Stop! Everything You Need to Know About MSC Cruises’ Easy Drink Package is Right Here!

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I am always planning for a cruise since I cruise at least once a year.  This year’s cruise is on the MSC Seaside.  I’ve never cruised with MSC before and I am learning a lot!  You can read about my initial post on Planning an MSC Seaside Cruise to get started.

MSC Seaside 2019 Countdown
MSC Seaside 2019 Countdown

We booked our cruise under the All-In Cruise deal which includes the Drinks on Us package and free wifi.  Because we booked the Aurea experience, our drinks package is automatically upgraded to the Easy package (score!).  We usually don’t go for a drinks package because we’re not big drinkers, but since they wanted to include it, why not?  Free Wi-fi is a no-brainer, but one question I had was:

What’s included in the Easy drink package?

We’re used to taking our own wine onboard with us on other lines, but MSC does not allow this.  Mom absolutely loves Moscato so the first task I had was to find out if Moscato was offered.

A quick Google search will provide you with MSC’s new drink packages.  It’s a helpful document, but it still did not tell me if Moscato is served.  I had to do a little more sleuthing.

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The Easy drink package courtesy of MSC Cruises

Dedicated selection of house wines by the glass

I’ve gone into numerous Facebook Groups for MSC Fans and Cruise Critic forums but could not find anyone who had the answer to my question.  It seemed simple enough:

What are the selection of house wines in the Easy drink package?

Most people were able to tell me it included two reds and two whites.  That sounds great, but what was the white wine offered with the package?  While nobody seemed to know the answer to the question, even those who had cruised MSC and drank wine and MSC’s customer service reps, a simple Google search turned up the answer on MSC’s very own site:  the All-Inclusive Drink Package Comparison Guide.  Yay!

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Champagne & Wines from the All-Inclusive Drink Package Comparison Guide

While Moscato is not on the list, Mom was happy with the sweet sparkling wine Asti. ?

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I think she’s okay with the selection of wines available. ?

Problem solved?  Well, not really.  While I’m looking, I might as well demystify the entire package, right? 

Non-alcoholic cocktails

This seems like it would be obvious, but is it?  The Easy Package does NOT include frozen alcoholic cocktails, but it DOES include “zero proof” or non-alcoholic cocktails.  MSC’s Zero Proof Cocktail menu is not readily available on their site and it took quite a bit of digging and searching to find one.  I found a photo of a menu here.  

Basically, you can get the following :

  • Virgin Pina Colada
  • Virgin Daiquiris (strawberry, raspberry, mango, peach or passionfruit)
  • Virgin Pomegranate Mojito
  • Virgin Sea Breeze
  • Virgin Mango Sunrise
  • Captain Sparrow
  • Spiderman
  • Dirty Banana Shake
  • Fruit Smoothie

This looks like a great start.  You know why?  Because the Easy package also comes with selected spirits.  I’m about to become a mixologist!

Selected spirits, cocktails, and aperitifs

MSC Easy Package Spirits
MSC Easy Package Spirits courtesy of MSC Cruises

That list translates to:

  • Dewar’s White Label Whiskey
  • Seagrams 7 Crown Whiskey
  • Jim Bean Black Label Whiskey
  • Bacardi Superior White Rum
  • Beefeater Gin
  • Smirnoff Vodka
While MSC's Easy package does not include an alcoholic Pina Colada, I CAN, for example, get a Virgin Pina Colada and a shot of Bacardi and mix it myself. Let your inner mixologist shine! Click to Tweet
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Coffee and hot chocolate specialties

I had to call customer service about this one because if it was just plain coffee and hot chocolate, they wouldn’t have added the “specialties” on the end. Right?

I spoke to both Eddie and Carl (both nice gentlemen) and asked them about the “specialties” part.  Eddie really sold it.  Eddie said that they make their chocolate on board every day and use it to make chocolate treats and special drinks.  Carl confirmed that these treats and drinks, available from the Venchi Chocolate Bar, are indeed included with the Easy package.  No gelato though. ☹

So let’s recap.  Here’s a nice table with everything in one place:

TYPEEXAMPLES OF DRINKS AND BRANDS
BeerDraught (Heineken), Miller Lite bottled beer
Wines by the glassProsecco, sweet sparkling wine Asti, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Zinfindel
Selected aperitifsWhite Vermouth; Red Vermouth
Selected spiritsBeefeater Gin; Bacardi Superior White Rum; Seagram’s 7 Crown Whiskey; Jim Beam Black Label Whiskey; Smirnoff Vodka; Dewar’s White Label Whiskey
Selected mixersWhiskey & 7 Up; Gin & Tonic; Rum & Coke; Whiskey & Coke; Vodka & Lemon
Selected cocktailsMoscow Mule, Long Island Iced Tea, Cape Cod, Screwdriver, Greyhound, 7 & 7, Bacardi & Coke, Smirnoff & Lemon, Beefeater & Tonic, Dewar’s or Jim Bean & Coke
Mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails)

Virgin Pina Colada, Virgin Daiquiris (strawberry, raspberry, mango, peach or passionfruit), Virgin Pomegranate Mojito, Virgin Sea Breeze, Virgin Mango Sunrise, Captain Sparrow, Spiderman, Dirty Banana Shake, Fruit Smoothie

Soft drinks by the glassFruit juice; sodas; Energy drinks, vitamin water
WaterBottled mineral water
Hot drinksEspresso, Caffè Latte, Caffè corretto, Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate, Tea (breakfast, fruit, or herbal)

Check out this post to find out actual experience with the Easy Drink Package!

Do you buy drink packages when you cruise? Tell me your experiences below!

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