glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Norwegian Sky - Unlimited Beer, Wine & Premium Spirits

Norwegian Sky will offer on their 3 & 4 day Caribbean cruises from Miami, unlimited beer, wine & premium spirits.  There will be free soda for the kids.  How do you feel about this new development?  I do think that prices are higher.  The cruises are aimed at young adult and families.  Would you go on this cruise?

Tags: Miami Norwegian Sky Caribbean cruises unlimited beer wine & spirits

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GTVCRUISER
Contributor Level: Captain

Sounds good to me

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain
That is very interesting. I wonder what motivated NCL to market this? We have never been on NCL but know folk that have whom do say good things about the line. Heard a lot of negative as well but not from those who I am familiar with. The Norwegian Sky reviews seem to be rather mediocre and the ship is about 16 years old. The age shouldn't be a factor as long as they keep the ship up. However, I wonder if they are not trying this gimmick to bolster sagging bookings. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the major Caribbean cruise lines take this development.

I note from time to time where cruisers complain about the degree of inebriation aboard vessels, however we have never experienced a cruise where we witnessed drunks or anyone close to it except one time on Princess years ago. We have even been on many Regent cruises where alcohol is included and have never seen anyone come close to overdoing it, probably because we all average a little longer in the tooth on that line. The Princess episode involved a middle age couple who started sucking on the juice at the pool bar before noon and by midnight they were staggering from wall to wall. Wonder they didn't fall overboard, and that lasted the entire voyage. 

We haven't ever been on a booze cruise though. This NCL package seems to meet the hallmarks of exactly that, a booze cruise, I would be very wary of booking this one unless you love to party. Maybe if I was 55 years younger, haw.

       

 

  
JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I have done a lot of the Carnival 3 and 4 night cruises,  they are party cruises with people drinking to drunk (cheap get away from my local port).  With the NCL Sky doing the 3 and 4 night cruises  for about what carnival charges I can see this turning to a from cruise ship to drunk tank.  Lots of college student and 20 stupids..... ops  20 somethings going for the 3 nights of pure party.

Thompson Cruises runs Island Escape in Europe with low shelf drinks included,  Extra charge for better quality liquor. ( they also only do Buffet style dining unless you pay an extra E15.00 per meal for a dining room with service) In it's reviews most are ok to good with few remarks of lots of drunks.   I think the Europeans handle liquor better then Americans, since Europeans are socialized with wine with meals.

The NCL Sky will be on my avoid list

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I probably would avoid these NCL cruises even without the free liquor.  I have been on Carnival's short cruises and prefer the longer cruises - not only because of the party atmosphere but also because the cruises are just too short. 

I am going on two back-to-back river cruises next week.  There have unlimited wine & beer.  I have been on these cruises before & no one gets rowdy.  As stated above, it is an age variable. 

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

It is not just age,  River cruises get a different class of clients then a local 3 night cruise. 

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