. Purchase bottles in port and enjoy them throughout the rest of your journe

Non Alcoholic craft cocktails are surging in popularity

Zero-proof cocktails are increasingly popular/Shutterstock

Another note: Windstar has also increased offerings for travelers who are asking for alcohol-free cocktails and these days, you have two options. The difference between Zero-Proof (also called non/alcoholic) cocktails and mocktails is that the latter are non-alcoholic drinks made with a mix of juices (not freshly squeezed), sodas, and syrups (grenadine mostly), often fruity and refreshing, and high in sugar content.

On the other hand, Zero-proof cocktails are more complex, using techniques and ingredients to mimic the taste and experience of alcoholic cocktails without any alcohol (lower sugar intake).  Zero-proof cocktails appeal to both non-drinkers and cocktail enthusiasts with their sophisticated flavors and presentation. In a nutshell? Mocktails (old-school non-alcoholic beverages) vs. Zero-Proof (modern bar mixology, more sophisticated).

Windstar also features  Zero-Proof Spirits (Gin, Rum, Tequila, Whiskey) to mimic traditional classics such as Gin & Tonic, Rum and Coke, Whiskey-Soda, or anything else using Zero-Proof spirits. 

More on Windstar’s Beverage Packages

Currently, Windstar offers three different types of beverage packages:

  • “All-In Package,” for $89 per guest per day, includes complimentary Wi-Fi, beverage and hotel gratuities, and unlimited beer, wine and cocktails by the glass. Note: It must be purchased up to seven days prior to your cruise; if you buy it onboard, it costs $99 per guest, per day.
  • The Captain’s Exclusive Beverage Package features unlimited beer, wine and cocktails by the glass for $65 per person, per day.
  • And the “Topmast Discoveries” Beer and Wine Package includes unlimited beer and wine by the glass for $55 per guest, per day.

In all cases, travelers who buy a bottle of wine ($100 or less) receive a 30 percent discount.

Editor’s Note: Updated from original post that appeared in September, 2017.

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Debra Kawaller
6 years ago

Is it possible to bring bottles of wine on board at the boarding without purchasing a wine package. If yes is there a corkage fee and how many bottles can be brought on?

Austrian
Reply to  Debra Kawaller
6 years ago

Per cruisecritic
Bringing alcohol onboard at embarkation: Passengers may bring two bottles (750ml) of wine or Champagne for a seven-night cruise, or three bottles for cruises in duration of eight nights or longer. The outside beverages may be consumed in the dining room or other public areas on the ship for a $15 corkage fee; there is no fee for consumption within passengers’ staterooms.

Deb
6 years ago

Can you bring a bottle of scotch onboard or is it limited to wine/champagne

Libby Dunlap
6 years ago

What is average cocktail price without package?

Karl Olson
5 years ago

is it possible to see the current wine list and by the glass selections?

Lanel Mah
Reply to  Karl Olson
5 years ago

It’s on Windstar’s website under plan a voyage – general questions. Here it is: See page 2 for drink list:
https://d2xks5907lvzsh.cloudfront.net/media/other/hr/bev_and_gift/beverage_package_flyer.pdf

Richard J Brunner
5 years ago

I’ve read at least a dozen travel rag articles outlining Windsars introduction of Sommeliers into the fleet. Each of these articles touts the beverage packages and the $5 per day discount on the drink package for “Star Collector” voyages. My problem: when talking to Windstar’s agents, they are clueless about the Star Collector discount. Considering the confusion on this issue, I’d like to book our Top Mast package in advance of our February Star Collector cruise on the Pride. Are they uninformed or have all of theses travel magazines made a mistake? I can provide links to many references, if… Read more »

Janet Taylor-Cameron
1 month ago

I am wondering if you offer non-alcoholic wines and non-alcoholic prepared cocktails? I am travelling on the Star Pride later this year. I have tried a variety of non-alcoholic wines and prepared n/a cocktails.

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