In this post I will be talking about NCL Drinks Packages, which is a funny one as they seem sooooo expensive compared to other Cruise Line Drinks Packages. However that is technically because you don’t have to pay that price for them. I mean ultimately you do, however they are built into the NCL Free At Sea Package as an option.
It’s a perk you can choose as part of your cruise. Thus the price doesn’t matter should you choose this option. It’s more what’s included in the Norwegian Cruise Drinks Package that matters, so you know exactly what you are getting as part of your NCL Free At Sea Option. So bear with me whilst I unravel the ins and outs of what included in your package and what options are available.
NCL Drinks Packages
What Is Norwegian Cruise Line Free At Sea?
Free At Sea is NCLs booking perks package which generally depending on current offers allows to book a number of incentives as part of your cruise package. You can choose from…..
- Beverage Package (Open Bar)
- Speciality Dining Package ( This includes 2 speciality meals)
- Internet Package (Limited to 250 Minutes or 1000 MB)
- $50 USD Discount Per Port Shore Excursions
- 3rd & 4th Guest Sail for Taxes only (select sailings)
Check out the Free At Sea offers as they are ever changing, however what I can tell you is there is always an offer allowing to to grab a drinks or dining package as part of your cruise fare.
The Drinks Packages Available On Norwegian Cruise Line Are….
- Open Bar Drinks Package, $99 pp per day plus 20% service charge
- Premium Plus Beverage Package, $128 pp per day plus 20% service charge
- Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package, $65 pp per day plus 20% service charge
- Adult & Teen Soda Programme, $7.95 pp per day plus $20 service charge
- Children’s Soda Programme, $5.95 pp per day plus service charge.
What’s Included In The NCL Open Bar Drinks Package?
The NCL Open Bar Drinks Package allows you to enjoy a wide selection of soft drinks, beers, a vast selection of cocktails, spirits and 20 different wines by the glass. Additionally bottled or draft beer up to and including $15 USD. The package also includes fountain soda, juice, and non-alcoholic beer.
The Open Bar Drinks Package On NCL costs $99.00 USD per person per day, plus 20% service charge. (not applicable, if the Beverage Package has been selected as part of the Free at Sea upgrade).
20% discount on bottles of wine, champagne and sparkling wine. Wine and Spirit Experiences, tastings or Flights purchased on board.
Example Of Premium Drinks Brands Available In The Open Bar Drinks Package On NCL
For a list of beverages that are available in the open bar package scroll down for images or a brief description below.
A Selection Of Beers Available
- Stella Artois
- Angry Orchard
Premium Gin, Run And Vodka Included In The Open Bar Package Includes
- Captain Morgans
- Bombay Sapphire
A Selection Of Premium Liqueurs And Aperitifs Include
- Southern Comfort
Whiskey, Brandy And Cognac Included In Open Bar
Can You Order More Than 1 Drink At A Time With Your Norwegian Cruise Line Drinks Package?
Yes, you are permitted to order two beverages per person per transaction.
What’s Not Included In The Open Bar Drinks Package ON NCL?
Please note the package is not available for sailings of 2 days or less or charters, Pride of America or Harvest Caye.
The Open Bar Package doesn’t include: Wine and Spirit Experiences, tastings or Flights, Starbucks, Ice Bars, room service, package sales, bottled water, ship specific promotions or beer buckets, designated super premium brands (subject to change), bottled wine, mini bar purchases, fresh squeezed juices, Lavazza coffee beverages, wine dispenser, energy drinks or vending machines.
What Happens If You Spend Over $15 On A Drink?
Any beverages over $15 USD will receive an $15 USD discount thus you will be charged the difference to your account.
Can You Upgrade From Free at Sea Open Bar To The Premium Plus Beverage Package?
Yes, you are able to upgrade to the Premium Plus NCL Drinks Package from the Open Bar Package for $29 plus gratuities per person per day.
THE NCL Premium Plus Beverage Package
The Premium Plus Beverage Package includes the widest selection of beverages by the glass, with super premium drinks such as Veuve Clicquot, Patrón Añejo, The Macallan Quest and so much more. Also including unlimited soft drinks, beers, spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass and a selection bottles of wine with dinner, plus, still and sparkling water, energy drinks, and speciality coffee!
The NCL Premium Plus Package costs $128.00 USD per person per day plus 20% gratuity and service charge.
What’s Included In The Premium Plus Drinks Package?
Enjoy everything that’s included in the Open Bar Drinks Packages plus still and sparkling water, energy drinks, and speciality coffee!drinks.
Wine and Spirit Experiences, tastings, and flights, guest will receive a 40% discount when purchased on board.
An Example Of Super Premium Brands You Can Expect Are?
If you are a lover of champagne this is the package for you, offering the the choice to sip your favorite champagne to your heart’s content, and enjoy your favourite wine by the bottle at dinner. Or indeed order the best Cognac as an after dinner tipple.
