Norwegian Cruise Line's Alcohol Package Lifts Seafarers' Spirits

by  Maryrose Mullen | Nov 15, 2012
NCL Breakaway
NCL Breakaway / Photo courtesy of the cruise line

Even the most veteran of cruise lovers require some time to get their sea legs. The sea can be an unforgiving mistress to those who have trouble keeping their footing on solid ground. Throwing unlimited liquor into the mix seems like a recipe for disaster for the balance impaired. But for cruisers with steely spines and iron stomachs, Norwegian Cruise Line’s new package is a great way to make any vacation more intoxicating (pun intended).

Norwegian Cruise Line has recently introduced an all-you-can-drink alcohol package, offered on three of their 11 liners – the Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Jade. Packages go for $49 per person per day plus gratuity, though further details of what the package includes have yet to be released. Though the line’s fare price encompasses a number of amenities such as room service, buffet, and fitness facility access (for after you carbo-load), alcoholic beverages cost a separate fee.

Norwegian Cruise Line is not the first to implement a package of this type. Carnival has been testing the “My Awesome Bar Program” since August, Royal Caribbean began offering a similar deal on overseas liners last year, and Celebrity Cruises added fleetwide alcohol bundles in 2010. Carnival’s “My Awesome Bar Program” goes for $42.95 per person per day, plus a 15 percent gratuity of $6.44. It can be utilized for all wines by the glass, beer, and cocktails $10 and under, as well as plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to boot.

Whether you want to have a few glasses of wine with dinner, or turn your time on the ocean into a regular booze cruise, the all-inclusive alcohol package is bubbling with possibility.

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