Norwegian Cruise Line Drink Package


by Victoria

If you’re looking for a hassle-free way to enjoy all your favorite drinks while on vacation, you might be considering the purchase of a drink package.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers several different beverage packages, so you can choose the one that fits your needs and budget. With plenty of options to choose from, you can indulge in your favorite drinks without having to worry about running up a huge bill.

We’ve covered everything you need to know before you purchase a Norwegian Cruise Line drink package.

Norwegian Cruise Line Drink Package Frozen Drinks by the Pool

Norwegian Cruise Line Drink Prices

Before we take a look at Norwegian’s drink packages, it is essential to consider the prices of drinks on a Norwegian cruise. You can find the average drink prices below, based on recent menu prices:

Cocktail$10 – $15
Glass of Wine$8-$12
Soft Drinks$3
Energy Drinks$5
Specialty Coffee$3-$4
Large Water Bottle$6
Average Prices of Drinks on NCL Cruise Ships

When deciding whether to purchase the drink package, it is a good idea to do the math to see how much you would be spending if you pay for individual drinks. This way you know exactly whether the package makes sense from a financial standpoint.

But, more on that later.

What Drinks are Free on Norwegian Cruise Line?

In the main dining room and buffets, you’ll find a variety of non-alcoholic drinks already included in your base fare. Of course, if you wish to drink alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, energy drinks, or specialty coffee, you will need to pay extra or purchase a beverage package.

The following drinks are included with your cruise fare on NCL ships:

  • Basic coffee and tea
  • Lemonade
  • Iced tea
  • Water (by the glass)
  • Fresh fruit juices (at breakfast)

NCL Drink Package List

Norwegian recently updated their beverage package selection and added a new package option. In total, there are five drink packages that are available for purchase. At checkout a 20% service charge will be added to your purchase.

There’s no daily limit to the number of drinks you can order on Norwegian Cruise Line. But a bartender will cut you off if you appear visibly intoxicated.

Premium Beverage Package

Three young friends toasting with cocktail drinks on a cruise ship

The Premium Beverage Package is Norwegian Cruise Line’s most popular drinks package. If you’re sailing in the UK, you might find the package advertised as the “Open Bar” package.

The Premium package is the classic “all-you-can-drink” choice that most people think of when purchasing a beverage package.

The package included beverages priced up to $15 per drink; including, a selection of cocktails, draft beer, wine by the glass, spirits, juice, and soda.

If you buy a drink that costs more than $15, you’ll simply pay the difference, plus the gratuity on the amount over the limit.

Cost: The Premium Beverage Package price is $99 per person per day, plus a 20% gratuity and beverage service charge.

The Premium Beverage Package Includes:

  • Cocktails
  • Beers and Ciders
  • Wine (by the glass)
  • Gin & Vodka
  • Rum
  • Whiskey, brandy and other spirits
  • Liqueurs and cordials
  • Sodas and soft drinks
  • Fruit Juices
  • A 20% discount of bottles of wine purchased onboard

The Premium Beverage Package Does Not Include:

  • Bottled water
  • Fresh squeezed juices
  • Lavazza or Starbucks coffee
  • Energy drinks
  • Beer buckets
  • Bottles of wine
  • Vending machines or wine dispensers
  • Mini bar or room service
  • Tastings, flights and experiences

Premium Plus Beverage Package

NCL’s Premium Plus Beverage Package includes everything in the Premium Beverage Package. The biggest benefit of the Premium Plus package is the removal of the price limit.

In addition, this beverage package includes a selection of bottles of wine. The bottles availible with the plan have an asterisk beside them on the wine menu.

Cost: The Premium Plus Beverage Package costs $128 per person per day, plus a 20% gratuity and beverage service charge.

The Premium Plus Beverage Package Includes:

  • Everything in the Premium Beverage Package
  • Bottled water
  • Speciality coffee
  • Lavazza and Starbucks coffee
  • Energy drinks
  • Ultra-premium spirits
  • Select wines by the bottle when dining

The Premium Plus Beverage Package Does Not Include:

  • Beer buckets
  • Most bottles of wine
  • Vending machines or wine dispensers
  • Mini bar or room service
  • Tastings, flights and experiences

Tip: Norwegian publishes a list of drinks available with the Premium Plus Drinks Package

Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package

Pouring red wine into a glass

As the name suggests, Norwegian’s Corks and Caps package includes a selection of beer, wine, and soft drinks. If you’re not a cocktail drinker, this package still provides access to the vast majority of available beverages at a lower price.

Similar to the Premium Beverage Package, this option includes beverages up to $15 per drink.

Cost: The Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package costs $65 per person per day, plus a 20% gratuity and beverage service charge.

The Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package Includes:

  • Draft beer and bottled beer
  • Glasses of wine
  • Fountain soda
  • Fruit juices
  • A 20% discount of bottles of wine purchased onboard

Adult & Teen Soda Program

The Adult & Teen Soda Package is an excellent choice for passengers who want a variety of non-alcoholic drinks.