Premium Champagnes And Wines Available As Part Of The Super Premium Package…
Tequila And Rum Available As Part Of The Super Premium Package
- Patron Añejo
- Patron Reposado
- Don Julio Reposado
- Don Julio Blanco
- Cazadores Añejo
- Zacapa 23
- Pryrat Cask 1623
Vodka And Gin Available As Part Of The Super Premium Package
- Tanqueray Ten
Scotch, Cognac And Whisky As Part Of The Super Premium Package
- Whistle Pig Rye
- Woodford Reserve
- Gentleman Jack
- Macallan Quest
- Paul John Indian Single Malt
- Johnnie Walker Platinum 18yo
- Glenfiddich Reserve Single Malt
- Glenfiddich Select
- The Glenlivet Founders Reserve
- Dewar’s 12yr Malt/Grain Blend
- Talisker 10
Can One Person In My Cabin Get The Premium Plus Package And 1 Get The Open Bar?
No packages must be purchased by all adults in the stateroom or additional staterooms under the same method of payment for the entire length of the cruise. Packages may not be shared and are non-transferable and non-refundable.
What’s Not Included With The NCL Premium Plus Drinks Package?
Room service, mini bar purchases, vending machines, or pre-cruise wine bottle purchases. It’s also not applicable on Harvest Caye, nor sailings that are two (2) days or less. There is no substitute for package if passengers are unable consume all beverages included.
NCL Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package
The Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package on Norwegian Cruise Line costs $65.00 USD per person per day plus 20% gratuity and beverage service charge.
If you not a cocktail and spirits fan and are paying for your drinks package the corks and caps package is the NCL drinks package for you. Offering a wide selection of soft drinks, beers, and wines by the glass during your entire cruise.
Individuals under the age of 21 (18 in Europe and Australia) will be required to purchase the soda programme.
Two drinks can be ordered per person per transaction.
What’s Not Included
Not available for sailings of 2 days or less. Bottled wine, although a 20% discount will be applied to all bottles of wine purchased on board.
The Corks and Caps Package does not include room service, package sales, ship specific promotions or beer buckets, designated Super Premium brands (subject to change), bottled wine, mini bar purchases, bottled water, fresh squeezed juices, speciality coffee beverages, speciality Starbucks locations, Coco’s, energy drinks, vending machines, wine stations or spirits, cocktails, draft or bottled beer and glasses of wine over $15 USD.
Can I Order Drinks Over $15 With The NCL Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package ?
Yes any beers and wines over $15 USD will receive a $15 USD discount. You will be charged the difference.
Adult & Teen Soda Programme On NCL
Adult & Teen Soda Programme is for passengers aged 13 & older and costs $7.95 USD per person per day plus 20% gratuity and beverage service charge.
The package includes Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Mt. Dew, Ginger Ale, Tonic water, Club Soda.
Not available for sailings of 2 days or less.
The Children’s Soda Programme
The NCL Children’s Soda Programme is for passengers age 12 and under and costs $5.95USD per person per day plus 20% gratuity and beverage service charge.
Keep the kiddies hydrated all day with unlimited, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Mt. Dew, Ginger Ale, Tonic water, Club Soda.
Not available for sailings of 2 days or less.
Do All Passengers Need To Purchase A NCL Drinks Package?
Yes, drinks packages must be purchased for all guests staying within the same stateroom, additional stateroom, adjoining stateroom or travel with. Passengers under the age of 21 will be required to purchase the Soda Programme.( It’s 18 for sailings that operate round trips from European or Australian ports.)
Can The Drinks Packages Be Used In All Restaurants And Bars ?
Package can be used in all restaurants, lounges, bars and Great Stirrup Cay aboard Norwegian Cruise Line.
How Much Are Drinks On NCL?
- Angry Orchard Cider $9 on tap in the local
- Strongbow $6.95 by the bottle
- Coors Lager $6.75
- Budweiser $6.75
- Red Bull $4.95
- Diet Pepsi $3.95
- Wine by the glass $7.97- $12.50
- Hendricks Gin $16.95
- Tanqueray Ten $9.95
- Baileys $9.95
- Mojito $10.95
- Margarita $12.95
- Espresso Martini $17.95
- Rusty Nail $11.95
- Hot Chocolate
Is Norwegian Cruise Lines Drink Package Worth It?
It depends if you like a drink or not? I think that when you factor in that you can choose the Open Bar Package as part of your cruise price I would consider upgrading to the Premium Plus NCL Drinks Package from the Open Bar Package for $29 plus gratuities per person per day.
This seems a great deal if super premium brands and having a bottle of wine with dinner is something that appeals to you. However, I also feel the Open Bar Package has so many premium brands included, this is also a great deal if chosen as part of your free at sea package.