About a year ago, there were many upset cruisers when Carnival changed its beverage policy. Before, passengers were able to bring on a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverage aboard the ship in bottles. Many people would bring on some sodas or water to keep in the cabin.
Carnival changed their policy to exclude bottles from being brought on board. The result? All those passengers who were bringing on water in bottles now had to bring it on in either cans or cartons. As you know, cans of water aren’t easy to find.
The cruise line had a solution, however. You could pre-purchase bottles of water and receive a 12-pack of bottles in your cabin. The price of only $3.99 also seemed reasonable.
We just discovered that Carnival has adjusted that price to $4.50 (plus gratuity if bought onboard) for a 12-pack of 16.9 ounce water bottles on their website. Take a look:
“$4.50 USD for a 12-pack of bottled water (16.9 fluid ounce per bottle) for pre-cruise purchase. Please visit The Fun Shops at http://www.carnival.com/FunShops/in-room-beverages/water to place your order before your cruise to ensure we have ample supply onboard.”
We reached out to Carnival, which confirmed that the price of water is in fact rising to $4.50 for a 12 pack.
It’s doubtful this increased price is going to break the bank for any cruiser. An extra 50 cents on water isn’t that much. What is worrying is the trend. Our worry is that water will eventually cost high prices like you see with Coca-Cola in the image above, selling for $10 for a 6-pack.
For reference, you can get a 24-pack of water bottles at a local grocery store for about $3.