As the name suggests, the beverage package offers unlimited fountain soda.

The package price is different for adults and kids.

Cost: The Adult & Teen Soda Program costs $7.95 per person per day for adults and teens (13+) and $5.95 per person per day for children. In addition, the drink packages cost has a 20% gratuity and beverage service charge added at purchase.

The Adult & Teen Soda Program Includes:

  • Pepsi
  • Diet Pepsi
  • Sierra Mist
  • Mt. Dew
  • Ginger Ale
  • Tonic water
  • Club Pop

Hawaii Beverage Package

If you’re sailing to Hawaii on Norwegian’s Pride of America, you’ll find a special beverage package available.

The Hawaii Beverage Package is similar to the Premium Package and includes a wide range of drinks priced up to $15 per drink.

Cost: The Hawaii Beverage Package price is $99 per person per day, plus a 20% gratuity.

The Hawaii Beverage Package Includes:

  • Cocktails
  • Beers and ciders
  • Wine by the glass
  • Spirits
  • Liqueurs
  • Fountain sodas
  • Freshly squeezed juices
  • Bottled watter
  • Speciality coffee (in dining rooms only)

The Hawaii Beverage Package Does Not Include:

  • Speciality coffees outside of restaurants
  • Energy drinks
  • Beer buckets
  • Bottles of wine
  • Drinks over $15 each
  • Vending machines or wine dispensers
  • Mini bar or room service
  • Tastings, flights and experiences

* The drink package only covers drinks up to $15 per drink. When you purchase a drink over the $15 limit, you simply pay the difference.

Norwegian Drink Package Rules

Colorful Holiday Cocktails On Cruise Ship

When you purchase a Norwegian cruise line drink package, there are a set of rules that apply.

The rules are:

  • You must be at least 21 years of age at the time of sailing to purchase and consume alcohol
  • Drink packages must be purchased by all qualifying passengers who share a stateroom or additional staterooms under the same payment method.
  • Drink packages must be purchased for the entire cruise.
  • Packages may not be shared, are non-transferrable, and are non-refundable.
  • Eligible guests are entitled to two drinks per person per transaction.
  • The beverage selection is subject to change onboard the ship.
  • Beverage packages do not include drinks purchased from room service, vending machines, or mini-bar purchases.
  • Applicable VAT and taxes may apply for specific ports or itineraries.
  • Passengers can use drink packages in onboard restaurants, bars, lounges, and Great Stirrup Cay.
  • Beverage packages are not applicable at Harvest Caye or sailings that are two days or less.
  • A 20% gratuity and beverage service charge is added to all drink package purchases.
  • Prices for the beverage packages are subject to change.
  • Other terms and conditions may apply.

NCL Beverage Service Charge

View from the pool deck of the Norwegian Cruise ship Pearl with live dj in the background

It’s a common mistake for cruisers to forget about gratuities when they purchase a drink package.

When you purchase a drink package for your NCL cruise, a 20% gratuity will be added at checkout.

The gratuity is given to the hardworking bar and restaurant staff as a thank you for making your cruise vacation memorable and hassle-free.

If you instead purchase individual drinks on the ship, the service charge is added to the cost of each beverage.

NCL Drink Package Prices Including Gratuities and Service Charge:

  • Premium Beverage Package: $99 + 20% = $118.80
  • Premium Plus Beverage Package: $128 + 20% = $153.60
  • Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package: $65 +20% = $78
  • Adult & Teen Pop Program: $7.95 +20% = $9.54
  • Children’s Pop Program: $5.95 + 20% = $7.14
  • Hawaii Beverage Package: $99 + 20% = $118.80

The Norwegian Cruise Line Drink Packages are among the most expensive of the mainstream cruise lines. For two people on a seven-day cruise, the Premium Beverage Package comes to a total of $1,663.20.

You will need to drink 17 beers per day to get your money’s worth. Or, if you’re a wine drinker, 12 glasses of wine per day.

Is NCL Drink Package Worth It?

Drink next to hot tub on a cruise ship

In our opinion, the NCL drink packages are not worth the price. At one of the highest costs in the industry, we just can’t justify the purchase of the Premium or Premium Plus drinks package.

To break even, you will have to drink 11 beverages per day to come out ahead – and that’s only if you purchase drinks at the $15 price limit!

For the vast majority of people, you’ll actually spend less money by purchasing individual drinks.

The one package we do recommend is the soda package. At less than $10 per person per day, we think it is a choice if you want to enjoy unlimited soft drinks and fresh-squeezed juices.

With all that said, if you’re still on the fence about purchasing a drink package, we recommend doing the math to determine if the drink package is worth it for you. You’ll need to consider the beverages you will, the individual prices of the drinks, how much you will drink, will you stay on the boat at ports of call, and more.

To help you out, we’ve put together an entire article to help you decide if purchasing a drink package is worth it.

