Carnival Cruise Line Chooses Pepsi: New Beverage Choices

Carnival Cruise Line Chooses Pepsi - new beverage options

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BIG NEWS for both Pepsi and Coke lovers, as Carnival chooses Pepsi

While at first glance it may not seem like the biggest news in cruising, Carnival switching from Coke to Pespi really made waves!

Have you heard the news?

Carnival Cruise Lines has announced that PepsiCo will be their preferred beverage partner beginning in January 2020.


Who remembers the Pepsi Challenge? I’m totally dating myself 😂

After many years of serving Coke to it’s passengers, Carnival will be switching to Pepsi starting in January 2020.

Of course, it’s not just soda or pop anymore – Carnival ships will have lots of non-soda options including Ice tea, sports drinks, juices, sparkling water, coffee drinks and more.

Cruise Facebook Pages and groups were buzzing with people leaving their thoughts ( some happy, some really upset, some neutral).

Understandably, those who love Coke are not too happy – although they have options, which you’ll see below.

However, many people expressed how they were thrilled to have more diet soda options and Mountain Dew, apparently a favorite.

PepsiCo Beverage Options on Carnival Cruise Line

John Heald, Carnival Ambassador (do you follow him of Facebook? His posts are great!), shared this long list of options that will be available on Carnival Ships in the near future:

Diet Pepsi*
Pepsi Zero Sugar*
Caffeine Free Pepsi*
Diet Pepsi Caffeine Free*
Sierra Mist*
Sierra Mist Zero Sugar*
Mug Root Beer*
Diet Mug Root Beer*
Mountain Dew*
Diet Mountain Dew*
Bubly Lime Sparkling Water*
Bubly Grapefruit Sparkling Water*
Bubly Orange Sparkling Water*
Naked Green Machine

Naked Mighty Mango
Naked Strawberry Banana
Half Naked Lively Greens
Half Naked Peach with Ginger
Pure Leaf Honey Green Tea+
Pure Leaf Tea & Lemonade+
Pure Leaf Unsweetened Black Tea+
Pure Leaf Sweet Tea+
Gatorade Lemon Lime+
Gatorade Fruit Punch+
Propel Electrolyte Water+
Propel Strawberry Raspberry+
Propel Peach Mango+
Starbucks Frappuccino+
Starbucks Double Shot Espresso+

Reducing Single Use Plastics – A step in the right direction

An interesting part of Carnival’s partnership with PepsiCo announcement, is it’s focus on reducing usage of single-use plastics. Every step in the right direction adds up, and has an impact.

“PepsiCo’s line-up of beverages will give our guests access to leading brands in growing non-soda categories like iced tea, juice and sparkling water, as well as popular soft drink brands that consumers love. We’re also excited to work with PepsiCo on our shared commitment to sustainability, including a reduced reliance on plastics, and alternative ways to deliver and serve water and other beverages.” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

Carnival Beverage Options - Changes for 2020
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What can loyal Coke lovers do?

If you are a coke lover, all is not lost. Cruise passengers can still bring 12 cans of soda on board. And some have said they absolutely will!

What do you think? Do you prefer Coke or Pepsi, or some of the other options? Did Carnival make the right choice? Please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Cruising!

Ilana xoxo

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  1. Renne
    November 16, 2019 / 2:19 am

    Pepsi all the way!! šŸ˜ŠšŸ˜ŠšŸ˜Š

    • November 16, 2019 / 2:39 am

      Love it! Cruisers are definitely passionate and know what they like!

      Thanks Renne for weighing in and leaving your opinion :-)!


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