Drink packages have become very popular on cruise ships. Why? Well, if you have ever gotten your cruise bill at the end of a cruise to have sticker shock at the amount of your bar tab, then you know a drink package just may be your answer on your next cruise. A drink package allows you to pay for your drinks up front so there will not be a bill at the end of the cruise. However, each cruise line is different so make sure you read what it covers exactly. I have sailed on Norwegian Cruise Line and the question I am asked the most is how does the Norwegian Ultimate Drink Package work? So today I am going to explain exactly what is and what is not covered in the Norwegian Ultimate Drink Package.
Norwegian's Ultimate Beverage Package includes a variety of spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass and bottled or draft beer up to and including $15 USD and unlimited fountain soda and juices at all bars, lounges, restaurants and the Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian Cruise Line's private island). Note: Norwegian Sky includes a free Ultimate Beverage Package for all passengers.
Here is the breakdown of what is included in the package:
Fountain soda and juice
Variety of spirits and cocktails
Wines by the glass
Bottled or draft beer up to $15.
Any items over $15 will receive an $15 discount and the guest will be charged the difference to their account.
Here is the breakdown of what is not included in the package:
Not available on Pride of America.
Not available for 1-2 night sailings.
Not available on Harvest Caye, Belize
Does not apply to the Ice Bars
Debarkation day is not included.
Does not include room service
Does not include package sales
Does not include ship specific promotions
Does not include beer buckets
Does not include designated Super Premium brands (subject to change)
Does not include bottled wine however, A 20% discount will be given to bottles of wine (champagne and sparkling included) purchased on board
Does not include mini bar purchases
Does not include bottled water
Does not include fresh squeezed juices
Does not include Lavazza Coffee beverages
Does not include Wine Dispenser
Does not include energy drinks
Does not include vending machines
Now that you know what is and is not included in the Norwegian Ultimate Drink Beverage Package here are the requirements you should be aware of.
~Two (2) beverage per person per transaction.
~All paying members must be at least 21 years of age on all sailings including Europe
~Guests under 21 are required to purchase the soda package (children under the age of 2 do not apply).
~There is no age restriction on the package during Spring Break.
~All prices are per person, per day – subject to change
~Beverage packages must be purchased for ALL guests staying within the same stateroom or additional or adjoining staterooms under the same payment method regardless of whether guests drink alcohol or not.
~Beverage package must be purchased for the entire length of the sailing.
~When buying onboard, the package is only available on the first and second day. Guests who purchase the package on the second day will only be charged from day two until the end of the cruise. Guests will not be given credit for day one beverage purchases if they purchase the beverage package on the second day. No items will be rolled over.
~Bartenders will still be responsible for asking guest for their identification if the guest looks underage. The bartender will confirm via a sticker on the guest key card
When can you purchase the Ultimate Beverage package?
The Package can be pre-purchased and will available to purchase onboard on the 1st and 2nd day of sailing.
On the first day of sailing, the package can be purchased in high traffic area such as atrium or pool deck. On the second day, package can be purchased at the Restaurant Reservations Desk or by contacting the Beverage Manager onboard.
All guests staying within the same or additional cabins using the same payment method must be present at time of purchase.
A sticker will be placed on everyone’s key card indicating the purchase.
Guests can use the package while at Great Stirrup Cay.
The Ultimate Beverage Package costs $99 per person, per day (plus a 20 percent gratuity) at the time of this writing. Note: If the Ultimate Beverage Package is a "perk" for your sailing, you will still need to pay a gratuity for the package. Ask us how to get the Ultimate Beverage Package included in your sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line!
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