And before you make your decision, there is one final consideration – Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion.

NCL Free at Sea Promotion

Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion has proven popular among cruisers. With the Free at Sea offer, you can choose free perks ranging from a free drink package to free internet.

It’s important to note that if you opt for the free drink package, you will still have to pay the gratuities at the cost of $19.80 per person per day. However, that is a small price to pay when you consider the many benefits of the drink package.

With the free drinks package, two adults on a seven-night cruise will pay just $277.20 – a fraction of the cost.

Passengers who live in the UK don’t have to pay the 20% gratuity. Instead, they will have to pay a $99 upgrade to redeem the free drink package.

You’ll find that the Free at Sea deal is almost always running, which is why barely anyone purchases the NCL Premium Beverage Package.

Is the Free Promotion Worth It?

When considering whether the Free at Sea promotion is worth it, you’ll need to consider how much you would spend if you purchased the drinks individually.

Put simply, if you would spend more than $20 per person per day on drinks, then the Free at Sea deal is worth paying the gratuities.

So, if you plan on drinking 2-3 alcoholic drinks per day, or seven or more soft drinks, the deal is well worth the price.

How to Buy an NCL Beverage Package?

Side shot of the Norwegian Cruise Line vessel Pearl docked in Ketchikan Alaska

As you can imagine, Norwegian Cruise Line makes it very easy to purchase a beverage package.

Simply log in to your account and visit “Explore & Plan.” From there, in the left-hand column, choose “Beverage Packages.” All that’s left is selecting your package and completing checkout.

Alternatively, you can visit:

Norwegian Cruise Line Drink Package FAQs

What is the Drinking Age on Norwegian Cruise Line?

The drinking age on Norwegian Cruise Line is 21 years old.

Guests aged 18 – 20 can purchase and consume beer or wine when the ship is at least 3 miles from the coast. The age modification does not apply to Alaska or Hawaii sailings.

Can You Bring Your Own Alcohol on NCL Cruises?

Yes, Norwegian Cruise Line allows guests to bring unlimited bottles of wine and champagne on the cruise. Any drinks brought onboard are subject to a corkage fee of $15 per bottle for 750 ml bottles and $30 for 1500ml bottles.

Box wines are not allowed to be brought on board.

Can I Share the NCL Drinks Package?

Norwegian Cruise Line does not allow the sharing of drinks packages.

It can be tempting to save money by sharing drinks with your travel companions. But, keep in mind that if you are caught sharing drinks, the cruise line can cancel your drink package without a refund.

Like other cruise lines, if one person has a drink package, all adults sharing a stateroom must also have the same package, and children must have the soda package. The rule is likely to reduce the possibility of passengers sharing a drinks package.

If one or more passengers cannot drink alcohol for medical, addiction, or religious reasons, you should contact NCL to ask for an exception.

Is There a Daily Limit on the Norwegian Cruise Line Drink Package?

The NCL drink package doesn’t have a daily limit to the number of drinks that passengers can order.

However, guests who are visibly intoxicated may not be served at the discretion of the bar staff.

How Many Drinks Can I Buy at One Time?

Guests can order up to two drinks in a single transaction up to a price limit of $15 per drink with the drink package.

If you order a drink that costs more than $15 with an NCL drink package, you will be charged the difference.

For example, if you have the Premium Beverage Package and order a $21 drink, you will be charged $6 ($21 less the $15 limit).

Can I Get Bottles of Wine With the Drink Package?

Norwegian’s Premium Plus Beverage Package includes a selection of wine bottles available for purchase. On the wine menu in the main dining room, bottles of wine included in the Premium Plus package have an asterisk beside them.

The Premium Beverage Package gives a 20% discount on bottles of wine.

Does the NCL Drink Package Work on Their Private Islands?

You can use your NCL drink package in all the restaurants, bars, and lounges at Norwegian Cruise Line’s Great Stirrup Cay private island.

However, you won’t be able to use the drink package at Norwegian’s other private island, Harvest Caye. At Harvest Caye, guests must purchase drinks individually.

Can You Buy the Drink Package for Individual Days of the Cruise?

No, passengers must purchase the drink package for every day of the cruise.

So, if you purchase a drink package on a seven-night sailing, you will have to pay for all seven days of the cruise.

Does the Drink Package Include Starbucks?

The drink package does not include Starbucks. However, there are other coffee shops onboard that are included in the drink package.

Does Everyone in the Cabin Have to Purchase the Package If One Person Does?

Yes. If one person purchases the drink package, everyone sharing the stateroom must purchase the same package. Passengers under the age of 21 must purchase the soda package instead.

Is the Free at Sea Drink Package Really Free?

If you get the Free at Sea Drink package, you will be required to pay the gratuities at a rate of $19.80 per person per day.

However, you won’t be charged gratuities if you live in the UK. Instead, there is a $99 charge to get the Free at Sea deal.

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