"Free" Drinks coming to Norwegian Sky in 2016

It's true... Norwegian Cruise Lines will offer free alcoholic and soft drinks on Norwegian Sky starting in 2016. Cruise Radio shares the news: http://cruiseradio.net/free-drinks-on-norwegian-sky-in-2016/

But is "free" really free? Let's compare:

For cruises in May 2015, prices begin at $269 for 3 nights and $219 for 4 nights.

http://cruiseline.com/cruise/best/month/2015-05-01T00:00:00Z?fq%5Blocation_name%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Bport_departure_name%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Blength%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Bcruiseline_name%5D%5B%5D=Norwegian+Cruise+Line&fq%5Bship_name%5D%5B%5D=Norwegian+Sky

For Cruises in May 2016, prices begin at $349 for 3 nights and $389 for 4 nights.

http://cruiseline.com/cruise/best/month/2016-05-01T00:00:00Z?fq%5Blocation_name%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Bport_departure_name%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Blength%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Bcruiseline_name%5D%5B%5D=Norwegian+Cruise+Line&fq%5Bship_name%5D%5B%5D=Norwegian+Sky

In December 2015, 3 & 4 night cruises start at $209

http://cruiseline.com/cruise/best/month/2015-12-01T00:00:00Z?fq%5Blocation_name%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Bport_departure_name%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Blength%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Bcruiseline_name%5D%5B%5D=Norwegian+Cruise+Line&fq%5Bship_name%5D%5B%5D=Norwegian+Sky

In January 2016, 3 night cruises start at $289 and 4 night cruises at $339

http://cruiseline.com/cruise/best/month/2016-01-01T00:00:00Z?fq%5Blocation_name%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Bport_departure_name%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Blength%5D%5B%5D=all&fq%5Bcruiseline_name%5D%5B%5D=Norwegian+Cruise+Line&fq%5Bship_name%5D%5B%5D=Norwegian+Sky

That's a per person per night increase ranging from $20 to $42, depending on the cruise length and sail date.

Not quite free, but a trip to the bar can easily come with a $6-$12 charge per drink, so if you're planning on consuming 2-3 drinks per day, chances are you'll at least break even.

The weekend sailings from Miami are considered by many to be "party cruises," so if you're coming aboard to let loose, you'll likely come out ahead.

But if you don't drink, you'll be paying for alcohol you won't be drinking and with an open bar, the party may be a bit more raucous than it would be otherwise.

What do you think? Will this make you more or less likely to sail on Norwegian Sky for a short cruise out of Miami? Do you think this will expand to other cruise lines or other ships?

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19 Answers

YUMMY FREE DRINKS........................

Nothing is free !!!!! NCL includes it into the cruise price. So the non-drinkers help to pay the tab for the heavy drinkers. So great deal for heavy drinkers, bad deal for those that do not drink much if any.

Thank you non drinkers thank you to all.... still yummy

Just booked a three day get away on The SKY sailing Jan 16 2017 and once again thank you Non Drinkers I will be sure to drink a couple cold ones for you. Bottoms Up .......

I generally subtract the price of the bennies offered when comparing lines with differing benefits.

If one line offers free drinks and another doesn't, then I subtract $50 per day to compare apples to apples. On the other hand, if one line offers free wifi and the other doesn't, then I do not make any adjustments because the wifi will generally go unused.

I was pleasantly surprised when I compared a Celebrity upgraded balcony with this method for a 7 day Alaska cruise, which actually came out cheaper than the same Carnival itinerary.

Interesting but we all know there is no such thing as a free lunch. NCL isn't giving anything away. It is a business and every single offer of free anything is being offset by a price increase or service degradation elsewhere.

We can't drink alcohol so this isn't a real value-add for us. we will be interested to hear from people who travel on this ship though. Bottomless alcohol consumption brings along a greater potential for bad behavior from a minority of passengers. The only time we've seen passengers go at each other was when both parties had already pounded down a few cocktails. It will be interesting to see if the level of passenger-related agitation goes up aboard the Sky.

Morning CruisingCM I will definitely post an extensive review, I got a great deal on a 3 day get away from Colorado cold on the "SKY" JANUARY 10 2017 SAILING. My better half does not drink at all but I like a "BAHAMA MOMMA" OR TWO. Yes we plan on doing some relaxing and of course people watching and are hoping for a fun crowd and everyone behaving but as we know ALCHOL sometimes creates monsters out of average joe"s .

I went on her for a quick getaway and LOVED that open bar! I maximized it, believe me. I have managed to find my inner drunk and peacefully discovered a place between buzzed and teetering. I video proof (80 proof, to be exact) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eZawnHIwIo

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