Has anyone else seen on one or those cruise pages that Norwegian has changed the price of alcohol package from $89 to $99 and MADE IT MANDATORY THAT EVERYONE BUY THE SODA PACKAGE? Wonder if this takes effect before our December 6, 2018 cruise????????


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Seriously, mandatory???

I have seen that there was a price increase, but since the alcohol package is available as a free perk, most folks will only feel the pain of any fees/gratuities calculated on the increased price.

I haven't seen anything regarding everyone buying the soda package. Unless they are doing that with minors in the same room as people who have the alcohol package to prevent sharing? That's just a guess on my part, not any factual information I have seen.

The Ultimate Beverage Package (ages 21 & older) Starting from $99.00 USDper person per day Beverage Package


Enjoy a wide selection of soft drinks, beers, spirits, cocktails, wines by the glass and bottled or draft beer up to and including $15 USD during your entire cruise.

Prepaid @ $99.00 USD per person per day x Cruise Days plus 20% gratuity and beverage service charge.

Beverage packages must be purchased for all guests staying within the same stateroom, additional stateroom, adjoining stateroom or travel with.

Individuals under the age of 21 will be required to purchase the Soda Program

Restrictions apply. Please read the Ultimate Beverage Package Terms & Conditions. Not available for sailings of 2 days or less.

*Effective for Norwegian Sky sailings booked on or after 4/22/15: FREE Ultimate Beverage Package for sailings on or after 1/1/16. See full Terms & Conditions.

A 20% gratuity and beverage service charge will be added at checkout.

My take on the description above is that soda package will only be required for those who are under 21 and travelling with the person who buys the beverage package as noted in the description. That is probably to prevent sharing.

They have an all or nothing mentality to prevent sharing. If one person in a cabin has a package all must have one is their thought. The soda package is only mandatory if an adult has a soda or drink package.

The price increase is because in most cases you can get the drink package as a booking perk but you still have to pay the 18% gratuity based on what the package would have cost. By upping it by 10 per day they get an extra $12.60 per person per week for giving away their drink package.

Interesting that they promote it as a free booking perk but still for a 1 week cruise it costs $124.74 per person per week. Cheaper than buying a package yes but still not completely free especially for a non drinker. And the NCL drink package does not include specialty coffees or bottles of water.

Thank you for clarifying. I misunderstand by reading "soda package was mandatory.


That means I can do as planned and drink juice, coffee if that is free like it was in buffet area of Carnival Dream.

Yep enjoy your cruise

Yes helps to read the rules kinda slooooowly yer eyeballs crossed when you read what you thought was what I call "beancounters revenge.." yep plain ol coffee and bug juice (in a variety of colors for your drinking pleasure) )is always available (shhhh)...and OGW, as usual, you nailed it...they know EXACTLY how many peeps get that drink pkg "included" as opposed to how many buy it...or don't get it at all and pay for theres a whole battalion of beancounters involved the poohbahs can make policy decisions affecting dozens of ships and hundreds of thousands of paying customers...and because its a luxury item, they...just...don'

Yes it is free as well as ice tea in the buffet. I prefer a mix of of their ice tea with a bit of lemonade

even if Norwegian did make a drink package mandatory, it would mean that the others lines would be doing it in the near future. For some reason NCL is the first through the wall on new policies. Someone has to be.


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